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Fact or Fiction: How dangerous is the Rams D-Line?


The Rams have the best defensive line in the NFL. **


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JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -The way they are playing right now, maybe, but if you take the season-long performance as a guide, I will take the Lions, Bills, and maybe even the Cardinals. There is more to defensive line play than rushing the passer, and all three of those teams are better against the run than the Rams. This is not to downplay the Rams, who will be the biggest challenge for the Giants offensive line since the back-to-back matchups against the 49ers and Seahawks. They have dynamic pass rushers that will test how much progress this Giants offensive line has made the past two weeks.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -I think that season honor has to go to the Buffalo Bills. They have three linemen with at least 9.5 sacks and lead the league with 49 overall. They're fourth in the NFL, allowing just 4.91 yards per play, and most recently held Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to 13 points last week in a winning effort.

The Giants will record five or more sacks on Sunday against St. Louis.


JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - **The Giants have been a sack machine these past three weeks, with seven or more in each game. The Rams have allowed 41 sacks this year, so the scenario is set where you can see the Giants continuing their recent success. Five is asking a lot, but I think the Giants just hit that number.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -I'm not saying the defense can't have a dominant game, but I just think you're going to see a concerted effort by the Rams to shut down the Giants' pass rush, which has an incredible 22 sacks in the last three games. It'll be the top priority for Jeff Fisher and company.

Odell Beckham Jr.'s rookie season has been more impressive than Victor Cruz's breakout campaign in 2011.


JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction - **The reason Cruz's season was more impressive is because he extended it out over a 16-game season, while Beckham's has been more condensed. It is a skill to carry good performances over long period of times, which is why I like Cruz's breakout campaign better. Not to mention that it came during a Super Bowl championship season.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -I don't want to take anything away from what Beckham is doing, but I'm going with Cruz. He came out of nowhere to spark a Super Bowl run, which was epitomized by the 99-yard touchdown in Week 16 against the Jets. And he was much more than that one play. Cruz broke Amani Toomer's 2002 franchise record for most receiving yards in a season.

Eli Manning will surpass both 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns.


JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - **Both of these numbers will be close. The Rams provide a real challenge for the Giants passing game this week, but they should be able to do well against a struggling Eagles defense next week. I think an average of 205 yards and two touchdowns is realistic over the next two weeks.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -We'll start with the yards, where he needs to average 205 in the final two games. Manning has thrown for fewer than that total just three times this season, all coming before the bye week. Since then, he's averaging 288 yards in the last seven games. The touchdowns could be the tight one. He needs four more and is averaging 1.9 per game.

Know your opponent for the Giants Week 16 matchup vs. the St. Louis Rams

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