Everything I read points to a Rams victory tomorrow. Skins QB Cousins is turnover prone, their star WR DeSean Jackson is out, and Rams RB Tre Mason will hopefully return to the field. The Rams are sporting perhaps the toughest d-line in the NFL and last week the offense lead by QB Nick Foles dropped 27 points on a very tough Seattle defense.
Everything points to a win, but there’s a reason we wait until the game’s over until we collect on our bets. Almost every contest comes down to execution, taking care of the ball, and inevitably things just need to go your way. As Rams fans we’ve fallen prey to all these factors. Getting back to execution… A lot hinges on the performance of the Rams very young offensive line. We have two rookies at left guard and another at right tackle. We have a solid blocker in Roger Saffold, but Saffold’s past tells us he’s an injury waiting to happen. This squad held the Hawks to 2 sacks last week which was good enough to allow Foles to do his job. They’ve got to have an equally good showing this week.
Recent history has also shown the Rams letting down their guard after a big win. It’s not uncommon for us to knock off a big opponent one week only to cough one up against a weaker opponent the very next. The Rams have to stay focused.
Execution, focus, and a little luck. We’re not asking for much right? Here’s hoping the Rams continue to right the ship and we can earn the elusive 2-0 season start that has long evaded us (we haven’t started a season 2-0 since 2001 when we went to the Super Bowl).