Both teams have hand under-whelming season and both have reasons to be optimistic. Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr and the NY Giants face Tre Mason, Kenny Britt and the St. Louis Rams in NFL week 16 action.
The Rams are two field-goal favorites over the visiting Giants. The game total is 43.5.
Matchup: NY Giants at St. Louis Rams
Date: Dec. 21, 2014
Start Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Stadium: Edward Jones Dome
TV Info: FOX
Radio: New York Vs St. Louis
Point Spread: Rams -6
Game Total: 43.5
Analyzing The Week 16 NY Giants at St. Louis Rams Online Football Odds
The NY Giants 5-9 on the season and have recorded two wins in a row after beating Tennessee and Washington in consecutive weeks. Last week 24-13 win saw rookie WR Odell Beckham JR have a blowout game with 143 yards & 3 TDs, making a really strong case for Rookie of the Year despite missing over a month with injuries.
"I don’t want to get his head too big right now, but he has a lot of skill," said QB Eli Manning. "You hope he keeps working and grinding and doing the little things to correct. There is still room for improvement."
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 15, 2014
The Giants have the 13th ranked passing offense and the 22nd ranked rushing unit. Manning has thrown 3590 yards, 26 TDs & 13 INTs. Beckham Jr. leads the team with 71 receptions, 972 yards, & 9 TDs.
"As I said earlier in the year, there’s no reason for this team not to have the best offense," Beckham said. "The way we’ve played the last couple of games gives us a better feel for how we’re going to play. For me, it’s making the most of my opportunities."
The St. Louis Rams are 6-8 on the year and enter this game with ten days of rest after losing 12-6 against the Arizona Cardinals last week on Thursday Night Football. Their offense is averaging 20.8 points and 314.5 yards per game and they are led by QB Shaun Hill who has completed 59.4 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and four interceptions.
Tre Mason leads the St. Louis ground attack with 661 yards and three touchdowns and Jared Cook is the leading receiver with 44 catches.
Despite the loss, the @STLouisRams are the 1st team since the 2011 Dolphins to not allow any touchdowns in 3 straight games.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 12, 2014
The Rams defense is playing tremendously well, giving a total of 12 points over the last three games, two of which were shutouts. The Rams defense allows 21.2 points and 339.9 yards per game and they are plus two in turnover ratio. Alec Ogletree has 93 tackles, James Laurinaitis has 91 tackles, and Robert Quinn has 10.5 sacks. Their achilles heel this year has been their offense after losing Sam Bradford to a season ending injury early. They are ranked 26th in passing the ball and 21st rushing.
"We got outplayed, and we got out coached and we just put a bad display out there," tight end Jared Cook said after the loss to the Cards. "It’s pretty self-explanatory."
Head Coaches Tom Coughlin and Jeff Fisher have never faced each other while coaching these teams.
The NY Giants are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog of 3.5-10.0 points, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in December, 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games on turf, but 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
The Rams are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a SU loss, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS loss, 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, but 11-23-1 ATS in their last 35 games as a home favorite, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
NFL Week 16 Pick: NY Giants +6.