The New York Giants are 0-3 right now, coming off a blowout loss to the injury-riddled San Francisco 49ers. The Los Angeles Rams, their opponent, are coming off their first loss against the Buffalo Bills. Their first two wins coming against NFC East Teams, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.
Big Blue is looking to improve in many areas as they are surprisingly only one game back in the NFC East, despite not having one single win. The Rams are looking to get their second home win of the season as they attempt to catch up to the Seattle Seahawks.
New York Giants
The weakest link on the Giants right now is actually not the defense. The offense as a whole is currently one of the worst in the league along with the team they share Metlife with. A comedy of errors has destabilized the expectations for this offense.
Running back Saquon Barkley is out for the rest of the year with a torn ACL. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is on injured reserve with turf toe. Those injuries go along with Evan Engram not producing, the offensive line struggling, Daniel Jones turning the ball over, and the wide receivers not getting separation.
For the Giants to win this game, the offensive line will have to stop Aaron Donald. Donald already has nine pressures this year along with four quarterback knockdowns, three tackles for a loss, and three sacks. Not much confidence is instilled in this young group as the offensive line failed to handle an injury-riddled 49ers defensive line.
Things flipped for the Giant’s defense last week. In the first two games, the Giants defended the pass well and failed to stop the run. The switch flipped against San Francisco, as the Giants only allowed 93 yards and 2.7 yards per carry.
The Rams have the 4th best running offense and the 7th best passing offense in the NFL right now. Jared Goff, Cooper Kupp, and Robert Woods leading the passing offense while Darrell Henderson Jr. is leading the backfield.
The Giants jumped down to the 10th passing offense after Nick Mullens housed 343 passing yards on the defense last week. With both sides of the Rams’ offense clicking, the second cornerback (likely Isaac Yiadom) will have to play his best football against Robert Woods. James Bradberry is having a great first three games coming over from the Carolina Panthers in the offseason.
The entire defense will need to be consistent in order for the Giants to pick up their first win.
Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams currently are second in the very competitive NFC West behind the Seattle Seahawks. Jared Goff is playing his best football looking like his 2018 season. The Rams’ offensive line is growing into a good unit and the wide receiving core led by Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp is flourishing. All of those ingredients mixed the Rams into one of the best offenses in the NFL.
The Rams are doing just fine without Todd Gurley, as Cam Akers, Malcolm Brown, and Darrell Henderson Jr have been doing just fine leading the backfield. Henderson is ranked the best running back in the league by Pro Football Focus.
The Giants are in the top ten in rushing defense. However, their weakness this year has been the opposing rushing attack. They rank 20th in rushing defense. If the Rams can take advantage of the Giants’ weak rushing defense, they will have an easier transition to the passing game, getting the pressure off of Jared Goff.
Like most games, Aaron Donald is the ultimate key to this one. The New York Giants’ offensive line ranks 28th in pass-block win rate. The Giants’ have given up nine sacks this season which ranks 24th in the NFL.
It helps a lot that the Giants’ offense ranks at the bottom of the NFL right now. At times, the opposing team has gotten pressure on Daniel Jones to where they will force him to make a mistake. At the other times, the wide receivers have not gotten separation. The offensive line has not opened up lanes for Devonta Freeman, Wayne Gallman, and Dion Lewis. That is even before since Saquon Barkley went out for the year.
Stopping the run and making the offense one dimensional will be the best thing the Rams do on Sunday to stop the Giants.
Compared to last year’s team, the Los Angeles Rams are much better and are alike to the Rams that went to the Super Bowl in 2018. My prediction here is that the Rams beat the Giants, 34-16. The Giants will find leaks in the Rams’ defense. However, Aaron Donald will not be limited by one of the worst offensive lines in football.
Per my predictions, Big Blue will have to wait possibly until next week to attempt a win. Week 5 against the Dallas Cowboys.