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  • So you're saying we have a chance?

    I cannot recall being so much on the edge of my seat since the GSOT. I have watched the Rams do some amazing things, and I have seen them make mistakes, but overall to me this team has done a real good job at game planning and adjustments. Overall the feeling is that the Saints will be victorious because of Drew Brees and the fact they will be at home. I pulled the predictions below on Friday as I thought about this post thinking wow, not many are giving us a chance:

    Sam Farmer LA Times Saints 31 - Rams 28
    Josh Katzenstein Saints 37 - Rams 32

    Lindsey Thiry Saints 28 - Rams 24
    Mike Triplett Saints 29 - Rams 27
    Line Rams by 1, O/U 591/2

    ESPN Overall Rankings
    Rams 1st, but the defense is 13th
    Saints 3rd defense ranks 29th

    Football Outsiders - Special Teams
    New Orleans Saints - 9th
    Rams - 11th

    So...The line was about 1, which the home team normally gets 3 just for being at home. That means the experts think the Rams are equal to the Saints in my mind. It also tells me that the home field advantage is not so strong for this game. Having seen the Rams beat Seattle at the "Thunderdome" and the Packers with their traveling noise squad at the Coliseum, I would have to agree with that.

    The overall ratings above tell me at this point, we are the better offensive and defensive team, but not special teams. However those stats are harder to quantify to. Reason being is that GZ has been out and the stats I found were based on results, not potential.

    I know we're still younger than Drew Brees and Sean Payton in the scale of football experience, BUT Jared is coming into his own and McVay can out think Payton. I think our defense is gelling and it is time for them to shine (maybe even more with the addition of Fowler). With Kupp back we now have the offense options needed and special teams knows how to win when called upon.

    So what am I saying? I'm saying in my opinion I think we have too many weapons for them to defend.

    Boys, I think we got a chance!
    "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

    Jack Youngblood

  • #2
    I do not mind that the Rams are underdogs. I suspect that the Rams could not care less about the prognosticators.

    I am nervous that I will get to watch the game. Having the sound turned down will help.
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    • #3
      The Rams are never the "Home" team. Who was the crowd in the Coliseum rooting for last week? Out of 8 "home" games, one is in London or Mexico City every year, and away crowds out-cheer the "home" crowd when the opponent is SF, Oakland, Dallas, Green Bay and some others. We might have home games against AZ and Seattle and that's it. Playing the Super Bowl on neutral turf is no problem. The Rams do pretty well in Atlanta, anyway.


      • #4
        Originally posted by cowboyhater View Post
        The Rams are never the "Home" team. Who was the crowd in the Coliseum rooting for last week? Out of 8 "home" games, one is in London or Mexico City every year, and away crowds out-cheer the "home" crowd when the opponent is SF, Oakland, Dallas, Green Bay and some others. We might have home games against AZ and Seattle and that's it. Playing the Super Bowl on neutral turf is no problem. The Rams do pretty well in Atlanta, anyway.
        The Falcons, Texans and Panthers had very little representation either. There is a home field advantage at the Coliseum.

        "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

        Jack Youngblood


        • #5
          Well, we blew that chance!
          "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

          Jack Youngblood


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            The 8-0 Rams are on the road to take on the 6-1 New Orleans Saints this week. Past divisional foes for over 30 years, the Rams lead the series 41-33 including a victory last year. This is the 5th game whereby the Rams face a top 10 offense as the Saints rank 10th. Having been victorious over the Packers (3rd) Chargers (7th) Minnesota (8th) Denver 9 (th), can the Rams come out on top in the Big Easy?

            It will be a tough tough road game.

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            What say you?
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          • Ram Dragoon
            by Ram Dragoon
            Normally I'd just post in "predictions" but as early as this game comes in the schedule its pretty huge for the Rams. Forget about how important it is for the Saints. The Saint's division is a complete joke without a punchline. If you look what is lurking in the Saints division you have the Bucks (and their soft-between-the-ears QB, Winston), the clown car that is the Panthers, and the woeful OL and poorly schemed defense Falcons, the Saints have that division. Each and every other team in the South has to do a complete 180 to even achieve respectability

            I would have liked to have seen this game 4th or 5th in the schedule when all teams have worked out the bugs, but blame NFL scheduling committee

            So what of the Saints--considering what the Texans did to them in their own house it should be a Rams rout of the Saints. But, it'll be a hard fought game where the Rams defense has to be the real difference maker. Count on the Saints to think run the ball and run it some more quarters 1,2 and 3 if its working. Honestly its their only real game plan where by Drew Brees isn't buried between the 20-and-50 yard line. If the Saints come out and want a gun duel the Rams win that matchup. But my guess is they want to play field position and want to ware down the Rams on the ground.

            Noticed how the Panthers tried to use the Patriots defensive alignment in the Rams home opener? Well it worked for the most part so I expect the Saints to bring everyone to the line like both the Patriots and Panthers--at least at first or until they figure out they don't have the depth at defense to pull that off (secondary issues). That is what I suspect--honestly the Saints would be better off with their stack 2/4 and sub in Dime & Nichol packages...and perhaps they are realistic and know that already

            Problem that I can't figure out is Gurley...the only thing I have spotted going into last years playoffs and the first game of this season is Gurley hasn't lost a step but somehow his agility is "off" not allowing him to get that quick burst...during most of last season it was 3 steps and slash down the field coming of a tight cut. He has his speed and power but last week he couldn't get the momentum coming off a cut for most of the game. But if there is an edge assuming I am not just seeing things Gurley on the field dictates what the Saints align too--if he gets the ball he has to rocket for 4 and 5 yard carries to keep the Saint defense guessing and off balance

            But fort the Rams to score points the youngsters on the Rams OL have to buy Goff a few extra seconds if Gurley isn't Gurley of old. Never have I liked it when a team had to blitz, but would blitz to just throw a wrinkle into what the opponent wanted to do---the Rams if the offense isn't scoring as often as they did in 2018 better plan on Run Blitz the Saints

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          • FirebirdRamsam
            The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
            by FirebirdRamsam
            The good.......there was very little in the saints game.
            The bad.........there was alot!!!
            The Ugly........ditto!!!

            I was kind of afraid that the saints were going to pull off a victory. If anyone read my last post which read: Will the saints go marching on. It talks about a possibility of them having our number. For some reason the team plays with added intense due to their coach and team mates being fired up since we have been ex-superbowl winners who have won with bull **** flee flickers and screens and fancy plays. The saints coach seems to think that we are a bunch of crap players with crappy non-football plays.

            Truth is, the Rams beat the Rams fair and square!!! We lost the game due to silly penaltys, fumbles, interceptions, costly errors, un-special teams, blown plays and a missed field goal. If we played error free football or at least hanged on to the ball without giving it away with our fumbles and interceptions, we would have won yet as murphy's law plays out so many sundays, it was a game of 'what can go wrong will go wrong' and to think that the Rams are exempt from murphys law is wrong! It was bound to happen and I say good, why?

            Well, lets just say that the next time we play the saints on their turf, it will be a different game. We should learn from our mistakes and hopefully on the next meeting, we will be playing with a healthy Faulk, and fumbleless game, a zero interception, a game plan that will have many flee flickers, trick plays so that it will inferiate the saints coach and perhaps a few on side kicks to boot ;-). I think that the Rams have learned a valuable experience of this loss and that if they can bounce back and play with added aggression due to this loss, perhaps this will propel them into the nfc playoffs.

            This game against the saints truely was a horror film for the players as well as the fans and we didn't even get to see georgia for her halloween yearly appearance :mask: , darn!!! I believe that we see the saints mid december again. I will hope that we will bring with us a more intense game plan and an error free game in the georgia dome so that it can erase this bad taste that this last game left. And I hope that Martz will remember what the saint's coach said about the Rams and their so called plays so that he can fire up the team to seek revenge. I honestly don't think that the saints coach should be talking smack until he takes his team to the big dance and wins the big one! Rememeber, we walked the walk and can talk the talk since we are a past victorious superbowl team.

            We now have a 'bye' week to rest, gather our thoughts and hopefully allow Faulk to return with 100% healed on his knee.
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          • dgr828
            Beating the Saints will require 53 RAMS playing as ONE
            by dgr828
            The past few weeks has seen the New Orleans Saints fall behind early in ballgames. A very dangerous trend that the Saints were able to overcome against the Dolphins and Panthers. The Saints were challenged to a dogfight wth the Falcons on Monday Night, a few weeks ago, and still prevailed to stay undefeated with an (8-0) record, heading into Saint Louis to matchup with the RAMS.

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            Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, Jeremy Shockey and Pierre Thomas are just a few of the Saints that will be leading the attack against the Rams. Defensively, the Saints have had their hands full stopping the run, going up against Miami's "Wildcat", Atlanta's Micheal "Burner" Turner and Carolina's DeAngelo Williams, all having huge rushing games against New Orleans only to have the Saints win, in the end.

            Will Steven Jackson also find success against a Saints defense that tends to be soft against the run?

            If JAX can pickup where he left off from the Lions game it would greatly enhance the Rams chances for success.

            When will MARC put together a meaningful, productive and crowd pleasing ballgame? What are we paying him for, Again?!

            Ofcourse, Its not all on Bulger....Does anyone have his back?
            Its time for the Rams offensive line to 'Chock their Blocks' and step up to protect their QB. AB, J-Smooth and the rest of the line have to be monsters in the trenches.

            The Rams young receivers, Keenan Burton and Donnie Avery should now consider themselves veterans and act accordingly, by running the right routes. Avery for one has to focus and cut down his tendencies for turning the ball over.

            A more balanced offense that's more open to the pass as well as the run, along with effiecent play calling will go a long way to help out Bulger & Crew against the Saints.

            Josh Brown, with the Rams woes in the redzone, will need to be 'Money' whenever called upon. Donnie Jones has seen his share of shanks as of late, he needs to come through as before with the big time punts.

            McMike and Daniel Fells could be the secret weapons at TE that Marc Bulger can use against New Orleans.

            The Rams defense has a major task on its hands going up against an explosive offense lead by Drew Brees.
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            Long, Little and Laurinaitis will have to lead the charge up front and up the middle, Bartell hopefully has taken time to sharpen his skills at the corners, and OJ must continue to be the Rams safety net in the defensive backfield.

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          • r8rh8rmike
            Round Two: Saints Marching In...Any Chance For Rams?
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            QUESTION: If the Rams are to have any chance against the 8-0 New Orleans Saints this weekend, what are the keys to the game plan?

            JIM THOMAS
            1. Ball control on offense, the Saints are a modest 19th in run defense.
            2. Takeaways on defense, easier said than done against Drew Brees.
            3. Something special on special teams, be it long returns, blocked kicks, etc.

            This is a challenge similar to what the Rams faced against Minnesota and Indianapolis — but New Orleans may be the most high-powered offense of the three.

            JEFF GORDON
            If the Rams can consistently throw the ball downfield to balance their offense, maintain time of possession and finish off scoring drives, they can stay in the game. But apparently this is an impossible task for this offense, so the Rams are doomed to a blowout loss. Even if the Saints turn the ball over again and again, they will win this game unless the Rams used their bye week to reinvent their offense.

            BRYAN BURWELL
            After seeing Carolina run up and down the field against the Saints, the run-oriented Rams certainly have a chance. If the Rams can stick to a Steven Jackson rushing attack and keep Drew Brees off the field, the home crowd could become a huge factor.

            KEVIN WHEELER (Host of “Sports Open Line” on KMOX)
            Call Tonya Harding and ask for some advice on how to “handle” competition? Lock the doors of the Dome just before the Saints arrive and lose the keys?

            Sorry. Couldn’t resist. Seriously, there is no way this game is competitive. None. The Saints are the highest-scoring team in the league averaging 38 points per game and the Rams are the lowest-scoring team in the league at just over 9 points per game. Heck, the Saints are 59 points better than the next highest-scoring team this season (Minnesota). The Rams have scored a total of 77 points as a point of reference.

            But wait, there’s more. The Saints are +129 when points scored are compared to points allowed and the Rams are -144. That’s a 273 point difference between these two teams over eight games. That’s a 34-point-per-game difference in case you were wondering.

            There is nothing the Rams can do to be competitive in this game. Nothing legal anyway.
            -11-09-2009, 07:28 PM