If you had said prior to the season that Sunday’s Week 9 showdown between the Rams and Giants was a meeting between a 5-2 team and a 1-6 roster, you would probably peg Los Angeles to be the one-win team. But as bettors and fans alike are acutely aware, that isn’t the case – the Rams are on an impressive roll to kick off the 2017 season, while the Giants have played themselves out of the NFC playoff picture altogether.
Los Angeles Rams vs. New York Giants
Point spread: Giants +3.5 Date: Sunday, November 5, 1 p.m. ET Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Oddsmakers have the visiting Rams favored by more than a field goal, but several trends suggest Los Angeles might have a difficult time covering. The Rams have covered just twice in their previous 13 games against NFC opponents, and are 5-13-1 ATS in their previous 19 contests dating back to last season. New York, on the other hand, has covered five consecutive home games against teams with winning road records.
That all said, bettors are overwhelmingly on the side of the Rams, with 92 percent of Sports Interaction bettors laying the points. It’s an even more emphatic majority when it comes to the total, which stands at 42. Bettors are hammering the over in this one; Los Angeles has exceeded the total in seven of its previous nine games, while New York has gone under in six of its previous seven home games.
Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles has failed to cover in each of its previous eight meetings with the Giants – but this isn’t the same Rams team that fumbled its way through seasons past. The 2017 edition has an unblemished 3-0 road mark to date and is averaging a whopping 34 points in that span; only the Chiefs average more points on the road. The defense has ratcheted things up after an up-and-down start, allowing just 33 total points in the past three games.
New York Giants
As surprising as the Rams have been on the road this season, it’s even more shocking that the Giants have been so abysmal at home. New York has been outscored by 36 points in its three defeats at MetLife Stadium, scoring just 39 total points over that stretch. And coming off a bye week hasn’t done the Giants any favors in recent years; they’ve gone just 5-12-1 in their previous 18 games following a bye.
Rams vs. Giants prediction
Rams 27, Giants 20