The NFC Championship Game is set and it’s going to be nothing short of a fantastic game. No matter who you are rooting for in this one, this is the game we all wanted. Who wins this battle is the question of the day and who knows! Really, predicting this one with any assurance of the right outcome, is not going to be an easy task. The one thing that we know for sure is this, The Rams come into this game with the second best offense in the league and the Saints come in with the third best offense. The Rams are posting the 20th best defense and the Saints hit the 14th spot on the list. Neither one of these teams have an overpowering defense and both of them love to run, they love to keep it fast paced and they want a footrace.
The Rams— What did they do this past season, who did they beat and what were the final scores? The Rams opened the season against the hapless Oakland Raiders with a 33-13 victory and rattled off seven more wins to go 8-0 for the first half. They beat Arizona 34-0, the Chargers 35-23, Minnesota, 38-31, Seattle 33-31, Denver 23-20, San Francisco 39-10, Green Bay 29-27 then they hit their first snag along the way and guess who it was? Yep, you guessed it… the Saints, with a 35-45 loss. They quickly picked up the pieces and beat Seattle for the second time 36-31, then the Chiefs in a 54-51 thriller, then on to Detroit 30-15 and then took two straight losses against Chicago, 15-6 and Philadelphia 30-23 and then finished the season against two bad division rivals with wins over Arizona 31-9 and San Francisco, 48-32.
As you can well see, for the better part of this schedule, the Rams put up 30 or more. There were a few hiccups along the way and when they played teams with a great defensive unit, they struggled; IE-the Bears. Does this mean they will struggle against the Saints? No, what it means is this, the Saints have the 14 ranked defense in the NFL and they allowed a fired up offense to score 35 on them back on November 9th. The Rams can do it again. Whether or not the Saints outscore the Rams; that remains to be seen.
The Saints— This team has put up gaudy numbers as well and they can put it up against anybody. As said earlier, they put up 45 on these Rams, on November 4th. They opened the season against Tampa with a 40-48 loss, Cleveland 21-18, Atlanta 43-37 (ot), NY Giants 33-18, Washington 43-19, Baltimore 24-23, Minnesota 30-20, Rams 45-35, Bengals 51-14, Philly 48-7, Atlanta 31-17, Dallas 10-13 loss, Tampa 28-14, Carolina 12-9, Pittsburgh 31-28, Carolina 14-33 loss.
Considering that the Saints are the number three offense in the NFL, they had several games in which they did not hit 30 points. Imagine what their stat line would say if they had played every game as the Rams or the Chiefs did!
There is no reason to believe that either of these teams have suddenly found the “holy grail” of defense! Neither one are a juggernaut, on the defensive side of the football, but both are points scoring machines. This game has all the earmarks of over the total of 57 points, in fact, it would be shocking to see this game go below the total number.
Check out the latest line movements and odds at Americas Bookie and get in for this one. It’s going to be fun, it’s going to live up to the hype and it could be one of the best playoff games to come down the pike in a very long time. Good luck and enjoy the NFC Championship game.