Another edition of American football in Europe takes place Sunday morning at Twickenham Stadium in London. From everything I read most people do not like these games in London. I don’t really have an opinion one way or another, but it’s clear that the NFL are doing it to attract fans in Europe, and in return, more money in their pockets. Everything is about the money in professional sports, so I can’t really knock them for that. We have football from early in the morning until late Sunday night, can’t really complain in that sense. This special edition of the NFL starts at 9:30AM eastern time. If you’re on the west coast, these are early ones for you, and if you’re in Las Vegas, you probably haven’t even gone to sleep yet.
The New York Giants and LA Rams will play in this edition of London football across the pond. I read that Odell Beckham is one of the most liked players over there, well okay, then? I’m not sure where that one came from. Maybe it’s because his last name is Beckham? Somebody from London may want to fill me in on that one, because over in North America he is losing his likability with each passing week. I don’t feel that he’s the most liked among his colleagues, let alone fans of other teams.
On the football field, Beckham has not looked like the same dominant force who was on top of the world after making that circus catch against the Dallas Cowboys. Fantasy owners and Giants’ fans have been starting to get frustrated with Beckham, who has been frustrated himself. He admitted that his heart isn’t in it right now, but despite all this, Beckham exploded against the Ravens last week, and all has been forgiven at least for a week. He caught 8 balls for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns. This might be the trigger that gets him going.
Beckham and the Giants will take on the LA Rams, who many people had going 0-16 after their dud of an opener against the San Francisco 49ers. A week later they beat the Seattle Seahawks and all was well again in Los Angeles. The Rams enter London with a respectable record of 3-3. .500 football seems to be a specialty for Jeff Fisher, but it looks much better than anticipated in early September. Get your Sunday started out with our International Series NFL pick below.
New York Giants vs. L.A. Rams NFL Betting Odds:
vs. Rams +3(-115)
Odds provided by Bovada.lv
Giants vs. Rams Pick:
The Giants are 3-3 as well and are kind of lucky to be .500 on the season. Don’t you get the impression that this team has a worse record than they actually have? Probably due to the fiasco and drama featuring Odell Beckham. The Giants desperately needed that win a week ago to stop the bleeding, as they lost their previous three against the Redskins, Vikings, and Packers. Another loss would have set this team into complete disarray just prior to heading overseas to London.
The G-Men are scoring 19.3 points per game and scored over 20 points for only the third time this season last week against the Ravens. Getting Beckham involved in the offense was imperative for this team and it came up aces. The Rams’ offense actually came through for them in a 31-28 loss against the Lions, but the defense let them down. Defense is notoriously the catalyst for the Rams, and when the offense had a nice afternoon, the defense let them down. The Rams are 28th in the NFL scoring just 18.3 points per game. They are also 28th in passing yardage per game, and 28th running the ball. Not exactly the plan with Todd Gurley in the backfield, who was expected to be a workhorse for the Rams on offense.
Defense was not expected to be a strength for the Giants, but they have held in there allowing 21.8 points per game, a bit better than the Rams who are giving up 22.8 a game. They’ve been solid defending the pass, with an average of 266.8 yards allowed per game, which is 11th in the NFL. The Giants are contending with injuries to their defense. Note that they will be without both of their safeties, including Nat Berhe and Darian Thompson. Joining them from the offense will be right tackle Marshall Newhouse. The Giants will be down at least three regular starters in London. This is going to be a close game and very well may come down to a point or two. Therefore, taking the points with the Rams looks like a solid choice.
PICK: RAMS +3 (-115)