The Los Angeles Rams (3-3) travel across the pond in Week 7, where they’ll host the New York Giants (3-3) at Twickenham Stadium in London.
This matchup marks the second International Series game for both teams. In 2007, the Giants bested the Miami Dolphins 13-10 at Wembley Stadium. The Rams were throttled by the New England Patriots in 2012, by a final score of 45-7.
Last week, the late-game heroics of Giants’ wideout Odell Beckham Jr. allowed them to escape with a victory at home against the Ravens (27-23). Contrarily, the Rams, who were extremely efficient on offense last Sunday vs. the Lions, let one slip away in the waning moments (31-28).
Both teams are looking to stay above .500 as we head towards the midway point of the 2016 season. Do the Rams have what it takes, despite a dinged up defense, to keep Beckham & Co. at bay in Week 7? And can Case Keenum and the Rams’ offense keep clicking against Janoris Jenkins, and the rest of the Steve Spagnuolo-lead defense?
The Turf Show Times staff have their predictions...
Tevin Broner (@T_Bron)
The Giants’ offense will be too much for the Rams’ defense. At least the Rams are that close to starting Goff.
Prediction: Giants win, 24-13
I'm pretty sure #Clampseason2.0 would like nothing more than to return one for a TD against the team that didn't pay up. And I don't see the Rams keeping OBJ under wraps with Tru likely sidelined.
I think Britt is legit, and he will continue to find the end zone. This one will be close, if the Rams don't play like a 7-9 team.
Prediction: Giants win, 24-21
Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard vs EJ Gaines and Troy Hill. I refuse to make this more complicated than it needs to be.
Prediction: Giants win, 30-17
Bangers! Chips! Downton Abbey! Doctor Who? London isn't going to be kind to the well traveled Rams. A injury riddled rushing attack is going to buy crucial seconds for Eli Manning and the kicking-net obsessed Odell to slash across the Rams secondary. Yes, the Rams are truly buggered. When they travel across the "Pond" - especially against strong passing attacks - they struggle. It would take a complete Eli implosion to make this one an L.A. win...
Prediction: Giants win, 40-17
Kenny Britt is clicking finally and Quick seems like a viable option in the passing game. Keenum still is limited as a mother, and that will be the offense's downfall. I see a jackrabbit pick 6. The O-line is porous, Gurley will have stacked boxes all day.
Be ready for them 7 and 9 bullshit excuses.
Prediction: Giants win, 34-17
Elijah Kim (@TST_Eli)
London Special: Fisherball
The Rams and Giants travel across the pond to London. With the Giants coming off a big game from Odell Beckham Jr. and Trumaine Johnson likely to still be out, look for Ben McAdoo and Eli Manning to target Troy Hill and E.J. Gaines early and often. While the Rams are hopeful to get their defensive mojo back, it's hard to believe that the offense will be here to stay. Look for a "come back down to earth" moment for Case Keenum opening the questions about Jared Goff as the Rams enter the bye at 3-4.
Prediction: Giants win, 24-21
Eric Nagel (@Eric_nagel)
The freefall continues. Jeff Fisher blames the lackluster English food scene for the loss.
Prediction: Giants win, 17-13
Mike Dietrich (@dvond)
The Rams secondary cannot cover anyone, the offense was left in the states and back under .500 the Rams go. Maybe they leave Fisher in London.
Prediction: Giants win, 27-17
Let me get this straight....the Rams don't have Trumaine Johnson and they play the Giants and Odell Beckham Jr? Sooooo, who's guarding 13? I cant say I'm too confident that they'll be able to slow him down. Expect to see a lot of way off coverage. If Robert Quinn doesn't come back to help apply pressure and free up Aaron Donald some, Eli Manning is going to have all day to carve up one of the thinnest and weakest secondaries in the NFL right now. It's a shame, I really think the matchup between Tru and OBJ was going to be epic. I honestly, too even my surprise, had Tru winning that one. As for the Rams offense, you have to give OC Rob Boras credit, he's wisely taking what the defense gives him. He's committed to the pass as teams gave focused on loading the box. If not for terrible defense and two very poor coaching decisions over the last two weeks, the Rams would likely be 5-1. Can't blame Case Keenum for those losses as much as people would like. Especially the Lions loss. They shouldn't have even been in that situation. In this game Kenny Britt will see a lot of Janoris Jenkins, whose playing some of the best football the position has to offer this year. Britt and Jenks obviously know each other extremely well, but it's Britt that often got the better of the two in practice. Should be interesting to see how this plays out....
P.S. the Giants have no run game whatsoever...
Prediction: Giants win, 34-23
I’m terrible at these things, so as long as you know that going in, take it for what it’s worth. OBJ absolutely abuses the Rams defense, prompting Troy Hill to ask Jeff Fisher if he can be added to the practice squad next week. Jack Rabbit takes two back to the house and our last image of Case Keenum, starting NFL QB, is one of Tim Walton and Spags snickering from the Giants sideline as he sulks off the field to a shower of cheers from our English friends who don’t realize that throwing the ball to the other team is not a good thing.
Prediction: Giants win, 24-13
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Prediction: Rams win, 16-15
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
Looking back at my preseason prognostications for the Rams’ 2016 season, I had them coming into this game a 3-3 team. I also marked the London game as the first of four straight losses.
And that’s the good news. Because that means the Rams are about to rattle off four straight, starting Sunday.
The healthy return of Robert Quinn will help provide much-needed pressure on Eli Manning, leading two errant passes and turnovers — which the Rams will need in they’re going to thwart the Giants’ passing attack. Gurley puts on a show for the London crowd, going for 100+ and a pair of touchdowns. A third touchdown goes to Kenny Britt, who gives Janoris Jenkins the Dez Bryant treatment.
Prediction: Rams win, 24-17