This NFL season has been an unpredictable mess for a lot of teams and for fantasy football. Most of the top-teir superstars are out for the season and with teams like the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings suffering injuries (or suspensions) to their key players, the upstart Los Angeles Rams are contending for a playoff spot.
The Arizona Cardinals also fall into this category as well, losing star RB David Johnson at the start of the season. However, after receiving RB Adrian Peterson in a trade with the New Orleans Saints, it looks as if the Cards have been reborn, finally showing signs of life in their win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.
So, what will happen when the Rams face off with the Cards at “home” in London? Well, with all the crazy that’s been sprinkled onto the season so far, I think you know what the recipe for truth is:
Let’s get bold:
Jared Goff will throw for 350+ yards and 3 touchdowns
Arizona will most likely have CB Patrick Peterson tracking WR Sammy Watkins. So, WR Robert Woods, WR Cooper Kupp, and possible star of the game WR Mike Thomas will have guys like Justin Bethel and Tramon Williams providing “coverage.” Bethel has been playing like the fake owl that sits on the roof of my house, trying to scare away from squirrels from eating the lemons out of the tree -- which is a random way of saying that they can easily be taken advantage of by the Rams pass catchers. Also, RB Todd Gurley will catch for more yards than he will get on the ground. No matter how you slice it, a big day for Goff!
The Rams defense will shut down Adrian Peterson
To say that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers weren’t prepared for AP’s performance last week is an understatement. Wade Phillips isn’t going to be caught off guard this week, using the same tactics from quarters 2, 3, & 4 in last week’s game against Jacksonville. The Rams run defense has looked shaky at times this season, but when it matters, they can contain powerful runners like Adrian Peterson. Look for the Cards rushing game to be under 50 yards.
Larry Fitzgerald & John Brown will make the game close
Expect a big game from Arizona’s receivers, as they have the premier size and speed, giving them an advantage over Nickell-Robey Colelman and Trumaine Johnson. Also, QB Carson Palmer has played well against the Rams. In fact, Palmer has had 275-plus yards in three of his last four games against the Rams. So, I’m predicting that Fitzgerald and Brown will both rack up 100 yards receiving with a handful of touchdowns.
Another special teams touchdown for Pharoh Cooper
This time, WR Pharoh Cooper will take it to the house on a punt return, setting himself up as this season’s Devin Hester (back when he was torching the league with the Chicago Bears). His run this week won’t be 103 yards, but it will still be exactly what the Rams need to get a W.
John Johnson III will clinch the game with a heroic play
My new favorite Rams rookie is hungry for more interceptions, and I’m predicting that John John is going to break the hearts of Cardinal fans by ripping the ball away from an Arizona receiver and taking it back to the house in the final two minutes.
The general bold prediction is that this game will be decided in the air, with both Jared Goff and Carson Palmer throwing for more than 300 yards. This game will be decided by the secondaries of each team... and I’m giving that edge to the Los Angeles Rams.
Rams win, 42-37.