The New Orleans Saints head to Los Angeles in an NFC Championship game rematch against the Rams with one particular advantage in their back pocket.
The New Orleans Saints are seeking vengeance on the NFC Championship Game in Week 2 of the 2019 season. After narrowly defeating another playoff team in the Houston Texans, the Saints head to LA to take on the Rams.
The last time these two teams met was filled with controversy as the Saints got arguably the worst no-call in NFL history, stripping them of their chance to go to the Super Bowl. This gave the Saints their second consecutive heartbreaking loss in the playoffs.
That is still fresh in the players’ minds and is even fresher in the fans’ minds. All week, if you follow any Saints Facebook groups or the Reddit page, you know that the biggest discussion has been getting retribution on the Rams.
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This is primed to be a great game. The Rams also won their Week 1 game over the Carolina Panthers and are still a Super Bowl contender in the NFC. This is primed to be a high-scoring slugfest, similar to the game we saw with Houston in Week 1.
Of course, we have broken the game down from every angle that we could have thought of. We have talked about the most important players, the three steps to beating the Rams and gave our complete roster breakdown, comparing the two teams from top to bottom and giving one team the edge.
There certainly are a lot of factors that will go into this game, as there is with any NFL game in any given week. The Saints are going to have to do certain things good and other things better to get the win. But in the end, the team does have one massive advantage that should lead the public to chose them.
The New Orleans Saints have a pretty significant advantage at the quarterback position. If you look at the numbers, Jared Goff might not seem all that far behind Drew Brees. But when you consider the kind of player these two are, it is apparent that the Saints have the edge.
On one hand, you have a Hall of Fame quarterback that is still producing at an elite level. He has the skills, he has the experience and he has the moxie to go in there and beat anyone on any given day.
On the other hand, you have a quarterback that most people still are not even sure of. Sure, Goff has been fantastic on paper the last two years and that cannot be taken away, but he has also been the product of a revamped offense with Sean McVay with plenty of weapons around him.
There are times where Goff looks great and he did help will the Rams back from a deficit in the NFC Championship Game. However, for every great game he has against a bad team he has a mediocre showing against a great team.
Just look at how he played in the Super Bowl against New England. McVay’s schemes were not working and Goff did not take the game over. The Patriots made Goff beat them and he did not do it.
That is not to say that Goff is going to have a terrible game on Sunday as he could easily have a big day with all of his weapons, especially after seeing how the defense looked last week.
However, with two teams as talented as this, there is going to come a moment where Drew Brees needs to drive down the field and score and Jared Goff needs to drive down the field and score.
Brees has proven time and time again that he is lethal in those situations, there should be no doubts there. Goff, on the other hand, is a bit shakier and all it takes is one mistake to ruin that game-winning drive.
For that reason, as someone who covers both the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams, I have to give the narrow edge to the Saints. That is exactly what will happen; Goff and the Rams will have a chance to either tie it or win it and Goff will not meet the mark like his foe.