Each week we try to get inside the heads of the opposite side. This week I talked with Brandon Folsom, who is the lead editor at Ramblin’ Fan. (Ramblin’ Fan is Fanside.com’s blog that covers the St. Louis Rams.) After exchanging pleasantries, I wanted to know what this week’s foe was really thinking about the upcoming game.
After watching the team’s season opener, how are Rams fans feeling about their team heading into its week two matchup?
BF: Most Rams fans expected the team to lose to the Detroit Lions because St. Louis is going through yet another regime change and Detroit was just recently in the playoffs. However, a lot of Rams fans were pleasantly surprised with how close the Rams kept the score the entire game. There is definitely a buzz of optimism surrounding this team right now.
Where do you think the Rams might have trouble with the Redskins?
BF: The Rams will struggle with pass protection against the ‘Skins because the team is dealing with two key injuries to members on the interior offensive line. It’s going to be tough for the Rams to slow down guys like Ryan Kerigan, who is used to facing the really good offensive tackles on New York, Dallas, and Philadelphia on an annual basis.
Where can the Redskins find success against the Rams?
BF: The Redskins are going to be able to find holes in the Rams defense where clearly a guy missed an assignment, blew a coverage or brutally missed a tackle. That is how the team lost to the Lions last weekend. RGIII should be able to find holes in center field at the second level, especially if the team sends Fred Davis down the seams. Alfred Morris should be able to break through to the linebackers easily if the Rams defensive line becomes tired by the second half.
Do you expect Robert Griffin III to have a better career than Sam Bradford?
BF: No, I don’t see it. I think as soon as Sam Bradford surrounds himself with enough competent weapons, he’ll be able to have an Eli Manning of Phillip Rivers type of career. Robert Griffin III is a talented athlete, but at this point is his young career, I have to side with Bradford until I see ho the rookie’s year ends up.
What is your prediction for Sunday’s game?
BF: I don’t think the Rams have enough to slow down Washington’s defense. This should be a 24-14 game. I like RGIII to throw at least two touchdowns and for Alfred Morris to find the end zone on a few missed assignment plays by the Rams defense.
So Redskins fans….do you agree with the Ramblin’ Fan? What are your thoughts?