RAMS (7-3) VS. NEW ORLEANS (8-2)
A week after the Minnesota Vikings shut down his team’s high-scoring offense, Rams coach and play-caller Sean McVay will try to reboot. Quarterback Jared Goff did not turn over the ball against the Vikings, but he was held without a touchdown pass for the first time since a Week 7 victory over Arizona. Goff is completing 61% of his passes, 16 for touchdowns, with four interceptions. Last season against the Saints, in his second NFL start, Goff played well in the first half and then struggled. Goff faces a new challenge because the Rams are without leading receiver Robert Woods, who suffered a shoulder injury against the Vikings. Sammy Watkins is expected to play a larger role, and Tavon Austin finally could be utilized as a receiver. Pharoh Cooper, Mike Thomas and rookie Josh Reynolds also will get opportunities. Running back Todd Gurley has rushed for eight touchdowns and scored on three pass plays. He rushed for 20 yards in the first quarter against the Vikings but was limited to 17 the rest of the game. The Saints rank ninth in the NFL against the pass and 13th against the run. But they are without their two top cornerbacks and end Alex Okafor because of injuries. They still have end Cameron Jordan, who has eight sacks, and safety Vonn Bell, their leading tackler.