2. The offensive line really had a poor showing
We have been touting the New Orleans Saints’ offensive line all week as one of the best in the NFL. And while that should not be taken away from them in one bad showing, the offensive line really did not look all that great on Sunday.
It did not help that Andrus Peat suffered an ankle injury in the game as Peat was one of our three-most important players on Sunday. Some readers questioned us throwing him in there but once he was out it was apparent how important he was to stop Aaron Donald and company.
The Rams’ defensive line ran amuck on the Saints for most of this game. Whether it was Brees or Bridgewater, the defensive line was getting pressure to the quarterback all day and was able to almost completely neutralize the running attack.
The Rams only had two sacks in the game but it was that constant pressure that was making it so hard to get anything going on defense. Rookie center Nick Easton looked every part of being a rookie and Peat going out did not help.
And whenever anything did get going for the Saints it would get called back for a foul on the defensive line. The Saints committed 11 penalties, five more than the Rams, for 87 total yards.