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Game 8 preview
Sunday Nov 5, 1:00 PM - Rams at Giants

Giants (1-6) vs Rams (5-2)
The Rams have won four of their last five games prior to their bye week. The most recent win was a 33-0 trashing of the Arizona Cardinals at Twickenham Stadium in London, England.
The Giants lost 24-7 to the Seattle Seahawks in their game right before their bye week. They had their first season win against the Denver Broncos just before that, but Seattle exposed their weaknesses.
Giants - Seahawks Wrap-Up

The Los Angeles Rams
Rams fans remember back to the 1998 - 2003 Kurt Warner era and how he led the St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl victory after the 1999 season. Warner's Greatest Show on Turf was back two years later after an NFL-best 14–2 regular season record for Super Bowl XXXVI, where they lost to New England. The year after Warner left in 2004, the Rams had 8 regular season wins and a wildcard victory, but have managed to win 8 games just once since then, and less than that over the rest of the years.
Jeff Fisher took over the head coaching reigns from Steve Spagnuolo in 2012, after the Rams finished with a 2-14 record. Fisher never got the Rams past 7 wins and last year
he was the first NFL coach since the merger to get a fifth season after having a losing record through the first four. Hopes might have been that Fisher could provide some stability as the team made its move back to Los Angeles. After a very poor start and a 42-14 loss to Atlanta, Fisher was let go. Special teams coordinator John Fassel (Jim Fassel's son) was the interim head coach for the final three games. The Rams finished with a 4-12 season and Fassel returned to his former position.
Sean McVay, the offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins from 2014–2016, became the youngest head coach (30 years old) in NFL history when he signed up for the job with the Rams. Until their new stadium is completed, the Rams will play at the Coliseum, where they played for 34 seasons (1946–1979), before moving to Anaheim Stadium in Orange County in 1980. They then moved to St. Louis in 1995.

Rams Offense
Last year the Rams gave up six draft picks in order to move up and select Jared Goff as their quarterback for the future. With Case Keenum starting nine games, and with the 4-5 team last in points scored, Goff was pushed into service. Golf did about as well as another former first round overall pick if you remember his first season starts as a rookie, Eli Manning (1-6). The Rams lost all their remaining seven games, but that was last year. Now working with new coaching, more experience under his belt, and with a better offensive line, Golf has now gone from zero wins to five out of seven. It certainly helped that they signed veteran tackle Andrew Whitworth in the offseason. Golf was sacked 26 times last year and now only 10 in the same number of games.
The Rams, a team that had finished with the least amount of points scored per game (14), is now second in the league, averaging 30.3 per game. Running back Todd Gurley has also benefited from the offensive line improvements. Gurley, the offensive rookie of the year in 2015, was working behind an offensive line ranked amongst the worst of the lot. The running game has shown major improvement, going from next to last place to sixth, averaging 127.6, compared to 78.2 yards per game. Gurley is productive in more ways than one, and has as many receptions as wide receiver Robert Woods, a free agent they added to boost the passing game. The Rams also drafted wideout Cooper Krupp in the third round and it's all working out.

Rams Defense
Although they improved last year from the one before in overall passing and rushing defense, they slipped in some other areas. Interceptions, sacks and points allowed were all down, and below average. When head coach Sean McVay took over, he brought in Wade Phillips to run his defense, and things have improved in all key areas, with the exception of rushing yardage per game. The Rams have allowed 123 yards per game on the ground as they adjust to the transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense.
It could be important this game as the Giants had their best rushing performances in the two games (152 yards, 148 yards) prior to the Seahawks shutting them down realizing that Eli Manning's new receivers needed minimal coverage. Orleans Darkwa still averaged 3.9 yards a carry in that Seattle loss. If the Giants can get something going with their passing game, and not be so one dimensional, they may cause more problems for the Rams than they are expecting.

Giants Offense
Two games ago in Denver, running back Orleans Darkwa had 21 carries for 117 yards, the most in his career. The Giants went with 32 runs and just 19 passes, and they pulled off a surprising win over the Broncos, who still currently rank second in run defense, allowing just 73 yards a game. The Giants 148 total rushing yards made the Seahawks take notice, and they made run stopping a priority, forcing Eli Manning to throw more to his inexperienced group of wide receivers, and it worked for them.
Now with the bye, the Giants have had a full two weeks to get their pass catchers on board. Sterling Shepard is back for this game, and would now be considered the go-to receiver, with Odell Beckham, Jr. and Brandon Marshall gone for the season. In the past two games the wide receivers have caught a total of only seven passes, and Shepard will draw some coverage off them.
Tight end Evan Engram has become an important target for Manning and has caught a touchdown in each of the last two games. Engram now leads all rookie tight ends in receptions (30) and receiving yards (342). Center Weston Richburg has missed the last three games while on concussion protocol and had been ruled out for this game. Now the Giants have placed him on injured reserve. Brett Jones has played in Richburg's place and has done well. Offensive lineman Justin Pugh is out for this game, and Bobby Hart will be the starting right tackle.

Giants Defense
The defense is up against the second-best offense in the NFL. Aside from injuries to players who are out for this game, linebackers Jonathan Casillas and B.J. Goodson, defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Kerry Wynn, the Giants have spotted the Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who has been suspended for this game. Cornerback Donte Deayon is listed as questionable, and since they have placed center Weston Richburg on injured reserve, cornerback Tim Scott has been signed off the practice squad. None of this sounds good especially when you consider that the Rams offense is ranked first (49.0) on third downs, up against a Giants defense ranked 22nd (40.8) on third downs.
On a positive note, fifth-round pick defensive end Avery Moss played well in the last game with the Seahawks, forcing a fumble that led to the Giants scoring. The Giants also picked up veteran defensive end Devin Taylor, who was with the Giants during preseason, but did not make the final cut. Jason Pierre-Paul came up with three sacks in the Denver game, and he was able to get consistent pressure on Russell Wilson in the last game. Rams quarterback Jared Goff is not as elusive as Wilson, but getting past tackle Andrew Whitworth is not an easy task.

The Giants will play a team coming off a bye week for the third game in a row. It's not as daunting as it sounds as the Giants were also on a bye. If you want some hope, look what happened the last time Sterling Shepard led the way without Odell Beckham Jr. playing (game 1). Shepard caught 7 of 8. Evan Engram was 4 of 5. Shane Vereen 9 of 10. Roger Lewis 4 of 6. I'm not making it up, just look at that completion ratio with the same players you'll have on the field this Sunday.
We won't go into why they scored only 3 points and lost to the Cowboys right now. We're busy dishing out hope here, and hey, the running game has showed some promise with Orleans Darkwa.
Also, the Rams are traveling across the country and have an early kickoff, which could work against them. So there, what more can I say to make you feel good about this game?

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Rams (5-2) at Giants (1-6)
Sunday at 1:00pm Broncos (3-4) at Eagles (7-1)
Sunday at 4:05pm Redskins (3-4) at Seahawks (5-2)
Sunday at 4:25pm Chiefs (6-2) at Cowboys (4-3)
The Eagles and Cowboys are the NFC East teams favored to win in these games.
Giants Eli Manning has not lost a game as a starter against the Rams (5-0) .

Giants have allowed a touchdown to a tight end in all seven of their games this season.

Giants wide receivers, just 7 catches in the last two games, had their lowest two-game total since 1996.

Giants have won their last 7 against the Rams, their longest active winning streak against one opponent.

Rams running back Todd Gurley has 8 touchdowns on the year, 5 running and 3 receiving.

Rams Wade Phillips has been a head coach or defensive coordinator for nine NFL teams.

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