Rams face another top NFL defense
Like many of their latest opponents, the LA Rams offense faces another huge test against a Saints' defense that has only allowed an average of 19.1 points per game all year. That will make the third Top 10 defense this offense has faced since the BYE, and third Top-10 defense faced in the past four games. If you need a silver lining, the Saints defense does allow 311.9 yards per game, which is good enough for the 11th ranked defense in the NFL.
The Saints offense is the weak link of the team, if there is such a thing about the Saints this season. The Saints have scored an average of 22.1 points per game this year, good enough to be ranked as the 13th best scoring offense in the NFL. But the Saints have been a bit erratic, as they have scored as many as 38 points to beat a tough Indianapolis Colts team, but scored as few as nine points against their NFC South Division rivals, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Saints face the Bucs in Week 17.
Rams are getting hot at the right time
The LA Rams have to avoid turning the football over too. The Saints specialize in winning the turnover battle, sitting comfortably with a +5 turnover differential coming into tonight's game. The Rams, meanwhile, sit at a slight deficit of -2.
But even as the Rams schedule has softened somewhat after their BYE, let's not leave you with the false impression that the Rams have beaten bad teams. The aggregate record of the Rams five opponents faced after Week 10 is 34-36. Of that group, the Rams are 2-1 against teams that are still very much in the chase for a playoff berth
The Rams are getting hot at the right time of the season. Not only have the Rams played extremely well after Week 10, but they will enjoy a 10-day mini-bye after Week 16 due to competing on Thursday Night Football. While the Rams have had the worst luck in facing four NFL teams after their BYE week, we cannot ignore the fact that the Rams may have a scheduling advantage in the final two games of the season.