St. Louis Rams Get Tough Test Against Atlanta Falcons Who Rarely Lose At Home
The St. Louis Rams won their first game of the season thanks to the Arizona Cardinals offensive line falling apart. In week two they will get a much tougher test against the Atlanta Falcons who hardly ever lose at home. This will be a great game to assess just how much coach Jeff Fischer’s Rams have come around in his second year.
The Atlanta Falcons lost a heart breaker on the road to the New Orleans Saints 23-17 in week one. This week they have a great opportunity to get their first win of the year at home against the Rams. However they do have major concerns with both their starting receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones both injured and not participating in practice thus far this week.
QB Matt Ryan played well his first game of the season going 25 of 38 for 304 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The Falcons looked to have greatly rounded off their offensive attack with the addition of former Ram Steven Jackson who will get his first start against his former team this weekend. Jackson ripped off a 50 yard run in his first game for the Falcons ending with 77 yards on 11 attempts.
St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford had an excellent start of the season completing 71.1 percent of his passes going 27 for 38 for 299 yards and two scores. They lacked a running attack in their first game without Steven Jackson with second year back Daryl Richardson running 20 times for just 63 yards.
However TE Jared Cook may have come into his own in his fifth season racking up 7 catches for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first game of the year. Tavon Austin made an early impression with 6 catches for 41 yards in a position that usually takes a year or two to grow in.
Sam Bradford may have a breakout season for the Rams but I don’t think he will do enough in week to to beat the Atlanta Falcons at home. The game could be more interesting if the whole Atlanta starting receiving corp is injured and out but I still don’t think even that will be enough. The Falcons are just too good at home with a balanced attack and weapons galore. Take the Falcons -6.5 as they should win this one by a touchdown.
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