The winless New York Giants will take on the 2-1 Los Angeles Rams Sunday at SoFi Stadium. New York enters week four coming off an embarrassing 36-9 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Los Angeles is coming off a 35-32 loss to the Buffalo Bills, a game where it stormed back from being down 28-3.
New York heads into this week with the NFL’s worst offense. The offense ranks last in points (12.7), total yards (272.3) and rushing yards per game (56.7). The lack of a running game has caused Daniel Jones to throw the ball at least 32 times in each game.
The Giants’ defense hasn’t been as bad as the offense, despite the blowout loss last week. They are 17th in points allowed (26.7) and 13th in yards allowed (357.7) per game. They give up about 234 passing yards per game, ranking 10th best in the league. However, they have struggled to stop the run, giving up 123 yards per game, 20th in the league. Big Blue’s defense will be without starting safety Jabrill Peppers this week due to an ankle injury.
The Rams have one of the best offenses in the NFL through three weeks. They are averaging nearly 30 points and 450 yards per game. Quarterback Jared Goff has completed 70% of his passes for 863 yards and five touchdowns in 2020. Receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods have both caught a touchdown pass so far this year.
So far, Los Angeles’ rushing attack is the third best in the NFL, averaging 170 yards per game. Running backs Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown have combined for 71 carries, 346 yards and four touchdowns through the first three weeks.
On defense, the Rams have given up 23.7 points per game, 12th in the NFL. They rank 21st in the league against the pass, giving up 253 yards per game. Against the run, they’re 18th, giving up 119 yards per game. However, they have one of the most dangerous pass rushers in the league, Aaron Donald. The all-pro defensive lineman already has three sacks on the year.
How Can The Giants Win?: Control the clock! The Giants have ball for only 24:41 per game, which is 30th in the league. Run the ball! The Giants must find a way to establish an identity on the ground. Protect Daniel Jones! The offensive line has been bad, allowing 46 pressures. As a result, Jones has been sacked nine times. Get the Rams off the field! The defense has struggled to get third down stops. The 49ers converted eight of 12 opportunities last week. No late touchdowns! The Giants have allowed 21 points in the final two minutes of the first half so far this year.