DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 09: Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams celebrates after intercepting Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions during the first quarter of the game at Ford Field on September 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Rams 27-23. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Earlier on Friday I noted that the St. Louis Rams didn't have many takers among the various media outlets making picks. Life as an underdog, I guess. But alas ye troubled fan, there is one person out there who believes in the team's ability to bring RGIII a little closer to Earth this week.
ESPN's NFC West blogger, Mike Sando, has the Rams edging out the Redskins. His prediction:
The Rams' defensive staff should benefit from having seen how the Redskins planned to use Robert Griffin III this season. I'll go out on a limb and say the Rams, armed with a smart defensive plan and opportunistic cornerbacks, find a way to win their home opener under Jeff Fisher. Sando's best guess: Rams 20, Redskins 17
It's hard to get away from the Rams secondary, and for good reason. Last week they did a good job, until some late game lapses in Cover-2, keeping the Lions from making the big plays. That will be huge again this week. If they can at all get some more pass rush going, the defense really has a shot to keep Washington from piling up points like they did last week against the Saints.