When the 2017 NFL season began, it would not have been difficult to foresee 5-2 and 1-6 records for the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants at this point. Only, the expectation after the Giants 11 games and the Rams four last would have been that the Giants would be the team entering the Week 9 game at MetLife Stadium with the better record.
That, though, is not the case. The surprising 5-2 Rams are currently 3.5-point favorites over the awful 1-6 Giants.
That’s the number of players suspended by the Giants this season.
That is the yards per carry average for Orleans Darkwa, which is third among NFL running backs with at least 50 rushing attempts.
That is how many consecutive times the Giants have beaten the Rams. It is a streak that dates back to 2002.
After listening to all sorts of trade speculation and opinions about whether he should cede playing time to Davis Webb at some point this season, Eli Manning will make his 207th straight start at quarterback for the Giants on Sunday. Only Brett Favre (297) and Peyton Manning (208) have longer streaks.
That is how many passing yards Manning needs to become the seventh player in NFL history with 50,000 or more passing yards.
The Giants will continue to wear the number 14 on their helmets this season to honor the late Y.A. Tittle, who recently passed away.
That is the Giants’ record at MetLife Stadium this season.
That is the Giants’ winning percentage this decade, when they have gone 63-61. The only decade in franchise history during which the Giants have had a losing record is the 1970s, when they were 50-93-1 (.351). They need four wins over the final nine games to avoid slipping under .500 thus far this decade.
That is how old Rams coach Sean McVay is. He is the NFL’s youngest head coach.
That is how many points per game the Rams are averaging, which puts them second in the league. The Houston Texans lead at 30.7 points per game. The Giants are 30th at 16.0 ppg, and have never scored 30 points during any of Ben McAdoo’s 24 games as head coach.