Now everyone seems to be drinking the Kool-Aid about how the St. Louis Rams are on the rise and will be a dominant force in the NFC. They may be on the rise, but you have to take into account that they are playing the Philadelphia Eagles, the team with the most memorable offseason in NFL history, and in a conference with the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.
That's all besides the point, because on September 11, the Philadelphia Eagles will blow out the St. Louis Rams. The Rams may have gone 4-0 in the preseason, but when has the preseason proved anything?
Click away and find out why the Eagles will destroy the Rams in Week 1.
Even though Sam Bradford may look like he has some years under his belt, he is only in his second season in the league.
The young quarterback will have a rough time getting his groove on against the Eagles. This is also the first game of the year, and he will be very shaky. I'm not saying Michael Vick will be flawless either, but he does have more experience in the league than Bradford does.
The matchup will be Bradford's first time playing against the Eagles. He does not have the ability to out-smart and out-play the defense that the Eagles have.
Bradford had 18 touchdown passes last year, but he also threw 15 interceptions. That means he threw a pick nearly every game, and I think he's going to throw more than just one in Week 1.
Face it—it's true. The Eagles have completely re-structured their defense and have added a ton of new faces to the roster.
Even though you've heard it all already, I'll run it by you again: Cullen Jenkins, Jason Babin, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha. Yeah, those four players are pretty respectable and can make some plays. Adding them to Trent Cole and Asante Samuel, who are already on the team.
Despite having young guys at linebacker and safety, the Eagle are in a better position to train them to become future stars. Not to mention the Eagles have added Jim Washburn and Juan Castillo to the coaching staff on defense.
Last season, the Eagles were the fourth-best defense in the league, allowing 268.8 yards per game. And now they have the additions of those names above?
Good luck getting any yards, St. Louis.
On the opposite side of the ball, let's take a look at the St. Louis Rams on offense. While having a solid running back in Stephen Jackson, he is the only guy capable of making any big plays.
Sam Bradford is a good young quarterback, indeed, but he also has his receiver Mark Clayton on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. That means he will most likely be out for the season. The Rams' leading receiver, Danny Amendola, who compiled a whopping three touchdowns last year, stands at only 5-foot-11, while Donnie Avery was recently cut.
What does that leave the Rams? A team with little weapons on offense against a team with three Pro Bowl corners and three Pro Bowl defensive ends leads to a possible shutout.
The Philadelphia Eagles have the quickest offense in the league. Their lightning speed will blow them way past the Ram's defense.
Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Steve Smith and Ronnie Brown all add to being the most deadly offense in the league. With weapons like these, it's really hard to imagine them not putting up some big yards against the Rams' defense.
Looking back at the Rams' defense last year, they were the 17th in the league, allowing 316 yards per game.
I expect Vick to be making big plays happen all day, resulting in a Week 1 blowout. It comes down to this: the Eagles are just way to powerful for the St. Louis Rams to handle. I'll call it now—the Eagles win 34-10.