In this Week 2 matchup, the Rams return to Monday Night Football for the first time since 2006 and take on the New York Giants.
Luckily for the Rams, they get the New York game early in the season rather than pulling a mid-December game. Therefore, weather shouldn't play much of a factor in this game at all.
Watching Steve Spagnuolo take on his former employer should be interesting, as both teams will be looking to pick up a big confidence-boosting win on national television early on in the season. Interesting matchups will be everywhere in this contest.
Rams Offense vs. Giants Defense
The Giants are one of the many opponents the Rams will play this season that are solid against the passing game. Finishing ninth in the league, the Giants allowed just 210 yards through the air.
Against the rush the Giants were even better, allowing just 101 yards per game, good enough for eighth in football.
Their very large, physical defensive line, led by Justin Tuck, tends to wreak havoc against the best offensive lines, so the Rams will most definitely have their hands full.
Most Interesting Matchup: Offensive Line vs. Defensive Line
Rams Defense vs. Giants Offense
The Giants' running back duo of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw was a load for opposing teams last season, as they averaged 137 yards per game on the ground. Having two above-average running backs gave teams fits for the entire duration of the game, usually leading to a worn-down defense by the end.
The Rams are going to have to rely on their defensive line having a big game if they want to contain the duo. If they can get a big push up front, they might be able to slow down the Giants early and often.
Throwing the ball is also something the Giants do well. Ranked 10th in the league, Eli Manning averaged over 240 yards per game and made use of his many weapons. Kevin Boss, Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and Steve Smith are all deadly targets in the receiving game for them.
The one weakness the Giants did have, though, was that they were very turnover-prone, losing 17 fumbles and throwing 25 interceptions throughout the year. If the Rams can cause turnovers, they can win this football game—it's as simple as that.
Most Interesting Matchup: James Laurinaitis vs. Ahmad Bradshaw