St. Louis Rams: First Look At This Week's Opponent

The St. Louis Rams will look awfully familiar to New York Giants fans on Monday night. There is, of course, ample reason for that.

They are coached by former Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. They have four former Giants on their roster -- safeties James Butler and Craig Dahl, defensive tackle Fred Robbins and linebacker Bryan Kehl.

Oh, one more thing that will look familiar to Giants' fans. The Rams enter Week 2 of the NFL season all beat up.

CB Ron Bartell (broken neck) and WR Danny Amendola (dislocated elbow) will not play. Running back RB Steven Jackson (quad), who is looking for a seventh straight 1,000-yard season, is unlikely to play. Second-year quarterback Sam Bradford will try to play despite a badly bruised index finger on his throwing hand.

Here is Spagnuolo on the radio Tuesday, sounding a refrain we have heard a lot around the Giants.

"We took some hits," Spagnuolo said. "It’s difficult to get any of them any time, but when they come in the first game, it was a little bit rough.

"But we got to bounce back. It’s a long season to go…. Hopefully the guys that are behind them are ready to go."

The Rams are 0-1 after a season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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