Historical match up and prediction:
The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints have played each other 76 times with the Rams owning a 42-34 edge in the all-time match-up numbers against the Saints. However, it is the more recent games that matter.
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The Rams obviously won the most recent game because of the missed pass interference call, but we still have to mark it down as a win. Either way, it was a close game, showing how close these two teams are in terms of skill-level.
In the last regular-season meeting between the two teams, the Saints were able to capitalize on some mistakes by the Rams and walk away with a 45-35 victory. The year prior, when the game was in LA, the Rams were the ones with the last laugh, winning the contest 26-20.
The Saints did blow out the Rams, 49-20, in 2016 but the two teams then were so drastically different than they are now, making that game irrelevant to Sunday.
If we look at recent trends, it appears that the home team often has the advantage in these matchups and the Saints are not going to get the luxury of having the thunderous Superdome behind them, although there likely will be a good portion of traveling fans.
On paper, the Rams should have the advantage. However, after an uninspiring win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 and with the Saints as motivated as they could be for a Week 2 game, I have to give the Saints the edge on this one.
I think this goes to overtime. In overtime, Lutz comes up big yet again with another game-winner. Saints win 34-31.