Rams vs. Saints: Who has the edge?
By Rich Hammond
RAMS (7-3) vs. SAINTS (8-2)
When: Sunday, 1:25 p.m.
Where: the Coliseum
Line: Rams by 2
TV/radio: Ch. 2; 710-AM, 93.1-FM, 1330-AM (Spanish)
RAMS OFFENSE vs. SAINTS DEFENSE
The Rams must move the ball without their top receiver, Robert Woods, who will miss at least two games with a shoulder injury. But both of the Saints’ starting cornerbacks are injured, plus the Rams should be able to move the ball on the ground against a New Orleans defense that has been below average against the run and allows 4.7 yards per carry. The Saints, no doubt, will attempt to bottle up Rams running back Todd Gurley and apply pressure to quarterback Jared Goff, who looked a bit rattled last week against Minnesota when faced with a blitz. The problem is, the Vikings have a fierce front seven, while the Saints have generated only 26 sacks in 10 games, merely average in the NFL. EDGE: RAMS
SAINTS OFFENSE vs. RAMS DEFENSE
This isn’t the most prolific Saints offense of the past decade, but it’s one of the most balanced, because quarterback Drew Brees remains effective at age 38 and the Saints have a two-pronged running game with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Ingram, a former Heisman Trophy winner, was the NFC offensive player of the week last Sunday and is enjoying a breakout season, with 806 yards and eight touchdowns in 10 games, while Kamara, a rookie, averages 6.4 yards per carry. They will provide an excellent test for a Rams defense that has been inconsistent against the run this season and, in general, had a rough second half last week at Minnesota without three of its top four cornerbacks. EDGE: SAINTS
The Rams continue to roll along nicely with kicker Greg Zuerlein, who didn’t get to attempt a field goal last week for the first time this season, […]