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Week two of NFL football continues as the New Orleans Saints travel to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to take on the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Sep. 15 at 4:25 P.M. These two teams have not met since last season’s NFL Championship Game when the Rams upset the Saints in overtime en route to a Super Bowl berth.
New Orleans Looks For Revenge
By now, every sports fan has probably seen the infamous pass interference no-call from last year’s NFC Championship game at least 100 times. It will go down as one of the most notorious blunders by a sports referee in the history of sports and Saints fans will have to remember it for the rest of their lives. However, the players on the New Orleans Saints can do nothing but move forward towards a potential Super Bowl this season. So far, the Saints have done that as they won their first game against Houston at home. However, it was a lot closer than the Saints initially hoped as it came down to a game-winning field goal with no time left. Now, the Saints will look for revenge against the team that they arguably should have beaten in the playoffs last year. Whether or not they will capitalize on this opportunity, however, remains to be seen.
Drew Brees, the starting quarterback for the Saints, showcased his leadership in week one as he led his team back from a double-digit halftime deficit en route to a comeback victory. Specifically, he threw for 370 yards along with two passing touchdowns as he led New Orleans to a 30-28 victory against Houston at home. Now, he has to travel on the road to face a much better defense in week two. As a result, one should expect him to find more difficulty moving the ball this Sunday.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) September 10, 2019
New Orleans’s biggest weapon on offense is running back Alvin Kamara who was fantastic in week one. Specifically, Kamara finished the game with 97 rushing yards on just 13 carries. Plus, he also had seven receptions for 72 receiving yards. Kamara is one of the best running backs in the league due to his dual-threat ability out of the backfield and he will look to showcase both skills once again this Sunday.
Drew Brees was asked if this is just another game.
“Yes. I’m really not looking into it any further than that. We can put together all the storylines we want. Bottom line is they are a really, really good football team. They have the same goals and aspirations. We just happened to be the two teams last year that were kind of at the top and had a chance to play in that NFC Championship to go to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately that one didn’t go our way. They had a phenomenal season. They’ve got great players, they’ve got great coaches, just like we do. It’s a very important game because it’s the next game. It’s a very important game because it’s against an opponent that we know has a great chance of being there at the end, just like we hope to be. There’s implications that come along with that. But, let’s just go out and play this game to win the game because it’s the next game.”
Rams Look To Win First Home Game Of The Season
The Los Angeles Rams entered the 2019 season with hopes of returning to the Super Bowl after losing in last year’s, to the New England Patriots. However, the Rams bring a lot of key pieces back from that team and will look to get a victory in their first home game of the season. In week one, the Rams were able to squeak by the Panthers on the road which places them in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC West. Now, the Rams have to play against the team that they beat in overtime in the NFC Championship game last season which will be a good test to see just how similar this year’s team is to last year’s team.
Jared Goff, the starting quarterback for the Rams, received a massive contract extension during the offseason for his ability to lead the team to the Super Bowl last season. However, he was very underwhelming in week one as he almost cost the Rams a road victory. Specifically, he threw for just 186 yards along with one passing touchdown and one interception as the Rams defeated the Panthers by a score of 30-27 on the road. However, the Saints are a much better team than the Panthers so Goff will need to play better for the Rams to get the victory on Sunday.
First win in the books. 😈 pic.twitter.com/0fM7GW3uTM
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 10, 2019
Los Angeles’ biggest weapon on offense is running back Todd Gurley who had a very interesting performance last week. Specifically, Gurley had just 14 carries. However, he still managed to run for 97 rushing yards while also catching a pass out of the backfield. Despite his talent, Gurley has dealt with various injuries over his career and the Rams seem focused on limiting his touches in the regular season just to ensure his health come playoff time.
- Rams are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Rams are 2-5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Saints are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Saints are 18-5 ATS in their last 23 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Updated on Sep 15 at 10:50am EDT
Update prepared by our editoral staff
Public Money / Line Movements
The Rams have gone from -3 down -2, despite grabbing 60% of the bets. The Sharps are clearly expecting the Saints to get a measure of revenge in this one after last year’s NFC Title game loss to the Rams.
Injury / Weather Report
New Orleans’ Impact Injury Report
Out: DT Sheldon Rankins
Los Angeles’ Impact Injury Report
Gametime Weather: Mostly cloudy with temps in the upper 80s.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Simply put, I think this game means more to New Orleans than it does to Los Angeles and I expect the Saints to get the victory on Sunday. Everyone could not stop talking about how New Orleans should have beaten Los Angeles last season if the referees made the correct call so I can see the Saints having this game circled on their calendar all offseason. Meanwhile, the Rams have the inferior quarterback in this matchup and have a star running back who is only receiving about half of his usual workload from previous seasons. I think this game will be close but give me the road team plus the points.
Prediction: New Orleans +2.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Both defenses did not impress me at all in week one and I think this game will turn into a bit of a shootout. Both teams scored exactly 30 points and gave up at least 27 points in week one so both teams look built to play in high-scoring games so far this season. Plus, both teams possess elite offensive weapons who should be able to make big plays on a regular basis which should lead to more points. I see both teams scoring at least 27 points in this game so I have to lean to the over.
Prediction: Over 53