The Los Angeles Rams are in the heat of the NFC playoff picture and need a win this coming weekend against the New York Giants in order to keep their hopes alive. The Rams can secure a playoff berth with a win over the Giants and either the Seattle Seahawks losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers or a tie between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers.
What’s the latest on LA’s Week 17 opponent?
After being a surprise entrant to the 2022 postseason and taking down the Minnesota Vikings in the wildcard round, the 2023 campaign has been nothing but disappointing for Brian Daboll’s football team. Daniel Jones played a key role in NY’s turnaround last year. He took a physical beating early this year and only held up for six games.
Backup Tyrod Taylor has also battled injuries off an on this season, and Jones’ seasoning-ending knee injury came at a time when Taylor wasn’t able to fill in. New York instead turned to undrafted rookie QB Tommy DeVito who has started six games.
Initially it seemed the Giants were embracing DeVito in hopes of securing a top draft pick and possibly finding a long-term solution or replacement for Jones in next spring’s NFL Draft; however, New York has been surprisingly competitive with DeVito under center. Even after big blue’s Christmas evening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Giants are 3-3 with DeVito in the starting lineup.
The unheralded rookie has tossed eight touchdowns and run for another while only throwing three interceptions. In what is perhaps DeVito’s best professional game so far and New York’s most impressive win on the season so far against the Packers, he rushed for 71 yards and threw for another 158 while completing 17 of 21 passes. The Giants aren’t asking DeVito to do much, but with a physical run game that features star running back Saquon Barkley that is still sometimes enough for the Giants.
But that changed on Christmas night when Daboll elected to insert Tyrod Taylor into the game at halftime against the Eagles. After forcing a turnover on the Eagles’ first possession coming out of the half, Taylor threw New York’s first touchdown in the game. The rest of the results were mixed for the veteran quarterback, who’s career is mostly defined by giving way to future franchise quarterbacks in Baker Mayfield, Justin Herbert, etc.
Taylor completed seven of 16 passes (44%) for 133 yards, a touchdown, and the game-sealing interception against the Eagles. He added another two rushes for 21 yards.
In the same game DeVito went nine of 16 (56%) for 55 yards and rushed for another five yards.
Brian Daboll does not have an answer to who will start at quarterback against the Rams. Says the staff will meet tonight and evaluate the decision.— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) December 26, 2023
It’s clear that Taylor was the better quarterback on Monday night against a tough Philadelphia defense, but it’s not yet known who will start for the Giants this weekend against the Rams?
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