It’s a matchup that TV executives salivate over in Week 9 of the NFL season as the two biggest media markets in the USA collide with the Los Angeles Rams visiting the New York Giants. In an interesting twist both clubs come out of their bye week, but the NFL Week 9 odds are pretty close between these two. The Rams are just over field goal NFL lines favorites.
LA Rams at NY Giants Week 9 NFL Lines & Betting Pick
Practice Report: Getting Back to Work, Week 9 Injury Update
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 2, 2017
When: Sunday, 1 PM ET
Where: MetLife Stadium
Radio: ESPNLA 710AM (LA) / WFAN 660 AM (NY)
Stream Option: NFL Live
Opening NFL Lines: Rams -3.5 (42)
- Overcast: 17°C/62°F
- Humidity: 86%
- Precipitation: 13%
- Wind: 7 mph SE
- Cloud Cover: 96%
- Type of Stadium: Open
The Rams stunk last year and the Giants were good so take this with a grain of salt, but New York beat the visiting Rams 17-10 in Week 7 in London. New York picked off then-Rams QB Case Keenum (now starting for Vikings) four times. Keenum had the Rams at the Giants’ 15-yard line with 50 seconds left when he lobbed a pass in the left corner of the end zone that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie easily picked off. Landon Collins returned one Keenum pick for a touchdown. Eli Manning had a pedestrian day, going 24 of 37 for 196 yards and no touchdowns. The Rams managed 20 first downs to the Giants’ 13.
Latest NFL Lines Trends
- LA Rams are 5-13-1 ATS in its last 19 games
- LA Rams are 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total went OVER in 6 of LA Rams’s last 9 games
- NY Giants are 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- NY Giants are 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
- The total went UNDER in 11 of NY Giants’s last 16 games
Why Bet On LA Rams?
The last time Rams were favored by 3.5 or in a non-divisional road game came in 2005 when they were favored by 3.5 at Houston.
L.A. was very impressive before the bye, crushing Arizona 33-0 in London. Jared Goff ran for a touchdown and threw for another and Greg Zuerelein made four field goals as the Rams won for the first time in three appearances in Britain. Goff completed 22 of 37 passes for 235 yards with an interception and Todd Gurley ran for 106 yards and a touchdown for the NFC West-leading Rams (5-2). Los Angeles has won five of its first seven games for the first time since 2003 — the last time the Rams finished with a winning record.
Their plus-74 point margin trails only that of the Philadelphia Eagles, thanks to an offense that has already scored 212 points — 12 shy of last year’s total with nine games left — and a defense that has given up the sixth-fewest yards per game over the past four weeks.
The Rams lead the NFL in pressure rate, bringing pressure on 33.1 percent of pass plays, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Part of this is that the Rams blitz on 39 percent of pass plays, more than any defense other than that of the Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns.
The Rams have started 5-2 or better 25 other times in their history. They made the playoffs in 21 of those seasons. Since 1978, the first year of a 16-game schedule, they’ve won at least 10 games in 10 of the 12 years they started 5-2 or better. But their schedule gets tougher soon, with five of their last eight games against teams with a winning record. They only have to go 3-6 to finish with a .500 record for the first time since 2006, and they can reach 10 wins — which probably means playoffs — by going 5-4 the rest of the way.
- Average Score For: 30.29
- Total Yards: 369.15
- Pass Yards: 242.29
- Rush Yards: 126.86
- Average Score Against: 19.71
- Total Yards: 327.71
- Pass Yards: 204.57
- Rush Yards: 123.14
Why Bet On NY Giants?
The Rams are 0-7 against the Giants over the past 15 years. Of course, if the Rams are going to end that drought, this would be the year to do it. The Giants have struggled at home this season, going 0-3 ATS.
New York entered the bye and off a 24-7 home loss to Seattle. The Giants gained 177 yards on offense, their lowest total since they finished with 150 yards in a 38-0 loss at Carolina on Sept. 22, 2013. The Giants’ 46 rushing yards was their lowest total since they ran for 36 on Oct. 23, 2016 in a victory against the Rams in London. They did not have a rushing first down. Seattle’s 425 total yards was the second-highest total by a Giants opponent this season; Tampa Bay gained 343 yards on Oct. 1.
The Giants fell to 1-6. The six defeats exceed their total for the entire 2015 season, when they were 11-5. The Giants are 0-3 in MetLife Stadium. They last lost their first three home games in 1980, when they dropped their first four games in Giants Stadium (not including the 1982 and 1987 strike seasons). The Giants lost their last four home games in 2015, but were 7-1 here last season.
New York will be without cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who has been suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules. Without the Pro Bowl cornerback, the Giants will turn to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Ross Cockrell and Donte Deayon. Meanwhile, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, is hoping to be ready this Sunday.
- Average Score For: 16
- Total Yards: 296.43
- Pass Yards: 213.14
- Rush Yards: 83.29
- Average Score Against: 22.29
- Total Yards: 379.42
- Pass Yards: 258.71
- Rush Yards: 120.71
- Total Meetings: 43
- First Meeting: November 13th, 1938. Polo Grounds. New York, New York
- Last Meeting: October 23rd, 2016. Twickenham Stadium. London, England
- All-Time Series: LA Rams 26-17-0
- Largest Margin of Victory: LA Rams 55-14 (1966)
- Longest Win Streak: NY Giants 7 (2002-2016)
- Current Win Streak: NY Giants 7 (2002-2016)
Expert Prediction & Pick for Week 9
I was going to take the Giants here, but the Jenkins suspension changed my mind. Buy this down to 2.5 in the NFL lines and take L.A.