The Skinny; St. Louis at New York Giants

A game that has the making of a playoff type battle label attached, the Rams and Giants square off in week-one

St. Louis (0-0) at New York Giants (0-0)

The Skinny:

This is a great game to test what both of these playoff caliber teams are made of. The off-season efforts to improve the offensive line should be pressed by the aggressive and physical New York defense. Providing quarterback Kurt Warner time to throw the ball will be the true test and should determine if these Rams are contenders or pretenders. On the flip-side, the Giants rode the hot-hand of quarterback Kerry Collins into the playoffs last season. The Rams will bring a better than average pass-rush against a New York offensive line that has been average throughout training camp.

An area of concern for the Rams has to be at wide receiver, the loss of up and coming rookie Kevin Curtis to a broken leg could have an affect on the St. Louis passing game if Shaun McDonald, Mike Furrey, and Dane Looker do not step-up to the challenge. The Giants are solid at the cornerback position, which may increase the importance of this trio of receivers in the nickel and dime packages.


The bottom line is, if New York can exploit a questionable St. Louis secondary (Jerametrius Butler and Travis Fisher start at the corners), the Giants will have a good day. Now, if the Rams can keep Warner vertical, they will be a serious threat, not only to the G-Men but to the entire league. In the end, expect the Rams to protect Warner and display the offensive prowess that made them one of the most explosive teams in the game.

Infirmary Report:

Rams: OUT: WR Kevin Curtis (leg); CB Kevin Garrett (wrist); CB Jason Sehorn (foot). QUESTIONABLE: TE Dan Curley (calf); DT Ryan Pickett (ankle); LB Robert Thomas (abdominal). PROBABLE: S Aeneas Williams (toe); C Dave Wohlabaugh (hand).

Giants: QUESTIONABLE LB Nick Greisen (hamstring) has not practiced and will not play Sunday. PROBABLE CB Will Allen (shoulder); T Ian Allen (groin); C Chris Bober (ribs); T Luke Petitgout (foot); TE Marcellus Rivers (quadricep); TE Jeremy Shockey (rib); DE Michael Strahan (toe) all are expected to play Sunday.

At The Gun:

St. Louis  27

New York 24

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