Los Angeles Rams vs New York Giants Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/17/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 1:00 pm ET, Sunday, October 17, 2021
Venue:  MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Where to Watch:  Fox


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Rams -10.5, Giants +10.5; Over/Under:  47.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Rams -10.5, Giants +10.5; Over/Under:  47.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Rams -10.5, Giants +10.5; Over/Under:  47.5 points

Season Record

Los Angeles Rams:  4-1 (2nd place, NFC West)
New York Giants:  1-4 (4th place, NFC East)
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Los Angeles Rams vs New York Giants Preview and Analysis

Recent Form
Los Angeles Rams:  won on the road on Oct. 7 against the Seattle Seahawks 26-17.
New York Giants:  lost on the road on Oct. 10 against the Dallas Cowboys 44-20.

Los Angeles Rams Analysis

The LA Rams are coming into this game with a 4-1 record overall and they are 2-0 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. After a divisional loss by the Arizona Cardinals, the Rams bounced back with a division win over the Seattle Seahawks in their last game on Thursday night football. They beat the Seahawks 26-17 in a game that they trailed by 4 at halftime but came out in the 2nd half and took the lead never looking back. Matthew Stafford had a good game as he completed 25/37 passes for 365 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Darrell Henderson led the team in rushing with 82 yards and 1 touchdown while Sony Michel also got 11 carries for 37 yards and a TD. Robert Woods had a big day as he led the team in receiving with 150 yards on 12 receptions. Cooper Kupp also had a good game with 92 receiving yards on 7 receptions while DeSean Jackson had 1 big catch for 68 yards. Aaron Donald led the defense in that game with 5 solo tackles, 2 assisted ones and 1 sack. Terrell Hall also had 1 sack in that game while Troy Reeder and Nick Scott came up big with 1 interception each. They have scored 141 points in their first 5 games averaging 28.2 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 116 points against them allowing 23.2 PPG. Their offense is averaging 408.2 YPG while their defense is allowing 388.2 YPG.

New York Giants Analysis

The Giants are coming into this game with a 1-4 record overall and they are 0-2 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They lost their last game in a divisional matchup 44-20 against the Cowboys. They never really had a chance from the start in that game as the Cowboys just kept pulling away on them. Daniel Jones completed 5/13 passes for 98 yards before having to leave the game with an injury. Mike Glennon took over for him at the quarterback position completing 16/25 passes for 196 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Saquon Barkley had 2 carries for 9 yards before leaving the game with an injury as well and he will not be playing in this game. Devontae Booker ended up leading the team in rushing yards in that game with 42 and 1 touchdown on 16 carries but they could not really get anything going on the ground in that one. Kadarius Toney led the team in receiving with 189 yards on 10 receptions while Evan Engram had 55 yards on 4 receptions. Booker caught the only touchdown pass in that game for them. Adoree' Jackson led the defense with 7 solo tackles while Logan Ryan was right behind him with 6 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones. Austin Johnson led the defense in sacks with 1 while Danny Shelton and Leonard Williams both combined for 1 sack in that one. Lorenzo Carter came away with the only interception for them in that game. They have scored 103 points in their first 5 games averaging 20.6 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 139 points against them allowing 27.8 PPG. Their offense is averaging 380.6 YPG while their defense is allowing 408.6 YPG.


Rams vs Giants Prediction

The Rams are coming into this game as a 10.5 point favorite and the total is set at 47.5 with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Cowboys just scored 44 points on this Giants defense and the Rams' offense is just as good as the Cowboys so they are going to find ways to score in this game. They have a promising season ahead of them and will be trying to get the win here, likely blowing the Giants out in the process. The Giants have too many question marks at the quarterback, running back and wide receiver positions with all of their injuries. They are really thin on weapons and might not even be able to score in this game. The best bet to place in this game is on the Rams to cover the spread and on the under as this will be a game where the Rams score a lot but the Giants will be lucky to score at all in.
Rams Giants Prediction:  Our NFL Pick for Sunday, October 17, 2021 (1:00 pm ET start time) is Rams 28 Giants 7.
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NFL Betting Trends

Los Angeles Rams: 217-255 ATS in all games. 103-113 ATS as a favorite. 38-41 ATS as a road favorite. 107-128 ATS in road games. 160-198 ATS against conference opponents.
New York Giants: 12-7 ATS as an underdog of 10 or more points. 246-229 ATS in all games. 138-119 ATS as an underdog. 190-169 ATS against conference opponents.

Key Injuries

Los Angeles Rams:  T. Anchrum Jr. (OL) Ques Sun - Knee injury. T. Higbee (TE) Ques Sun - Shoulder injury. D. Williams (CB) Out indefinitely - Ankle injury.
New York Giants:  S. Shepard (WR) Ques Sun - Hamstring D. Slayton (WR) Ques Sun - Hamstring injury. B. Bredeson (G) Ques Sun - Hand injury. J. Peppers (S) Ques Sun - Hamstring injury. D. Jones (QB) Ques Sun - Concussion. K. Toney (WR) Ques Sun - Ankle injury. A. Thomas (T) Ques Sun - Foot injury. S. Barkley (RB) Doub Sun - Ankle injury. K. Golladay (WR) Out Sun - Knee injury.

Players to Watch

Los Angeles Rams: Cooper Kupp is one player to watch in this game. He leads his team in receiving yards and in touchdowns scored this season. In their last game it was the Robert Woods show but Kupp still had a good game with over 80 receiving yards. Look for him to step up and get some more looks in this game as he looks to score more TDs and catch some big passes.
New York Giants: The Quarterback position in one player to watch in this contest. Daniel Jones leads his team in passing, rushing and touchdowns scored this season. He has a concussion and if he does not play then this offense is going to look very different. Mike Glennon will be the starter in that event but he will not have many weapons to work with as they are all injured. It will be up to the QB in this game to make the plays so look for that player whoever it may be.

Notable Quotes

"It was just a little bit out of place and was able to put it back in and keep going. It didn't affect me too much, to be honest with you." - Matt Stafford on playing a majority of that game with a dislocated index finger on his throwing hand after suffering the injury in that game.
"Our guys are going to keep playing, that's not going to be a question. In terms of next man up mentality, there were a lot of good examples today on guys stepping up, playing different roles and making plays." - Joe Judge on all the injuries to starting players on their offense that they have suffered this season already.

Starting Lineups

Los Angeles Rams
WR Kupp, Cooper 
WR Jefferson, Van 
WR Woods, Robert 
TE Higbee, Tyler 
RB Michel, Sony 
New York Giants
WR Golladay, Kenny 
WR Shepard, Sterling 
TE Engram, Evan 
TE Smith, Kaden 
QB Jones, Daniel 
RB Barkley, Saquon 
FB Penny, Elijhaa 

Statistical Leaders

Los Angeles Rams
Passing: M. Stafford (1587)
Rushing: D. Henderson Jr. (294)
Receiving: C. Kupp (523)
Touchdowns: C. Kupp (5)
Sacks: L. Floyd (3)
Tackles: D. Williams (24)
New York Giants
Passing: D. Jones (1282)
Rushing: D. Jones (197)
Receiving: K. Golladay (282)
Touchdowns: D. Jones (2)
Sacks: A. Ojulari (3)
Tackles: L. Ryan (26)
Los Angeles Rams: Sean McVay (5th season)
New York Giants: Joe Judge (2nd season)

Weather Forecast

64 degrees F mostly sunny, 54% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 14 mph wind speeds W.

Amedeus Mastrangelo

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Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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