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This year, Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams have to win to prove they are legitimate and the Monday night matchup against the New York Giants is the perfect opportunity to prove their worth.
Eli Manning and the New York Giants return most of their core that has found success in recent years.
The potent offensive backbone returns in wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham along with running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs.
Stopping this lineup will be a tough task for a run-of-the-mill defense that has replaced safety O.J. Atogwe with Quentin Mikell. Still, another year together should improve chemistry and the ultimate performance of this unit.
The Rams offense will have to take a step forward from last year to hang with the Giants in Week 2.
Bradford put up great numbers for a rookie quarterback, but the offense was too conservative, likely due to the lack of an experienced quarterback or legitimate threat at wide receiver.
This year, they have a promising quarterback with a year of experience under his belt, while adding free agent wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker.
Hopefully, the upstart Rams will prove they belong with the likes of the New York Giants and provide for a great game to cap off Week 2 of the 2011 NFL season.