The Giants D-line knew Rams quarterback Sam Bradford lacked weapons on offense, and they pounded the 2010 rookie of the year to a 28-16 win. The Giants easily covered the -7 spread.
Bradford threw for 331 passing yards with one touchdown, but was under duress all night, completing less than 50 percent of his passes and going one of four in the redzone. It didn’t help that Cadillac Williams — who was starting in place of injured running back Steven Jackson — fumbled a screen pass that led to a Giants TD and rookie receiver Greg Salas fumbled a punt that led to another score.
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Betting Analysis: The 28 points by the Giants doesn’t fully explain how ugly they looked on offense. Eli Manning heard the boo birds all night, completing just two of his first 11 passes and throwing an ugly interception early. The Rams could have easily won this game if not for the Rams horrible redzone efficiency and turnover issues.
The Rams’ philosophy against the Giants appeared to work well early: Stop the run; put the game in Manning’s inconsistent hands. If teams catch on the Giants might struggle to cover as the season progresses. However, they face the Philadelphia Eagles next, who might have to start Mike Kafka at QB.
As for the Rams it could be another ugly season against the spread if Bradford’s wideouts don’t improve. Currently there is no definitive threat in the passing game much less the redzone, and Williams proved his days as a feature back are far behind him with a disappointing 13 carry, 36 yard outing.
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