The St. Louis Rams’ offense looked exactly as advertised in the first quarter of Monday Night Football—outside the red zone, at least. Sam Bradford’s 68-yard connection to Danario Alexander wasn’t the only thing the New York Giants had to contend with—Bradford finished the quarter 6-for-11 with 139 yards through the air, getting Mike Sims-Walker, Brandon Gibson, and beleaguered rookie Lance Kendricks involved with some big plays as well.
Working without a huddle, the Rams ran the Giants so ragged that the New York defense clearly faked an injury to catch their breaths. But each time they neared the goal line, they locked up, the result being two Josh Brown field goals instead of two Sam Bradford touchdowns. Without Steven Jackson to account for the Giants put serious pressure on Bradford at the goal line, forcing awkward passes and stuffing Cadillac Williams.
The Giants carry a 7-6 lead into the second quarter, but they haven’t played that way—only a dropped Greg Salas punt return and the continued red zone misplays have kept them in this game against Josh McDaniels’s wrecking ball of an offense.