I know you guys are waiting impatiently for the Monday Night Football meeting between the Spagnuolos and the Coughlins, otherwise known as the St. Louis Rams and New York Giants (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). Here is a bit of an expanded game preview for your reading enjoyment.
I have included five things to watch, the final injury report and a few links to some of what has been written about the game over at SB Nation New York. Enjoy.
Can The Giants Stay With The Running Game?: For whatever reason the Giants got away from the running game in the second half of their season-opening loss to Washington. Can they establish it Monday night, and then stick with it? Pounding Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw is still what the Giants do best, and they need to play to their strength. St. Louis gave up 236 yards rushing to Philadelphia, and that should bode well for the Giants.
- Can The Giants Convert On Third Down?: Another thing that has been talked about repeatedly during the past week is the failure of the Giants to convert on third down in the opener, when they went just 1-for-10. Veteran slot receiver Brandon Stokley has been added, largely because of those failings.
- Can The Rams Run The Ball?: Whether star running back Steven Jackson plays or not, St. Louis will try to establish the run. The Giants would like to make the Rams one-dimensional and make them throw. St. Louis has a second-year quarterback and an inexperienced group of receivers, and the Giants would like to take advantage of that.
- The Giants Secondary: Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said that five of the seven big passing plays by the Redskins in the season opener were the result of miscommunications by the Giants secondary. That is discouraging since this is largely the same group minus Terrell Thomas -- running the same scheme as a season ago. They have to get on the same page. Corners Aaron Ross and Corey Webster struggled in Week 1.
Here is the final injury report for Monday night's game:
New York Giants
St. Louis Rams
C.J. AhYou (DE), wrist
Danny Amendola (WR), elbow
Steven Jackson (RB), quad
M. Hoomanawanui (TE), calf
St. Louis Rams - Game Averages
|Off||13.0||335.0 (17th)||181.0 (23rd)||154.0 (8th)|
|Def||31.0||403.0 (26th)||167.0 (8th)||236.0 (32nd)|
New York Giants - Game Averages
|Off||14.0||315.0 (20th-T)||240.0 (18th)||75.0 (22nd)|
|Def||28.0||332.0 (15th)||258.0 (18th)||74.0 (9th-T)|
SB Nation New York Game Coverage: