Rams' 6th-ranked pass defense braces for Brees in Superdome

LOS ANGELES (4-6) at NEW ORLEANS (4-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Saints by 6

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Rams 4-4-2, Saints 7-3

SERIES RECORD - Rams lead 40-32

LAST MEETING - Rams beat Saints 27-16, Dec. 15, 2013

LAST WEEK - Rams lost to Dolphins 14-10; Saints lost to Panthers 23-20

AP PRO32 RANKING - Rams No. 27, Saints No. 25

RAMS OFFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (21), PASS (28)

RAMS DEFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (15), PASS (6)

SAINTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (17), PASS (1)

SAINTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (14), PASS (30)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Rams rookie QB Jared Goff slated to make first-career road start. ... Goff, top overall draft pick in April, made first start last week, going 17 of 31 for 134 yards with no touchdowns and no turnovers. .. RB Todd Gurley rushed for 76 yards, TD last week. . WR-PR Tavon Austin leads NFC with 252 punt return yards. ... WR Kenny Britt has 14 receptions for 245 yards, two TDs in past two road games. ... DT Dominique Easley had first-career multi-sack game with two last week. ... DE Robert Quinn has eight sacks, five forced fumbles in past 11 games. ... LB Alec Ogletree has made nine-plus tackles in each of past three games. ... Rams have lost five of last six since 3-1 start. ... Saints have lost past two games by five points combined. Four of Saints' six losses this season have come by three or fewer points. ... Saints K Wil Lutz has had two field goals, one extra-point kick blocked this season, with two returned for points. ... QB Drew Brees leads NFL with 3,277 yards passing, 26 TDs passing. . WR Brandon Coleman had TD catch last week. ... WR Brandin Cooks has TD in past three at home. Cooks has 981 yards receiving, 11 TDs in past 10 home games. ... WR Michael Thomas' 56 catches for 681 yards and five TDs lead NFL rookies in all three categories. ... TE Coby Fleener had TD catch last week. ... LB Dannell Ellerbe has sack in past two games. ... DT Nick Fairley played for Rams last season. ... LB Craig Robertson leads Saints with 89 tackles. ... Fantasy Tip: In past 12 games in Superdome, Brees averaging 369.2 yards and has thrown for 37 TDs against eight interceptions.

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