The Rams stopping Drew Brees is the key to victory | First Take

  • Published on Jan 14, 2019
  • Stephen A. Smith predicts the New Orleans Saints will beat the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship, adding that the Rams' only chance to win is if their defense can step up and put pressure on Drew Brees.
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Comments • 912

  • Bella Marley
    Bella Marley 4 months ago

    Steven a smith is wrrroooong agaaaaaaiiin.

  • John Snyder
    John Snyder 4 months ago

    Quit crying over the past you lost get over it even pittsburg didn't try to boycott a game over missed pi

  • Dj Rudy G
    Dj Rudy G 4 months ago

    LA Rams are going to the Super Bowl 53 😆😆😆😆😆😆

  • Bong Bong
    Bong Bong 4 months ago

    Michael Thomas who? He got shutdown.

  • Gun Dam
    Gun Dam 4 months ago

    Saints lost motherfuckers!

  • Harambe Was Framed
    Harambe Was Framed 4 months ago

    NFL IS RIGGED AND CORRUPT UNDER THE DICTATORSHIP OF ROGER GOODELL. DIE OF AIDS COMMISSIONER! Both Saints and Chiefs are small market teams it’s all Corporate Dollars and Big Markets. BOYCOTT THE NFL!!!!

  • Shaun Newport
    Shaun Newport 4 months ago

    Rigged ass game. NFL is a joke!

  • HAWG!
    HAWG! 4 months ago

    Thank you Rams!

  • Pablo Baptista
    Pablo Baptista 4 months ago

    Good win Rams and also good come back

  • John Snyder
    John Snyder 4 months ago

    What ya have to say now

  • John Snyder
    John Snyder 4 months ago

    Saints choke saints choke told yah

  • marsthecat
    marsthecat 4 months ago

    Brady vs. Brees is the Superbowl everyone wants 2 see.
    With a combined age of 81 it will b dubbed the Geezerbowl.
    Brought 2 u by AARP.

  • Chevy or Ford?
    Chevy or Ford? 4 months ago

    I agree with D Woody's point for once, in regards to Suh and Donaldson. If the Saints win, it will be because of Drew Brees.

  • TryHard 3
    TryHard 3 4 months ago +1

    Drew brezz best quarterback in the NFL NOTHING ELSE SAID

  • Cam Vilar
    Cam Vilar 4 months ago

    Saints barely beat the Eagles and the Cowboys beat the Saints. Rams win. 45-35

  • dan jokess
    dan jokess 4 months ago

    I’m sick of hearing “the New Orleans saints are just a different team at home”. They were down 14-0 in the 1st quarter against the eagles and got a lucky tipped up in the air dropped pass to win it otherwise they were about to lose

  • Micah Heard
    Micah Heard 4 months ago

    Cowboys beat the saints and the eagles beat the rams. Kinda weird.

  • Neil Bjurling
    Neil Bjurling 4 months ago

    After all has been said and done there are two factors only that count. Brees and Brady . These two can never be counted out.

  • scorchmane
    scorchmane 4 months ago

    Lets go RAMS 🐏🐏🐏🐏

  • Just Cruz
    Just Cruz 4 months ago

    ...he’s really taken a liking to that hat.

  • Oscar A
    Oscar A 4 months ago

    Rams all day

  • Bill Bright
    Bill Bright 4 months ago

    Hey you with the hat,
    Where’d you park your horse?

  • Jack HAMMER
    Jack HAMMER 4 months ago

    stephen A: “Rams are a worse team on the road.”
    Rams have lost 3 games on the road since McVay became the head coach

  • ItsYeBoi Bread
    ItsYeBoi Bread 4 months ago

    What about rushing?

  • Chris Simon
    Chris Simon 4 months ago

    We’re not gonna he vulnerable, David onyemata is a monster too.

  • NOB RO
    NOB RO 4 months ago

    This is the Saints year we gonna beat the shit out the Rams just to prove we didn't do it by luck the first time Then we gonna go to the Superbowl an beat Brady 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾

  • Sam King
    Sam King 4 months ago

    Stephen A's so basic

  • Brenden Holmes
    Brenden Holmes 4 months ago

    Better stop their QB to win the game, fuckin visionary dude

  • d c
    d c 4 months ago

    My dream Super Bowl would be not New England LOL but Chiefs will be and Saints but of course that will not happen because NFL is rigged

  • Leonard J
    Leonard J 4 months ago


  • William Johnson
    William Johnson 4 months ago

    Don't let this distract you from the fact that, no one got a hundred yards rushing on the Saints this season. Sports commentators are not talking about that. Not to mention, 25 straight games without allowing a hundred yard rusher including the playoffs.

  • Jack Mehoff
    Jack Mehoff 5 months ago

    Rams Chiefs all day

  • Malice Burgoyne
    Malice Burgoyne 5 months ago

    I hate the Patriots but know the Chiefs have no shot against them. No Kareem Hunt and no secondary. 42-17 Patriots and Mahomes has trouble in the cold. Unfortunately they have no Hunt to fall back on this time.

  • storm Zilla
    storm Zilla 5 months ago

    The dome is the saints secret weapon.

  • MsMrapplepie
    MsMrapplepie 5 months ago

    Lmao, good luck with that

  • Andrew Fung
    Andrew Fung 5 months ago +1

    If your the rams I would have talib travel with Mike Thomas and I would do something to try to take away Alvin Kamara on 3rd downs especially

  • Brandon Dinet
    Brandon Dinet 5 months ago

    also, Fletcher Cox should have been called for a handful of penalties alone. Hands to the face, roughing the passer. he gets hurt, leaves the field, eagles get beat by a better team. the rams D-line didn't touch drew brees week 9. once again that wont change.

  • Brandon Dinet
    Brandon Dinet 5 months ago

    if you honestly think just because the addition of cj Anderson they will be able to run the football on the saints? you must be seriously out of your mind 100%. they haven't given a 100 yard rusher since week 1. Zeke, Gurley, no one could run against them. and that isn't going to change sunday.

  • Jake Green
    Jake Green 5 months ago

    As long as they get pressure on brees they can win but gunna be hard when we got a full healthy o-line rankins is out but so is cooper kupp still we will stop the rams run game not complete but abit and they need to double or triple team thomas but then we have ginn kirkwood and Watson if they do that should be a shootour again but this time all the teams that didn't make it to this stage will be watching

  • Resist Globalism
    Resist Globalism 5 months ago

    Stephen A is here strictly for comic relief.

  • Falcon BANE77
    Falcon BANE77 5 months ago


  • KSW
    KSW 5 months ago

    Molly shut up

  • Tommy McCarthy
    Tommy McCarthy 5 months ago

    Yeah that's a given. Brees is the 2 best all time Quarterback in history. Don't believe me look at his stats. He's catching up to Payton. Payton holds all the records other than passing yards, because Brees broke it this season. He's 18 Touchdowns away breaking the record. Like Brady is shit. People forget about Payton. Brady only has a good career, because he has a excellent frontline and people to throw to, but he isn't close to Payton or Drew.

  • Jacque Cormier
    Jacque Cormier 5 months ago

    Of course Max would fail to realize that while the Chiefs and Rams looked good one game against the run, the Saints been stuffing the run all year. What you should ask is how the rams who just last week had a weak right side of the line is going to run the rock on he best run d in the league.

  • Serve 3000
    Serve 3000 5 months ago

    Yo I'm from Louisiana and been living in Atlanta for 25 yrs I cant wait if we play the patriots in the Super Bowl . these clowns are going to have to be on suicide watch lmmfao WHO DAT!!

  • Edgar Espinoza
    Edgar Espinoza 5 months ago

    How do the chiefs have the advantage over the pats seriously???!!! This is the 8th consecutive afc championship for the pats lolll

  • Donald King
    Donald King 5 months ago

    At the beginning of the season, drew dug deep and found something left over inside himself. Awesome almost perfect throwing ability. But it was short lived. He's been trying desperately to find it again but I fear it's been used up. Drew is not the quarter back he once was. Even so he still has something in his favor. The pure will to win. If the saints are going to the super bowl, they will have to play near perfect ball. And in reality they are far from perfect. Luck has played a huge roll in their success this season. It will take more than luck to defeat the rams this Sunday. Every player will have to dig deep as drew has done and find something inside themselves that they had only hoped to have. Start slow and fall behind on the rams, dome, fans or not the saints will not only lose but possibly look like a high school team. This game is for real and the rams are not intimidated in the least. Saints better put their big boy britches on this Sunday and come out fireing on all cylinders. Geaux saints geaux!

  • Trev 211996
    Trev 211996 5 months ago

    Browns will win no doubt. Watch out Rams NFC champion - Cleveland Browns!!!

  • Lyric X
    Lyric X 5 months ago

    The eagles technically stopped Drew, he only was able to pass to Michael Thomas. The rams have better corners and if they can't stop Michael Thomas they deserve to lose.

  • Soggy Sports
    Soggy Sports 5 months ago

    We’ve already completely neutralized Donald and suh

  • Tyler Nesbitt
    Tyler Nesbitt 5 months ago

    Shes annoying lol

  • Doczilah
    Doczilah 5 months ago

    And fire is hot...

  • Leroy Stewart
    Leroy Stewart 5 months ago

    max box heads ass keep betting against The Saints and we keep proving him wrong why is he a analyst! silly washed up boxer

  • Greatbakedpotato
    Greatbakedpotato 5 months ago

    Stephen A. Smith giving us the 300iq strats

  • Ron
    Ron 5 months ago

    Yes the Rams defense must stop Brees. The Rams need to fun the ball successfuly again to ware down N.O.'s defense.

  • Anthony Casas
    Anthony Casas 5 months ago

    Waaaaiiiit ONE MINUTE!!! Are you telling me that the 🔑 to victory is STOPPING DREW!! GTHOH lol

    • Anthony Casas
      Anthony Casas 5 months ago

      Great commentary lol. #TellMeSomethingiDontKnow

  • TheBasedangel
    TheBasedangel 5 months ago

    lol stephen stole that hat from dutch n nem!!!!

  • YoBoyTec
    YoBoyTec 5 months ago +1

    the only reason the Saints lose if they don't win

  • Fuck Monday's
    Fuck Monday's 5 months ago

    Lmaoo she just cut them off ok I want to get the afc game now ... I’m assuming they are on a schedule cause she was quick with that shit

  • James Stewart
    James Stewart 5 months ago +2

    U can hate us u can doubt us all u want Let's go Rams

  • Don Wilson
    Don Wilson 5 months ago

    You know the way I look at it New Orleans the Saints beat the Rams earlier this year and it's awful hard to beat the same team twice in a row just like it's going to be hard for the Patriots to be able the beat the Chiefs two times in a row it doesn't normally come out that way but with the Rams and the Saints fat Rams coach is got them so fired up I have never seen a team more hungrier than this team is if they go in there and stop the run and they get pressure on Brees it is going to be a long night for the Saints because you know the Rams are going to score I don't think it'll be a blowout and it will be closed but I definitely believe that the Rams is the better team overall they've got a really good quarterback and they've got great running backs and you got Sue and Donald I'm the defense and they are like monsters in there so I believe the Rams will win this game it could be a close game but I think the Rams will pull it through

  • Glen Roebuck
    Glen Roebuck 5 months ago

    Steven A is killing me with "New Or Leens." It's "New Orlins" my man.

  • BrotherBones X
    BrotherBones X 5 months ago

    How many games have the Rams lost because they played away? Noise is not a factor to any good NFL Team. Rams beat the Seahawks back to back years at Seattle home field.

    • Computerlove 01
      Computerlove 01 5 months ago

      And lost back to back to a back up qb named Foles. Goff will fold Under Pressure. These aren't regular season games my friend. This is for all the marbles, and the pressure will be too much for Goff and the Rams young coach to handle.

  • Jay L
    Jay L 5 months ago

    Saints defense has come in in leaps and bounds sunce wk1. Hell, they've improved hugely since wk11.
    It'll be defense that makes the difference in this game, and I'd take the Saints D over the Rams D rn. Especially in the dome.

  • Patrick
    Patrick 5 months ago

    Let me just say this...if Suh decides to stomp on Drew like he does when he plays dirty...he is literally going to have to deal with about 65000 saints fans running down on the field to mess him up.

    • Patrick
      Patrick 5 months ago

      that said, let me add that Suh will destroy Peat. I know his hand was hurt but he was horrible against Philadelphia.

  • Patrick
    Patrick 5 months ago

    thats how you go on a limb...tell everyone that to beat the Saints you gotta stop Drew.

  • Deuce DaHumbleBeast
    Deuce DaHumbleBeast 5 months ago

    We need the crowd to be loud ‼️⚜️

  • iiCritic
    iiCritic 5 months ago

    Real key factors:
    -Dome field advantage
    -Stop the run
    -Play man or cover 2 not zone
    -Score fast
    Rams need to:
    -Run, run and run
    -Woods needs to have a big game
    -Stop thomas
    -Goff has to have ZERO turnovers
    In no way will this be a blowout or high scoring game. Both teams will play great and the winner wins by less than 6.
    Prediction: 23-21 Saints

    CLIMAX TV 5 months ago

    The team who score the most points is gonna win, mark my words

  • Micah Turner
    Micah Turner 5 months ago

    Why does the argument for the “Saints are a different team at home than away” still come up??? They have been just as good in the road in recent years as they have at home? Sure maybe a little bit better at home but it’s not that big of a difference....lmao

  • Alamo James
    Alamo James 5 months ago +1

    OK, teams don’t just suddenly have a great run defense. We will see if the Chiefs and Rams REALLY have turned things around defensively when they go up against the the Patriots and the Saints. I think Bilachick is going to make this as tough for Mahomes as anyone possibly can and I think the Saints will get out to the quick start that they were unable to versus Philadelphia.

  • Chesscom Support
    Chesscom Support 5 months ago

    Let's see how many times these guys are wrong this postseason.

  • Derham43
    Derham43 5 months ago

    This will be the best matchup for the NFC Championship in a while. One thing for sure, the Rams will get a few more yards running but they're not going to dominate the Saints in this aspect. What the experts don't realize is that the Saints defense up to this point, has manage to make adjustments to cover their weaknesses. Rankings lost hurts but as they say next man or in this case men (Onyemata, Davison) up ! As for Peat, he didn't have his best game against Philly blocking Fletcher Cox, but he'll be ok against Sue. Quickly who's Better, Fletcher or Sue? Saints by 2. and of course I'am biased.

  • Blake Harris
    Blake Harris 5 months ago

    Step 1. Double team Michael Thomas the whole game.
    Step 2. ???
    Step 3. Profit.

  • Damion Guinn
    Damion Guinn 5 months ago

    I'm a Saints fan but damn, I dunno. They're 3.5 point faves but that's just home field advantage. The way that offense has been off since Dallas I'm going into this game with the mentality of an underdog. Question is how long will that D hold up with how amazing it's been playing?

  • WhoDat Films
    WhoDat Films 5 months ago

    These next two games are more than games for the Saints. This is for Will Smith and Steve Gleason!⚜️ Lets do this baby!!

  • Toffsby Mvinbgb
    Toffsby Mvinbgb 5 months ago

    I hope the saints win

  • malik dennis
    malik dennis 5 months ago

    Y’all Don’t Know The Saint At All !

  • RockedThe/CrapOut
    RockedThe/CrapOut 5 months ago

    That's cultural appropriation SAS!

  • Troy St Julien
    Troy St Julien 5 months ago +1

    Saints going to the Superbowl

  • Kenny Domino
    Kenny Domino 5 months ago

    They got a run defense now all year passed and they got one now or just had a good game against the run over the season course they suck in that feild

  • johnny vo
    johnny vo 5 months ago +6

    As an Eagles fan, the Saints are definitely gonna beat the Rams.
    Calling it now, Pats vs the Saints 2018 Super Bowl.

    • johnny vo
      johnny vo 4 months ago

      Well this prediction came close to fate.

    • Brandon bates
      Brandon bates 5 months ago

      Eagles fan here,I'm a go with Chiefs vs Saints..but your pick could definitely happen..As long as these last games are good I'll be good with that...Eagles vs Bears,Eagles vs Saints were the best games so far

  • dj hodd
    dj hodd 5 months ago

    Saints aren't the same, and almost got beat by the eagles, they now have a dual running back show, or jared can just air it out, west west! Cali 4 life! Go rams!

    • cajunmanDan
      cajunmanDan 5 months ago

      dj hodd
      Let em Play first Nostradamus

  • Richard Partin
    Richard Partin 5 months ago

    Fletcher cox was good against the saints against peat. Come to find out that peat just came off surgery and was playing through injury

  • Nathan Earle
    Nathan Earle 5 months ago

    I know y'all see Molly wit the Gucci Belt

  • HollyWoodd Broski
    HollyWoodd Broski 5 months ago +2

    Get bourbon ready we pulling up .

    • HollyWoodd Broski
      HollyWoodd Broski 4 months ago

      Kenny Domino Yea wasn’t no grenades on the way in mane . I tell you what doe 😂 See you next year. Ha

    • Kenny Domino
      Kenny Domino 5 months ago

      🤣😂🤣😂 well have a hand grenade waiting on yall ass upon arrival

  • Daniel Laurent
    Daniel Laurent 5 months ago

    Taylor Stallworth did a pretty good job shutting down the run when Rankins left the game.

  • Joaquin
    Joaquin 5 months ago

    How is Kelce better than Zach Ertz exactly? Ertz set the tight end record for most receptions in a season

  • Bishop Hollywood
    Bishop Hollywood 5 months ago +1

    For the AFC championship. Listen Belicheck and Brady until you beat them, they are the team to beat. I would like to Reid get a championship but until you beat the big dogs of the AFC you can't get to the Bowl. What better way to get their than to have to go through the Patriots

  • Bishop Hollywood
    Bishop Hollywood 5 months ago +1

    In order for the Rams to win, they have to control the clock with their running game and keep Brees and Co. off the field.

    • Computerlove 01
      Computerlove 01 5 months ago

      Good luck. Goff wont hold up. Too much pressure.

  • Reesy does
    Reesy does 5 months ago

    Why is everybody betting against the saints ? It’s ridiculous lol

  • timothy yaiser
    timothy yaiser 5 months ago

    The Clown Show

  • Thomas Ward
    Thomas Ward 5 months ago

    Shut up max u should blitz a old slow 40yr old who can't move that's exactly what u do don't set back give him time dummy make him rush by blitzing saying not to blitz Brady is peer B's to hide Brady weakness bull shit ESPN n propaganda

  • p 28
    p 28 5 months ago

    Stephen A looks like an extra from Blazing saddles

  • Bitter Buffalo
    Bitter Buffalo 5 months ago

    You guys don't know the saints after this whole season. Saints are talented and deep at the defensive tackle. Stallworth and onyemata are very good and reliable. Their linebackers and cam Jordon especially are very talented against the run.

    • zai green
      zai green 5 months ago +1

      Bitter Buffalo people don’t watch enough of us to realize that David onyemata ,Taylor stallworth, and tyeler Davison we’re pretty deep at that position

  • Anthony Lawson
    Anthony Lawson 5 months ago

    We DAt!

  • MrBearloc1
    MrBearloc1 5 months ago

    Stop biting uncle Shay Sharpe

  • Gared Dore
    Gared Dore 5 months ago +1

    These teams stop the run one game and now they got a run D. Bull go home!

  • Trevain Achusky
    Trevain Achusky 5 months ago

    I want the sb to be brady vs brees hahaha but brees with the win & his 2nd ring 😝😝😝

  • Daniel Wise Sr.
    Daniel Wise Sr. 5 months ago

    How Stephen A... Doubts Tom Brady and chooses Maholms is beyond me.... Does he not understand that Brady is the Goat?? I'm a Panther Fan and I even knows this.... How can every year they doubt the Patriots? Smh.....