The undefeated Rams come to New Orleans to face the Saints in a game that could go a long way to determining playoff seeding. The season is only half finished but these two teams are probably the two best of the NFC. In my opinion, the Rams and Saints are both at their cores power running teams. Sure, they are also, when needed, prolific passing offenses, pick your poison. I believe the Saints and the Rams feature top 5 offensive lines which are equally adept at pass and run blocking.
Jared Goff, an overall number one draft pick, is living up to his potential average 300 plus yards a game while connecting on 67.6 of his passes. Todd Gurley is an early MVP candidate and leads the league in rushing with 800 yards. I heard Mike Detillier say that this weekend in Louisiana it is “Football Woodstock” he is absolutely 100 percent correct. With the LSU – Alabama game Saturday and Saints – Rams Sunday it is the center of all things pigskin. Los Angeles has a group of receivers as good as any also with former Saints Brandon Cooks, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp the top three.
The Rams defensive front harkens back to the times of the “Fearsome Foursome” especially in the interior where Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh wreak havoc. Prior to the Dante Fowler trade outside pass rushing was a weakness, now I don’t know if they have one. I think the Saints are a little deeper team, but starter for starter is a push. Sean McVay is on the cutting edge of offensive football and is maybe the closest thing to our own genius Sean Payton. Then the defensive coordinator is Wade Phillips, who is truly great at implementation of his 3-4 hybrid scheme. This should be by far the most entertaining game of the NFL weekend and since it is in the dome I have the Saints winning 33-30!