The Atlanta Falcons fought their way in to the playoffs, winning four of their last five games and their season finale against the Carolina Panthers. The win over Carolina now has them preparing to travel to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday to take on the Los Angeles Rams. The game is scheduled to begin at 8:15 PM.
Atlanta Falcons Analysis
The Falcons were inconsistent this season, but they have been playing some good football lately, making them one of the most dangerous teams in the playoffs. The fact that they were able to get back in the playoffs after their slow start is a testament to their experience and resolve.
Now, they have to take on a young Rams team that good on both sides of the ball, which means they also have to play well on both sides. Defensively, the Falcons have looked good in their last five games, with the exception of their loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Offensively, they need to get their running game going to give them some balance or this will be a one-sided affair.
Los Angeles Rams Analysis
The Rams are a very talented team that can make some noise in the playoffs, the only problem they have is they don’t have any playoff experience and could fall victim to the pressure of the moment.
One thing they have for them is despite not making the playoffs in over 10 years, the “Greatest Show on Turf” also didn’t have any experience but went on to win the Super Bowl in 1999 and make it back in 2001.
The Rams defense will need to shut down Atlanta’s running game so they can go after Matt Ryan, who will be forced to carry the offense. Offensively, they need to feed the ball to Todd Gurley, who will help take pressure from Jared Goff by making some big plays for the offense.
Pick and Prediction
The Rams are favored to win the game by 6.5 points. The over/under on total points scored is 48.5.
Despite their lack of experience, the Rams are the better team, so take them at -6.5.