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Giants vs. Rams: 8 things to watch for

1. Get the ground game going.


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Although the Giants won last week, they managed just 49 rushing yards after having 142 in the previous game. Rookie Andre Williams will look for more of the latter as he will start again at running back in place of Rashad Jennings, who is out with an ankle injury.

"We didn't rush the ball very well," coach Tom Coughlin said in his weekly interview with "We didn't even have enough success, to be honest with you, to continue to try to do it. We had 22 rushes in the game. If you rush the ball 35 times, you win over 90 percent of the time. To be less than 30 is really not what you're trying to do."

2. Two to play.

After their seven-game losing streak ended any playoff hopes, the Giants rebounded to win their last two games and have a chance to finish strong with two games left in the season. They will look for three straight this Sunday on the road against the St. Louis Rams. 

"Two in a row has been good," quarterback Eli Manning said. "Going into a talented team, they have beaten some really good teams. They have beaten the Broncos. They have beaten Seattle. They've played teams tough. They are a talented team and their defense has been playing really strong lately. We have a challenge ahead of us and we are going to have to play good football if we expect to win."

3. Giants Injury Report/Game Statuses.

RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) has been ruled out; LB Jameel McClain (knee) practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and is probable.

4. Rams Injury Report/Game Statuses.

DE Chris Long (ankle), G Davin Joseph (not injury related), and C Scott Wells (not injury related) are probable.

5. The pride of the rookies.

Headlined by the record-setting year of Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants' 2014 rookie class has contributed heavily down the stretch in their inaugural season. And they're proud of it.

"I think it starts with the class that they brought in," rookie linebacker Devon Kennard said. "We have a talented group and we all want to play and we all want to help our team win. I think we're competitors and we're showing that on Sundays."

6. Coughlin vs. Fisher.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher and Coughlin began their professional head coaching careers one year apart from each other in 1994 and 1995, respectively. And since their AFC South days with their former teams, Jacksonville and Houston/Tennessee, they have raced up the career victories list with Coughlin's 163 holding a one-game lead over Fisher for 13th all-time in the regular season.

7. Protecting Eli.

Keep your eyes on these 5 players during the game vs. the Rams

The Giants have allowed Manning to be sacked just once in the last two weeks, but they will have a tough test against the Rams' defensive front. St. Louis has not allowed a touchdown in three straight games, including back-to-back shutouts in Weeks 13 and 14.

*8. Protecting Shaun.  *

Meanwhile, the Rams will have to worry about protecting their own quarterback, Shaun Hill. After having just 19 sacks in the first 11 games, the Giants have recorded 22 in the last three weeks to bring their season total to 41, good for fifth in the NFL.

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