This Sunday the New York Giants (1-6) will host the Los Angeles Rams (5-2) in a matchup of one of the NFL’s biggest surprises and one of the biggest disappointments. Kickoff is set for 1:00 EST at MetLife Stadium and will be televised locally on FOX.
Depending on which side you like, you are going to want to shop around for the best odds. If you like the Rams, there’s still a -3 out there and those that like the Giants can get +4. Click here for a full look at the Week 9 NFL odds with and for more links to our game previews.
Rams vs Giants Betting Preview & Vegas Game Odds
Los Angeles comes into this contest off a 33-0 win over the Cardinals as a slim 3-point favorite back in Week 7. That came was played in London and the Rams chose to have their bye following the contest. LA has won 4 of their last 4 overall as they continue their impressive turnaround in the first year under head coach Sean McVay.
The Giants will also be returning from their bye week. Last time out, New York lost 24-7 at home to the Seahawks as a mere 4-point underdog. It came just one week after the Giants secured their first victory of the season in a 23-10 win at Denver on Sunday Night Football.
These two teams faced off last year in London, which the Giants won 17-10, despite trailing 0-10 early and only totaling 232 yards. The difference in the game was 4 Rams turnovers (all interceptions), including one that was returned for a touchdown and another that set up the game winning score.
NFL Betting Predictions & Free Pick Against the Spread: Rams -3
I think you have to lay the points here with the Rams on the road, as I just don’t know how you trust this Giants team right now. I know New York hasn’t even played half of their schedule, but there’s just not a lot to play for and clearly that’s the thought process of some of the players. Top corner Janoris Jenkins has been suspended due to failing to show on time following the time off given during the bye week.
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It would be one thing if the Giants were in a division that was up for grabs and had all their key pieces on the field, but neither of those things is the case. New York has zero chance of winning the NFC East with the Eagles sitting on top the division at 7-1. Add in the loss of star wide out Odell Beckham Jr, among several other key injuries on offense and I just don’t see how the players can convince themselves that there’s something to play for.
The Rams on the other hand are a team on the rise and haven’t enjoyed enough success in the past to let their hot start get to their heads. This team is trying to accomplish something special. The can only imagine how much different the attitude and level of focus has been in LA’s locker room compared to New York’s.
On top of all that, the Rams are without a doubt the better team in this matchup. The offense has transformed into one of the best in the league under McVay. LA is 2nd in the NFL in scoring at 30.3 ppg and 9th in total offense at 360 ypg. Another promising sign with this team is the defense is starting to catch up to the offense. It wasn’t pretty early on under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, but LA has allowed just 33 points over their last 3 games combined. They should have no problem shutting down an anemic Giants offense.
You also have to like how the Rams have already proven the ability to win on the road. All 4 wins during their current 4-1 stretch have come away from home. I think LA has no problem winning here by at least a touchdown and wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if they ran away with this thing early.