The 5-2 New Orleans Saints are headed into town Sunday to face off with the Rams. Don’t think for one minute they will be merciful as evident in their 62-7 smack down of the equally winless Indianapolis Colts last week. The head coach Sean Payton will not show any compassion. So much for being saints, eh?
I cannot even begin to imagine that the score will be come 4:00pm Sunday afternoon. What’s your over/under on how many points the Saints will score on the Rams.
Someone from Connecticut told me there is a 50 point rule in high school football. If a team beats their opponent by 50 points then the coach of the winning team can’t coach the next week. That’s one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. But this week that might have come in handy for the Rams. Sean Payton may not be on the sidelines to call all the plays but he’ll be surveying from the coaches’ booth.
Looks like for a second week in a row back up QB A. J. Feeley will be leading the team. Sam Bradford, still nursing a bad high ankle sprain, will not be able to help his team on the field.
OT Jason Smith is out indefinitely with a concussion and neck injuries so veteran Adam Goldberg will start in his place.
This is just purely conjecture on my part but even if Bradford was well enough to play I would have kept him out of this one. Why let your franchise QB get pummeled in a game where you don’t really have much of a chance. Let him rest, recover, and then think about going against the Cardinals next week.
I fully expect RB Steven Jackson to have a good game and pretty much be the Rams offense. Just hard to see the Rams passing game doing more than the usual dink and dunk with some dump passes and screens – especially with WR Danario Alexander being doubtful with an injured hammy.
Look for WR Greg Salas and Brandon Lloyd to pick up some extra receptions with DX’s absence. Speaking of WR’s, Mark Clayton will most likely be out with a sore Achilles’ tendon. Maybe this could be a good opportunity to get Austin Pettis back into the WR rotation. Or it might be nice to see more of TE Lance Kendricks. Remember him?
DT Darell Scott (concussion) and LB Brady Poppinga (calf) did not practice this week and will be out this Sunday. CB Justin King (groin) is questionable. And tell me if you’ve heard this one before: (newly signed) CB Brian Jackson was placed on IR – yes, you heard right. Yet another CB on IR. Rams expect DE C.J. Ah You (wrist) and CB Marquis Johnson (newly activated from the PUP) to return against the Saints.
QB Drew Brees and his arsenal of WR’s will be more than happy to pad their statistics and help their respective fantasy owners this week against the Rams secondary. (Too bad I don’t have any of them…) But the one to really keep an eye on is their TE Jimmy Graham.
As the Saints top receiver, Jimmy Graham, has 45 completions on 66 targets for 674 yards and 5 TD’s. The most telling stat though could be the 233 YAC though – that’s 1/3 of his total yards. Standing at 6′ 6″ he’s a match up nightmare for any of the Rams defensive players.
The Saints running game took a hit when their rookie RB Mark Ingram was ruled out of game with a heel injury. Look for the spryly RB Darren Sproles to take his place in the starting line up with a touch of the big guy Pierre Thomas to change things up.
Rams Special Teams
RB Darren Sproles is listed as both the Saints kick and punt returner. So with him taking over the starting running duties I’m not sure how much he’ll be involved in the return game. Then again he could be on Energizer Bunny mode and hurt the Rams from two facets of the game.
With all the red zone troubles the Rams continue to have they may be relying on the right foot of K Josh Brown again this Sunday – that’s assuming they can get into field goal range.
Who will win
No surprise here folks. The Saints beat the Rams in a not-so-close game: 45-10. Rams fall to 0-7.