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Giants Dreadful Season Resumes Against High-Flying Rams

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I was kinda hoping the bye week lasted through the rest of the calendar year. But here we are, ready to kick off the second half of an absolutely abysmal season that somehow got worse during a week the Giants didn’t even play. On top of injuries to Beckham & Vernon, Weston Richburg finally hit IR after a Week 4 concussion & may have played his last game as a Giant. Justin Pugh’s back didn’t get any better over the bye & an already suspect o-line will be without him too. Jackrabbit Jenkins followed up an earlier DRC suspension with one of his own as second-year coach Ben McAdoo has seemingly lost control of his locker room. If you thought the first half was tough, then you might wanna cover your eyes the rest of the way.

Big Blue kicks off their post-bye schedule against a team headed in the exact opposite direction. The Rams, under their prepubescent rookie head coach, have surprised the league with their dominance offensively. LA is just one of 2 teams averaging 30+ points. No one converts 3rd downs at a higher rate. Gurley is a top-5 rusher & Jared Goff has become the reliable game manager they need. They roll real deep defensively as well with names like Donald, Quinn, Barwin, Ogletree, Johnson, Barron, etc. One of the best squads at getting to the QB from anywhere, Big Blue will have their hands full trying to slow them down without their two best offensive linemen – especially with the Rams D well-rested off a bye of their own.

Sterling Shepard will be back to give Eli a legitimate weapon besides Even Engram, but as we saw early this year all the firepower in the world doesn’t matter when Eli is trying to unload the ball in less than 2 seconds before getting impaled. The Rams pass rush has led to plenty of takeaways. Manning’s kept the INT’s to a minimum so far but if the G-Men are gonna keep pace with LA, he’s gonna have to let it fly a bit – even if Darkwa/Gallman can move the duke against a run D that’s undoubtedly the Rams’ Achilles heel. Wins are gonna be few & far between the rest of the way & it’s hard to oppose an all-out tank. Against an upstart Rams squad out to prove their first half is no fluke, I don’t think Big Blue tank supporters have much to worry about this week. Just please don’t embarrass yourselves. Again.

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