When the St. Louis Rams and New England Patriots face off this Sunday in London at Wembley Stadium, both teams should be well adjusted to the time zone differences and ready to play football. While the Pats’ pass defense has been somewhat suspect at times this season, will the Rams have a chance to exploit those shortcomings?
Given the evidence supplied by the Patriots over the past five weeks, all signs point to yes. Quarterback Sam Bradford has a great chance to put up some gaudy numbers in this one as four of the Pats’ last five opposing quarterbacks have. Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco, Buffalo Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick, Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, and New York Jets’ Mark Sanchez all put up season-high yardage numbers in games against the Pats over the past month.
Further proof that the Rams’ offense should have a big day against the Patriots is that they are allowing 376.0 yard per game this season and have given up 20 or more points in six straight games. St. Louis ranks 26th in the league in scoring averaging just 18.6 points per game and is 28th in yards gained at just 315.1 per contest. This is a great chance for that side of the ball to gain some confidence and show that they have plenty of talent on offense.
For the defense, the Patriots obviously present quite a challenge with quarterback Tom Brady and his myriad of weapons in the passing game. Prior to last week’s game with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, the Rams D had been on a roll. This is another stern test against a team with a number of different offensive options capable of scoring points.
While this game appears to be somewhat one-sided on paper, it’s worth noting that the Pats have had trouble closing opponents out in recent weeks. If the Rams can hang around in this one, don’t be surprised if an upset happens.
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