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Game time: 1/20, 3:05 PM EST
The top two teams in the NFC will get to square off at the Superdome this Sunday. It will be a week nine rematch that saw New Orleans win a hard fought 45-35 classic. The Saints will be looking to show everyone why they are the number one seed and currently favored by 3.5 points. Which is up a half-point from where the line opened.
On the other side is the LA Rams, who literally, could say they are hungrier team. Because If you remember Marcus Peters post-game interview, he told Sean Payton to “Keep talking that shit and I hope you see me soon. You feel me? And then we’re going to have a nice little bowl of gumbo together.” That was in response to Payton telling reporters that attacking Peters was a big part of the Saints game-plan.
Peters will need to play much better this Sunday and not let Michael Thomas pull sharpie’s out of nowhere. On offense, New Orleans dominated time of possession in their week nine matchup, 33:41 to 26:19. All that time allowed the ageless Drew Brees to throw for 346 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. Hopefully, this game will match the hype.
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Los Angeles Rams (+3.5)
The Los Angeles offense played very well in their week nine loss against the Saints but struggled to finish a few drives that led to field goals instead of touchdowns. Jared Goff had two turnover-worthy throws, with one being intercepted and the other being dropped. Outside of that, he played well with some impressive throws. Todd Gurley returned from his knee injury last week against against Dallas and performed well alongside newcomer CJ Anderson. Cooper Kupp’s absence has been a little tough for the Rams receiving core but look for Brandon Cooks, Robert Woods, and Gerald Everett to take advantage of what has been a porous Saints secondary for most of the season.
As far as their offensive line, The Rams are one of the few lines in the NFL to have five starters play over 1,000 snaps. Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein are the two high end tackles and guards Austin Blythe and Rodger Saffold are no slouch either. However, John Sullivan has allowed 32 pressures over his last nine games of the season. Look for The Rams to slide their protection towards former Cam Jordon as keeping him contained will be key to the Rams passing game.
Defensively, they have arguably the best player in the league in Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, who mostly carry the teams front seven. Their secondary is headlined by Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. Peters has had an up and down season but When Talib has been on the field, the Rams have boasted one of the better secondaries in the league. John Johnson III is becoming one of the leagues best safeties after he picked off four passes and broke up another seven over the season. Nickell Robey-Coleman, is also one of the more consistent slot corners in the league.
Depth Charts: CJ Anderson had more carries than Todd Gurley in last week game. Even though Anderson had 123 yards, the Rams will still want Gurley to get the bulk of the carries in New Orleans. Brandon Cooks and Robert Woods will already put enough pressure on the Saints secondary, but don’t forget about Josh Reynolds. He has done a decent job filling in for Cooper Kupp as the teams number three wideout. For the latest Los Angeles Rams lineup information check out our depth chart page, https://www.lineups.com/nfl/depth-charts/los-angeles-rams
Injuries: Todd Gurley looked good last week after returning from his knee injury. Cooper Kupp on the other hand, wont return from his knee injury, and the Rams certainly have felt his loss. Kupp caught 5-of-6 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown against the Saints in their Week 9 matchup.https://www.lineups.com/nfl/player-injuries/los-angeles-rams
New Orleans Saints (-3.5)
The main reason the Saints were able to defeat the Rams in week nine was because the connection between Drew Brees to Michael Thomas was too much to handle. Hopefully, he can give them another big game and even one up his touchdown celebration. On the ground, Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram have established themselves as the best running back tandem in the league. They should be able to take advantage of the Rams 28th ranked rush defense. Taysom Hill and Trequan Smith are also weapons that the Rams must account for.
The Saints O-line is built really similar to the Rams with dominant Offensive tackles Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk. However, their guards and centers have been a liability that will have a tough task in dealing with Donald and Suh.
Defensively, The Saints front seven is a team with more talent than many have been giving them credit for. David Onyemata and former All-Pro Cameron Jordon will be counted on to put the most pressure on Goff. Unfortunately in last week’s win against the Eagles, they suffered a big loss in defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins. That will put more pressure on rookie Marcus Davenport to step up against The Rams two bookend tackles. Demario Davis is the main every-down linebacker for New Orleans that will be tasked with chasing down Todd Gurley.
Their secondary, is the unit that has been the Saints biggest liability. Especially after Patrick Robinson went down for the year in Week 3. His replacement P.J Williams, has really struggled in his absence by allowing 58 of 78 targets for 725 yards and a passer rating of 127.4. Unfortunately, Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams haven’t been able to repeat their sensational rookie seasons. However Lattimore performed real well last week along with Von Bell.
Depth Chart: With the loss of Rankins, the Saints signed Tyrunn Walker to add depth but look for David Onyemata and Tyeler Davison to also get an increased workload. The Rams guards and centers aren’t as strong as their tackles so the loss of Rankins shouldn’t be too severe. For the latest New Orleans Saints lineup information check out our depth chart page, https://www.lineups.com/nfl/depth-charts/new-orleans-saints
Injuries: Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins tore his achilles in last weeks victory, and will miss the remainder of the season. Stay updted: https://www.lineups.com/nfl/player-injuries/new-orleans-saints
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