The regular season is almost over, and the playoff race is heating up. The New Orleans Saints will have a short week as they take on the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night football. These teams couldn’t be in more similar scenarios. They’re both 7-7 and sitting in second place in their respective divisions.
This game could be the deciding factor for who makes the playoffs and who is sitting at home. With all this being said, let’s look at this NFC matchup.
Los Angeles Rams preview
The Rams biggest storyline of the season has been the unlikely rise of rookie WR Puka Nacua. The fifth-round pick has taken the league by storm with his stellar play. The BYU product has 87 receptions, 1,163 receiving yards, and four TDs on the season.
The other surprise player for the Rams has been HB Kyren Williams. His 953 rushing yards is fourth in the entire league. He’s been doing this very efficiently as well, averaging 5.1 YPC.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Rams are led by one of the all-time greats, Aaron Donald. The 32-year-old has been dominant this season with six sacks, 34 QB hits, and 16 TFLs.
New Orleans Saints preview
Saints QB Derek Carr had one of his best as a Saint this past week. The Fresno State product threw for 218 yards and 3 TDs against the New York Giants. He looked calm and collected, which led to increased accuracy on his throws.
The defense looked absolutely tremendous. Giants QB Tommy Devito had no time at all to throw the football. Tanoh Kpassagnon had himself a day sacking Devito twice. Rookie Bryan Bresee was also able to get to the QB for two sacks.
This win was one of the most complete games of Saints football all season. Both the offense and defense played well.
Who will win the game?
I think the Saints winning momentum ends here. The Rams should take this one in what should be a close contest. With the team being on a short week and on the road, they are already at a disadvantage against a solid team. The Saints have also yet to beat a team that’s .500 or above. Frankly, the Saints are only 7-7 because they’ve beaten up on some pretty bad teams.
The Saints offensive line has struggled tremendously this year and will have the task of trying to stop Aaron Donald. That sounds like a recipe for disaster. The Saints defense will also have their hands full trying to neutralize WRs Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua.
The good news for the Saints is that they could get WR Chris Olave back this week. He was limited at practice on Tuesday and is expected to play, per Nick Underhill. The Rams don’t really have a lockdown CB, so the Saints should look to exploit that with Olave.
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