Believe it or not, there are just three matchups comprising 1-0 teams. With all due regard to Vikings-Packers and Chiefs-Raiders, no matter that the marquee game is a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game including the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams, now played L.A.
As it might have changed the NFL forever Saints fans/backers will never forget This NFC title tilt. With the match tied the Saints had third-and-10 in the 13 . Drew Brees tried a pass near the sideline. Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman dedicated a pass interference penalty before the ball came. The officers missed it. Since it obviously should have had that been called, the Saints have first-and-goal and can operate the clock down to the last seconds and then attempt a field goal that is winning .
The Saints had to kickstart a field goal with 1:41 remaining and it left the Rams lots of time to drive down the field and then tie it onto a field goal from Greg Zeuerlein. Zeuerlein won it on a monster 57-yard kick, and kudos to him after intercepting Brees in overtime.
This pass interference non-call was so unlucky that PI can be now challenged by coaches , even when it’s NOT called. It’s a two-year trial for now.
Quite possible these teams meet again this January with all the Saints as +350 favorites to win the convention at the Rams along with Bovada second at +500.
Both these teams had wins but in different kind in Week 1. Los Angeles prevailed and has been a short favorite at Carolina. The Panthers were down by 13 points a couple of times and never led. They scored with 1:58 left but never got the ball.
Since Todd Gurley was not healthy, one reason that the Rams did not win the Super Bowl was. He looked nice vs. the Panthers with 14 carries for 97 yards. But it’s clear the as Malcolm Brown had 11 carries for 53 yards and 2 25, Sean McVay wants to restrict his workload. Jared Goff was good in finishing 23 of 39 for 186 yards with a TD and a pick, but the Rams ran well enough to where they didn’t request Goff to do much. Goff, incidentally, is 2-2 vs. the Saints in his career. He’s thrown four interceptions and nine touchdown passes with a QBR of 60 in people.
Injury-wise, Rams safety Eric Weddle is in the concussion protocol. He left vs. Carolina taking a frightful blow to your head out of Christian McCaffrey’s knee. Weddle’s mind was a wreck. Too early to tell if Weddle can perform in this one.
The Saints have been 30-28 winners at home Monday night as touchdown favorites within Houston in possibly the most entertaining match all season might be seen by us. It was the very first time in Monday Night Football more than once changed in the final minute of the fourth quarter.
New Orleans was down 14-3 at the half, but Brees had a big second half of when Lutz hit a field goal to get a 27-21 lead with 50 seconds 36, the game looked over. It required the Deshaun Watson each two plays to get a 28-27 lead of Houston, but the Texans left much time to Brees. The Saints were obtained by him and Lutz struck a career-best. Lutz was named the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week.
Brees completed 32-for-43 for yards and 2 scores, Michael Thomas had 10 catches for 123, and Alvin Kamara 169 yards. It was Brees’ career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter/overtime, the second-most by any sin since the 1970 merger. It was New Orleans’ Week 1 win since 2013.
In Week 9 of last season, Brees threw for four scores and yards at a 45-35 home win over the Rams. He is 2-2 vs. Goff in his profession with 11 TDs and you pick great to get a QBR of 76. Kamara had three touchdowns that Thomas 12 and Week 9 game catches for 211 yards and a score.
Injury wise, Saints defensive linemen Sheldon Rankins and Mario Edwards Jr. equally missed Week 1 and David Onyemata has been also suspended. Onyemata will play with the Rams. The two are not likely.
The Rams have two benefits and also also a week for the Saints . That’s why we will proceed with L.A., but be certain to acquire the spread at -2.5 rather than -3.
Free NFL Pick: Los Angeles Rams -2.5 (-115) in Intertops