Week 15: St. Louis Rams 27, New Orleans Saints 16- Post Game Thoughts

In a battle of the Saints, it is the Rams who come out on top with the “dubya”.  Drew Brees was off his game in this one, and protection broke down in front of him, as he was sacked four times and pressured on other occasions.  His two first quarter interceptions proved to be the difference in this game, they each resulted in Ram touchdowns.  Zac Stacy had an outstanding game; he ran the rock 28 times for 133 yards and a touchdown.  Kellen Clemens also played a nice game, throwing two touchdowns and no interceptions.  The Rams, as a team, won the turnover battle.  They did not turn it over once while the Saints coughed it up three times.  Garrett Hartley’s two missed field goals did not help New Orleans’ cause either.  So all and all, it was a sloppy effort from Sean Peyton’s team, and one that they could have done without.  Because of this slip-up, they will be forced to play Carolina for all of the NFC South marbles next week.  The game will be played in Charlotte, and the Saints have lost their last two road games and four out of their five previous contests outside of the Superdome.  There really is no denying that these guys are not nearly as effective on the road as they are at home.  That is why a win next week would be huge for them.  Whoever wins the NFC South will have a first round BYE and at least one home game in the playoffs.  The loser may not last long if they are forced to take their show on the road.  So the bottom line is that this game is humongous.  I do have to give props to Jeff Fisher and company for responding the way they did in this game.  They got blown out at the hands of the Cardinals last week, and to come back and play well against a top-echelon opponent is pretty impressive.  I like the way this Ram team looks and they will be competitive in many of their games next year, make no mistake about it.

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