Aaron Donald | Photo by Harry How/Getty Images
We take our first look at Sunday’s game
Odds, of course, don’t favor the Giants
The opening line was Rams +11.5, and that has shifted even further against the Giants. Draft Kings Sportsbook now lists Los Angeles as 13-point favorites. After a 27-point loss by the Giants to the San Francisco 49ers it’s hard to argue that line isn’t appropriate.
Not that it has any bearing on this game, but the last time the teams met — Nov. 5, 2017 — the Rams hung a 51-17 loss on the Giants.
Number to know — 12.7
That’s how many points per game the Giants are scoring — 31st in the league. The Rams, by comparison, are seventh in the league at 29.7 points per game.
The Giants are the league’s worst rushing team at 3.2 yards per attempt. The Giants are second in the league in giveaways (7) and and their -4 takeaway/giveaway differential is third-worst in the league.
Aaron Donald awaits
Donald has been named All-Pro five straight years. He’s been to the Pro Bowl in all six of his NFL seasons. He has 75 sacks in 97 career games. He is the best interior defensive lineman in football.
Giants’ center newbie Nick Gates says Donald is “the best player I have ever gone up against” and adds that he is “excited” for the challenge.
He probably shouldn’t be.
“Aaron Donald is one of the best players in the NFL, and he’s definitely a force,” Giants coach Joe Judge said. “A lot of times, you see those guys that are game-wreckers on the edge, and they have their share of them out there as well. But with Aaron in the middle, it makes you be a little more creative in terms of how you protect and how you use some different tools in your toolbox to make sure your guys don’t always get isolated up on him.
“He’s definitely a guy that lives for that one on one matchup. He’s very competitive. He’s a high motor guy, he’s as explosive as can be, and he can really ruin the game inside out if you don’t give some help to whoever’s on him.
Judge and Rams coach Sean McVay meet the media later on Wednesday. Stay with Big Blue View as we give you all the information you need to get ready for the game.