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New York Giants vs. Los Angeles Rams Pick & Prediction OCT 4TH 2020

NFL | FOOTBALL
TV: FOX
Logo New York Giants
VS
Logo Los Angeles Rams
47
OPENNER
-6.5

48o -115
CURRENT
-14.5 +115

+635
MONEYLINE
-970

9
SCORE
17

After nearly matching the third-largest comeback in NFL history a week ago, the Los Angeles Rams will return home for the first time since Week 1 to face the winless New York Giants on Sunday.

 

The Rams (2-1) trailed by 25 points in the third quarter last Sunday at Buffalo and rallied with four consecutive touchdowns to take a 32-28 advantage. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Bills answered with a touchdown of their own in the closing seconds.

 

While a late pass interference call against the Rams loomed large, the true difference in the setback for Los Angeles was its slow start. The Rams moved the ball early but failed to finish of drives, while the defense needed a full half to adjust to the pass/run combination that Bills quarterback Josh Allen possesses.

 

Daniel Jones has similarities to Allen, although the Giants quarterback is not at that level -- at least, not 15 starts into his young career. Jones ranks 22nd in the NFL with 699 yards passing in three games and his 60.2 completion percentage is 28th on the list.

 

Jones, who is 3-12 in those first 15 starts, has also been sacked nine times -- tied for eighth most in the NFL. As a whole, the Giants offense is next to last in the NFL by averaging 272.3 yards per game.

 

"I don't think any of us came in expecting this, but I think as a team now, we understand we can't let that affect our confidence going forward," Jones said. "I'm confident in the guys we have in the locker room, the mindset that we have. You take it and learn from it, but not let this situation define us and understand what we need to do moving forward."

 

The good news for the Giants (0-3) is that even though the Rams' defense has stars like tackle Aaron Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsey, the club has surrendered 372.7 yards per game, which ranks 18th in the NFL.

 

And like Allen, who used his mobility to cause the Rams' defense fits on Sunday, Jones can run. Jones, in fact, leads the Giants with 92 yards rushing. The only other quarterback who leads his team in rushing is the Baltimore Ravens' Lamar Jackson (182).

 

The task for the Giants is keeping up with the Rams on the scoreboard.

 

After a down offensive season in 2019 when the running game struggled with Todd Gurley, there is balance once again. Darrell Henderson Jr. stepping into the rushing spotlight for Los Angeles. Even though the Rams trailed by more than three touchdowns in the second half against the Bills, they stuck with the running game and got 114 yards from Henderson with a touchdown on 20 carries.

 

The Rams are tied for third in the NFL with 170.3 rushing yards per game.

 

"We got off to a slow start. We just stuck to our game plan," Henderson said of Sunday's game. "As long as we're executing, doing our job, I feel like ain't nobody stopping us."

 

Jared Goff engineered the Rams' comeback on Sunday with 321 yards passing, two touchdowns in the air and one on the ground. Goff is eighth in the NFL with 863 passing yards and leads the league in yards per attempt at 9.6.

 

Goff might be without rookie running back Cam Akers (ribs), who did not practice Wednesday. Also out of practice were defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day (ankle) and wide receiver Josh Reynolds (illness). Safety Jordan Fuller (shoulder) was limited.

 

Four Giants defensive backs were listed on Wednesday's injury report. Jabrill Peppers (ankle) and Brandon Williams (groin) missed practice, while Adrian Colbert (quad) and Julian Love (knee/ankle) were limited.

 

--Field Level Media

 

PREDICTION
New York Giants
18
32
Los Angeles Rams

New York Giants vs. Los Angeles Rams

Unable to get their offense on track until late, the Los Angeles Rams rode their defense to a 17-9 victory Sunday over the visiting New York Giants at Inglewood, Calif.

Let by two-time defensive player of the year Aaron Donald, the Rams (3-1) held the Giants out of the end zone while improving to 2-0 at their new $5 billion SoFi Stadium.

Los Angeles' high-powered offense finally delivered with just under seven minutes remaining in the game when quarterback Jared Goff hit wide receiver Cooper Kupp on a 55-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown and a 17-9 lead. The Rams never trailed.

Goff was 25 of 32 for 200 yards, his lowest passing output of the season and his lowest since Week 6 of last season. Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was 23 of 36 for 190 yards, with an interception.

The Giants (0-4), who entered the game with the worst rushing offense in the NFL, had 136 yards on the ground on 25 carries. Jones and running back Wayne Gallman each had 45 yards rushing on six carries.

Down eight, the Giants got the ball to the Rams' 31-yard line with 2:37 remaining, but Jones threw high to wide receiver Golden Tate on fourth down, and Los Angeles took possession.

The Giants had one last chance, taking possession with 2:05 remaining after a Rams punt. They moved to the Rams' 18-yard line, but Darious Williams intercepted a Jones pass at the 7-yard line with 57 seconds remaining. The Rams ran out the clock from there.

The Rams looked primed for a big offensive day when they took their opening drive of the game 65 yards for a touchdown. Tight end Gerald Everett, in motion before the snap, took an inside handoff from Goff and ran 2 yards for the TD.

From there the teams traded field goals into the fourth quarter. Giants kicker Graham Gano had first-half field goals of 35 and 37 yards. Rams rookie kicker Sam Sloman had a second-quarter field goal of 32 yards, with the Rams carrying a 10-6 lead into halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, when both teams combined for 119 yards, the Giants pulled to 10-9 when Gano connected on a 27-yard field goal with 14:11 remaining.

The Giants outgained the Rams 295 yards to 240, and their 136 rushing yards were well over their 56.7-yard average over their first three games.

--Field Level Media

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