This Sunday the New York Giants (2-6) will be looking to get back in the playoff hunt against the Oakland Raiders (3-5) at Metlife Stadium. The Giants are coming of a much needed bye week, and the Raiders are coming off and embarrassing 49-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Giants are going to get Andre Brown back for this game, and are hoping that can help the struggling running game. The Oakland Raiders are unsure if they are going to have Terrelle Pryor start, after he suffered a knee injury last week.
If Pryor does not start then the Giants will have the clear advantage over backup quarterback Matt McGloin, but that is not likely to be the case. The Giants will likely get a hobbled Pryor which also gives them an advantage in the game.
The Raiders have one of the worst passing offense in the league, and Pryor mostly relies on his feet to create offense. They have the 5th ranked running game in the league, and a reason for that is Darren McFadden, but McFadden did not practice this week after aggravating a hamstring injury last week. So the Giants defense might have an advantage against Oakland, but the offense won’t.
The Raiders had the 10th ranked overall offense in the league before last weeks loss to the Eagles. Their defense is dangerous, and they will be looking to bounce back against the Giants after giving up 49 points last week. They can stop the running game, and force third and long situations, which the Giants have trouble converting on. They can also pressure the quarterback pretty well, and the Giants are still struggling with offensive line injuries.
This will probably be a good old fashion defensive game, with little scoring. The Raiders’ defense is good enough to stop the Giants’ offense, especially if they stop the struggling running game. On the Giants’ side, the Raiders might not have McFadden, and will probably have a hobbled Pryor. They are the two playmakers on that team, and with them hurt the Giants’ defense couldn’t get anymore of an advantage.
The Giants will be the winners in this game because Oakland’s offense will not be able to match the Giants. Without McFadden, and with an injured Pryor, the Raiders won’t get the offensive production they need to win. Also the Raiders have not won on the road this season. The Giants win this game 17-10.
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