The Rams continue their foray through the NFC East with a battle against Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo’s former team, the New York Giants.
The Rams are on Monday Night Football this week. That means a national audience. Please don’t embarrass us, Rams.
What to Watch For
- Who Covers Whom – The Giants might be without number 1 receiver Hakeem Nicks. The Rams will be without Ron Bartell and may be without Bradley Fletcher. The Rams will have to give their cornerbacks a good amount of help in this game.
- Rams Offensive Line – The Rams offensive line was repeatedly pushed back into Sam Bradford last week against the Eagles. They will need to have a better game against a more athletic defensive line with more blitzes.
- He Ain’t Vick – The Rams defensive lineman and blitzers will breathe a sigh of relief changing their focus from Mike Vick to Eli Manning. Eli Manning will be happy to stay on his spot in the pocket in order to deliver the pass and the Rams rushers will be happy to know where Manning will be and that they can take him down when they get to him.
- Rams Receivers – The Rams receivers were faced with another chicken and egg problem last week. Were they being blanket covered by the Eagles outstanding corners or were they simply not able to get open? Either way, the Rams pass catchers will draw a much easier assignment with the Giants beat up secondary. Look for longer throws this week to more wide receivers.
- Stay At Home Defense – The Rams defense has had a tendency over the past few years of over pursuing and leaving a huge cutback lane open for running backs to fly through. It happened against the Eagles far too often. The Rams defense will need to stay with their assignment to prevent the cutback and push the running back back towards the other defenders.
- Bounceback Game – Both teams will be looking to put up better performances than they did last week against their opponents. The Giants should be amped up for their home opener on Monday Night Football coming off a loss against a team that they probably should have beat in the Washington Redskins.
- Turn the Crowd – The stereotypically fickle NY fans will be out in force on Monday night and probably will have had enough adult beverages to feed a village. NY Giants fans are assuming an easy win over the Rams. If the Rams come out strong, the fans will quickly turn on their own team, assisting the Rams.