Rams snap Saints’ winning streak

AP

The Rams were on the losing end of a matchup with a NFC division leader last Sunday, but things went better back at home against the Saints.

Jared Goff picked on a New Orleans secondary that was without its top two cornerbacks by throwing for 354 yards and two touchdowns en route to a 26-20 win. That puts an end to the Saints’ eight-game winning streak and leaves them with an 8-3 record heading into next Sunday’s game against the Panthers, who are also 8-3 after beating the Jets on Sunday.

The Rams are 8-3 as well after bouncing back from a loss to the Vikings with a strong performance against the Saints. They opened the game with an impressive touchdown drive and kept moving the ball all game against a New Orleans defense that showed the most mettle when they got close to their own end zone. That meant the Rams had to settle for field goals in the second half, but that was good enough to build a 13-point lead that withstood a late Saints touchdown when Sammy Watkins fielded an onside kick.

Watkins scored that first touchdown and had 82 receiving yards, which was second on the team behind Cooper Kupp. Kupp caught eight passes for 116 yards and Todd Gurley put up 128 yards from scrimmage as the Rams returned to the balanced attack they have ridden to the top of the NFC West. Their defense did a good job of keeping the Saints in check, although Alvin Kamara continued his marvelous rookie season with 188 total yards and both New Orleans touchdowns.

The Saints hurt themselves with seven penalties for 112 yards, including a costly pass interference on cornerback P.J. Williams on Watkins in the fourth quarter. They’ll need to play cleaner against the Panthers next Sunday at home if they are going to return to sole possession of first place in the NFC South.

Goff and company will head to Arizona in hopes of taking a two-game winning into a home date with the Eagles and trip to Seattle that will provide them with further opportunities to cement their spot at the top of the conference.

45 responses to “Rams snap Saints’ winning streak

  1. The Rams will settle for winning 1-2 games playing 2 tough teams in back to back wins. Congrats to the Rams on having a good season so far.

  2. Rams hadn’t been doing so good in the tie breaker categories, they really couldn’t afford to drop into the wild card race. Critical W for their playoff hopes and they got it done.

    Goff may well be a franchise QB.

  3. The saints will be fine. They’re literally playing corners off the street. They’ve played the last two games without their top 3 corners. Hats off to the rams. They put pressure on brees all game and held them for most of the game.

  4. Rams look great.. Too bad only half the stadium was full to watch them.
    Half empty stadiums are sweeping the NFL.

  5. Solid win they pretty much shut down the great Drew Brees until late garbage time. Sean McVay definitely should be in contention for coach of the year.

  6. And the Vikes whipped both of these teams. However, if we ever played them again, all the so called “experts” would pick against us even though we completely shut down both teams.

    Next week, all those so called experts will pick the Falcons even though they had a back and forth days against the Bucs without Winston. But please, keep picking against the Vikes, it motivates them. Just shows that all these former players and coaches don’t know JACK about the game.

    Skol🙏Skol🙏Skol🙏Skol🙏

  7. myspaceyourface says:

    November 26, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Rams look great.. Too bad only half the stadium was full to watch them.
    Half empty stadiums are sweeping the NFL.

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    The Coliseum sits 90,000 the NFL and the Rams put a maximum capacity of tickets for the Rams at 65,000

  8. genericuser8888 says:

    November 26, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    The Saints were missing their two starting corners.

    So, good game to the Rams for exploiting that weakness.

    Look forward to a rematch when our secondary is healthy.

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    The Rams were also with their best receiver Robert Woods(no it’s not Sammy Watkins). The Saints missing their top 2 corners doesn’t make up the fact that the Saints offense was basically ineffective all day, until the Rams played a soft zone with 2 minutes left that allowed the Saints to get to 20.

  9. Rams still have a lot to prove, but by week 12, the entire NFL scene is about exploiting weaknesses. Two missing Saints corners doesn’t diminish this Rams win.

  10. The Saints played 2 good teams to start their season and lose to both- go on an 8 game winning streak and the streak ends after playing another good team. Does anyone see the pattern here?

  11. laurinaitis4mvp55 says:

    Where are all the people that said the Rams were overrated?
    +++++++++++

    Right here in Minnesota.

  12. I guess dominating Carolina in their house, putting up 52 on Detroit, beating Washington, whom beat Seattle and LA, doesn’t count as beating good teams? Intelligence is fun.

  13. Denver misses Wade Phillips

    Maybe Sean Payton got some karma today for trying to stick it to Gregg Williams last season

    And Lastly, this game shows that Jeff Fisher needs to be Kaepernicked out of the NFL .

  14. greenwhodat26 says:
    November 26, 2017 at 8:27 pm
    I guess dominating Carolina in their house, putting up 52 on Detroit, beating Washington, whom beat Seattle and LA, doesn’t count as beating good teams? Intelligence is fun.
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    They lost to the Vikings and Rams. Your argument has more holes than a fishing net

  15. gtodriver says:
    November 26, 2017 at 8:20 pm
    laurinaitis4mvp55 says:

    Where are all the people that said the Rams were overrated?
    +++++++++++

    Right here in Minnesota.
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    No, the Rams are not overrated man. They just got beat last week by a very good, stingy defense. They came into that game #1 in NFL in scoring for a reason, however our defense shut them down like it does most teams. Doesn’t mean they are overrated.

  16. The Saints would have had their winning streak snapped last week if not for the fake intentional grounding call on the Redskins. The Saints deserved the disrespect they got today.

  17. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    November 26, 2017 at 9:04 pm
    gtodriver says:
    November 26, 2017 at 8:20 pm
    laurinaitis4mvp55 says:

    Where are all the people that said the Rams were overrated?
    +++++++++++

    Right here in Minnesota.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    No, the Rams are not overrated man. They just got beat last week by a very good, stingy defense. They came into that game #1 in NFL in scoring for a reason, however our defense shut them down like it does most teams. Doesn’t mean they are overrated.

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    Agree with this. To me Minnesota is the top team in the NFC. You guys have a very good team. But to say the Rams are overrated is just silly.

  18. ARod(in his collarbone) says:

    No, the Rams are not overrated man. They just got beat last week by a very good, stingy defense. They came into that game #1 in NFL in scoring for a reason.
    ***********

    And that #1 offense scored 7 points.

    And the Saints, with a depleted secondary, held them to 26.

    The high scoring games for the Rams were all against some of the weakest teams.

  19. For all you saying the loss is due to the Saints top 2 corners being out…are you serious?? The Rams were without their top WR too. Bree’s did virtually nothing all day and Ingram was non existent. With the exception of Kamara where was this high powered offense?

  20. Come on Vikings fans. Rams are easily a top 5 team in the NFC. Rams are top 1/3, just like we are. Saints are a middle third team.

    Top 1/3
    Philly, MN, Rams, Falcons, Carolina
    Middle 1/3
    Saints, Detroit, Seattle, Washington, Dallas, Green Bay
    Bottom 1/3
    Rest of the field….

  21. Nice win in the fact that they bounced back after a tough game and defeat. The Saints with their 8 game winning streak over the Little Sisters of the Poor were exposed again today. Their fans will say it was another sloppy game or use some other excuse like they did with the Saints first two losses. The fact of the matter is they just aren’t good enough. Rams were clearly the better team .

  22. Man it’s been awhile since we’ve been able to say we can see the light at the end of the tunnel for the rams. That was a long, painful tunnel to go through. I’m excited about this team, hopefully make a little bit of noise come playoff time.

  23. Saints were missing their top corners, which affected our entire defensive scheme in general. Can’t load up against the run when you are worried about Harris getting burned every play. And he did get burned.

    Coaching… Payton goes nuts trying to pass in the first quarter against one of the worst run D’s in the league. Makes no sense. Outsmarted himself.

    Kamara was doing great, but coach decides to feed Ingram more who was doing relatively little. Makes no sense.

    I mean, the Rams are a good team, but they weren’t playing the same D that has been in the backfield for the last 8 weeks, and our coach seems to have gone crazy for this game.

    Good win for the Rams, who were coached well and exploited our weaknesses and executed well in general.

  24. Vikings will crumble in the playoffs as usual. Rams caught the Saints on a good week without their top 2 corners.

    *sigh*

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