The Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants will meet in Week 9, with very different expectations for success.
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Both the Rams and the Giants appear headed in different directions, as Week 9 brings both team to the midpoint of the season.
New York and veteran quarterback Eli Manning are nursing a 1-6 record, and limping behind an offensive line Rams’ fans can both appreciate, and at the same time be relieved it’s not their problem in 2017.
Manning, who has struggled significantly, has been the subject of all sorts of rumors, including finding his games potentially numbered. Giants General Manager Jerry Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo have both stated publicly that the time is not right for a switch to either Jets bust Geno Smith, or the yet to be activated Davis Webb.
The interesting parallels, while not completing identical, bear some resemblance to last season, when the Rams were questioned weekly as to when journeyman starter Case Keenum would give way to rookie Jared Goff.
Two things: Keenum is no Eli, and neither Webb or Smith is Goff.
At 5-2, Los Angeles will be heading to the East Coast as complete as a team could be nearing the middle of the season. LA looks to be firing on all cylinder, as the offense, defense, and special teams have all contributed.
Nonetheless, the Rams are a team with high expectations and few questions, while the Giants are on the ropes with few options, and questions galore on offense.