Giants set to face no­madic Rams in London

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Tom Cana­van

The Los An­ge­les Rams have be­come the no­mads of the NFL, and this week their home has been London.

It’s been that kind of year for Jeff Fisher and team.

Af­ter get­ting per­mis­sion from the league to re­turn from St. Louis to Los An­ge­les in Jan­uary, the Rams (3-3) have been on the move.

They’ve spent the off­sea­son, train­ing camp and reg­u­lar sea­son in three dif­fer­ent spots in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Four of their first six games have been on the road, with stops in San Fran­cisco; Tampa, Florida; Glen­dale, Ari­zona; and fi­nally Detroit last week­end.

In­stead of head­ing home af­ter Sun­day’s loss to the Lions, Fisher had his team board a plane for Eng­land and to­day’s in­ter­na­tional se­ries game against the New York Giants (3-3) in a sta­dium used mostly for rugby.

They have been based in Sur­rey and worked out there, oc­ca­sion­ally get­ting out for sight­see­ing.

“We’ve been through a lot of things,” Fisher said. “We were re­flect­ing ear­lier to­day on this, in essence, from an or­ga­ni­za­tional stand­point, is ... this is, if you would, this is our sixth home since March, if you take into con­sid­er­a­tion all the moves, the short moves.

“We’re kind of call­ing this home right now and we’re go­ing to make the most of it.”

The Giants have taken a dif­fer­ent road coming into the game. They posted an emo­tional late win over Baltimore on Sun­day at home on the late hero­ics of Odell Beck­ham Jr., and de­cided to stay in New Jersey.

Most of their pre-game prepa­ra­tion was com­pleted be­fore they boarded a flight to London on Thurs­day night.

“This is a game where we un­der­stand it is London and it is a trip and it is dif­fer­ent than what we are ac­cus­tomed to,” Giants re­ceiver Vic­tor Cruz said. “But it is a busi­ness trip at the end of the day. We have to go out and win this foot­ball game and come back into the bye on a two-game win­ning streak and feel­ing good about our­selves.”

Rams cor­ner­back E.J. Gaines has en­joyed the tran­sient na­ture of the sea­son.

“Yeah, it’s been wild. It re­ally has,” Gaines said. “A lot of mov­ing, a lot of trav­el­ing, but it’s ex­cit­ing, too. I like to travel. I like to see dif­fer­ent things, and get­ting to come to a place like this is amaz­ing.

“You know, grow­ing up as a child, who would have thought I’d be play­ing foot­ball in London? I’m just ex­cited to be here.”

Some things to watch in the game that will kick off at 9:30 a.m. That’s 6:30 a.m. for those Rams fans back in L.A.


Three of the four starters on the Rams’ de­fen­sive line have missed parts of the past two games with in­juries. Fisher hopes to have dis­rup­tive de­fen­sive end Robert Quinn back to­day. Quinn and Wil­liam Hayes were a full go at prac­tice Thurs­day.

De­fen­sive tackle Michael Brock­ers missed Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day with a thigh in­jury.


Af­ter his best per­for­mance of the sea­son at Detroit, Case Keenum has made it all the way to the Rams’ bye week as their start­ing quar­ter­back. It’s a sur­pris­ing devel­op­ment to many who ex­pected the Rams to test No. 1 over­all draft pick Jared Goff early.

Fisher has re­fused to com­mit to a time­line for Goff’s de­but, but he has ac­knowl­edged the rookie could get a se­ries or two at some point in the near fu­ture.


Af­ter catch­ing eight passes for a ca­reer-best 222 yards and two touch­downs, Beck­ham is iffy this week. He got a hip pointer in the first half against the Ravens and has been lim­ited at prac­tice.

Ex­pect him to play, but if the hip acts up rookie Roger Lewis Jr., who caught his first TD last week, joins Cruz and rookie Ster­ling Shep­ard in the pass-happy of­fense.


The Rams have been lim­ited rush­ing this year be­cause teams have been pack­ing the box against Todd Gur­ley , the 2015 Of­fen­sive Rookie of the Year. Ex­pect the Giants to do the same thing.

Los An­ge­les doesn’t have to worry much about New York’s run­ning game. It’s been hor­ri­ble the past few weeks. There should be plenty of passes.


New York Giants wide re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham (13) runs away from Baltimore Ravens’ Will Davis (31) for a touch­down dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game Sun­day, Oct. 16, 2016, in East Ruther­ford, N.J.

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