Alright people, let’s kick off the second half of the NFL season officially. Before we get into the nitty-gritty of what’s to come up this weekend can we first talk about the WR trade feast that happened yesterday? If I had to pick a clear winner out of all this, I think I would have a hard time because the Texans getting DeShaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins some help in Houston’s receiver core with Demaryius Thomas from the Broncos for a 4th round pick in next year’s draft is a very well played move. But then again the Eagles decided to step up too and got Golden Tate from the Detroit Lions for a 3rd round pick in next year’s draft. Now I’m no NFL manager style critic but if these guys went for lower draft picks what could’ve made the Cowboys get Amari Cooper for a 1st round pick. If you ask me keeping Dez Bryant wouldn’t have been such a bad idea, but you’re not asking me. On a lighter note Week 9 doesn’t spark out to be a great one but looking around there is one game in specific that just call for them to be done in the playoffs, if you’re feeling lucky then check the game out and put some money up, you shouldn’t go wrong here.
I dare whoever wants to come and show me two better offenses than these two. Even when they play at half speed they can out run, out catch and outscore any defense in the league. Both teams are coming from commanding wins against the Packers and Vikings respectively in their week 8 matchups making this a must-watch game that could perfectly well be a preview of the NFC Conference Finals game this season.
The Rams are coming off yet another win in their undefeated season after beating Aaron Rodger’s Packers last week at home in a game where at times it looked like Green Bay had finally found a way to bring down LA, but then again that didn’t happen. While the Packers did put some heat under the Rams’ asses in the first half of the game leaving with a 10-9 lead it was a whole other story in the second half with Goff, Gurley and company coming through yet again and even taking the time at the end to let the clock wind down instead of scoring yet again. The Rams defense did look a little bit weak at times but that didn’t stop phenom defender Aaron Donald to record two sacks against Rodgers. How will the defense fare against Drew Brees and company? Well they need to have Brees’ number down very well because he has shown time and time again that he knows how to pull plays out of nowhere and taking into account Ingram, Kamara and Thomas backing him up, the Rams should have their plate full on Sunday afternoon.
The New Orleans Saints went back to Minnesota last Sunday probably still with the memory of that heroic style Stefon Diggs touchdown in the back of their minds. Still to this day that is one of the most exciting moments in football recently. So of course, the Saints wanted to get some payback and boy did they get them some. It was a weird game though with Drew Brees only recording less than 130 yards in total with one touchdown and one interception. The last time Brees had a game like that was more than 10 years ago, some of the best players in the game today weren’t around for when this happened. With that chip of their back it’s time for the Saints to come home and who knows maybe even get a huge upset win and end LA’s undefeated streak. I’m liking the Saints and at home they are strong as they can be but they need to not give up as many yards as they did against the Saints. Their main key here is stopping Todd Gurley, if they take care of Gurley they can take care of Goff, Woods and company easier but if they let Gurley do his thing then it’s going to be hard to score the upset.
I’m a firm believer that there is no other team in football as exciting as the Rams right now and their lineup just makes them look like the Warriors of the NFL, stacked up much? Yet again if there’s a team that can turn on the heat on any roster in the league is the Saints. When Brees is feeling his groove there is almost no stopping that offense. I’m going to go big and bold here and say that we will be seeing an upset in NOLA and we can expect these two teams to meet each other again in the playoffs, if everything works out in the NFC Conference Finals for what could be an epic match-up.