Analysis: Across the pond they go for the NFL's annual game in England. And just because it is in Old England doesn't mean the Patriots will receive the support and overwhelming odds in this one. The stands are filled with NFL jerseys from all 32 teams, spanning from 1970-2012. That would be the greatest thing about the NFL in London, and if Robert Kraft had his way he would have a team over the pond. In Wembley Stadium, the Patriots look to get on a roll and move to 5-3 with a victory over the Rams, who look to improve to .500 with a win. Tom Brady has not looked like his MVP self for many parts of the season thus far, and many in New and Old England will be anxious to see if he can get back to form against a stingy Rams defense.
The Patriots are wounded going to London, with Aaron Hernandez being out as well as Ras-I Dowling and a list of 12 others who are questionable for the game on Sunday. Steve Gregory and Patrick Chung will also be absent in the Patriots secondary for another week and linebacker Jerod Mayo has an elbow issue that lists him as questionable. They will trot out Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Lloyd and most impotantly Wes Welker on offense, which is usually more than enough for Brady. On defense for the Rams, Chris Long and Robert Quinn, who has seven sacks already this year, will create havoc for Brady and the offense if they are not blocked. Long is a relentless player and he is the heart and soul of a very aggressive Rams defense that will fly around the field and look to put a helmet on Brady. If the Patriots are unable to keep Brady upright in this one, it could be a long day for all those who reside in a place ending in England.
The Rams have fielded trade offers for Steven Jackson over the past weeks and may be without leading receiver Danny Amendola. Sam Bradford has been up and down ever since he entered the league and it would suprise me if he was anything dbut that on Sunday. They have a rookie named Chris Givens, who has a catch of 40+ yards in each of his last four games. Brandon Gibson could get on top of that Patriots beaten up secondary, which could make things interesting in Wembley.
Prediction: This is a game that the Rams could very well steal from the Patriots. I say that because of the way the Patriots have played this season and their inability to close out games in the 4th quarter and play a full 60 minutes.