So here we are, week 9 and the Saints who sit at 6-1 are hosting the undefeated LA Rams who sit at 8-0 in a game that could have huge ramifications for the playoff seedings in the NFC. The Superdome is going to be full of energy and LOUD. If the Saints win they take over as the current number 1 seed in the NFC, if they lose they could potentially fall 1.5 games behind the Rams and making that deficit up could be difficult in the remaining games.

Where will this game be won? In my opinion the key factor will be the Saints interior offensive line controlling the Rams fearsome duo Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh. If the Saints can control this part of the game it will give Brees time to pick apart the Rams linebackers and secondary and more importantly give Kamara and Ingram (and Taysom Hill!) the space to run the ball effectively and keep the Rams offense off the field.

The injury to Davenport is a shame as he was rounding into form and getting pressure on Goff will be important this week, look for Okafor and Trey Hendrickson to fill the gaps.

I am not too concerned by the Rams run game as the Saints have the leagues number 1 ranked run defense (felt weird typing that!) and as good as Gurley has been this season they haven’t come up against an elite run defense yet, the Chargers who are currently ranked 10th are the best they have come up against. The majority of Gurley’s yards have come against the Raiders (ranked 32), Cardinals (ranked 31) and the Broncos (ranked 28) so look for the Saints to keep him quiet this week.

It looks like Cooper Kupp will play this week and if he is going one on one against PJ Williams that will be a match up the Rams will look to exploit, despite winning NFC Defensive Player of the Week last week PJ did struggle and got picked on by Cousins and the Vikings wide receivers.

I am looking forward to seeing Michael Thomas go against Marcus Peters, this is the type of game that Thomas really looks to shine in and I can see him doing to Peters what he did to Xavier Rhodes in that game in the playoffs last season.

Prediction

The Saints have won 22 straight home games when they have a winning record and I don’t see that changing this week, after a quiet week last week look for Drew to throw for over 300 and 3 TD’s and Kamara and Ingram combined will get over 150 yards rushing and receiving.

Saints win 38-24

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