A few weeks removed from their first playoff appearance in twelve years, the Los Angeles Rams (4-8) host the Atlanta Falcons (7-5) in Week 14.
The Falcons rank third in the NFL in total offense, averaging 412 yards per game. But it may prove difficult to get things going in Los Angeles against the Mob Squad, and their 10th ranked defense.
Jeff Fisher, Rob Boras, and Gregg Williams always have their boys prepared, so taking care of business at home this Sunday should an easy task. This could potentially be a trap game for the Rams, however, so they can’t afford to play down to the competition in this one.
Can the Rams handle business in the Coliseum on Sunday and get one step closer to a playoff berth? The Turf Show Times’ staff have their predictions...
Fisher will have the boys ready this week as they return home to play at normal Pacific time. This week of prep will have them ready to stop the Falcons high powered offense with receivers like Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones to go along with their great RB tandem of Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rogers. Jared Goff will get his first NFL victory after witnessing that sad display Tom Brady got lucky to get a win from, last week. Start of a winning streak!
Prediction: Rams win, 31-13
The Rams will toy with the Falcons, and ultimately sack Matt Ryan with 1 second left. Fisher will school Quinn.
Prediction: Rams win, 2-0
Blaine Grisak (@bxgrisak1993)
Rams have lost three straight, but with a win against the Falcons, they'll be right back in the middle of the playoff hunt. They don't have to travel to the east coast, they'll be healthy, and most importantly, we know they're going to give it everything they got. I don't see how they lose.
Prediction: Rams win, 30-13
Eric Nagel (@Eric_nagel)
This is how Jeff Fisher keeps his job.
Prediction: Rams win, 13-10
The Falcons defense isn't great, so if the Rams offense is going to show some spark, this needs to the week. That said, the Rams aren't going to stop the league's nastiest offense.
Prediction: Falcons win, 38-20
Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)
This Rams season is a shit show & it'll continue to be. But, Kenny Britt will get his stats (positive!) & Goff will continue to continue his mastery of getting the plays of without any delay of games (positive!)
Prediction: Falcons win, 30-10
Elijah Kim (@TST_Eli)
The Rams are finally home and look forward to having three of the final four games in the Pacific Time Zone. According to newly extended head coach Jeff Fisher, this is a big deal. Therefore I think the Rams will keep it close, finding life behind Todd Gurley and Jared Goff to only fall short due to the defense not showing up. Everything continues falling apart for the newly extended and newly NFL Loss Record Holding Jeff Fisher.
Prediction: Falcons win, 31-21
Julio Jones goes for 150+ Fisher continues to be a douche and blame everyone else for his shortcomings. Seriously what kind of coach is this dick? He takes credit for the defensive and special teams success but then says he has no control over what happens on offense. Then he calls out Les Snead saying the issue is talent. In doing so, you're also telling your team they're not good enough to win with. You have literally single handedly killed any team moral that may have been left. This team will be flatter than a 1980s super models ass. Fisher has completely lost it and it's clear. Donvante Freeman will break one or two really good runs. This will get ugly before it gets good. Vic Beasley is going to terrorize Jared Goff, because Greg Robinson continues to face plant. This is going to get ugly. Prepare for the stadium to clear out after the boos ensue.
Prediction: Falcons win, 31-10
I'm still waiting for that ugly #FisherBall game to rear its ugly head. I picked the Rams over the Pats last week thinking it would have shown up then, and it didn't. Again, the Rams and Falcons almost play in two different sports. One team is not like the other, which is why I am going to go with #FisherBall again and pick the Rams to pull a miracle on Sunday, 17-14. (for the #FireFisher crowd, take solace in that I am always wrong with these things.)
Prediction: Rams win, 17-14
Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)
The Rams defense is legit, but so is the Falcons offense. With the Rams OL in shambles it's going to be difficult for them to before more than 20 points on offense. Oh, and I don't think the Rams defense has the ability to keep the Falcons under 20.
Expect Devonta Freeman to get into the end zone a couple times and the Falcons to win fairly easily.
Prediction: Falcons win, 27-10
And the rest is rust and stardust.
Prediction: Falcons win, 14-13
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
Heading into Week 14, the Rams find themselves in a prime spot to make the playoff push — and it all begins with a home win against the nicked up Falcons. Their best player, Julio Jones, is battling a turf toe injury. Trumaine Johnson says he’s ready to shadow Jones, and there’s no reason to believe he won’t shut him down completely on Sunday; forcing the Falcons to run the ball right into the one of the league’s fiercest defenses.
It’s a shame the Falcons had to face the Rams right as Jared Goff and Todd Gurley start heating up. Expect big numbers from both on Sunday, as the Rams embarrass the Falcons at home.
Prediction: Rams win 30-6