It has been an up-and-down first eight weeks of NFL action for myself, but we’re still on the winning side of things as it currently stands. Entering with a 20-18 YTD record is an improvement over last season, but let’s hope the second half of NFL regular season action holds many winners to come.
For Sunday’s opening slate of games, let’s turn our attention to New York, where the struggling Giants will welcome a Los Angeles Rams team that is clearly gunning for the post-season. Not too many people expected the Rams to already be this good, but the upstart group has pulled off some stellar victories in 2017 – and they’ll look to keep it going against the lowly G-Men.
The Giants have endured a tough season, riddled with injuries and dysfunction – and some bad luck as well. They have virtually no receiving corps and with a 1-6 record, they already seem to be just playing out the rest of their season. Still though – they remain a primarily veteran group and should play with pride. It’s never easy coming into New York and escaping with a victory – and the G-Men will hope to show that on Sunday afternoon to this improved Rams group.
As always, read on below for full game predictions and analysis. We are hoping to start Week 9 off on the right foot, and further line your wallets for some very intriguing SNF and MNF contests. Enjoy!
Rams vs. Giants Betting Odds:
Los Angeles Rams -4.5 (-115)
@ New York Giants +4.5 (-105)
Over 42 (-110)
Under 42 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Rams vs. Giants Pick:
Jared Goff has basically transformed in a short time into one of the better NFL quarterbacks – but much of the credit needs to go to his blocking unit and coaching staff. They have given him all kinds of time and space in the pocket and as a result, the Rams’ offense has taken off this year.
He should continue his torrid pace, especially with all of the absences from the New York starting lineup. Janoris Jenkins is suspended and missing from that secondary unit, while B.J. Goodson and Olivier Vernon are also expected to be out injured for the Giants. The pass rush duties will fall solely on the shoulders of Jason Pierre-Paul, and while he is effective – it remains to be seen if he can generate consistent pressure all on his own.
Goff will have plenty of time in the pocket as a result and should be able to look downfield and find his targets with regularity. Todd Gurley is also an exceptional receiver out of the backfield, and should be able to bully his way through an absent Giants’ linebacking crew.
L.A. has one of the best O-lines in the sport, and the Giants most certainly do not. This is bad news for the G-Men as the duo of Michael Brockers and Aaron Donald won’t be able to be contained. Eli Manning will likely struggle with the heavy pressure in his face, and likely be forced into bad decisions and turnovers. Evan Engram at the tight end position is basically all Manning will have, and the Rams do cover that position quite well.
While this is a tough spot for the Rams – playing an early game as a West Coast team, the talent disparity here is just too much to ignore. They match up well vs. New York – a team that’s already all but eliminated from playoff contention. And beyond that, they are severely depleted with injuries. Even though the line has steadily risen all week, the Rams seem like the only playable side in this contest. They are a hungry and well-coached group and don’t expect too much of a slip-up, as coach Sean McVay won’t allow it. Look for the Rams to continue their stellar season on Sunday afternoon.
PICK = Rams -4.5 (-115)