The 3-3 Giants will face the 3-3 Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium in London on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. ET. The winner gets to take a 4-3 record into their bye week. For the Giants, that can speak volumes considering they were 2-3 going into Week 6 with their future in doubt.
Here's how the matchups shake out this week...
Rams' rushing offense vs. Giants' rushing defense: The Rams are 28th overall in rushing, gaining only 3.1 YPC and 80.8 yards per game. Todd Gurley, who ran for 1,106 yards in only 13 games as a rookie last year, is only gaining 2.9 yards per clip here in 2016. He's been getting the lion's share of the carries and will continue to do so. He is a dangerous runner regardless, so the Giants' 12th ranked rush defense could have their hands full in this game.
Rams' passing offense vs. Giants' passing defense: The Rams came into the season with the quarterback position in transition. They chose Cal's Jared Goff No. 1 overall in the draft but Goff has been a spectator thus far this season and Case Keenum has taken every snap. Keenum has stepped up his game the past two weeks and is starting to click with WRs Kenny Britt, Brian Quick and Tavon Austin. TE Lance Kendrick is also a key contributor with 31 targets. The Giants are 22nd against the pass this year and are last in the NFL in sacks and takeaways. The secondary is still experiencing injuries, so If they can't get pressure on Keenum, they could be vulnerable.
Giants' rushing offense vs. Rams' rushing defense: The Giants' rushing game is a joke and has been further hampered by injuries to Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen. The Giants are averaging 76 yards per game (third worst in the NFL) and have run the ball only 28 percent of the time the past three games. Jennings (wrist) is expected to be healthier this week, so maybe they will have more success. The Rams, although having a star-studded defensive line, have not been as staunch against the run this season, allowing 4.2 YPC and 115.7 yards per game. The Giants' running game has got to get going at some point, so maybe this is the week. Or maybe not.
Giants' passing offense vs. Rams' rushing defense: The Giants come to London sporting the league's third best passing game, breaking out last week in a big way against the Ravens. QB Eli Manning is second in the NFL in passing yards (1,788) and WR Odell Beckham appears to be getting past his issues. They have scored only 8 TDs through the air this season, however. The Rams rank 17th against the pass this season with 10 sacks and nine takeaways. Pro Football Focus ranks the Rams' secondary 17th overall, noting strong play from the safeties but state that CB Troy Hill has been "the worst cornerback in coverage this season." The Giants should have success in this area Sunday.
Special Teams Breakdown
Giants: KR/WR Dwayne Harris is third in the NFL with a 28.7 average. He hasn't been as successful on punts, averaging 7.1 yards per attempt. The Giants have been covering kickoffs and punts fairly well this season, allowing just 18.6 yards per return on kickoffs and 10.9 yards per return on punts. Punter Brad Wing is averaging 47.5 yards per punt (gross) on 26 attempts with seven landing inside the 20 with four touchbacks and four fair catches. Robbie Gould takes over the kicking responsibilities Josh Brown. He is a seasoned veteran and the transition there would appear to be a seamless one.
Rams: Four different players have returned kickoffs this season for LA for an average of 23.5 YPA. Austin is the primary punt returner, averaging 8.9 yards per with a long of 47. He can be explosive. The Rams are allowing 21.3 yards per kickoff return and just 6.2 yards on punts. Punter Johnny Hekker leads the NFL in landing punts inside the 20 with 16 and is second in inducing fair catches with 17. Kicker Greg Zuerlein has been perfect this season making all nine of his FGAs (two over 50 yards) and all eleven PATs.