Sunday in New Orleans two of the top offensive teams will do battle as the Rams and Saints go at it in a rematch of a game from November 4th in which the Rams fell to the Saints by a final score of 45-35.
This Sunday the two teams will battle again in the NFC Title Game in a game where it’s all on the line, as one of these two teams will wind up playing in the Super Bowl in a couple of weeks.
While there’s plenty to look it in this matchup, today we take a look at the game up close and personal, and what defensive players will be the focus and to watch out for in this huge rematch between these two foes.
1. Saints LB Demario Davis
The last time these two teams played Davis was all over the field, coming up with five tackles and two assists to lead the Saints in their 10-point win.
Davis is having a solid season with five sacks and 74 solo tackles for the Saints, and if New Orleans is going to win this game, Davis will have to have a big effort once again like he did back in early November in the first meeting.
2. Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner
Joyner suffered an ankle injury late in the season and did not play in week 17, but was able to come back for the divisional playoff game, and will have the task of keeping Saints leading WR Michael Thomas in front of him on Sunday.
Joyner recorded one interception, three pass deflections, a fumble recovery, a sack and 78 combined tackles across 15 starts in 2018.
In the first meeting in November, he had six tackles and two assists, and again will be called upon to have a big game Sunday.
3. Rams defensive end Michael Brockers
In the game last week the Rams defensive line had a great game, holding down the Cowboys and their stud running back, Ezekiel Elliott, holding him to 47 yards on 20 carries.
Brockers and the D-line played great, and when Elliott wasn’t running the ball, they were doing enough up front to disrupt Dak Prescott.
Look for Brockers to try and get pressure with the rest of his mates on Drew Brees early and often.
4. Saints safety Kurt Coleman
Coleman has had some ups and downs this season, but overall he’s been a leader on this team’s defense, and they will need him to make some plays Sunday against Jared Goff and the Rams offense.
Look for Coleman, who loves to dish out the big hits, has to be careful and not allow Rams wideouts to get behind him and allow the big plays.
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