The Giants – and new starting quarterback Geno Smith – will face the Raiders on Sunday in Oakland at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum.
Here is a closer look at the game:
3 KEY :
Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul vs. Raiders RT Marshall Newhouse : These two should be familiar with each other. Newhouse started 20 games in 2015-16 for the Giants and was his right tackle most of his time here. He is the weakest link in the offensive line announced by the Raiders, but has started nine games this year for Oakland and has been solid. Pierre-Paul disappointed this season after scoring a long-term extension, but it comes from a two-bag game at the Giants' night against the Redskins.
Giants S Landon Collins vs. Raiders TE Jared Cook : The Giants have not yielded a touchdown catch to tight ends in the last two games, beating last year's 10-game winning streak, but tight end still have 12 receptions in 24 whites for 136 yards the last two games. Cook has 42 catches for 536 yards and a touchdown this year and has accumulated more than 100 yards in two of the last five games. Collins, and the rest of the second and third level of the Giants, will have their hands full.
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Giants RT Chad Wheeler vs. OLB Raiders Khalil Mack : It's not easier for Wheeler, who comes from a tough game against Ryan Kerrigan and the Redskins and now has to block the current NFL defensive player of the year (Justin Pugh is not expected to play against Oakland). Mack has had a relatively quiet season – 6.5 sacks in 11 games – but this could be a fight that sets him off.
The key number: 172
The Giants have scored 172 points this year. The franchise goes down to 16 games is 237 in 1979. The Giants need to score 66 points in the last five games to avoid the record. That's 13.2 points per game. They have averaged 15.6 this season, but are averaging 13.4 in their last five games.
Did you know?
The Giants will break Eli Manning's streak of consecutive starts on Sunday by starting Geno Smith at quarterback. They are also almost finishing their chance to pbad Hall of Famer Michael Strahan for most of the games played in the team's history. Manning has played 212 games with the Giants; Strahan played 216. There are five games left in the season, and probably Manning's time with the team.
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