2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
13-3, 1st in NFC South
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Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl DB Patrick Peterson tells us who wins the championship games and who wins the Super Bowl!

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What's behind the fire that fuels Michael Thomas?

What's the origin of Michael Thomas' competitive streak, the likes of which Drew Brees says he has never seen? A never-ending need to make himself feel undervalued -- and prove his haters, real or self-made, wrong.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams coach Sean McVay has always preached the importance of staying true to the process while also embracing the magnitude of big opportunities. He stressed that to his team this week, while one win away from the Super Bowl. "It's a big game," he said. "We don't shy away from that. But I think it is important to be able to keep that regulated rhythm from our players and for us because you don't want to try to make anything up. You don't need to do anything different than what we've done, other than play at our highest level. It's a great opponent, but it's a great opportunity."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams S John Johnson marveled at how Aqib Talib predicted what the Cowboys would do in Saturday's fourth quarter, on 4th and 1 with 5 minutes left. "Before they broke the huddle, he called out exactly what they were going to do," Johnson said, "and it happened exactly (how he predicted)." It was a sneak by QB Dak Prescott. The Cowboys converted, but the Rams were ready for it thanks to Talib, which is why it could make such a big difference that he's available for this Saints rematch. "He knows everything," Johnson said.

Brees-Thomas connection can exploit the Rams' defense (1:02)
Brees: Saints' urgency key vs. Rams (1:00)
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Best bets for the NFL conference championship games

As the top four seeds in the NFL playoffs battle it out in the conference title games, our experts offer their best betting insights for Sunday's action.

Who will make the Super Bowl? Experts make their picks (2:06)
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Championship X Factors

Louis Riddick shares which team has an edge in the NFC, Bobby Carpenter explains how the Patriots can stop Mahomes, and Louis and Bobby give their X factors for each remaining NFL team.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams WR Robert Woods, on the Superdome: "The crowd shouldn't have an impact, and it won't have an impact."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton had a great answer when asked when he felt like he started "clicking" with the city of New Orleans, where he has now coached for 13 years: "Well, the first reason you click with a city is you win, right? I mean, it may feel like home, I could love it here. (But) if you're not winning, then somehow you're not clicking with the city."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams intend to practice on the grass today, and Sean McVay sounded confident they could get at least some work in on the turf because they had a tarp covering the field. If not, they'll have to practice under the giant tent, which sits on asphalt. The Rams explored traveling elsewhere to practice under normal conditions, but decided it would be best not to disrupt the normal rhythm of the week.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said he "did a disservice" to Marcus Peters the first time they played the Saints. "He didn't have any help," Phillips said. "We learn as we go."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Looks like it's still pouring rain at the Rams' facility. That means their padded and most important practice of the week will take place in that makeshift airplane hangar that is sitting in their parking lot, on asphalt. It really hardly rains in Southern California. Of all weeks, it rains on this one.

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The Right Time: Bo & Mina talk Conference Championships

Bomani is joined by Mina Kimes to discuss the Conference Championships coming this weekend in the NFL Playoffs, including the comical "underdog" story of the Patriots (6:25). Bo makes his final plea for the Rams to spare us a Super Bowl in Atlanta with the Saints representing the NFC (26:29) and they close with a nuanced conversation about problematic names that you just don't hear anymore (52:03).

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'Does experience matter?' Barnwell & Graziano preview the NFC Championship

Bill and Dan Graziano of ESPN preview the NFC Championship matchup in the NFL Postseason of Rams-Saints. Does experience matter between Sean McVay and Sean Payton? Can Aqib Talib slow down Michael Thomas? Will Andrus Peat hold up against Aaron Donald? What's the best offensive strategy going to be for both teams? Those questions and so much more answered.

Young: Goff's success could be reliant on run game (0:43)
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Gumbo rift in past, according to Peters, Payton

Rams cornerback Marcus Peters took exception to a comment from Saints coach Sean Payton after the teams met earlier this season, but they spoke highly of each other Wednesday in advance of Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Team Stats

Passing Yards252.612th
Rushing Yards126.66th
Points For31.53rd
Points Against22.114th