NFL Betting Preview from London: New York Giants vs Los Angeles Rams

New York Giants vs Los Angeles Rams
Sunday, October 23, 2016, 9:30 am Eastern, TV: NFL Network
Twickenham Stadium – London, England
Opening Line: New York -3 (+101)
Current Line: New York -2 1/2 (-115)
Opening Total: 44 1/2
Current Total: 45 1/2
Opening Money Line: Giants -150 / Rams +130
Current Money Line: Giants -140 / Rams +120

The Giants and Rams are both 3-3 as they meet in London Sunday.
The Giants and Rams are both 3-3 as they meet in London Sunday.

Both the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams are 3-3 as meet in London Sunday. New York is in last place in the NFC East, but they are only 2 games behind the first place Dallas Cowboys at 5-1. Los Angeles is tied for second in the NFC West with the Arizona Cardinals, but both teams are behind the 4-1 Seattle Seahawks.

The Rams lead the all time series 26-16 against the Giants. However, New York has won six games in a row in the series dating back to 2002. The Giants won the last meeting 37-27 in St. Louis in 2014.

New York is coached by Ben McAdoo. The Giants have a road win at the Dallas Cowboys 20-19 plus home wins over the New Orleans Saints 16-13 and Baltimore Ravens 27-23 last week to snap a three game losing streak. New York has a home loss to the Washington Redskins 29-27 and road losses at the  Minnesota Vikings 24-10 and Green Bay Packers 23-16.

The Ravens jumped out to a 10-0 lead early against the Giants, but New York tied it up early in the third. from that point on, the teams traded the lead. New York took a 27-23 lead with 1:24 left on a 66 yard touchdown pass to receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. Beckham had 8 catches for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for removing his helmet in celebration after the touchdown catch. Baltimore took over at their own 32 and drove all the way to the New York 29. A Joe Flacco incompletion in the end zone ended the game.   New York was a 3.5 point favorite and the total was 42.5. The Giants are 2-3 ATS and the total is 2-3.

Los Angeles is coached by Jeff Fisher. The Rams have road losses at the San Francisco 49ers 28-0 and Detroit Lions 31-28 last week, plus a home loss to the Buffalo Bills 30-19. The Rams have lost two straight games after a three game winning streak. LA has a home win over the Seahawks 9-3, plus road wins at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37-32 and Cardinals 17-13.

Los Angeles and Detroit traded touchdowns last week and the score was tied 28-28 with six minutes left in the fourth. Detroit kicked a field goal with 1:29 left to take a 31-28 lead. A Case Keenum interception ended hopes for the Rams with 28 seconds left. Los Angeles was a 2.5 point underdog at Detroit and the total was 44. The Rams are 3-3 ATS and the total is 3-3 this season.

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New York is being outscored 22-19. The Giants average 364 yards per game on offense including 288 passing and 76 rushing yards. New York is #3 in passing but #30 in rushing. The Giants allow 364 yards per game on defense including 267 passing and 97 rushing yards. New York is 29/79 on third and fourth down conversions and opponents are 45/102. New York has forced 6 sacks and allowed 11 this season. New York is -10 in turnovers.

Quarterback Eli Manning has completed 64.8% of his passes for 1,788 yards with 8 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.

Leading rusher Shane Vereen is out indefinitely with a triceps injury. He has 31 carries for 147 yards and a touchdown, plus 8 catches for 75 yards. Rashad Jennings has 40 carries for 117 yards, plus 7 catches for 36 yards. Orleans Darkwa has 23 carries for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns, plus 2 catches for 12 yards. Bobby Rainey and Paul Perkins could also get some carries without Vereen.

Receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. has 35 catches for 581 yards and 3 touchdowns. His silly antics with the kicking net have been an ongoing saga for several games now. He is probable with a hip injury. Rookie Sterling Shepard has 26 catches for 302 yards and 2 touchdowns. Victor Cruz has 19 catches for 276 yards and a touchdown after missing all of last season with an injury. Bobby Rainey has  16 catches for 135 yards. Tight end Will Tye has 16 catches for 135 yards. Tight end Larry Donnell has 14 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.  Eight defensive players are listed on the injury report. Kicker Josh Brown was suspended indefinitely from the team after more troubling details emerged about domestic violence against his wife. The Giants signed veteran Robbie Gould this week.

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Los Angeles is being outscored 23-18 this season. The Rams average 301 yards per game on offense including 221 passing and 81 rushing yards per game. LA is #28 or worse in all offensive categories. On defense, the Rams allow 362 yards per game including 246 passing and 116 rushing yards. LA is 29/81 on third and fourth down conversions and opponents are 41/88. The rams have forced 10 sacks and allowed 13 this season. Los Angeles is even in turnovers.

Quarterback Case Keenum has completed 62.5% of his passes for 1,417 yards 7 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, and he has 14 carries for 37 rushing yards with a touchdown. With the offense struggling, their have been calls from LA fans and media to start rookie Jared Goff who was the #1 pick in the NFL draft.

Running back Todd Gurley has 119 carries for 346 yards and 3 touchdowns, along with 15 catches for 133 yards. Benjamin Cunningham will also get some carries.

Receiver Kenny Britt has 30 catches for 492 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brian Quick has 16 catches for 265 yards and 3 interceptions. Tavon Austin has 26 catches for 242 yards and a touchdown, along with 12 carries for 52 rushing yards. Tight end Lance Kendricks has 18 catches for 186 yards and a touchdown. Seven defensive players are listed on the injury report.

New York is 2-5 ATS on grass, 1-3-1 after passing for 250 yards or more, and overall and 0-3-1 against NFC teams. The Giants have covered the last seven times against the Rams.

Los Angeles is 8-3 ATS after allowing less than 90 rushing yards, 2-5-1 after a straight up loss, 1-3-1 after allowing more than 30 points, 1-5-1 on grass, and 2-14 after passing for more than 250 yards. The over is 3-0-1 in this series recently.

Both of these teams struggle on offense but have decent defenses. New York’s biggest problem is turnovers, while Los Angeles is just not a good offensive team. Both teams are among the league’s worst in rushing. I don’t trust either team and there is a reason both are 3-3. I think the Giants have more talent but they need to protect the football. If they do, I like them to win.

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