GOTW Saints @ Rams
Week 12: Saints @ Rams
The Rams look to defend the Coliseum against a Saints team that is currently on an eight game win streak. One weapon the Rams will be without, however, is wide receiver Robert Woods. Woods, who is having the best season of his career, suffered a sprained AC joint last week against the Vikings. With one less pass catcher to worry about the Saints will likely load up the box, try to contain Todd Gurley and force Jared Goff to pass to his other receivers. If last week was any indication, Gurley should have no problem posting 100+ rushing yards and at least one touchdown against the Saints D that allowed Washington running back Samaje Perine to do just that. I think head coach Sean McVay will be able to expose some flaws in the Saints defense that other teams have struggled to do. This game should be a shootout that comes down to the wire. Rams 37 Saints 35.
Saints Rams Preview
I wouldn’t have believed this would be an awesome game to watch in week 12 at the beginning of the week, but the Saints have won 8 in a row and the Rams are at the top of the NFC West. The Rams unfortunately lost their most consistent receiver, Robert Woods, for a 2-4 week period with a shoulder injury and that should be concerning to any Rams fan. The Saints came back with a huge 4th quarter against the Redskins on Sunday on the backs of Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara. Todd Gurley is going to be a huge factor in this game with rookie corner Marshon Lattimore blanketing Sammy Watkins all day, but I don’t think the Rams will be able to find enough offense to keep up with Brees and the running game of New Orleans.
Saints 30, Rams 17
This game has so many playoff implications and it will also tell us where both New Orleans and Los Angeles (Rams) are going as teams. I am going to pick the upset in this great matchup. With the ankle injury of Marshon Lattimore i believe this Saints defense will begin to revert back to the same Saints defense we’ve seen in recent years (a better version of it though). At least until he returns. The rams will be coming in looking to come out strong after the pitiful offensive performance at Minnesota. All of this smells like a upset. Jared Goff is going to need to return to his MVP like performances against other competition. But without Lattimore, Drew Brees won’t be able to carry this team.
Rams 33, Saints 26
This game features two of the NFC’s best teams. However both will most likely be missing major players. Marshon Lattimore looks more and more likely to miss this game. However the Rams are missing one of their most underrated pass catchers in Robert Woods for this game. Really it comes down to which one of these teams plays better defense on Sunday. While the Rams d held down the Vikings through most of four Quarters they got worn down, i see the same thing happening here especially with New Orleans amazing ground game. It would not shock me if this was a low scoring 7-7 or 10-10 game going into the fourth but the Saints will be able to hide a weakened defense with a dominant run game. I’m going Saints 31-17.