By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | Posted January sixteen, 2019 at 06:00 AM | Up so some distance January sixteen, 2019 at 09:02 AM
Original Orleans Saints running reduction Alvin Kamara (41) scores his first of three TD’s against the Los Angeles Rams on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Original Orleans, La. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (Characterize by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
At the same time as you occur to would possibly quiz one thing to play out Sunday (Jan. 20) in step with the first 17 video games these two groups performed this season, it is some distance this: The scoreboard need to silent get dangle of a workout.
The Rams (32.9 capabilities per sport) and Saints (31.5) accomplished the 2018 long-established season because the NFL’s No. 2 and Three scoring offenses, respectively. They blended for eighty capabilities of their first assembly this season, which tied for the sixth-top blended rating in an NFL sport this season.
Amongst NFC groups, the Rams ranked No. 1 in total offense (421.1) and first downs per sport (25.1), while the Saints ranked No. 4 (379.2) and No. Three (23.6), respectively.
The names of the head coaches — Los Angeles’ Sean McVay, and Original Orleans’ Sean Payton — are synonymous with offensive innovation. The quarterbacks, Drew Brees and Jared Goff, every threw 32 touchdown passes and had quarterback ratings north of A hundred. The offensive traces for both groups cleared space for running backs Todd Gurley (21 total touchdowns) and Alvin Kamara (18) to chop defenses.
Both the Saints and the Rams came reduction to earth a little bit of bit within the season’s closing weeks (though the Rams did rating forty eight capabilities in Week 17). It’s also price declaring that the Saints defense has allowed decrease than 20 capabilities in seven of its final 9 video games, and the Rams dangle held four of their final six opponents to 22 or fewer capabilities.
But with a Immense Bowl berth on the road, it is some distance straight forward to ascertain a high-scoring affair on the Superdome’s like a flash turf this weekend.
A time for gumbo
Original Orleans Saints extensive receiver Michael Thomas (Thirteen) gets within the support of Rams DB Marcus Peters (22) to care for a Seventy two-yard touchdown within the fourth quarter finally of the sport between the Los Angeles Rams and Original Orleans Saints on the Superdome on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Characterize by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
A time for gumbo
One amongst the lasting photos of the Saints 2018 season used to be receiver Michael Thomas pulling a flip phone out of the padding within the endzone following his Seventy two-yard touchdown reception within the fourth quarter against the Rams earlier this season.
That sport used to be one amongst Thomas’ simplest as a talented, as he hauled in 12 passes for 211 yards. The man Thomas beat on that long touchdown used to be defensive reduction Marcus Peters, and Peters made determined to point out reporters after the sport he used to be taking a see for a rematch against the Saints and Payton.
“Give an explanation for Sean Payton to care for talking that (expletive), we’re going to behold him rapidly, you in actuality feel me?” Peters acknowledged. “I delight in what he used to be saying on the sidelines, too, so present him to care for talking that (expletive). I am hoping he sees me rapidly, you in actuality feel me? After which we’re going to dangle a suited minute bowl of gumbo together.”
The Rams sent a pair of draft picks to the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason to operate Peters. The fourth-One year defensive reduction intercepted three passes in his first season in Los Angeles.
If you thought Peters would let bygones be bygones, he posted a (since deleted) tweet this week that learn, “It’s gumbo week let’s enjoy.”
Final time they performed
Original Orleans Saints running reduction Alvin Kamara (41) scores on an eleven-yard lag within the first quarter finally of the sport between the Los Angeles Rams and Original Orleans Saints on the Superdome on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Characterize by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
Final time they performed
Week 9, 2018: Saints forty five, Rams 35
Original Orleans blitzed the Rams out of the gate earlier this season, shedding 35 capabilities on Los Angeles within the first half. Within the first half-hour on my own, Drew Brees logged 211 yards and three scores via the air while Alvin Kamara build together a touchdown hat trick.
Sooner than this sport, the Rams hadn’t misplaced all season, and they also seemed to be on the verge of getting blown out. But Los Angeles had a rally ready, scoring on three consecutive drives to starting up the 2nd half.
When Rams quarterback Jared Goff struck Cooper Kupp for a 41-yard touchdown within the fourth quarter, Los Angeles had scored 18 unanswered capabilities and evened the sport up at 35.
The Saints learned their groove trusty in time on either side of the ball. A Wil Lutz field purpose and a Seventy two-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas build the Saints reduction ahead by two scores, and the Saints defense allowed trusty eleven yards on the Rams’ final two possessions.
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay looks for a penalty for the mobile phone stunt finally of the sport between the Los Angeles Rams and Original Orleans Saints on the Superdome on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Characterize by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
“I mediate they’re playing essentially effectively on all three phases trusty now. how explosive their offense is and then I mediate their defense is de facto hitting their toddle. (Saints Defensive Coordinator) Dennis Allen has carried out an prominent job with these guys. They play like a flash, they all play together, they’re essentially sound. They mix in pressures. Or no longer it’ll be a colossal topic, namely trusty having to cope with that ambiance and that ambiance with those followers going loopy. But, we’re absolutely one other opportunity to return there and behold if we can advance away with a rob.” — Rams coach Sean McVay.
Original Orleans Saints defensive cope with Sheldon Rankins (98) pressures Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (sixteen) finally of the sport between the Los Angeles Rams and Original Orleans Saints on the Superdome on Sunday, November 4, 2018. (Characterize by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
The Saints defense obtained a colossal blow final week against Philadelphia, when it misplaced defensive cope with Sheldon Rankins for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles. Rankins grew to change into a force on the Saints defensive interior this season, registering eight sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
Additionally it is some distance price keeping an witness on left guard Andrus Peat, who performed via a damaged hand final week against the Eagles. Peat used to be on the field for all seventy seven of the Saints’ offensive snaps against Philadelphia, nonetheless committed four penalties (two of which had been pre-snap) and had worry with Philadelphia’s Professional Bowl defensive cope with Fletcher Cox.
The Rams looked as if it would possibly maybe truly get dangle of via their divisional playoff rob against Dallas with out any vital injuries.