Monday, September 19, 2011

Rams vs. Giants Game Preview

Rams vs. Giants Game Preview

The St. Louis Rams will take on the New York Giants tonight on Monday Night Football. It appears the Rams have made great strides in becoming much better. In 2010 the Rams won 7 games and played the Seattle Seahawks on the final week of the season for a chance to get into the post season. The Rams have high hopes for 2011 and after almost 5 years will make an appearance on Monday Night Football.

The biggest key in this game is who will and who will not play. Steven Jackson is a game time decision with his quad injury but I would be surprised if he plays. With Danny Amendola out of the lineup Greg Salas should get the start in the slot. Sam Bradford will not only have to worry about his protection but he will also need to worry about who is going to get open and make a catch. Through the preseason and again last week in the Rams 31-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles the Rams continue to drop passes. With Justin Tuck likely playing for the Giants the Rams nicked up offensive line will need to play much better than they played last week.

The New York Giants will still be without CB Prince Amukamara and DE Osi Umenyiora. The Rams must provide Sam Bradford with enough time to be aggressive and get the ball downfield to the wide receivers. Year after year we continue to wait for the vertical passing game to show up for the Rams. We can beat the Giants by throwing the ball down field on first down and on play action if Cadillac Williams can keep the Giants honest on the ground.

The Giants lost a tough one last week to their rival the Washington Redskins and are very disappointed in their effort. Eli Manning still walks in his brothers shadow and always will. Eli please come to grips with the fact you are nowhere near as good as your brother and you are not one of the top quarterbacks in the league. The Giants will be best off attacking the Rams with their duo of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. The two combined for only 75 yards on 20 carries last week. Look for the Giants to attack the Rams linebackers and then work in playaction to Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham who will pose big problems for the Rams secondary that will be without Ron Bartell.

It is only week two so can this possibly be a must win game for the Rams? Well with all of our division games to play this is just another game, however it is very very important. The Rams need to prove to themselves and the league that they have the talent to win a game like this on national TV. It is time for the Rams to step up, run the rock, throw the ball deep and battle until the end for a victory. With the pissed off Baltimore Ravens coming to town next week the Rams better take care of business.

This is the type of game the post GSOT Rams do not win. I wish I could be more positive. I know the Rams can win this game but I just don't think they will. Again I will go to playmakers and the Giants have more and also have a huge home field advantage tonight.

Prediction New York Giants 27 - St. Louis Rams 17

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