The NFC South division remains a tight race heading into Week 8 and with two teams on a bye week, there is a chance for some breathing room for two others in their match ups.
New Orleans Saints vs. St Louis Rams: The Saints embarrassed the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday in a 62-7 victory and claimed the top spot in the NFC South in what some thought might be a trap game. They will have another potential trap in an away game against the Rams on Sunday.
The Rams are facing the possibility of another game without QB Sam Bradford and a depleted secondary. The Rams are also 0-6 coming into this game which is something the Saints have said they won’t take for granted.
That’s a good thing since a similar situation happened four years ago against a battled 0-8 Rams team. The Saints were on a win streak when the Rams broke it with an eight point victory margin.
The Saints had success last time against the Rams with S Malcolm Jenkins intercepting QB Sam Bradford twice, one returned for a touchdown. The Saints will need to play focused in the secondary even if back up QB A.J. Feeley starts for the Rams.
RB Steven Jackson is also a weapon to be aware of the Rams will use often. The Saints will probably be without one of their own since RB Mark Ingram is speculated not to play with a bruised heel. RB Chris Ivory could make his return if Ingram can’t go.
If the Saints offense and defense can pull a repeat performance from last Sunday this pick is pretty easy. My pick for the winner: New Orleans Saints.