Coming off of a stellar 2-1 Thanksgiving Thursday of Week 12 NFL action, we will look to keep things rolling into an exciting Sunday slate of games. It has been quite the successful run of late in the NFL for myself – now hovering around the 30-22 mark heading into today’s action. Here’s to hoping this lasts until the Super Bowl!
Today we will turn our attention to undoubtedly the most marquee match-up of all, and it will be coming to us live from Los Angeles as the Rams welcome the Saints. Both of these squads have asserted themselves as genuine beasts of the NFC, and with Los Angeles sitting at 7-3, and New Orleans at 8-2 – we are looking at a potential NFC Championship preview here in November. This should be an amazing game between two solid football clubs, so read on below for my full breakdown and betting prediction.
Saints vs. Rams Betting Odds:
New Orleans Saints +2 (-105)
@ Los Angeles Rams -2 (-115)
Over 53 (-110)
Under 53 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Saints vs. Rams Pick:
One of the biggest surprises of this NFL regular season has been the play of the New Orleans Saints’ defense. After so many consecutive seasons of that unit consistently struggling – they’ve been so good this season, but some recent issues have started to creep back into the side. These mostly stem from some tough injuries however. Marshon Lattimore is hurt and will be out for this contest, which is just a massive loss as he’s the true shutdown corner for New Orleans. They have since lost solid edge rusher in Alex Okafor, and safety Kenny Vaccaro is also banged up. The Saints really rely on this trio and them being out should change things for this unit on Sunday.
Jared Goff is in fine form and though the Vikings did well on him last week – the potential was definitely there for a lot more points. And plus, the Minnesota defense is still miles better than New Orleans’ unit. And even though Goff will be missing Robert Woods as a key receiver downfield, Sammy Watkins is due to step up with New Orleans missing key personnel in their secondary. On the ground, look for Todd Gurley to put up some big numbers against a Saints’ run defense that has surrendered 136 yards to the Redskins last week. I’d expect Los Angeles to get back into a rhythm this week on offense.
For Drew Brees, he’s again turned in a solid season – but much of his success can be attributed to the two-headed monster he’s got at running back behind him. Both Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have been dominant at times this year, and the Rams have struggled to stop the run game this year. That said, it won’t be easy for Brees to throw on this Rams’ secondary at all – especially with Kayvon Webster returning to the fold. He was injured last week, and with him back in the mix I’d expect Los Angeles to be able to focus on loading the box in order to stifle the Saints’ powerful ground attack.
With Lattimore out for New Orleans and Webster back for the Rams, it’s a big swing for Los Angeles. Even with Woods injured, the Saints won’t have anybody to contend with Watkins and Kupp, and I think Goff gets back on track here. After dropping two big contests to the Seahawks and Vikings, look for the Rams to show the football world that they’re ready for this stage and ready to win big games.
PICK = Rams -2 (-115)