The last time the Giants played the Rams was Dec 21, 2014 in St. Louis. The Giants won the game, 37-27, as QB Eli Manning passed for 391 yards and three TDs, two of them to rookie WR Odell Beckham, Jr. Beckham had eight receptions for 148 yards in that game and the Rams' defenders took umbrage to the way he was treating them.
Beckham was hit along the sidelines, a brawl ensued, and several players were ejected. It was an ugly scene but a harbinger of what lie ahead for the young Beckham.
As the Giants and Rams prepare to do battle again, this time in London, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that he does not anticipate a repeat of two years ago.
"I thought it wasn't good for the game," Fisher said of the incident. "It's behind us. Hopefully everybody involved learned from it. It was not good for the game and the league is taking steps to avoid those type of situations."
Fisher, in his fifth season at the helm of the Rams, has yet to register a winning season. This year, the move to Los Angeles has seemed to energize the club, but the truth is they are 3-3 and coming off two disappointing losses. Fisher can ill afford to condone any extracurricular activity from his team, especially baiting Beckham into what would actually become an international incident.
"We're going to play between the snap and the whistle and that's it. We've got great respect for their players," Fisher said. "Odell, he's an outstanding competitor and you just look at what he did in the second half to win that game (against the Ravens). No, we're not going there. Our guys are going to play hard and play fast, tackle and have been instructed not to hurt the football team."
Fisher is more concerned with how good the Giants' offense looked last week against the Ravens. If the switch has flipped for this Giants' offense, they can pose huge problems for a defense that has allowed 28 or more points in four of their six games this season.
"Eli's playing well, he's trusting the outside guys. I'm just really impressed with all three receivers," Fisher said. "Sterling Shepard is playing really good inside. If you didn't know, you wouldn't expect him to be a rookie, let me put it to you that way.
"Odell Beckham Jr.'s big game last week with big play after big play. Victor Cruz is playing really well. The offensive line is in sync and not taking a lot of sacks and getting rid of the football. They've got a run game that can put some stress on your defense. It's a well-coached group."