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Game 4 preview
Sunday Oct 4, 4:05 PM - Giants at Los Angeles

Giants (0-3) Los Angeles (2-1)
Last Sunday the Rams found themselves trailing the Buffalo Bills 28-3 in the third quarter. Then they scored on four consecutive drives, and took the lead by four points. The Bills needed a touchdown on their last drive of the game, and they managed to do that, giving them a 35-32 win over the Rams.
The Giants were holding their own in the first two losses against tougher competition. They took a big step backwards last week against a San Francisco 49ers team that was missing key players due to injuries. The Giants had their worst performance to date and took a 36-9 loss.

Los Angeles Rams
The Rams are a team on the move. We mean that literally. The Rams relocated from St. Louis, where they played 21 seasons. They had played in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since returning to the City of Angels in 2016. Now they have finally relocated to SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. SoFi Stadium is the largest NFL stadium, 3.1 million square feet, the first indoor-outdoor stadium to be constructed, and it has the biggest video screen in the league. The translucent roof clear panels that surround the stadium are able to open to let fresh air in.
SoFi Stadium is spread out over nearly 300 acres of land, or three times the size of Disneyland. It hosts both the Rams and the Chargers as well as various entertainment events. The stadium has already secured Super Bowl LVI in 2022, the college football national championship game in 2023 and the opening ceremonies of the 2028 Olympic Games. The fans can't enjoy any of this right now because of COVID-19 restrictions, but the stadium is ready to welcome approximately 70,000 of them, and it can be expandable up to 100,000 when needed. It will also feature 260 luxury suites and 13,000 premium seats.

Los Angeles Rams Offense
The Rams offense is good at passing the ball, running with it, and scoring points. What more could you want? In their first two wins, they scored 20 and 37 points. In their loss last week - 32. They have scored points in every quarter they've played except for two. Quarterback Jared Goff has completed 70 percent of his passes, and he leads the NFL in throwing, for an average 9.3 yards per attempt. Tight end Tyler Higbee has caught 10 out of 11 passes for 134 yards and leads the team with 3 touchdowns.
On the ground the Rams lead the league with 111 rushing attempts, and they rank third with 511 rushing yards. Rookie Cam Akers had started the first two games, missed the last one and will be out for this one as well. The Rams utilize a running back committee that also includes Darrell Henderson, playing in his second year, and veteran Malcolm Brown. Henderson was limited in his rookie year by injuries, and has been making up for that now. With Akers out, he took the lead last week rushing 20 times for 114 yards and 1 touchdown. Henderson is averaging 5.7 yards per carry this year.

Los Angeles Rams Defense
Tackle Aaron Donald is considered by many to be the best defensive player in the NFL. Last year he had 12.5 sacks in addition to 24 quarterback hits, and 20 tackles for loss in the running game. Donald has 3 sacks over the first three games, but overall the Rams have just 7 sacks total which is low compared to the 50 they came up with last year. That ranked them fourth in the NFL. Veteran Leonard Floyd has two sacks, and they are looking for more quarterback pressure from some of the younger players.
Last week Bills quarterback Josh Allen had the second most time to throw of any quarterback in the NFL. The Bills gained 4.8 rushing yards a play. There were a lot of missed tackles and blown coverages in that game, and they couldn't protect their 4 point lead on the Bills final drive. They know they have to play better, and will be anxious to tune up in this game with the Giants.

Giants Offense
Daniel Jones hasn't helped himself this year in shutting down his critics for his poor ball handling. Last week we said coming into the 49er game, Jones had so far thrown 2 touchdown passes, had 3 interceptions, and lost one fumble. We added that continuing at that rate compared to last year, he'll end up with 8 less touchdowns, 12 more interceptions, and 4 more fumbles. Well he did continue on that poor track with 0 touchdowns, 1 interception, and 1 fumble lost. Right now, to his credit, Jones represents the Giants rushing attack.
Jones leads the team with 92 rushing yards. Obviously that has to change for the Giants to have any chance at sustaining a balanced offense. You would have thought that by now Wayne Gallman, in his fourth year with the Giants, would be a solid backup to Saquon Barkley. Instead he wasn't even active when Barkley went down, and they've scrambled and brought in Devonta Freeman to supplant Dion Lewis, who they had filling that spot.
It hurt to lose wide receiver Sterling Shepard, out with a toe injury. Teams have been able to focus more on Darius Slayton. His catches and first downs have dropped from the season opener where he caught 6 (all first downs) of 9 for 102 yards with 2 touchdowns. Last week he was held to 3 of 7 for 53 yards, and no first downs. Golden Tate's job is to be a reliable target. He missed the first game, caught all 5 passes in the second, and was 5 of 7 last week, coming up with 2 first downs in each game.

Giants Defense
The defense couldn't get off the field last week, and they're facing a team that likes to run the ball, and is very successful doing it. The Rams play off tricky formations that look very similar to keep defenses off balance. Some of their run plays look the same as play action passes the way their offensive linemen behave. That's one of the reasons Jarod Goff has been sacked so few times this year and last, and how they are able to keep the ball moving down the field.
The Giants are near the top on limiting opponents first down yardage per game, but they continue to allow first downs whether it be on
second or third down conversions. Cornerback James Bradberry and free safety Logan Ryan have been great additions to the secondary, but safety Jabrill Peppers is out for this game with an ankle injury, and cornerback Julian Love is questionable, with knee and ankle injuries. That makes it tough for the Giants to defend against the high powered passing attack that they will see this Sunday.

In their first two games, the Rams beat two NFC East teams (Cowboys, Eagles). Can they make it three in a row this week when they play the Giants? Four in a row playing in Washington next week? Hell no. The Giants have to put a stop to this NFC East beatdown nonsense. Don't let the Washington football team steal all the glory next week.
Seriously, the Giants go into this game as almost the biggest underdog of the week, by almost two touchdowns. You guessed it, only Washington is worse. The most Giants fans can hope for is a good showing like they were expecting to see last week, instead of what the Giants actually did in that game.

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Browns (2-1) at Cowboys (1-2).
Sunday at 1:00pm Ravens (2-1) at Washington (1-2).
Sunday at 4:05pm Giants (0-3) at Rams (2-1).
Sunday at 8:20pm Eagles (0-2-1) at 49ers (2-1).
The Cowboys are the only NFC East team favored to win in these games.
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Giants are last in the NFL, scoring just 38 points over three games.

The Giants will play their first game in Los Angeles in 25 years - Oct. 16, 1994, a loss to the Rams 17-10.
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