Know your opponent for the Giants Week 16 matchup vs. the St. Louis Rams
1. A strong finish from JPP.
The Giants had just 19 sacks through their first 11 games, but have now taken down opposing quarterbacks 22 times in the last three weeks. They have 41 total this season, which ranks fourth in the NFL and seven more than Big Blue had in all of 2013. And defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is a big reason why. The fifth-year pro has accounted for six in the current three-game stretch, bringing his season total to 9.5 and a half-sack away from his first double-digit sack season since his breakout in the 2011 Super Bowl run.
2. What will Odell do next?
With his 12 receptions for 143 yards and three touchdowns in last week's victory over Washington, first-round draft choice Odell Beckham Jr. became the first rookie in NFL history to record at least 12 receptions, 140 yards and three touchdowns in a game. Since Week 9, Beckham is first in the NFL in receiving yards (866) and receptions (61). In this seven-game span, Beckham is averaging 8.7 receptions and 123.7 yards per game. In seven games since November 1, Beckham has caught 61 passes, the highest total over a seven-game span by a rookie in NFL history.
3. Three in a row.
After losing seven straight games between October and November, the Giants have now won their last two contests and have a chance to make it three in a row when they travel to face the St. Louis Rams this Sunday. "You always want to be on a positive note," coach Tom Coughlin said earlier this week. "You would like everything to be with the arrow going up. We have talked an awful lot about improvement and ascending and it is the time of the year to do those things. The number of young people that are getting opportunities and having a chance to play, that all leads to thoughts about the future."
4. Injury report.
On Tuesday the Giants placed linebacker Jacquian Williams (concussion) and offensive tackle James Brewer (concussion) on the team's season-ending injured reserve list, which now consists of 22 players. Meanwhile, running back Rashad Jennings had a re-occurrence of an ankle injury, which has limited him to just three carries in the last two games.
5. Coughlin vs. Fisher.
Coughlin recorded his 163rd regular-season victory in Week 15, which places him 13th on the all-time coaching victories list. Right behind him is St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher, who has 162 and will host Coughlin and the Giants this Sunday. Coughlin is 7-9 all-time against Fisher in the regular season and 0-1 in the postseason.