Last year, the Rams hosted a surging Saints team in Week 12 and defeated them, 26-20.
At that time, Los Angeles was coming off its lowest-scoring game of the season — falling to the Vikings in Minnesota 24-7.
But the club had also lost one of its key wide receivers in that Week 11 matchup, as Robert Woods suffered a shoulder injury at the end of the game.
Woods ended up missing the next the three games — including the matchups against new Orleans and Philadelphia.
Fast forward to this week, and Woods has once again been thriving as a part of the L.A.'s wide receiving corps, leading the team with 46 receptions for 672 yards. And not having been a part of the victory over New Orleans last year, Woods has been anticipating being a part of the action in 2018.
"I missed it last year — some critical games — Saints and the Eagles, that's one of the matchups I was looking forward to getting back against them," Woods said this week. "Top corner, top defense — passing and rush."
That will be the challenge for L.A. this week, especially since the Saints are notoriously tough to play at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Woods said he's noticed just how connected New Orleans is on defense from the film.
"They play well, they fly around the ball, good perimeter players, good rush," Woods said. "I think they play well as a team, and they fly to the ball."
What helps this week is that not only will Woods be on the field, but wideout Cooper Kupp will be, too. Kupp has missed the last two games with a knee injury suffered in the first half of the Broncos matchup in Week 6.
"A big lift, it's another weapon coming to attack the field," Woods said. "We know we can go out there and attack with Josh Reynolds as well — all of our weapons — but we got another weapon coming up, Cooper getting in the lineup, just letting him get back and working in the slot so he can get in his groove and find the end zone."