The 2-1 Los Angeles Rams host the 0-3 New York Giants on Sunday afternoon. Although Rams fans are excited about this game, fans of the New York Giants will probably want to close their eyes.
After three games, the Giants haven’t quite seemed to get into gear on offense. And after some key injuries on defense, New York has their backs against the wall, praying that they can fend off the Rams offense.
The Los Angeles Rams are coming off a close and controversial loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 3. As one of the front runners in the NFC, the Rams are in a position to snag another win at home before they head out on a two-game road stretch. The Rams are dealing with injuries on their side too, with running back Cam Akers likely missing Sunday’s game and safety Jordan Fuller questionable as well.
The spread around many sportsbooks has the Los Angeles Rams as heavy favorites, around a 13.5-point margin. Before placing your bets, though, let’s see what both teams bring to Sunday’s contest.
Giants Rebuilding Process Is Taking Longer Than Expected
Everyone knew at the start of the season that this would be a rough year for the New York Giants. After bringing in a new head coach and deciding to overhaul the team, the Giants were set up for a sluggish start.
However, even Head Coach Jason Garrett is upset with the team’s inability to put points on the board, with a points-per-game average of 12.7. Unfortunately, their offense is even worse off, allowing an average of 26.3 points-per-game.
Sunday, they face a team with easily one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. What the Rams do best is turn plays that look to be a short-yardage gain into touchdowns. The Giants have no way of combating that due to defensive backs leaving to play elsewhere (i.e. Janoris Jenkins) and injuries piling up.
Goff & Rams Looking To Bounce Back
The Rams came up just shy of defeating the Buffalo Bills in Week 3, but they’ll get a shot to rebuild some of that morale before they head out on the road for Week 5 and 6.
The Rams are tied for the third-best in the league in rushing yards per game at 170.3, but they’ll likely use whatever attack they like against one of the league’s worst defenses. The air and ground attack is supposed to complement a strong defense, but that’s where the Rams have struggled recently.
The Bills were able to rack up thirty-five points against the Rams defense, and although the Giants don’t have anywhere close to as good of an offense as the Bills, it’s still discouraging. The good news is the offense they’re going against doesn’t have much firepower to worry about, especially after losing Saquon Barkley for the rest of the season.
Which Team Should Make It On Your Ticket?
Between the two, the Rams seem like the smarter choice, but each of their games against the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills was within three points. This would usually convince bettors to take the points in a game with a large spread. The issue to remember is the Giants’ atrocious offense, and against the Rams’ defensive line, I doubt Daniel Jones and New York will be able to move the ball down the field.
When the Rams played the Philadelphia Eagles, we saw something similar to what I expect this game to be. This is an offense that is incapable of moving the ball down the field versus the run-stopping and terrorizing pass-rushing defense of the Rams. Look for the Rams to get a quick start in this one and turn this game ugly rather fast.