Rams vs. Giants Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Los Angeles is favored on the road, as the Rams are getting odds of -4 points against the Giants. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 42 points. The Giants have won six of their last seven meetings with the Rams and New York has covered the spread in eight straight meetings. The public betting in this one has Los Angeles getting 75 percent of the wagers on the road. Today’s game takes place from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The contest will air live on FOX.
The Giants are coming off their bye week. New York suffered a 24-7 loss at home to Seattle prior to that. The Giants are just 1-6 this season and 3-4 against the spread. New York has yet to cover at home, though. The Giants have struggled to move the ball all season, averaging just 16 points and 311.9 yards per game. Part of that is due to injuries, as Odell Beckham Jr. has been lost for the season, taking a big piece of the offense away. Eli Manning has thrown for 1,600 yards and 10 touchdowns with five interceptions. Evan Engram, the rookie tight end, has emerged as the top receiver with 30 catches for 342 yards and three scores. Orleans Darkwa is the leading rusher with 274 yards and a score. Defensively, the Giants are giving up 22.3 points and 389.9 yards per game.
The Rams are coming off their bye week as well, but they defeated the Cardinals in London, 33-0, prior to that. Los Angeles is 5-2 this season and 4-3 against the spread. They are 3-1 against the spread away from Los Angeles this year. Los Angeles is rolling on offense, putting up 30.3 points and 378.9 yards per game this season. Jared Goff has thrown for 1,719 yards and nine touchdowns in his second year while Todd Gurley II has been the offensive leader with 627 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He also has 27 catches for 293 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, the Rams are allowing 19.7 points and 347.3 yards per contest. Mark Barron is leading the defense with 50 tackles, one sack and two interceptions.
While historically it would be crazy to see the Rams as such a big favorite on the road against the Giants, it makes plenty of sense this year. The Rams have been great on the road and playing at New York shouldn’t be a problem. The Giants have been terrible all year, but even worse at home. New York won’t have the offensive pieces to keep pace with this Los Angeles offense. The L.A. defense also may add some scores on the turnover-prone Giants.
NFL WEEK 9 PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES RAMS -4