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Stafford didn’t have to do nearly as much as he’s been asked so far this year, only completing three of his eight attempts between 10-20 yards, with one tipped pass going as his lone interception. In spite of that, he finished with a passer rating of 128.7, and 16 of his 22 completions went for first downs.
The Rams’ running back room continues to find its rhythm in the new iteration of McVay’s offense, and the combo of Darrell Henderson and Sony Michel combined for 120 yards on 30 attempts. The Giants defensive front offered little resistance at the point of attack, with the Rams gaining nearly one-third of their yardage before contact.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods continue to trade the role of go-to-guy on a weekly basis, with Kupp being targeted on 39% of his routes. He converted nine of his 12 targets into receptions, with seven going for first downs, four for 15 or more yards and two finishing in the end zone.
The Rams’ interior linemen faced off against the next best defensive tackle in the NFL, and the game had to feel a lot like training camp practices, with all seven pressures allowed coming from the interior trio of David Edwards, Brian Allen and Austin Corbett.
The entire two-deep of Los Angeles pass rushers got an opportunity to attack Daniel Jones on Sunday afternoon, with 10 defensive linemen logging at least five pass-rush reps and every player forcing at least one QB pressure. Leonard Floyd and Terrell Lewis tied for the most pressures with four, and the four Rams defensive linemen had at least a share of a sack.
The Rams are less of a blitzing defense and more of a five-down front on passing downs, so linebackers don’t see as much action getting after the quarterback (seven total pass rush reps). If they sit back and play too patiently against the run, the ball wouldn’t get to the second level often either, so Kenny Young and Troy Reeder attacked downhill and finished with two combined tackles for loss or no gain.
Taylor Rapp got his hands on the ball twice and Robert Rochell got his first career interception, punishing Jones for poor throws and playing tight in coverage against a depleted Giants receiving corps. Jalen Ramsey gave up a reception on all four times targeted, but the average depth of target was less than 3.0 yards and two resulted in a defensive stop.
It felt like Daniel Jones couldn’t avoid Rams defenders with his legs or his arm, throwing three interceptions and being sacked four times. The flow of the game took the viability of the run game away, and Jones was asked to carry the offense to the tune of an obscene 56 dropbacks.
Devontae Booker had a decent enough performance, but his 41 yards and 12 carries couldn’t have made less of an impact given the flow of the game. In spite of Los Angeles clearly playing the pass, the offensive line couldn’t create any space inside, with 2.7 of his 3.4 yards per carry coming after contact.
Wide Receiver/Tight End
Kadarius Toney looked poised to repeat the explosive showing he had against Dallas a week ago before tweaking his angle on a catch along the sideline. His 9.0 yards per route run led the team's receivers, and Dante Pettis was the only other receiver in Giants blue to gain 15 or more yards on a reception.
Aaron Donald is a one-man wrecking crew, but the Giants offensive line had to look like Thanksgiving dinner come early for the Rams’ pass rushing unit. With the lack of WR talent to punish Los Angeles for sending extra pressure, they rushed five on 17 of Jones’ dropbacks and achieved QB pressure on 13.
Another ho-hum week for Leonard Williams with a sack and a half — he's the only (healthy) bright spot on this Giants roster. Dexter Lawrence shared the other half of a sack with Williams, and the pair of interior linemen had five of the seven pressures forced by Giants defensive linemen.
The Giants had been playing more Cover 0 this season and sending the house, but the explosive potential of this Rams offense pretty clearly spooked them away from going after negative plays. The linebackers finished with six combined pass-rush reps. Tae Crowder and Reggie Ragland contributed what they know best in stopping the run, finishing with seven defensive stops (Crowder with two tackles for loss).
The Giants secondary allowed an 80% completion rate, 11 first downs, six gains of 15 or more yards and two scores on 20 coverage targets. No one player surrendered more in coverage than the next, but no one stood out, either. Xavier McKinney had a couple of interceptions, but one came off of a deflection and the other from a backup QB.