Despite their relative irrelevance on the NFL scene in recent seasons, the Rams and Lions have always provided us with some key fantasy options.
Now, with both teams looking to turn the corner, they’re making things even more interesting.
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The Rams, behind rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, are projected to win 23.4-16.2.
One thing you may not know: The Lions lead the NFL in total offense (401.3 yards per game, according to Yahoo) since Shaun Hill took over in Week 2. They’ve also lost three games by a combined 10 points. Part of the problem: Turnovers. They’ve given the ball away 10 times.
This Lions team is better than a lot of people think, especially if they could hold onto the ball. That’s not likely to happen this week. The Rams defense has been unforgiving this season, compiling 9 sacks, four interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries.
Still, they’ve been relatively vulnerable to wide receivers, so don’t be surprised if Calvin Johnson does some work.
Steven Jackson isn’t a sure bet to play, but if there is any chance that he can go, expect him on the field. Jackson has 312 yards from scrimmage in two games (Yahoo again) against the Lions, who are allowing an average of 134 yards per game on the ground. Don’t be surprised if Jackson comes away with one of the Sam Bradford’s two projected passing TDs.
Sam Bradford, STL: 21-34, 244, 2 TD, INT
Shaun Hill, DET: 24-41, 259, TD, INT, 20 rush yards
Steven Jackson, STL (injury concern): 105 yards, TD, 4 catches, 40 receiving yards
Jahvid Best, DET: 60 yards, 5 catches, 60 receiving yards
Kevin Smith, DET; 20 yards, 4 catches, 20 receiving yards
Kenneth Darby, STL: 10 yards, 1 catch, 10 receiving yards
Keith Toston, STL: 5 yards
Mark Clayton, STL: 6-75, TD
Calvin Johnson, DET: 5-65, TD
Danny Amendola, STL: 4-50, TD
Brandon Gibson, STL: 2-30
Nate Burleson, DET (injury concern): 1-15
Mardy Gilyard, STL: 1-10
Derrick Williams, DET: 1-10
Laurent Robinson, STL (injury concern): 1-5
Brandon Pettigrew, DET: 5-65
Daniel Fells, STL: 3-30
Tony Scheffler, DET (injury concern): 1-10
Jason Hanson, DET: 2 FG, 2 XP
Josh Brown, STL: FG, 3 XP
Lions: 3 sacks, INT, fumble recovery
Rams: 2 sacks, INT, fumble recovery