New Orleans Saints 49 – Los Angeles Rams 21

The Saints finally put together a complete game on offense as they handed the Rams a tough loss at home. New Orleans put up 49 total points and held the Rams to only one second half touchdown as they rolled to a 49-21 win. What was surprising was the Saints managed the ball on the ground beautifully as Mark Ingram led the backfield with 146 yards, leading to a total yardage of 209 yards on the day. Drew Brees also became only the second player in NFL history to have 30+ games with 4+ touchdowns passing. The Saints looked like the team that they have the potential to be, forcing two turnovers on defense and being a force on offense.

Although the Rams were non-existent in the second half in the Superdome, rookie quarterback Jared Goff had a promising day at quarterback, recording his first NFL touchdown pass. He followed that with two more touchdown passes and a total of 214 yards passing. On defense, the Rams were simply worn out by the fourth quarter, as the Saints’ offense ran up and down the field in the second half. They did force an early turnover at the beginning of the game, giving Jared Goff immaculate field position. Head coach Jeff Fisher has some questions to answer in practice this week, as they have struggled to string together wins recently.

New Orleans Saints Leaders

Passing

Drew Brees

28/36 310 yards 4 touchdowns

Rushing

Mark Ingram

14 carries 146 yards 1 touchdown

Receiving

Michael Thomas

9 rec. 108 yards 2 touchdowns

Defense

Kenny Vacarro

4 total tackles 1 interception

Most Valuable Player

Mark Ingram

14 carries 146 yards 1 touchdown

1 rec. 121 yards 1 touchdown

Mark Ingram returned from a concussion and performed nearly flawless. He opened the half for the Saints with two carries for a combined 81 yards and a touchdown score to eventually a 49-21 win over the Rams. He has performed very well in select games this season and is turning into one of the most important pieces for the Saints’ offense.

Los Angeles Rams Leaders:

Passing

Jared Goff

20/32 214 yards 3 touchdowns 1 int.

Rushing

Todd Gurley

13 rush 50 yards

Receiving

Kenny Britt

5 receptions 52 yards 1 touchdown

Defense

Mark Barron

14 total tackles 1 fumble recovery

Most Valuable Player

Jared Goff

20/32 214 yards 3 touchdowns 1 int.

Jared Goff settled in in his second start and performed very well in the first half. He kept his Rams in the game until Drew Brees and the Saints offense started to roll against the L.A. defense. He may just start to live up to his draft pick and be the future of the Los Angeles Rams.

 

Looking Forward:

New Orleans Saints

The Saints take on the Detroit Lions at home next week and have to win out to keep their playoff hopes alive. Sitting at 5-6 the Saints are still in contention but must play like they did this week against the Rams. Matt Stafford has been rolling recently and the Saints’ defense will have to force turnovers and play at the level that they have been the past couple weeks.

Los Angeles Rams

As for the Rams, they are virtually eliminated from playoff contention in the playoff race in the NFC. Behind the Seahawks in their division, head coach Jeff Fisher is now looking to analyze his young roster and hope to begin building momentum leading into next season. The Rams feature plenty of young talent on their roster and have the potential to be a solid team in the future.

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Beau Kirkbride is a student at The Ohio State University, where he studies Sports Industry and Management. Growing up a Saints and Buckeyes fan, football is his passion.
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Beau Kirkbride is a student at The Ohio State University, where he studies Sports Industry and Management. Growing up a Saints and Buckeyes fan, football is his passion.

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