NFL Week 9 Pick: Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, September 7, 2017 9:35 PM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017 9:35 PM UTC

It’s one coach who is being hailed as a genius and another as a dunce as the Rams travel across country to face the disappointing Giants. Survivor Pick: LA Rams. 

Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants (+3.5, 42)

Not too often you will find two teams coming off a bye week squaring off, but that’s the case here. It’s amazing what a difference one season can make. Last year, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was riding high as his team won 11 games, including a sweep of the NFC East champion Cowboys. However, the Giants were routed in Green Bay in the wild-card game and nothing has gone right since. I’m a bit surprised the neither McAdoo nor GM Jerry Reese was fired during the bye week. "This is the roster that I put together. I'm the reason we're 1-6," Reese said during the bye. The Giants are a loyal organization, though, and the team did win two Super Bowls under Reese. I do think either Reese or McAdoo is a goner after the season barring a huge turnaround. Meanwhile, the early favorite for NFL Coach of the Year has to be the youngest one in modern league history, the Rams’ 31-year-old Sean McVay. He has completely changed the culture of that franchise and has Los Angeles atop the NFC West. New York has won the past seven in this series, but that means nothing.

  • Rams are 0-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
  • Giants are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss.
Free NFL Pick: Giants +3.5Best Line Offered: BetDSI

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Last year in finishing 4-12, the Rams were the NFL’s worst offensive team in scoring 224 points. They already have 212 through seven games and are 5-2 for the first time in 14 years. Todd Gurley might be the NFC’s best running back. He has rushed for at least 100 yards in four of the past five games after going 20 consecutive games without triple-digit rushing yards. Jared Goff is largely limiting his mistakes with just four interceptions. His offensive line has helped as Goff took 26 sacks in the Rams' final seven games last season, but only 10 in the first seven this season. The Giants, meanwhile, are averaging just 16.0 points per game – they weren’t all that great on offense last year but a stellar defense covered for that.  That unit is near the bottom in 2017 in allowing 379.4 yards per game. These teams met Week 7 last year in L.A. and the Giants won 17-10. Case Keenum threw four picks for L.A.

  • Under is 12-5 in Rams last 17 games following a straight up win.
  • Under is 6-1 in Giants last 7 home games.
Free NFL Pick: Under 42Best Line Offered: Heritage

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