Rams who must deliver…
Middle linebacker Alec Ogletree. The Rams defense has been plagued by missed alignments and missed assignments the last two games. That falls on the player responsible for making sure every player is where he’s supposed to be. Ogletree took responsibility for calling the defense together after the loss at Detroit. We’ll see whether the message got through.
Cornerback E.J. Gaines. With Trumaine Johnson sidelined because of an ankle injury, Gaines qualifies as the veteran corner and, possibly, the player responsible for making sure that Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. does not have a huge game for the second consecutive week. Gaines struggled at times against the Lions. The Rams cannot afford for him to have a repeat performance against the Giants, who sport a talented trio on the outside.
Receiver Kenny Britt. The veteran has emerged as Case Keenum’s go-to receiver and is coming off a dynamic two-touchdown performance against the Lions. In what qualifies as a must-win game for the Rams, Britt must show that he can be as productive on a weekly basis and in the biggest games.
Giants to watch out for…
Receiver Sterling Shepard. Odell Beckham Jr. draws most of the spotlight and veteran Victor Cruz is a proven commodity. But Shepard, a rookie who played at Oklahoma, has 26 catches for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Shepard caught eight passes for 117 yards in Week 2 against New Orleans. He had four receptions for 25 yards last week against Baltimore.
Cornerback Janoris Jenkins. The Rams had a choice to make during the off-season: Put the franchise tag on Jenkins or Trumaine Johnson. The Rams chose Johnson, and Jenkins signed a five-year, $62.5-million contract with the Giants. Jenkins has two interceptions and would no doubt like to show the Rams they made a mistake when they let him go.
Kicker Robbie Gould. The Giants organization is in disarray over the handling of the Josh Brown domestic abuse situation. Gould, who played 11 seasons for the Chicago Bears, signed with the Giants late in the week and flew to London to join them. Gould made 85.4% of his field-goal attempts with the Bears and was the team’s all-time leading scorer when he was released in September.