Saints at Redskins 11/15/15

Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints

The Backstory

The last time these two groups met, nobody could discover a flaw on the expo winning Rams.

Sean McVay was the most brilliant youthful personality in professional athletics. The Rams had a MVP hopeful at running back and Jared Goff was blooming into an establishment quarterback. Los Angeles' staggered hostile assault couldn't be halted, it could just ideally be contained.

At that point the Saints stood up and declared their place among the NFC's tip top. New Orleans' 45-35 Week 9 prevail upon Los Angeles, punctuated by Michael Thomas' Joe Horn-roused mobile phone touchdown festivity, moved them into position to get the band and crown.

The two groups experienced late-season calms that concerned a few, enough to try and leave the Rams on the losing end of some Divisional Round picks.

That didn't occur, however. The Rams secured their home in vanquishing the Cowboys, and rather, we recover a Week 9 rematch where the franticness occurred: The Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Drew Brees' speedy discharge passing assault meets a Rams guard that will have Aqib Talib for this go-around. The Goffense, new off a huge hurrying day, comes back with another face: running back C.J. Anderson, who has scrambled for an eye-popping 422 yards and four touchdowns on 66 conveys in only three amusements with the Rams. Los Angeles' newly discovered two-headed assault adds another layer to this matchup, however it additionally keeps running into the group's No. 2 surging barrier in New Orleans, which permitted simply 80.2 surge yards per diversion in the normal season.

Will the Saints guarantee the NFC crown and come back to the diversion's greatest stage out of the blue since the 2009 season? Or then again is it the Rams' a great opportunity to finish their triumphant come back to Los Angeles with a gathering title?

Under strain

Andrus Peat: One-fifth of one of the alliance's best hostile lines, Peat had an entirely forgettable day against the Eagles a week ago. He was hailed multiple times (two false begins, two holds) and attempted to deal with Philadelphia's Fletcher Cox, who was in and out of the diversion because of damage. It was later uncovered Peat is playing with a carefully fixed hand after he broke it late in the season, and was playing through a lot of torment in the success. Ordinarily solid, he basically wasn't, and he gets a much more prominent test this week as Aaron Donald. Donald drives the NFL in three pass-hurrying classifications: weights (74), sacks (20.5) and sack rate (3.7), per Next Gen Stats. He's third in the NFL in weight rate at 13.5 percent. This, originating from an inside protective lineman who will spend almost 50 percent or a greater amount of his guarded snaps against Peat. Brees' distinction in execution when influenced instead of free of weight is extraordinary (the third-most prominent in the NFL): Brees' passer rating is more regrettable by negative-66.7 when forced. New Orleans' offense, which includes a normal time to toss from Brees of 2.59 seconds, is intended to have the capacity to dodge this factor. Be that as it may, that will never be accomplished at a 100 percent rate, which means there will be open doors for Donald to cause issues, and if Peat is playing at under 100 percent, Donald's edge of plausibility will be more prominent. Indeed, even against a sound Peat (and strong right monitor Larry Warford), Donald still enrolled four weights, however he abandoned a sack. Hear that? That is the sound of thousands of Rams fans' hands scouring together while thinking about a major day from Donald. It's on Peat to keep it from occurring.

Marcus Peters: The cornerback, who has spent a decent bit of his first season with the Rams being utilized in a way that some observe as, um, inefficient, was burnt by the Saints in their first gathering, permitting seven gatherings on nine focuses for 146 yards, six first downs and the previously mentioned Thomas touchdown that frosted it for the Saints. He most likely observed a lot of the feature we as a whole saw on a circle: Thomas dashing past him to get a Brees pass and race to the end zone before lifting the objective post cushion to recover a planted flip telephone for his festival. A short time later, a warmed Peters made an impression on Saints mentor Sean Payton: "Tell Sean Payton, continue talking that s - , we going to see him soon. You feel me? Better believe it," Peters said after the misfortune. "Cause I like what he was stating on the sideline as well. Reveal to him he can continue talking that s - . Also, I trust he sees me soon. You feel me? At that point we're going to have a decent little, pleasant little bowl of gumbo together." Peters has since made light of his words, yet he got his desire: The Rams are back to see the Saints once more. Would he be able to assemble a superior execution against a corps driven by Thomas, who is falling off a 12-get, 171-yard, one-touchdown Divisional Round execution?

Matchup to observe

Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson versus Holy people's protection: We canvassed this a bit in the backstory, yet it's particularly essential since it has all of a sudden turned into a tremendous piece of Los Angeles' offense, which has altogether helped Sean McVay's capacity to call a marvelous amusement with fantastic pacing. Since the expansion of Anderson, Los Angeles has moved from a 11 work force substantial way to deal with one that utilizes two tight end sets at an a lot higher rate. Since Week 16, Los Angeles has utilized 12 faculty on 28.5 percent of plays, an expansion of 27.3 rate focuses. They've moved under focus at an expansion of 13.3 rate focuses in that equivalent range, the most noteworthy in the NFL both when the change, and run the ball from under fixate on 77 percent of snaps. That expansion may make them marginally increasingly unsurprising, however the expansion of a second tight end has additionally helped the Rams pile on a lot of hurrying yards, which has expanded the viability of play-activity passes. Each of the five of Goff's passing TDs since Week 16 have gone ahead play-activity passes, per Pro Football Focus. Two of those left 12 work force. That kind of parity at that point makes them less unsurprising, expanding their hostile potential and expanding cerebral pains for protective organizers - and it begins with how well Anderson and Gurley run the ball against New Orleans' No. 2 surge resistance.


It's incredibly hard to pick against the Saints when they're playing in the Superdome. It's one of the most intense conditions in the NFL and this is an outstanding Saints squad. In any case, that diversion a week ago - which could have finished in a very late Eagles win, had Alshon Jeffery not had Nick Foles' pass look off his hands - raised a few worries about that advantage. These Rams are rolling repulsively, on account of the play of Gurley, Anderson and Goff, and the playcalling of McVay. Los Angeles gets the success on its second attempt and heads back to Los Angeles with the George Halas Trophy close by, and maybe, a bowl of gumbo for Marcus Peters.