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The New Orleans Saints handed the Los Angeles Rams their first loss of the 2018 season way back in Week 9, winning 45-35. Now, the Rams are looking to hand the Saints their last loss of the season.
The two will meet in the NFC championship agme on Sunday with a trip to the Super Bowl up for grabs. To preview the matchup, we talked to John Sigler, managing editor of Saints Wire. He shared some insight on the absence of Sheldon Rankins and how the Saints have changed since Week 9.
The Saints defense really came into its own after that game. They still made some plays, bottling up Todd Gurley on the ground, and Alex Anzalone gave the Saints an extra possession by intercepting Jared Goff. But the Saints really improved on defense over the weeks that followed and now may be the best unit left in the playoffs. They’re a top-ranked run defense and showed a week ago they can generate a pass rush without standout Sheldon Rankins. Eli Apple and Marshon Lattimore have made plays at cornerback, too.
Rankins was a big piece, and the team’s second-best pass rusher after Cameron Jordan. But he wasn’t a big part of their run defense and was routinely taken out of the game in place of backup David Onyemata. Look for Onyemata to get more reps as a pass rusher against L.A. while the Saints dial up more blitzes and even kick Jordan inside on passing downs to generate pressure.
Kamara gets the heavier workload in the biggest games, and that should continue. Whether he’s getting more touches as a runner or receiver, the Saints will prioritize getting the ball in his hands. Ingram is seen as more of a closer who can grind out fourth quarters to maintain a lead, but he offers upside on blitz pickup (see: Ingram making Dante Fowler do a somersault in their last meeting).
Keith Kirkwood has steadily progressed to become the second man on the depth chart, but he’ll miss this game with a calf injury. Ted Ginn Jr. offers the most experience with Brees and had an uncharacteristically poor outing against Philadelphia. Brees and Ginn are seasoned pros and shouldn’t take much time to get back on the same page. They’ll try to connect deep to pick up chunk plays when not going to Thomas.
The Saints defense has proven it can hold its own, finding ways to get after passers and create turnovers even against strong offenses like the Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers. If they can continue to do that, giving the Saints offense more opportunities to score and keep pace with the Rams, New Orleans should move on to the Super Bowl. I’ll be a bit of a homer and predict a Saints victory. Saints 27, Rams 23
Outside of Missouri, Boston and California, New Orleans are most people’s pick for Super Bowl glory this year. And aside from the emotional attachment many NFL fans have to the Saints, their performances on the field this year would warrant a second title in a decade. They will need to come out of blocks early, though, as their slow starts in the regular season threatened to lose them games they should have won easily. The Rams have a fantastic offensive line, and if the Saints are asleep in the opening stages, they could find themselves two scores behind in the blink of an eye.
Coach Sean Payton is renowned for taking risks — think the fake punt against Philadelphia in the division game last week — and always seems more comfortable calling plays when ahead. And while usually ruthless at killing games off, it was the Rams who almost pulled off a remarkable comeback in the Superdome earlier this year. The Saints will need that ruthless streak if they are to win it all.
It has been a breathtaking turnaround for the Rams since they appointed head coach Sean McVay— the youngest coach in modern NFL history — in 2017. After years of mediocrity in St. Louis and a poor start after returning to LA, McVay has revolutionized this franchise, which now find themselves one game away from the Super Bowl.
In Jared Goff, too, they have a superstar quarterback — protecting him from the workmanlike defense of the Saints will be key if the Rams are to upset the apple cart and overcome New Orleans. If Goff stays safe in the pocket and the Rams utilize a mixed offensive game, the Rams faithful could be traipsing east for the big one next month, knowing their team has beaten one of the best on the way to a fairytale ending to the season.