A pair of 0-1 teams meet up in the Big Apple for Week 2 picks on Monday Night Football. The New York Giants will duke it out with the St. Louis Rams in one of the most important games of the week.
Week 2 NFL Matchup: St. Louis Rams @ New York Giants
Date: Monday, September 19th, 8:30 ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
NFL Week 2 Lines: New York -7
Week 2 NFL TV Schedule: ESPN
Rams Notes: We’ve already made it clear that we think the Rams are winning this game in our upset picks, but we are now going to explain why this one is going to go past the number. QB Sam Bradford is coming off of a finger injury, and many think that he could really struggle to get the job done in this one. However, the Giants are dealing with such an awful secondary right now and we tend to think that this is a 300+ yard passing game for the former Oklahoma Sooner. There are a ton of concerns as well about the injuries to WR Danny Amendola and RB Steven Jackson. We already know that Amendola is out, but there is a question about Jackson. We have confidence though, that WR Brandon Gibson and RB Cadillac Williams can keep the ball moving. Don’t be surprised if TE Lance Kendricks has a nice game as well.
Giants Notes: As we’ve already mentioned, the Giants have some big defensively problems. DE Justin Tuck sat out last week against the Washington Redskins, but he’ll be back in the fold this week. His counterpart, DE Osi Umenyiora is still out of the lineup though, as are DB Prince Amukamara and DB Terrell Thomas (on IR with a knee injury). This just isn’t a deep enough team to be able to afford these types of losses, and if last week’s loss against the ‘Skins was any indication, this could be a long, long season until some of these players get healthy. QB Eli Manning is going to have to put the ball in the air quite a bit in this one, and against a secondary that, at times, had problems against the Philadelphia Eagles last week, this could be translated into plenty of points to say the least.
The Final Word: The Rams are going to get their three TDs in this game, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see them in the 30s when it’s said and done. New York will keep up; this won’t be a blowout. Expect over 600 passing yards between these two teams, and at least 50 points.
Week 2 NFL Pick: St. Louis/New York Over 44
NFL Football Prediction: St. Louis 31 – New York 23