Saints at Rams: For the first time since the NFC Championship that sent Los Angeles to the Super Bowl and delivered one of the most controversial refereeing decisions in recent NFL history, the Saints and Rams are back in action as they both look to improve to 2-0 early in 2019.
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Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles)
TV: FOX | Stream: 247 Sports TV (Try for free)
Neither side was perfect to open the new year, with the Rams escaping Carolina with a three-point victory despite some inconsistencies from quarterback Jared Goff and the Saints surviving Deshaun Watson and the Texans in their own dome. But they figure to have the best for each other in L.A., where the NFC contenders are clashing in an anticipated rematch of the title game. Saints at Rams Live.
It’s Sean McVay vs. Sean Payton on the West Coast, and only time will tell if, this time, New Orleans can come out on top. The Saints look like the clear front-runners in the NFC South, so a win would secure their No. 1 spot there. The Rams, meanwhile, remain favorites to repeat as NFC West champions, and a 2-0 start would bode well for their own run.
Based on the quote above, it’s safe to say that Sean Payton, who made that statement during an interview with NFL.com’s Michael Silver earlier this week, hasn’t gotten over the missed pass interference call that contributed to the Saints’ overtime loss to the Rams in January’s NFC Championship Game.
While a win Sunday won’t change what transpired this past winter, a win over the Rams in Los Angeles would certainly exercise some demons for a team that continues to have Super Bowl aspirations. On Monday night, the Saints outlasted Deshaun Watson and the pesky Texans, with Drew Brees throwing for 370 yards as New Orleans piled up over 500 yards of offense in their 30-28 victory. Alvin Kamara gashed Houston’s defense for 169 all-purpose yards, while receivers Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. each went over 100 yards.