The Giants (1-6) take on the Rams (5-2) at MetLife Stadium coming off their bye week.
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The Giants practice on Friday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
Sterling Shepard appears ready for Sunday against the Rams
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The Giants have not had the best of weeks coming off a bye with a suspenion and injuries that continue to plague key players like Olivier Vernon. And it doesn't help that the 5-2 Rams come to town fresh off a bye as well, looking to get ahead in the NFC West.
A win at home has been alluding this team, and they are in desperate need of a victory to keep the locker room from internally exploding. Here are three key players that need to perform to keep the peace in East Rutherford:
Sterling Shepard: Please, oh please Sterling give these receivers some life! Finally, the Giants return a starting wideout to the mix, and you best bet Eli Manning will be giving Shepard a nice chunk of target on Sunday. Also, Shepard has been itching to get back on the field since his Week 5 ankle injury. The Giants need a threat other than Evan Engram in the passing game, and if Shepard can deliver, it will give this lethargic offense a spark.
Brett Jones: Jones is the Giants' backup center, and he is going to be stacked up against an All-Pro defensive tackle in Donald who is licking his chops with the matchup. Jones and Donald are about the same height at 6-foot-2, but Donald's raw power and quickness is predicted to eat Jones alive throughout the game. So, if Jones can somewhat -- and there's an emphasis on somewhat because Donald will get passed up -- disrupt his rush, it will give Manning the slim pocket he needs to get some throws off. Stopping Donald should be a priority for this entire line, though, but Jones will be getting a brunt of the work.
Damon "Snacks" Harrison: The Rams offense becomes one-dimensional if you can remove their key component: Todd Gurley. Just look at the Giants' game in London against the Rams last year. The defense held Gurley to 57 yards on the ground and 35 in the air. That is an exceptional job against a playmaker like him. Harrison, though, is without Johnathan Hankins in the middle this year, which means he needs to pull out all his tricks of getting to the backfield and stopping Gurley. If he can, the Rams' run game will stunt the passing game and hopefully lead to some turnovers like last year.
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Today's Giants links roundup
Odell Beckham Jr. writes emotional letter to Texans QB Deshaun Watson, who tore his ACL on Thursday >> Ari Goldberg, NY Daily News
The Giants will be stacked up against one of the best defensive linemen in football: Aaron Donald >> Tom Rock, Newsday