The Los Angeles Rams improved to 2-0 on the season by defeating the New Orleans Saints in Week 2.
Ever since the NFL schedule was released back in the spring, there was plenty of excitement surrounding the Los Angeles Rams hosting the New Orleans Saints in Week 2 due to what took place in the NFC Championship in January.
Controversial or not, the Rams defeating the Saints to advance to the Super Bowl before coming up short against the New England Patriots gave New Orleans plenty to think about over the next couple of months.
Even if there is no way of determining exactly what would have taken place if it were the Saints participating in the Super Bowl over the Rams, this still didn’t prevent New Orleans and their fans talking about it all offseason.
Sunday’s Week 2 battle between these two NFC rivals certainly wouldn’t be on the same intensity level of the NFC Championship, but it was great to see the Rams come out and make a huge statement by taking down the Saints 27-9.
Obviously, the outcome of this game most likely would have been much different if Drew Brees didn’t exit early on with a hand injury, and put New Orleans in a tough position adjusting to playing with Teddy Bridgewater.
But also, just because the Saints were dealing with this unfortunate injury regarding Brees doesn’t mean the Rams deserve less credit for pulling off the impressive victory.
After barely holding on for the win in Week 1 on the road over the Carolina Panthers, there were some questions over how Los Angeles would look in this rematch with New Orleans.
Thanks to the defense stepping up in a big way by holding the Saints to scoring just nine points along with Jared Goff and the offense doing their part, the Rams are currently 2-0 heading into their Week 3 battle with the Cleveland Browns.
By handing New Orleans their first loss of 2019, Los Angeles should no longer have to deal with all of talk surrounding the Saints looking for revenge to help make up for what took place last January.
As mentioned before, the injury to Brees certainly gave the Rams a major advantage in this one since there’s a reason why he’s a lock for Canton down the road when the time comes, but a win is still a win.
When taking into consideration that both the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers each won prior to the start of Sunday’s game for the Rams, Los Angeles should be thrilled to continue being one of the three teams currently undefeated in the NFC West.
Otherwise, a loss to the Saints to fall behind in the division race would have only added extra pressure to the Rams for the remainder of September, which nobody wanted to see take place.