New York Giants Week 4 Preview: Los Angeles Rams

In search of their first win, the New York Giants head to Inglewood to play the Los Angeles Rams. The Giants are coming off a 36-9 loss to another NFC West team, the San Francisco 49ers.

A ton went wrong for the Giants against an injury-plagued 49ers team. They need to correct those mistakes and execute at a higher level if they want a chance to defeat the Rams.

New York plays a Los Angeles team in California for the first time since Oct. 16, 1994, which was a 17-10 Giants loss to the original Los Angeles Rams.

L.A. is currently a 13-point favorite, according to Caesars Sports Book.

Giants Run Defense

Sean McVay and the Rams offense primarily use a mix of inside runs and play-action passes creating a well-balanced attack.

The Rams offense has had no trouble executing, as they rank third in overall yardage per game and fourth in rushing yards per game this season.

The Rams this week will have only a two-headed running attack in Darrell Henderson, Jr. and Malcolm Brown, as Cam Akers has been ruled out.

The Giants are only the 20th-best team against the run, allowing 123 yards per game. Players like Leonard Williams and Dalvin Tomlinson have to get in the backfield and stop the run.

This will force Jared Goff to throw the ball more than L.A. wants. The Rams have averaged 37 rush attempts through the first three games, while QB Jared Goff has averaged 30 pass attempts.

The run game opens up the passing game; take away the running game, and it makes Goff more responsible for the Rams’ success.

Evan Almighty

In the last two weeks, tight ends have had great success against the Rams defense. Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert combined for 72 yards, and Buffalo’s Tyler Kroft had two touchdowns last week.

Giants TE Evan Engram has to play up to his potential. The 2017 first-round pick has 11 receptions and 96 yards in the first three games of his fourth season.

With WR Sterling Shepard on IR and an offensive line that has struggled to keep QB Daniel Jones upright, Engram has to become a bigger factor in the Giants offense.

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3rd Down Letdown

The Giants defense has allowed the highest rate of third-down conversions in the NFL, with their opponents’ success rate at 58 percent.

The Rams offense on third down is the second-best in the league at 56.4 percent.

Los Angeles facing 3rd-and-short will have no trouble showing different looks and succeeding against New York. Although it goes hand-in-hand with denying a ground game, the Giants have to place the Rams in 3rd-and-long scenarios.

The Rams average 7.5 yards gained on first down; if they can continue that league-leading rate against the Giants, it will be a long day for Big Blue.

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