Spread Builds For NY Giants In MNF Matchup
The St. Louis Rams (0-1) and New York Giants (0-1) will close out Week 2 of the 2011 NFL regular season when facing off on Monday Night Football at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
St. Louis running back Steven Jackson is expected to miss after suffering a quad injury in the Rams' 31-13 loss at home to the Philadelphia Eagles as 4-point home underdogs during Week 1. The betting odds in this contest have continually climbed from its opening number of 3 ½, with New York reaching as high as a touchdown favorite in some spots.
The total has moved up a single tick to settle in at 44.
A former star for the Oregon State Beavers, Jackson hasn’t officially ruled himself out of the game, as it truly depends on how he feels when waking up Monday.
“It’s getting better daily,” Jackson told the team’s official website. “It’s all predicated on how I feel on Monday. We are definitely shooting to have an outside chance to be able to go on Monday."
Many around Las Vegas feel that the line move isn’t justified due to St. Louis possessing capable backups after signing Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood during the offseason.
New York has its own set of injuries problems, especially at defensive end where Osi Umenyiora (knee) is expected to miss while Justin Tuck (neck) has been moved up to probable.
Tuck’s situation is a touchy one, as he practiced sparingly over the course of the week, stating that he’s still not 100 percent. He was a late scratch in the team’s 28-14 loss versus the Washington Redskins. New York was a 1 ½-point road favorite in that contest.
Offensively, Giants quarterback Eli Manning should have one of his main weapons back, as wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (knee) is probable. He went down during the season-opening loss and didn’t participate in team drills Friday.
Both teams desperately need a win. The Rams will return home on a short week to face the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3, while the Giants play their second NFC East contest of the 2011 campaign when traveling to Philadelphia.
New York will be looking to avenge two losses against Philadelphia last year, including a 38-31 home loss on Dec. 19, 2010. It was a stunning loss that saw the Giants blow a 21-point lead by punting the ball to Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who returned it for a 65-yard score on the game’s final play.
Another game that will receive plenty of press coverage next week will be a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Green Bay registered a 21-14 win as 3 ½-point road favorites in that particular contest on its way to winning the Super Bowl two weeks later over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler likely circled this game on the schedule after being knocked out with a knee injury early in the third quarter. It caused a lot of fans and media members alike to question his toughness and ability to serve as the franchise’s offensive leader.