Los Angeles Rams Keys to Victory Against the New York Giants

Nov 22, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) talks to teammates prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 22, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) talks to teammates prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports /

The Los Angeles Rams are having a rocky start to their season, but maybe a change of location will help them gain some kind of momentum.

This Sunday, the Rams (3-3) will travel to London to face the New York Giants (3-3). The Rams are 1.5 games back from first place in the NFC West, while the New York Giants are hanging out at the bottom of the NFC East.

If the Rams want to bounce back after a tough loss to the Detroit Lions, here are four things that need to happen in London to secure a Rams victory.

Case Keenum will need to have another efficient game

Last week against the Lions, Case Keenum had one of his best game of the season. Most fans will remember the interception late in the fourth quarter, but he was efficient throwing the ball throughout the game. He completed 27 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns.


The Giants defense are ranked 19th in the league and their secondary is their main defensive concern. Their secondary gives up an average of 274.2 yards to opposing quarterback this season. With a decent run defense, the Rams will have to throw the ball down field. This means Keenum will have to have another good game, with very little mistakes.

Todd Gurley will have to get the running game going 

Speaking of the run defense, the Giants are allow 97 yards per game to opposing teams running backs. Outside of Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley was the most talked about running back this offseason.

While Elliot is having a good season with 137 carries for 703 yards and five touchdowns. Gurley isn’t having the same season. He has 119 carries for 346 yards and three touchdowns.

Last week against the Lions, Gurley rushed for 58 yards on 14 carries against a lackluster Lions defensive line. This week his assignment gets tougher with Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison and Jason Pierre-Paul waiting on the front line.

Despite the odds, the Giants defense are very vulnerable. Gurley could slip through the cracks of the defensive line, get into open field and show why he was the most watched running back last season. If not, we’ll be asking this same question when the Rams play the Carolina Panthers.

Kenny Britt will have to have another monster receiving game

Last week, Kenny Britt had 7 receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Britt will be up against another weak secondary against the Giants.

The Rams are looking for their go-to receiver down field. With Tavon Austin playing more of the slot rather than the deep route, this gives Britt the opportunity to let loose. He has 30 reception for 492 yards and two touchdowns this season.

The Keenum/Britt connection in the passing game has been one of the only bright spots of this offense. If Keenum is going to stay efficient in the passing game, Britt is going to have to advantage of another weak secondary.

Whether it’s against Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or Janoris Jenkins, Britt has the potential to have another big game.

Rams secondary will have to contain Giants talented receivers

Stopping Odell Beckham Jr. is a difficult task for any defensive back, but he can be maintained.

Last week the Rams did a good job containing Lions number one receiver and in the league Marvin Jones Jr. Jones finished the game with two receptions for 10 yards and a touchdown. However this gave Golden Tate opportunities in the open field making 8 receptions for 165 yards and a touchdown.

Trumaine Johnson is returning to the lineup after missing last week. Johnson will have the task of covering Beckham, who has caught his rhythm on offense over the last two games. Lamarcus Joyner or Troy Hill will have to hold Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz who both have big game potential if Beckham is struggling on his end.

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The defense front line will also have to do their part and force the ball out of Eli Manning’s hand. The entire defensive unit has struggled this season. If the Rams want to get out of their losing streak and into contention in the NFC West, it starts tomorrow in London.