Rams Giants Preview

Tonight the St. Louis Rams travel to the new Meadowlands Stadium to take on the New York Football Giants on Monday Night Football.

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Tonight the St. Louis Rams travel to the new Meadowlands Stadium to take on the New York Football Giants on Monday Night Football.

Both teams are 0-1 and are desperately seeking their first win of the season.

A couple of things to watch:

1. Sam Bradford. Bradford was beat up last week against the Eagles. He also committed a very costly turnover that resulted in a touchdown. Bradford left the game with a bruised index finger but claims he is good to go for tonight. Sam will need to take this game over for St. Louis.

2. Giants Rushing Attack. RB Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs will give the Rams’ front 7 a handful. The Rams brought in 2 new starting linebackers and bolstered their defensive line to ensure they could stop the run. They limited LeSean McCoy to 27 yards on 11 carries for 3 quarters last week before allowing 94 yards and a TD in the fourth. Were the players tired? Not sure, but they will need to play a full game to win tonight.

Brandon Jacobs during a 2007 training camp

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3. Rams Wide Receivers. With Danny Amendola out indefinitely, rookie Greg Salas has a chance to prove his worth. Salas will be installed as the slot receiver. Separation has been an issue for this group for too long. The Giants’ secondary is vulnerable. Heck, Rex Grossman gashed them for 305 yards and 2 TD’s in week 1.

4. Cadillac Williams. Cadillac takes over the for the injured Steven Jackson as the primary back for St. Louis. He was effective last week in a losing effort against Philadelphia. Williams will need to have a solid day rushing the football.

5. Big Game paranoia. I don’t care how you divide it up, the Rams have struggled in so called “big games”. The team has been hyped by the media and have struggled in the spotlight. They were pathetic in a play-in game on Sunday night in Seattle last year, and have struggled to show up for must-win games. Monday Night is no exemption.

6. Whose at cornerback for St. Louis? Among all the injuries, losing CB Ron Bartell is a major blow for a secondary that was thin to begin with. Combination of veterans Al Harris and Justin King will need to prove they can play at this level.7. Spagnuolo returns to NY. Spags was the defensive coordinator for the Super Bowl XLII champions. He is the mastermind behind the game plan that held the 18-0 New England Patriots to a measly 14 points. He has a ton of respect from current Giants defenders as well as his former boss, Tom Coughlin.

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