NFC Championship Preview: Brees, Thomas, will Lead Saints

Below is my video preview for the NFC Championship as well as the script I read in the video and my score prediction:

My Score Prediction:

After prevailing in close Divisional Round games, the Saints and Rams will face off for a chance to play in the Super Bowl.  This should be an exciting match-up, as the Saints won in a shootout the last time the Rams visited them earlier this season.  Plus, these teams have been seen as the NFC’s top Super Bowl contenders throughout the season.

This game could go either way, and the stakes are high.  In order to come out on top, the Saints will need to limit the duo of Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson.  Since WR Cooper Kupp was placed on IR, the Rams have relied more heavily on their RB duo, as QB Jared Goff is lacking receiver depth without Kupp.  They’ll also need to get past a strong Rams defense.  The Saints offense is filled with stars, but it’s not easy for anyone to get past one of the best defenses in the NFC.

If the Rams want to pull the upset, their defense will need to keep up the good work and stop the Saints RB duo.  Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram have done even better than Gurley and Anderson, and it has been very difficult to shut them down.  But I think LA’s defense will be up to the task.  They’ll also need to win the turnover battle, which will be difficult against star QB Drew Brees.  Lastly, QB Jared Goff will need to find open men, something he has struggled to do since Kupp’s injury.  Gurley and Anderson won’t be enough to lead LA to victory.

Both teams are relatively healthy going into the game, but TE Benjamin Watson and WR Keith Kirkwood will be out for New Orleans.  The Rams will be at full health going in to this one.  This will be a nail biter, but I have the Saints winning in the end, 22-20, with WR Michael Thomas putting up 125 receiving yards and at least 1 TD.

Stay tuned for my AFC Championship Preview later today.

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