Los Angeles Rams vs. Houston Texans
Sunday 12th November, 9:05pm (UK time)
|Rams vs. Texans||
Nothing was expected of the Rams heading into their first season in Los Angeles, but they’ve surprised everyone with a 6-2 record and a first place spot in the NFC West as of Week 9. Todd Gurley is playing like an MVP candidate, and quarterback Jared Goff is finally showing us why he was drafted number one overall two years ago. Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods’ dynamic playmaking abilities have provided another element to the Rams’ offence, balancing their attack, complemented by a strong defence, led by superstar Aaron Donald up front and veterans like Connor Barwin and Robert Quinn backing him up.
The Texans were looking like a new team with DeSean Watson under centre, beating the Titans and Browns soundly and narrowly losing to the Chiefs and Seahawks. However, Watson is now out for the season due to an injury suffered in practice, and Tom Savage has performed very poorly as his backup this season. He can’t make the same downfield throws that Watson can, and that limits the production of stars like Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins. Luckily, Houston still has a solid veteran back in Lamar Miller and a strong defense, though J.J. Watt is also out for the year.
This game would be close with Watson on the field, but without him you can expect the Rams to dominate this matchup. Jared Goff should have a field day against this Texans defense, and Todd Gurley should continue his impressive season. The Rams should have no problem taking care of this game at home.
Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings
Sunday 12th November, 6pm (UK time)
|Redskins vs. Vikings||
The Redskins have been a confusing team recently. They only narrowly beaten the lowly 49ers, before conquering the formidable Seahawks on the road in Week 9. It seems as though Washington can beat almost anyone when the right players perform well, but it seems as though they rarely all do so on the same day. Kirk Cousins has only managed 300 yards this year, and his 13 to 4 touchdown to interception ratio leaves a lot to be desired through nine weeks.
Jordan Reed hasn’t played for most of the year, and former standout receiver Terrell Pryor has completely disappeared from the box score week after week. However, previously unknown players such as Chris Thompson and Ryan Grant have kept this team afloat. They still have a 4-4 record, which is good enough to at least keep them in the playoff race for now.
Surprisingly, the Minnesota Vikings sit at 6-2, which puts them in first place of the NFC North. Aaron Rodgers’ injury has a lot to do with that number, but it’s impressive nonetheless. Though they lost rookie phenom runningback Dalvin Cook to a season-ending injury recently, the Vikings have enjoyed the breakout season of Andre Thielen and another solid start from Stefon Diggs. Those two receivers are nearly impossible to guard on the outside. The only person who can limit them is Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford, who’s actually having his strongest season in years. In addition, the Vikings have the best defence you’ve never heard of, featuring All-Pros like Anthony Barr and Xavier Rhodes.
Despite Minnesota’s hot start, the Redskins should find a way to win two in a row in Week 10. The Seahawks win was big for them, and they’ll be confident of finding a way to start getting all of their receivers involved in the offence. They’re at home in this one, and it could determine the direction for the rest of their season moving forward. This one should be close and low-scoring, but Washington look the more likely to come out on top.