The Los Angeles Rams head to New York for a potential trap game against the Giants and look to keep up in the NFC playoff race. Coming off a bye week has been a mixed bag in years past but we should get a good look at a fresh McVay led team against an obviously disadvantaged opponent. It could potentially be a big day for the Rams and these five players.
TE Gerald Everett
Pick one of Everett or Tyler Higbee. Or even both. Someone is going to eat against a Giants defense that is one of the worst at limiting opposing TEs production. Everett is the only Rams TE with a receiving TD this year (yay for shovel passes) and the Giants have given up a league leading 7 TDs to TEs. Everett has been quiet in recent weeks after a start to the year in which he flashed major big play ability. Higbee has recently showed he can be a factor in the receiving game as well. I think Everett will bust out of this slump.
LB Mark Barron
Whether it will be helping in coverage against TE Evan Engram or picking up the Giants RBs out of the backfield, Barron figures to have a busy day. After early season struggles against the run, Barron has emerged as the surest tackler among the Rams LBs as well. Which is to be taken with a grain of salt. The bye week came at a great time for Barron and his knee and he should be chomping at the bit to get back out there.
WR Sammy Watkins
No Janoris Jenkins could finally lead to Watkins and Jared Goff forming some sort of on-field chemistry we haven’t seen since week 3. Since that breakout game against San Francisco, Watkins has put up a whopping 5 catches for 70 yards and no TDs in the following four games. With the upcoming schedule, this may be the best opportunity for Watkins to get going. He’ll likely draw coverage from CB Eli Apple, who hasn’t really given the Giants the return on investment of a top 10 pick to this point.
QB Jared Goff
Goff has had the luxury of not having to do too much in recent weeks. While that’s great for the overall state of the offense, but there is room for improvement from Goff as we head into the second half of the season. This is Goff’s first chance to experience a bye week as a starting QB and I expect that he and McVay put in a lot of work during it in preparation for not only the Giants but on areas of weakness. Since the win against Dallas, Goff has yet to complete over 60% of passes in a game and has just two TD passes vs 3 INTs. Based off what we’ve seen from McVay, it wouldn’t be a shock if Goff has one of his best games of the year.
EDGE Robert Quinn
I keep feeling like Quinn is on the cusp of a break through. Against Arizona, he flashed the ability that once made him one of the leagues most dangerous rushers and effectively caused Aaron Donald’s sack. He’ll go up against LT Ereck Flowers who has struggled mightily at times throughout his career but hasn’t allowed a sack in his last 200 pass snaps. With Donald ruining lives on the interior, Quinn will have favorable one on one matchups to add to his 2.5 sacks.