No need for my rambling. This one’s obviously important. Can the Rams do enough to get a reservation for Week 19?
The Turf Show Times’ staff have their predictions...
I actually think this is such an even match up that it’s going to come down to Sam Ficken making the fourth quarter field goal to put the Rams ahead, and Donald finishing up the game. This really is a marquee matchup between two well-coached teams.
Prediction: Rams win, 20-17
All season long the Rams offense has relied on its ability to keep defenses honest and guessing. The Rams defense has made its fair share of game changing plays. Atlanta has quietly finished the season 6-2 with its only losses to Minnesota and New Orleans and is far from an easy matchup with a dangerous offense. I think we could be in store for a huge game from either Woods or Kupp on offense to be reinforced with a defensive TD to move the Rams to the divisional round. In a nail biter.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-24
Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)
PLAYOFF football is something this Rams fan doesn’t recall too much. It occurred over a decade ago. In between were my formative teen-early twenties so there was a lot of drugs & booze.
HOWEVER, this is the best I’ve seen this team since then. Woods & Kupp will rack up catches, Watkins will pull off a long TD ala Ike Bruce. It’ll be sweet.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-17
Joey Aucoin (@LARamsRamsRams)
I predict a low scoring affair (for the Rams standards), as the Falcons’ D will keep Gurley and company in check for most of the game, but the defense and special teams will come though with some scrappy plays that will lead to points.
Prediction: Rams win, 17-10
LA’s role as a legit playoff contender is more convincing than kroenkes toupee.
Prediction: Rams win, 24-20
Charlie Hiller (@charliehiller)
Rams overcome a 4-touchdown deficit to win in overtime. That’s right, folks. Still making that joke in 2018.
Prediction: Rams win, 34-28
Elijah Kim (@Football_EZK)
The Rams host a playoff game against the defending NFC Champs Atlanta Falcons. Although Atlanta may be the last seed, the Falcons surprisingly were top 10 in offense and defense for the season. The Rams will lean on Todd Gurley and the offense to score enough points in a likely high scoring affair. Rams move on in their magical season.
Prediction: Rams win, 28-21
Eric Nagel (@Eric_nagel)
I think the Falcons are not getting enough credit, but the Rams are a more consistent team and are dealing with less serious injuries. Stopping Julio will not be easy, but if the Rams can harass Matt Ryan I think they’ll come out on top.
Prediction: Rams win, 31-17
Sosa Kremenjas (@SosaKre)
The Rams offense continues to pour on the points, and manage to crack the 30 mark. The Falcons offense will have some struggles against a feisty Rams defense that gives Matt Ryan many reasons to look uncomfortable. The Rams special teams sprinkle in a big play for good measure.
Prediction: Rams win, 31-20
Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)
The Los Angeles Rams last played in a playoff game on January 15, 2004. In that divisional round matchup, the then St. Louis Rams lost to the.... Atlanta Falcons.
We are a long time removed from Michael Vick, Warrick Dunn, and co rushing for 327 yards in an embarassing 47-17 for the Rams, but the stigma of that game has followed the Rams since that game. Those 2004 Rams were at the end of an era. They were still trying to be the Greatest Show on Turf, but struggled. Bigly. The ‘04 team had a rookie (Steven Jackson) and Torry Holt in his prime trying to carry an aging Marshall Faulk and struggling Marc Bulger.
Saturday, they will have a chance to announce to whatever detractors remain that these are not, in fact, your Same Old Sorry Ass Rams.
The Rams team that will play host this weekend is on the opposite end of the developmental spectrum. We have had the pleasure of witnessing Jared Goff’s emergence, Todd Gurley’s ascension to truly elite, and the ‘we not me’ culture of Sean McVay take root in this young roster.
It’s because of that atmosphere and the energy of this squad that I think the Rams have a shot to go deep into the postseason.
Prediction: Rams win, 31-27
Prediction: Rams win, 27-20
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
If I pick the Rams to lose, it means I’m accepting that the season is over. And I simply cannot do that. Too many people are still doubting the Rams, and I think they come out on Saturday night and whoop that ass.
Prediction: Rams win, 31-20
All twelve staff members are predicting a Rams victory and a rematch against the Vikings next weekend.
LET’S. GO. RAMS. Here’s to a great game, a great weekend, and another week of Rams’ football. Cheers, fam!