The Los Angeles Rams (3-2) look to bounce back following a disappointing home loss to the Buffalo Bills. This week, they’ll head east to take on the Detroit Lions (2-3), who are looking to climb back to .500 in a very competitive NFC North.
At the end of the 2015 season, following the failure of the Nick Foles experiment, Rams’ QB Case Keenum started the last four games of the year — the first of which was a home game against the Lions. Despite a rough first outing (14 of 22, 124 yds, INT), the Rams were able to come away with a 21-14 win.
Can Keenum & Co. replicate that success against Lions on the road in Week 6? And if not, does Case Keenum’s time as a starter run out?
The Turf Show Times staff have their predictions...
Tevin Broner (@T_Bron)
If the Rams do not have their starting defensive line playing this week along with the fact that Trumaine Johnson will miss this week, it's hard to see the Rams shutting down the passing game. Unless the Rams make a couple of big plays and get some turnovers, the team can not win.
Prediction: Lions win, 17-13
The Rams score four touchdowns, because why not? The Rams converted 1 of 4 red zone trips last game, so it stands to reason that the football gods will swing the pendulum back for fun. Gurley will score three touchdowns, but all three will be on catches. The Rams' secondary, without Johnson, will give up three touchdowns but will buckle down in the 4th and intercept Stafford as time runs off the clock.
Prediction: Rams win, 28-24
Mike Dietrich (@dvond)
The Rams go on the road and with a London trip looming, I see them being distracted. Tru being out opens up the secondary to another hole that I can see Stafford and Jones exploiting. The annual Fisher free-fall is fully in process.
Prediction: Lions win, 24-13
Considering the state of the Lions defense, this is a good rebound game for the Rams, whose struggles mostly come on the offensive side of the ball. That being said, Detroit has a legitimate offense. Matthew Stafford looks good, their receivers are legit and running back Theo Riddick can make people miss. The Rams will be able to put up some points, but with a crippled Rams defense, Detroit should be able to outscore Case Keenum and friends.
Prediction: Lions win, 27-20
Y'all already know the Rams are going to do the same shit as last week. The offense doesn't seem to have any variation week to week. They run the same plays. Meaning, the Lions defense are going to know exactly what Rams offense are going to do.
Prediction: Lions win, 30-16
Elijah Kim (@TST_Eli)
The Rams head to Detroit to rebound after a tough loss against the Buffalo Bills. While Coach Jeff Fisher has seemingly pushed aside this loss with no concern (while proclaiming the offense is improving despite its 32nd ranking and being worse than last year), I'm still not a believer that this offense is good enough to win games consistently. The Rams also enter this game with a weakened defense, having their top cornerback Trumaine Johnson, William Hayes, Michael Brockers, and Robert Quinn all ailing to some degree. While the defense will put up a solid fight and keep things close, the Rams' inability to score points will cost them again.
Prediction: Lions win, 24-17
Eric Nagel (@Eric_nagel)
I feel about as confident in this prediction as I do in Jeff Fisher's coaching ability
Prediction: Lions win, 23-13
Rams are still the Rams. Going to win some big games then lose the ones you'd expect them to win. This was the case with the Bills. The Rams were Fisherballed better than they've ever dreamed of Fisher balling someone. How ever the Lions do not have the run game to Fisher ball the Rams. However, Trumaine Johnson will be out with a High ankle sprain. This means troy hill will start and we've seen what that means. Matthew Stafford is going to attack him a lot. And Marvin Jones is going to feast. If Robert Quinn is out again this could get ugly. The Lions defense has been playing better and better and I'm not sold Gurley gets off this week either. And with their secondary for the first time in about 10 years looking formidable, I'm not sure if the offense will move the ball much early on. However Kenny Britt should have a good day. If the special teams don't score for the Rams and the defense don't force a turnover or two the Rams are likely to lose.
Prediction: Lions win, 27-13
The Lions are allowing 4.9 yards per rushing attempt (the Rams are not much better at 4.4) so if the Rams are ever to get Todd Gurley going, this is the week. The Lions look to play right into the wheelhouse of FisherBall, as every game this year they have played was decided by a touchdown or less. Golden Tate will probably make me regret this, but I’m going to pick the Case Keenum Express in this one,
Prediction: Rams win 24-21
Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)
No one has any idea which Rams team will show up. Given the injury issue the Rams are facing, I think they lose another close game
Prediction: Lions win, 24-17
You get born and you try this and you don't know why only you keep on trying it and you are born at the same time with a lot of other people, all mixed up with them, like trying to, having to, move your arms and legs with strings only the same strings are hitched to all the other arms and legs and the others all trying and they don't know why either except that the strings are all in one another's way like five or six people all trying to make a rug on the same loom only each one wants to weave his own pattern into the rug; and it can't matter, you know that, or the Ones that set up the loom would have arranged things a little better, and yet it must matter because you keep on trying or having to keep on trying and then all of a sudden it's all over.
Prediction: Lions win, 21-10
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
The Rams’ strength is their defense...more specifically their defensive line. With Robert Quinn, William Hayes, Michael Brockers all on the injury report - along with their best CB, Trumaine Johnson - it wouldn’t surprise me if the Lions have a big day offensively.
I drafted Golden Tate in my TST fantasy league and he has been atrocious all season. I assume it’s to spite me, and that he will do what he normally does to the Rams: ball out. But I will get the last laugh, as he will be benched, and I will lose (again).
Oh, and I picked the Rams to win prior to the season, so that means they were destined to lose this one since early September. Sorry.
Prediction: Lions win, 27-20