The 2019 NFC Conference Championship game is now set in stone and it will feature a week 9 rematch between our New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams. The top 2 highest scoring offenses offense in the NFC will once again go to war, with just one goal in mind: Atlanta. Each team is also bringing a respectable defense as well. The Saints do have the Rams number this season, as they are 2-0 against them (that is if you want to count the preseason game.) However, Drew Brees and the Saints should not take this game lightly. The Rams are going to be hungry to get revenge, especially after the Saints dropped 45 on them not too long ago. If the Saints follow these keys during the game, we can expect to be watching in a few weeks chasing their second Super Bowl.
The run defense has been outstanding all year long. And that is going to have to continue once again against the Rams. Last week, the Rams had not one, but 2 hundred yard rushers against the Cowboys. While it will be a challenge to completely “stop” Todd Gurley and CJ Anderson, they have to their best to contain them. In the week 9 matchup, the Saints held Gurley to just 68 rush yards. This absolutely needs to happen again. It will be a challenge though, especially with the loss of Sheldon Rankins. Cam Jordan and company needs to step up in a big way to shut down the run game and make the Rams one dimensional. If they do this, the Saints will be in good shape throughout the whole game.
A fast start and more involvement from other players. The Eagles all gave us a scare a few days ago after going up 14-0 against the Saints early in the first quarter. Los Angeles is way too good of a team for this to happen again. The Saints offense needs to come out firing right away on their first drive and cant afford to settle for field goals. Michael Thomas is a MONSTER. We know this. The whole league knows this. And while it looks like he can do it all, The Saints really need to have Tre’Quan Smith step up this game. More involvement from surrounding players limits the double teams that teams can put on Michael Thomas. Single coverage on Thomas = CANT GUARD MIKE.
As the season progressed, the Saints defense got better and better. We saw a better pass rush and also better coverage from the secondary, especially since Eli Apple arrived. (WHAT A STEAL!) The Rams have a great air raid game, and a great offense all around. But how do you disrupt that chemistry between a QB and his receiver? By applying pressure at all times. The Rams offensive line is beatable. And the Saints need to do everything they can to get in the
face of Jared Goff and make him uncomfortable. Every QBs worst nightmare is a pocket that is broke down and they have to scramble around to make a play. Jared Goff is not the fleetest on foot, so applying pressure is an absolute must to get this victory. Cam Jordan, Alex Okafor, and Marcus Davenport need to come flying off the edge at all times.
Last but not least, you guys. The WHO DAT NATION. The Superdome was rocking last game against the Eagles. The Saints feed off of the fans energy and you could see that when they made big plays on defense. The Saints have the best fans in the NFL, and it shows each and every week. From start to finish, the fans go crazy. The cameras shake because the dome is so loud. Without a doubt the fans will be going wild once again, and they will be a big factor in helping the Saints win the NFC Championship this year.
January 20 they will once again be another battle. But if the Saints follow these keys to victory,I have no doubt in my mind they will be marching onto Atlanta for that second SuperBowl.