The meeting between the Saints and Rams on Thursday night will be the third since they played for the NFC title in early 2019, a night the people of New Orleans may never forget. The Rams emerged victorious in overtime after tying the game with 15 seconds to go in regulation and scoring first in the extra period after intercepting a Drew Brees pass.
Before either of those kicks occurred, the Rams had the benefit of one of the most notorious no-calls in recent memory, as cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman demolished Saints' receiver Tommylee Lewis before the arrival of an intended pass and the referees' whistles remained silent. While the 'ball don't lie' crowd might cite the Rams' subsequent Super Bowl defeat as some quick karma, plenty of bad blood will still fuel this matchup.
Adding to the vitriol of this contest is the fact that both teams are competing for the final two playoff spots in the NFC. The Rams currently hold the seventh seed thanks to a tiebreaker over the Seahawks and Saints, but this is an opportunity for New Orleans to claw back some pride. The Rams are favored by 4.5 in their building with a total of 44.5 points.
During last week's unexpected thrashing delivered by the Raiders to the division-rival Chargers, our prop card cashed on Aidan O'Connell's passing yard total during a career night for the rookie from Purdue and suffered a loss in the form of Derwin James's tackling total.
After back-to-back split records, we aim to load up in the win column for this meeting of NFC playoff hopefuls. Our reasoning for this week's TNF best bets is detailed just ahead.
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