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Week 9: Los Angeles Rams

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – NOVEMBER 04: Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints runs for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 4, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Rarely do people look at mid-season games as potentially the most important game of the season. But this Saints/Rams game had the earmarks of home-field advantage.

Yes, it’s too early to talk about playoffs and playoff seeding. But one can’t look at this game and deny that you might have seen the two best NFC teams play each other.

One can’t deny that this may have been an NFC Championship preview. And if you think like that, Who Dats can’t help but feel lucky that the road to Atlanta may have to come through New Orleans in January, thanks to this win.

The Rams are as tough as they come. They have a tremendously potent offense and a highly touted defense. The over/under for this game opened north of 60 points in many sportsbooks. They were eight points shy of that at HALFTIME. If you enjoy potent offense, this was the game for you. And as we’ve seen, the guard has changed. Defense used to win championships, but with offenses like these, that mantra may change.

After trading TDs early, the Saints parlayed a busted fake FG attempt by the Rams and an interception into touchdowns. The Saints took a 35-17 lead into halftime. No one could have seen that coming against the number one ranked team in the NFL.

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True to form, the Rams came out after halftime and exploded on the Saints for 18 unanswered points to tie the game. But the Saints did to the Rams what many expect the Rams to do to others at that point in the game. They stymied them defensively. After taking the third quarter off defensively (not really, the Rams are just that good), the Saints put the wall up on them for much of the fourth quarter.