TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 15, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Edward Jones Dome
Weather: High 22, Low 7
Line: New Orleans (-6)
It has been an interesting season for the St. Louis Rams in 2013. Losing Sam Bradford with a torn ACL ruined all hope of a playoff season as Kellen Clemens was forced to take over the team and without your starting quarterback and a franchise player, the team is missing a leader. Clemens has struggled a bit, passing for 1,200 yards and five touchdowns and five interceptions on the year while completing barely over 52 percent of his passes. Tavon Austin has come on strong as of late at wide receiver as the rookie has caught 31 passes for 514 yards and four scores. Zac Stacy has improbably brought the run game back to life, rushing for 721 yards and five scores.
As one of the league’s best comeback teams from a season ago, the New Orleans Saints look like one of the scariest teams out there — especially when the playoffs roll around. The Saints have been rock solid on offense and defense this season and Drew Brees has been himself once again. Brees has passed for 4,107 yards and 33 touchdowns on the year — on pace to reach yet another 5,000-yard season. His favorite target has been top tight end Jimmy Graham who has caught 74 passes for 1,046 yards and an impressive 14 touchdowns. Marques Colston isn’t having quite the season he would have hoped to have, but his 56 catches for 721 yards and four touchdowns have been solid for the No. 2 target. Pierre Thomas leads the average run game with 500 yards and just one score.
Defensively, the Saints have been one of the best teams in the league this season because of Rob Ryan‘s teaching. The Saints rank fifth in points allowed, sixth in total yards allowed and third in passing yards allowed per game. St. Louis had the potential to be one of the best defenses in the league at the start of the year but have struggled a bit, ranking 19th in total yards allowed and 22nd in passing yards allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Saints 38, Rams 21
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