Can Big Blue Stop The Red-Hot Rams?
This week, The New York Giants will host the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. These teams have faced off 43 times in their history, and the Rams hold the advantage with a 26-17 career record against Big Blue. However, the Giants have won the last seven matchups, dating back to 2002.
The Rams will try to take advantage of the injury ridden Giants, who have three of their top four receivers out for the year, (OBJ, Harris, Marshall) two of their linebackers, (Goodson, Casillas) two of their offensive lineman, (Pugh & Richburg) and two of their defensive linemen (Vernon & Wynn) out for the week. They also have their best corner, Janoris Jenkins suspended for the week by the team. The Giants have had a lot of bad luck with injuries this year, but on the bright side, #2 WR Sterling Shepard is back this week, after missing the last three with an ankle injury. He should be a huge target for the struggling Giants offense, whose pass game has been revolved around rookie Tight End Evan Engram.
So, the good news is the Giants will have another solid target in the pass game. The bad news is, it probably will not be enough. New York will be using their sixth offensive line in week nine. That should be enough to show you how awful they have been this year. They will have their hands full with pass rusher Aaron Donald. Donald has shown he is almost impossible to block one-on-one. In order for their offense to be successful, they have to play a complete game. They do not have enough targets of firepower in the air to try and turn this game into a shootout. They’re going to hope to establish the run early, to open up options in the play action game later on.
The Rams enter week 9 with the NFL’s highest ranked offense, and going up against an injured Giants defense, they are looking to have a BIG day. They’re going to look to take advantage of the injuries with the run game, and take advantage of the Jenkins suspension. Jared Goff and Todd Gurley have been on fire this year, and they look to continue the domination against a weak NY team.
The Giants are facing a completely healthy team. The Rams have a top offense in the league, and defensive playmakers who can change the tides of the game. The Giants will be fired up to win at home, but they don’t have the firepower to match up with a strong Rams team. There’s a slight chance the Rams come into New Jersey a little too overconfident, and the Giants can take advantage of that. But, in the end, the injured Giants simply do not have enough to stop the red hot Rams. Will the 15 year win streak come to an end for the Gmen?