Giants vs Rams: Week 9 Preview by Vincent Zahler
After a break from the misery that has been the 2017 Giants season, it is to resume against a surprise and one of the best teams in the league in the Los Angeles Rams. During the break there was the predictable drama, General Manager Jerry Reese and Head Coach Ben McAdoo spent the week under scrutiny and sharing blame for what has been a disaster of as season that before it had started was full of high hopes. With defense that appeared to be fully loaded and coming off an impressive 2016 as well as an offense to seemed poised to be a passing juggernaut, as on paper, the receiving corps was second to none. Between suspect and predictable playcalling, as well as a slew of injuries and offensive line neglect, the offense has been in neutral which has left the defense gassed and a shell of itself. Now its only a matter short time before the Giants are mathematically eliminated even before Thanksgiving. If that weren't depressing enough, one must tack on the recent suspensions of stay players. Since the season is already essentially over, its become the equivalent of an extra preseason. Because of that, at least the rest of the season can be viewed virtually stress free. Onto the game. The Rams have been one of the surprise teams of 2017. Jared Goff has rebounded from a disastrous rookie season under the by far, youngest Head Coach in the league, Sean McVay and is having one of the better seasons in the league with an over 90 passer rating thus far. With Goff's much improved play to go with an offense that features young stars such as wide receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp and even a recently acquired Sammy Watkins to serve as weapons for Goff. Even when Goff is showing off his arm getting it to his trio, he's handing it off to Todd Gurley who has come back from his down 2016 season. If that weren't enough, Jared Goff has had his blind side protected by left tackle Andrew Whitworth. Someone who Jerry Reese has faced much criticism over for not signing the 35 year old tackle to a lucrative contract. Los Angeles not only has a more than capable offense, but also a defense that can hold even good offenses back behind one of the league's best all around players in defensive tackle Aaron Donald and ultra athletic linebacker Alec Ogletree. This has made the Rams a formidable team. One of which the Giants most likely have little chance with. There is some positives to a lost season. The Giants can test whatever little muscles they have left against a more than worthy opponent. Sterling Shepard is returning from his injury and should take some coverage off rookie Evan Engram who has put himself in Offensive Rookie of the Year contention with his performance this far in the season. The offensive line can work out whatever other kinks it may need during the rest of the season. Weston Richburg is officially out for the season allowing Brett Jones to continue to start and hopefully impress at center. Also, while many spent the early part of the season understandably slandering left tackle Ereck Flowers, hes been quietly playing surprisingly well for the last month. Perhaps there's still hope for him yet. The Giants can also try to finally figure out their situation at running back as they still have no idea who their lead man is between Wayne Gallman, Orleans Darkwa, and even Paul Perkins. If nothing else, the Giants will test their character under a coach who's seat is mostly likely searing hot at this point. Perhaps some changed occurred during the bye week or maybe not. We shall find out in a few hours and if nothing else, it should be interesting. Prediction: Rams complete the Los Angeles sweep of the Giants 27- 13.