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St. Louis Rams at New York Giants (-6.5, 44)
The Rams head into this one banged up with running back Stephen Jackson (quad) and wideout Danny Amendola (elbow) out for this one. Sam Bradford will start after a finger injury on this throwing hand caused some concern, but he has just one touchdown and six interceptions in his last six starts.
St. Louis produced 154 yards on the ground last week with Cadillac Williams accounting for 91 of those yards on 19 carries after Jackson went down with his injury. Bradford completed 17 of his 31 attempts for 188 yards (6.3 yards per attempt).
Eli Manning threw for 268 yards last week against Washington but could be without wideout Hakeem Nicks (knee), who had 122 of those receiving yards. Manning was also threw an interception and was sacked four times. The running game wasn’t very impressive either, with Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combining for only 73 yards on 19 carries.
The Rams were in Mike Vick’s face all day last week, sacking him four times and holding him to 5.8 yards per attempt as he completed just 43.8 percent of his passes. Defensive linemen Chris Long, James Hall and Fred Robbins put up 25 sacks last season. However, the run defense is a different story. St. Louis gave up 236 yards on the ground against Philadelphia and should see a healthy dose of the run Monday.
The Giants expect to get pass rusher Justin Tuck back for this one, which should be a big boost after the club registered four sacks in Week 1. New York allowed Rex Grossman to throw for 305 yards, but did hold the Redskins to a 33 percent conversion rate on third down and gave up only 74 yards on the ground.
St. Louis’ Josh Brown hit two of three field goal attempts last week after hitting 22 of 29 kicks last year, while the Giants missed their only attempt against Washington. New York holds a slight advantage in the punting game, averaging 45.2 yards per punt to St. Louis’ 42.3.
The Rams will miss Amendola in the return game, but New York has had issues with its special teams for a long time now and that’s unlikely to change Monday.
Word on the street
“They’re not going to try to trick you or anything like that. They’re going to run the ball at you and say stop it if you can. They’ve got a nice power running game and Eli can make plays when he has to. I’m pretty sure they’re going to try to run the ball on us, and with good reason. We didn’t stop the run real well last week.” - Rams defensive end Chris Long.
“They are going to be coming in here fighting. They don’t want to be 0-2 and we don’t want to be 0-2. We’re not underestimating them at all. But definitely we are going to come out and be aggressive and do what we do.” - Giants center David Baas