The Atlanta Falcons have played the St. Louis Rams more than any other team in the NFL except the New Orleans Saints. As members of the NFC West, the Falcons battled the Rams in Atlanta, Los Angeles and St. Louis a combined 75 times. This game marks their 76th meeting. This has been called a trap game by many but do the experts believe that? Let's find out.
|ESPN Consensus||Falcons||Eight experts pick the Falcons to win on the road while Adam Schefter and the Accuscore computer think the Rams pull the upset.|
|Yahoo Sports Consensus||Falcons||Three of four experts pick the Falcons to beat the Rams with Les Carpenter on the Rams' bandwagon.|
|CBS Sports Consensus||Falcons||Another sweep for the Falcons from the CBS analysts with all five taking the Birds. This is the fourth straight week that's happened.|
|Fanhouse||Falcons||A 19-17 projection gives the Falcons a road win over the Rams, according to Dave Goldberg.|
|What If Sports||Falcons||Projection says the Falcons win 21-16.|
|Sports Illustrated||Falcons||Peter King: Look across the field during warmups, Matt Ryan. You'll see your top-of-the-draft peer Sam Bradford. Interesting that Ryan faces his 2008 first-round alter-ego, Joe Flacco, one week, and then Bradford the next. So many similarities between Ryan and Bradford. Smart, accurate, precocious, understand the important things about leading and playing well early at the next level. Bradford's the kind of ascending player who could pull off a shocker at home.|
|USA Today||Falcons||All eight experts pick the Falcons to beat the Rams and improve to 8-2.|
|Sporting News||Falcons||Six of seven experts pick the Falcons over the Rams with only Todd Wright picking the Rams to get back to .500.|
|Battle Red Blog||Rams||TexansDC: NFC West teams play well at home, as evidenced by their 12-6 combined record (two of those losses are within the division). Aside from their Detroit Debacle, Sam Bradford's team has had their games decided by a touchdown or less. I think St. Louis can make things interesting in the NFC. Rams win 24-20.|
|SBN ATL||Falcons||Josh Massey: It's a trap game, it's a trap game, it's a trap game - ENOUGH OF THAT. Seemingly countless voices are predicting Atlanta is already looking ahead to Green Bay, and bound to fall victim to the dreaded "trap game." First, I don't think this team is familiar enough with success to do that. Second, just look at it on paper: Atlanta has the better players, better coaches, the longer week, and they didn't suffer a brutal 4 p.m. overtime loss last week. And the St. Louis dome ain't exactly gonna throw 'em. PICK: Atlanta (yeah, I've picked Atlanta every week, but it's paying off)|
Another week with a strong consensus for the Falcons. This time it's 34 of 39 experts (87 percent) picking Atlanta to win eight of their first 10 games. The Falcons have been on a tremendous roll with big game after big game so if they were to have a letdown, this would be the place it happens. I would not be surprised if they stumbled in St. Louis with their eyes on Green Bay but I don't predict it to happen. I think 20-17 and a Falcons win sounds about right.