Mike Dietrich [@dvond]
The Giants are playing a tad better and do have a WR who is playing at a top 5 level. The Rams secondary gives up a very high completion percentage so this should be a tough overall match up. The Giants defense has played a tad better while the Rams passing offense is around 200 a game since Hill took over. Mason has also only been over 4 ypc one game in last 7 . I see a tough close game...
Prediction: Giants 24, Rams 20
The Rams offense sputtered in a defensive loss last week. The O-Line is a wreck. I see Jason Pierre-Paul licking his chops. Odell Beckham will burn Janoris Jenkins for a TD or two.
Prediction: Giants 27, Rams 13
If there was ever a time for the Rams to get Tre Mason going again it would appear to be this weekend. The New York Giants are tied for last in the NFL allowing 4.9 yards per carry, and have given up 13 rushing TDs which is tied for 23rd in the NFL. The Giants are also one of the worst in the NFL at running the ball, averaging a mere 3.6 yards per carry and could likely be without the services of their top rusher Rashad Jennings. If the Rams could manage to get the ground game going AND slow down the Giants rushing attack it would likely lead to a win. Of course when the Giants offense is on the field all eyes will be on Odell Beckham, as he has been absolutely on fire lately. If the Rams defense forces the Giants offense to abandon the run, they better be prepared to deal with a heavy dose of the rising young star. The Giants are right in the middle of the NFL pack in terms of sacks allowed, but the Raiders had only allowed 12 sacks all season prior to facing the Rams (who got 6 in that game alone), so take that with a grain of salt. The Giants defense on the other hand is very middle of the pack against the pass, although they are allowing a whopping 7.9 yards per attempt (28th in NFL). It seems the Rams should find opportunities on the ground, that will then open up big plays through play action. At the very least we can sit back and enjoy as the inevitable "Eli faces" are put on the screen.
Prediction: Rams 24, Giants 14
The Rams are wearing throwbacks again - seems like the last time we won in those unis, SJax went absolutely nuts and Rams surprised the heavy favorite Saints. But that's off topic. I think that Odell will have a couple TDs, however, that's it for the Giants. Defense will keep pressure on Eli and shut down the run game. Rams just do enough on offense to have control of the game for the most part.
Prediction: Rams 23, Giants 17
If the O-Line can put together something that even slightly resembles a pro-caliber performance, the Rams win. Tre Mason should run train on this soft Giants front seven and a successful ground game will open up some deep bombs to Kenny Britt. Eli Manning will have pressure in his face all night and Odell Beckham will take a few pops from TJ McDonald and Co. Welcome to the NFL son.
Prediction: Rams 24, Giants 13
Joe Mazzi [@Joe__Mazzi]
Remember the days when Eli Manning was a turnover machine, when the beleaguered quarterback aimlessly threw caution to the wind and played hot potato with the football? Those were simpler times, much more entertaining and humorous times. And I believe they may come again.
This is a game the Rams should win, but we've been down that road before. Shaun Hill should fare much better than he did against Arizona, and St. Louis' front on defense - coming off ten days rest - will continue dominate. I see Tre Mason bouncing back in a big way.
Still, we can't expect the Giants to simply crumble. Death, taxes and a few more Odell Beckham Jr highlights are all that's certain. Both teams will have their respective fans pulling out their hair in this one. I, for one, intend to keep my luscious locks.