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Rams vs Giants in week 4: What you need to know

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By Raul Corona October 1, 2020 0 Comment
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The Rams return to So-Fi Stadium to square off against the New York Giants. Can Los Angeles avoid this match from turning into a trap game?

The LA Rams return to So-Fi Stadium to square off against another NFC East team in week 4, this time vs the 0- 3 New York Giants. The game will be played on Sunday at 4 pm ET. Let’s take a closer look into this Rams vs Giants matchup.

Who are the New York Giants?

Things are quite grim right now in Big Blue. An already unimpressive roster was left in shambles after star running back Saquon Barkley tore his ACL in week 2 against the Chicago Bears.

Barkley was the only game-changer on the Giants roster, and now quarterback Daniel Jones and offensive coordinator Jason Garret have to figure out a way to field a competitive unit each week without him.

So far, the Giants offense has been dismal. They currently rank 31st in total offense with 38 points scored and average 12.7 points per game. Jones has thrown 2 touchdown passes and 4 interceptions in 3 games. But as bad as those numbers may look, the rushing offense is even worse.

The Giants running attack is ranked dead last in the NFL, they have gained 170 total yards, scored 1 touchdown, and fumbled the ball 5 times. That is the direct result of losing who probably is the best running back in football. The Giants have signed free agent Devonta Freeman in hopes of getting the ground game going.

Their defense has not been as atrocious as its offensive counterpart and ranks 17th in points against, allowing 26.3 points per game. Free-agent addition Blake Martinez has been one of the few bright spots for the Giants. The linebacker leads the team in tackles (18), sacks (2) and tackles for loss (4).

Other standouts on the New York defense include defensive lineman Leonard Williams, linebacker Lorenzo Carter and safety Jabrill Peppers.

Injuries

The Rams have remained a relatively healthy team three weeks into the season. Only left guard Joseph Noteboom has suffered a serious calf injury and was put on the injured reserve for approximately three weeks.

Sebastian Joseph-Day, Jordan Fuller, and Josh Reynolds suffered minor injuries against Buffalo, but according to Sean McVay, they should all be good to go. Cam Akers, who was out in week 3 after suffering a rib injury against Philadelphia is the only player whose availability is in question.

Los Angeles must be extra cautious against the Giants. If the Rams put the game away early then substitutions must follow. Nobody wants to see Jared Goff take a low hit to the knee in the fourth quarter and up by 30 points. There is no need for that.

On the Giants injury list, it appears than only Jabrill Peppers is questionable for Sunday.

What we will see on Sunday

The Rams will dominate this game from the start and bully the Giants for 60 minutes. It’s a game that the Rams cannot afford to lose. With a very tough second half of the schedule, and competing in a brutal NFC West, Los Angeles must pile up wins before the bye.

Los Angeles boasts superior personnel across almost all positions except at linebacker, so winning individual matchups is very likely.

Offense

It is unlikely that the Giant’s defensive line will bring the Rams offensive line’s dominance to a halt. Darrell Henderson should have a big day.

The linebacker group of Lorenzo Carter, Blake Martinez, and Devante Downs is New York’s strength on defense. They should be able to limit Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett‘s effectiveness.

Rams receivers will feast on the Giant’s secondary, especially if Peppers is out for the game. Their secondary features cornerbacks James Bradberry and Corey Ballentine as starters, Julian Love at free safety and the aforementioned Peppers as strong safety.

The Rams have simply too much firepower to be stopped by the Giant’s defense. Jared Goff and co. must be licking their chops as we speak.

Defense

On defense, human wrecking ball Aaron Donald is going up against one of the weakest interior linemen groups in the league. Left guard Will Hernandez has been less than stellar so far and center Nick Gates has only been playing the position since training camp. Although right guard Kevin Zeitler has been a much better starter for the Giants since coming to the team in 2019. Aaron Donald could have the best game of his career if everything goes accordingly.

Jones is a good quarterback, but he appears to be prone to interceptions and fumbles. Freeman will be the Giants’ running back for this game. Unfortunately for him, he will have to go through Donald, whom he will probably try to avoid after their scuffle last season.

Look for the Rams defense to rebound and dominate the game from start to finish. Jalen Ramsey will be all over the field and get his first interception of the year.

Prediction:

The Rams offense will pick up where it left off and put 40+ points on the Giants. A touchdown catch for Robert Woods, Van Jefferson, Cooper Kupp, and Tyler Higbee, as well as a Malcolm Brown rushing touchdown, should put this one away early.

Aaron Donald will sack Daniel Jones 4 times and the defense will force 2 turnovers. Great teams know how to win potential trap games and Los Angeles will do just that, an absolute thrashing of the reeling New York Giants.

Rams win 42 to 10 in this Rams vs Giants matchup. 

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