Building off of two straight wins before their bye week, the New York Giants welcome the injury-ridden Oakland Raiders to MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
An 0-6 start to the season hasn’t forced the Giants completely out of the playoff and NFC East picture, especially with the defense letting up only two touchdowns and forcing six turnovers and four sacks in the two victories. Safety Antrel Rolle has also recorded two of his three interceptions during the run.
Oakland is coming off an embarrassing 49-20 loss to Philadelphia in which they let up seven passing touchdowns and 542 total yards. The Raiders did fire off 560 offensive yards, but went 6-for-18 on third down, and quarterback Terrelle Pryor was an inaccurate 22-for-41 and tossed two interceptions.
Pryor also took two sacks, and was forced to leave in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. He fully participated in practice all week and is listed as probable, but any signs of injury could derail a huge chunk of Oakland’s offense. Pryor leads the Raiders in passing (1,437) and rushing (485) yards, with six total touchdowns, and he’ll be without running back Darren McFadden, who’s out with a bad hamstring.
Rashad Jennings is expected to fill in for McFadden, and is second on the team with 4.7 yards per carry.
New York also has some injury concerns in the running game. First-string running back David Wilson was placed on injured reserve and is out, and Brandon Jacobs is listed as doubtful with knee and hamstring snags and is likely out for the third straight game, and the Giants activated Andre Brown to plug up the backfield.
It’s no coincidence the Giants started to win games once quarterback Eli Manning stopped throwing interceptions. Manning’s thrown for 446 yards and one touchdown with no picks during New York’s midseason run. He’s still tops in the NFL with 15 picks, and the main reason New York is last in the NFC in turnover ratio at minus-12.
However Manning could continue his solid play against a Raiders secondary that will miss starting strong safety Tyvon Branch, who is out with an ankle injury and didn’t make the trip to New York along with the McFadden, receiver Juron Criner, cornerback DJ Hayden and tackles Matt McCants and Tony Pashos.
Betting Odds: New York is favored by 7 points.
Over/Under: 44 points
Time: 1 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Where To Watch Online: NFL Sunday Ticket
Prediction: New York 37, Oakland 10
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