The (1-0) New Orleans Saints will travel to Los Angeles to face the (1-0) Rams.
TV: Fox TV.
Time: 4:25 PM Eastern.
Spread: The Rams are a 3-point favorite.
This game is a re-match of last year’s NFC Championship game. The Rams came back to win that game 26-23. But, Saints fans still haven’t forgotten the “No Call”
The Saints won their home opener 38-20, on a last second, 58-yard field goal from Will Lutz. Drew Brees was 32-43 for 370 yards and two touchdowns. Alvin Kamara had 169 yards of total offense and Michael Thomas had 10 catches for 123 receiving yards. The Saints offensive line totally negated J.J. Watt. For the first time in 105 career games, Watt didn’t register one tackle or 1 QB hit. New Orleans defense gave up a few big plays but pressured DeShaun Watson all game long. They registered 6 sacks and had 1 interception.
The Rams went on the road, in a hostile environment, and held on to beat the Carolina Panthers 30-27. Jared Goff, who didn’t play one snap in the pre-season, looked rusty. He was 23-29 for 186 yards with 1 touchdown pass and 1 interceptions. Todd Gurley only had 14 carries but was very effective rushing for 97 yards. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp combined for 15 catches but only had 116 total receiving yards. LA’s high-powered offense wasn’t able to pass the ball vertically down the field. Malcolm Brown had two touchdown runs. Cory Littleton had 14 total tackles 1 interception and forced 1 fumble to lead the Rams on defense. The 25-year-old out of Washington could be the answers the Rams have been looking for at the linebacker position.
The Saints have been waiting for this game since losing the NFC Championship game last season.
This is not a popular opinion but Drew Brees has become a limited quarterback. He is still a great leader and he is the most accurate passer in the history of the NFL but his arm has lost its strength. Brees rarely throws the ball passed 30 yards down the field. Good defenses are going to start to exploit this. Kamara, Thomas and Wild-Cat quarterback, Taysom Hill, help Brees as much as they can but it won’t be enough to advance deep in the playoffs or win a Super Bowl. You don’t see elite quarterbacks like Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers go to the sidelines for a “Wild-Cat” QB. The Saints will take a step back this year and it starts with a loss on Sunday. The Rams and Goff shake off their rust because they are the better team.
LA wins 27-23.
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