St. Louis Rams vs. NY Giants
Two teams looking for their first win of the 2011 season meet on Monday Night Football as the New York Giants host the St. Louis Rams. The Giants are -4.5 point favorites with an over/under point total set at 43.
The New York Giants made plenty of news during the preseason but most of the news they were making were season ending injuries happening before the season even got started. In week one at Washington the Giants it looked in the early going like the Giants were going to look right past the injuries and start the season with a road win but it wasn’t meant to be as they took a 14 point loss. In the loss Eli Manning failed to throw a touchdown pass but he did have an interception that was returned for a touchdown and was sacked four times. Ahmad Bradshaw could muster just 44 yards on the ground and Brandon Jacobs had 29. Hakeem Nicks resumed his role as Manning’s favorite target as he caught seven balls for 122 yards. Defensively the Giants had four sacks of their own but they allowed 305 yards in the air. Antrell Rolle was the leading tackler with six tackles while Jason Pierre-Paul and Kenny Phillips had five each. New York was without Osi Umenyiora in week one and they will be without him here as well as he recovers from surgery.
The St. Louis Rams started the season with a bang against the Philadelphia Eagles but unfortunately for them by the end of the game the sound had subsided and they were on the wrong end of a lopsided score. The Rams suffered two monster injuries int hat game the first of which was to QB Sam Bradford who injured his hand and should be back for this one but the second was to Steven Jackson who more than likely won’t be playing here. Cadillac Williams played well in Jackson’s absence rushing for 91 yards. While seven receivers caught passes for the Ramsnone had more than 50 yards on the day as the receivers were led by Brandon Gibson and Danny Amendola. Defensively Quintin Mikell, Jusitn King, and Chris Long all had sacks but the Rams defense was ripped by the running game. The Rams will be tested in tough environment in this one.
New York is 4-1 against the spread in their last five Monday Night games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games overall. St. Louis is 8-2 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover, 6-2 against the spread following a straight up loss, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games overall. The favorite has covered in five of the last seven meetings of these two.
With the total at 43 it seems a bit to the low side as the over is 15-5 in the Giants last 20 games against NFC teams and 4-1 in the Rams last five games as an underdog.