The Rams visit the Giants, making their first Monday Night appearance since 2006, when they lost at home to the Bears. The Giants are playing their first true home Monday Night game since 2003, and have played seven straight Monday Night road games since playing New Orleans in the Meadowlands as the visitor in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina.
Both teams come in desperate for an early win after disappointing opening day losses. The Rams have a little more margin for error in the NFC West, as San Francisco and Arizona are a hardly dominant 1-1, so a road loss here wouldn’t kill any playoff hopes. The bigger thing for the Rams is to break through and get a quality road win in Bradford’s second year.
These teams both have key injuries already, as Bradford will play with an injured finger on his throwing hand, and Steven Jackson and Danny Amendola are out. The Giants have been racked with injuries on the defensive side throughout the preseason. They do get a bit of good news because Justin Tuck will be back in the lineup tonight, as will Hakeem Nicks, who was questionable and limited in practice with a knee injury.
If the Rams are going to win, they will need to get offensive production out of the passing game with Amendola out, with Brandon Gibson, Mike Sims-Walker, and rookie tight end Lance Kendricks being the key targets. The Giants will need to limit the turnovers that have hurt them over the last year. If they play their game and Nicks can contribute, the Giants should win if they just don’t lose the turnover battle soundly.
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