Saturday, October 27, 2012

2012 NFL London Bowl: St. Louis Rams Defense vs New England Patriots Offense

Roger Goodell's campaign to take the NFL international continues with this years game in Wembley Stadium that I call the London Bowl at 1:00 pm ET, Sunday, October 28.

Neither team is exactly happy with their current record and both are looking to inject some life before the bye week both teams will enjoy after this game.

It is a long track for the St. Louis Rams to get off the losing schneid. After going 3-2 through the first five games of the season, the Rams have lost two straight and are now sitting at 3-4. The Patriots could easily have the same losing record, but stayed a terrible home upset from the New York Jets by winning in overtime to boost their record to 4-3 on the year.

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St. Louis Defense

The 3-4 record doesn't really reflect the defensive numbers of the St Louis Rams. While you can argue that it is because of the teams they played, you can't deny that they haven't faced some tough opponents and high powered offenses such a Detroit and Washington - #4 and #5 respectively in total yards.

The Rams' Defense is averages 324.4 yards per game to opposing offenses, which is good for the 9th spot in the league. Their passing (225.6 ypg, 14th) and rushing (98.9 ypg, 11th) are also quite decent for a 3-4 teams. This defensive unit is only surrendering an average of 20.1 points per game. Since their offense only scores 18.6 ppg and the Patriots average almost 11 more points, the defense will have to be at their best if they intend to flow home from across the pond with a win.

New England Offense

The 4-3 record of the New England Patriots also doesn't reflect their offensive numbers and rankings. We might not be used to the Patriots being so close to a .500 team, but we are used to them being at the top of all important offensive categories including 1st in total yards (436.1 ypg).

Quarterback Tom Brady is leading the charge as usual averaging 286.9 yards per game (5th). But what isn't usual is that the running game is also ranked 5th and averaging 149.3 yards per game. With the offense clicking so well and having the Golden Boy calling the plays, it isn't surprising that the New England Patriots are ranked first in the NFL in scoring offense by averaging a 31 points per game. 

Game Odds

Online sportsbooks aren't really giving the Rams much of a chance to win this game. Even with the game being played over in Europe, the Patriots are listed a 7-point favorites. As you would imagine any game with the 1st place scoring offense playing, the over-under is going to be high and is set at 47 points. 

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