NFL Pick: St. Louis Rams @ New York Giants Preview
The Rams really have some brutal problems right now to contend with, as the injury report after last week’s game was awful to say the least. We don’t expect to see RB Steven Jackson this week. He ran the ball just twice on the day before ending up on a stationary bike. However, the good news is that the Cadillac has been let out of the garage, as RB Cadillac Williams had a very, very impressive debut with the Rams. He ran for 91 yards and had five receptions for 49 yards in last week’s loss against the Philadelphia Eagles. The passing game has a bigger problem, though. We already know that WR Danny Amendola is likely out for at least the next month with a dislocated elbow, but the worse news is that QB Sam Bradford is banged up as well. He left last week’s loss with a finger injury, but he plans to play against the G-Men. Either way, the defense has to improve as well, as the 31 points that the Eagles put up aren’t going to cut it this week.
There might not be a team in the league that needs a win this week in a game like this like the Giants. Last week, as short favorites, the G-Men folded and folded horribly against the Washington Redskins, getting beaten 28-14 in a game that really wasn’t all that competitive in the final 25 minutes or so. The game turned on QB Eli Manning’s pick to rookie LB Ryan Kerrigan that resulted in a touchdown. From there, the offense just didn’t get back on track, and Manning was completely lost. RB Ahmad Bradshaw did score a touchdown, and WR Hakeem Nicks did have a nice day with seven catches for 122 yards, but there is no doubt that this team needs some work. The defense was torn apart by QB Rex Grossman, which isn’t saying anything all that impressive, especially with a potentially potent St. Louis passing game waiting. DE Justin Tuck should be in the lineup again this week, though it is definitely still up in the air. However, there’s no helping this banged up secondary, and until Head Coach Tom Coughlin can coach up some corners, this team is going to remain in some trouble.
St. Louis Rams @ New York Giants Pick: Had the Rams been healthy, they would have been our choice in this one on the NFL betting lines. However, with emotions running high in the Big Apple right now on Monday Night Football, we have to lay the points.
NFL Pick: New York Giants -4.5 at Bookmaker Sportsbook.