The Los Angeles Rams (4-6) will battle against the New Orleans Saints (4-6) in the Superdome on November 27th. It will also be former Saints defense coordinator Gregg Williams’ first time back in the Superdome since Bountygate.
Five Things to Watch For
1) Aaron Donald
Defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been a stud for the Rams since entering the league. He is one of the most disruptive (if not THE most disruptive) defensive linemen in the league. He has five sacks this season, and will look to get to Drew Brees. Guards Andrus Peat and Jahri Evans could be the key to success for the Saints’ offense given that Brees tends to step up in the pocket.
2) E.J. Gaines vs. Saints’ Receivers
The Rams defense doesn’t have many weaknesses, but their biggest weakness may be cornerback E.J. Gaines. The receiver that is matched up against Gaines needs to have a big game as cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson and Lamaracus Joyner have played well this year.
3) Delvin Breaux vs. Kenny Britt
Cornerback Delvin Breaux struggled against the Broncos two weeks ago and was eventually benched. His fibula injury appeared to be a problem once again, and he didn’t play against the Panthers last week. He was a full participant in practice this week, however. The Saints need Breaux to return to form if they want the defense to continue to improve. Kenny Britt has been the Rams’ best receiver without question as he has 49 catches for 736 yards and three touchdowns. If Breaux can shut down Britt, the Rams’ offense will likely have a tough time moving the ball.
4) Saints’ Defensive Line vs. Rams’ Offensive Line
Over the past few weeks, the Saints have managed to create a respectable pass rush. The Rams’ offensive line has allowed 24 sacks, and Jared Goff was under constant pressure last week. Cameron Jordan has been one of the best edge defenders in football this season, and although he only has four sacks, he has put a great deal of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Defensive tackles Sheldon Rankins and Nick Fairley will also have an opportunity to create havoc. Tyeler Davison will also be important in stopping running back Todd Gurley.
5) Dannell Ellerbe
Many Saints fans were fed up with Dannell Ellerbe because of inability to play because of a lingering quad injury, but he has had a huge impact over the past two weeks. He tallied a sack against both the Broncos and Panthers. His speed and solid pass coverage has helped solidify the Saints’ defense, and he has become one of Dennis Allen’s favorite weapons. Dennis Allen has used Ellerbe as a blitzer/pass rusher several times, and he’s looked surprisingly good. Look for him to have a huge game against the Rams.
- Saints win by a score of 27-13.
- Cameron Jordan has two sacks and two tackles for loss.
- Aaron Donald gets a sack and three quarterback hits.