The Giants were embarrassed by the Redskins on Sunday. Yes, it is still early in the season, but if the Giants want to appease their fans by making the playoffs this year, they will need to do what every good team does: beat the bad teams. Maybe they underestimated their division rivals, but they cannot afford to that again in their home opener against the St. Louis Rams.
The Rams lost to the Eagles in week one, but besides losing the game they also lost their star runningback Stephen Jackson. He will be replaced by veteran Cadillac Williams. Second-year quarterback Sam Bradford also left last week’s game early with a bruised right index finger, although he has been cleared to play on Monday.
The Giants look forward to getting back star defensive lineman Justin Tuck who missed their last game with a neck injury. Tuck claimed he was ready to play before last week’s game and has made the same claim this week. Tuck, if he plays, will be the first player to return to the Giants’ defense from a long list of injured players that includes defensive end Osi Umenyiora, first round pick Prince Amukamara and linebacker Jonathan Goff.
The Giants also expect to get more production out of their offense which scored only 14 points against the Redskins’ defense, which did play an excellent game. The Rams defense let up 31 points to the Eagles last week and let up the most rushing yards (236) of any team in the league last week. Expect runningbacks Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw to get a lot of carries which will hopefully help quarterback Eli Manning get his game into mid-season form. A strong running game and limited turnovers will be the keys to victory for the Giants in week two.
Projected Score: Giants 24, Rams 17