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NFL Week 15: Giants-Titans Preview

The New York Giants (5-8, 12th in NFC) host the Tennessee Titans (7-6, 9th in AFC) at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. Kickoff is 1:00pm Eastern.

The game will be broadcast on CBS with Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Bruce Arians, Melanie Collins (field reporter) calling the action. Bob Papa, Carl Banks and Howard Cross will again be your radio team and can be heard on WFAN 660AM and 101.9FM.

The Line (courtesy Oddshark.com)

The New York Giants refuse to go quietly after starting the season 1-7 SU and will look to win their third game in a row for the first time since November 2016 when they host the Tennessee Titans in Week 15. The Giants have won four of their last five games and have the tiniest percentage of a chance to make the postseason while the Titans sit at 7-6 SU in 13 games and control their own destiny in the AFC playoff hunt.

The Giants opened as 3-point favorites (since moved to -1) with a total of 43.5.

The Giants are 1-4-1 ATS in 6 home games this season.
The Titans rank fourth in points allowed per game this season (19.5).
The OVER has hit in four of the Giants’ last five games (avg. combined score: 56.6).

PREVIEW

NOTEWORTHY ITEMS

Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley leads all rookies with 1,753 scrimmage yards and has 13 touchdowns (nine rushing, four receiving) this season.

With 147 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns on Sunday against Tennessee Barkley, can become the fifth rookie with at least 1,900 scrimmage yards and 15 touchdowns in a single season in NFL history. ​

Titans Notes

QB MARCUS MARIOTA completed 18 of 24 (75 pct.) last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 2 of his past 3 & 4 of his past 6. In 13 career starts vs. NFC, has 3,279 pass yards (252.2 per game) with 26 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 105.4 rating. Has 99+ rating in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC.

RB DERRICK HENRY set franchise record with 238 rush yards & had career-high 4 rush TDs, incl. 99-yard TD run, in Week 14. His 99-yard TD run tied HOFer TONY DORSETT (99 yards on 1/3/83) for longest in NFL history. Is 1 of 7 players since 1970 with 200+ rush yards & 4+ rush TDs in single game & is 1 of 3 players over span to average 14+ yards per carry (14.0) on 15+ rush att. (17). Has 5 rush TDs in his past 2. RB DION LEWIS had 60+ scrimmage yards in each of his past 4 vs. NFC.

WR COREY DAVIS has 90+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3. Leads team with 54 catches & 765 rec. yards. Is 1 of 3 AFC players (TYREEK HILL & T.Y. HILTON) averaging 14+ yards per catch (14.2) with 50+ receptions.

DT JURRELL CASEY had 6 tackles & 1.5 sacks last week. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. Since 2013, ranks 3rd among NFL DTs with 40.5 sacks. S KEVIN BYARD had sack in Week 14. Since 2017, ties for 2nd in NFL with 10 INTs. LB WESLEY WOODYARD had 8 tackles in last meeting. Is 1 of 4 AFC players with 80+ tackles (85) & 3+ sacks (3.5) in 2018. CB LOGAN RYAN had sack last week.

Giants Notes

QB ELI MANNING passed for 197 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 132 rating last week. Has 55,142 career pass yards & is 7th QB in NFL history with 55,000+ pass yards.

RB SAQUON BARKLEY (rookie) rushed for career-high 170 yards, incl. 78-yard TD, & had 197 scrimmage yards last week. Has 5 scrimmage TDs of 50+ yards, most by rookie since HOFer RANDY MOSS (5 in 1998). Has 12 games with 100+ scrimmage yards, tied with EDGERRIN JAMES (12 in 1999) for 2nd-most such games by rookie in NFL history. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 1,124 rush yards & is 1st rookie in franchise history with 1,000-yard season.

WR ODELL BECKHAM, JR. (OUT) has 4 TD catches in his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. In 14 career games vs. AFC, has 107 catches for 1,665 yards (118.9 per game) & 11 TDs. Aims for his 11th in row vs. AFC with 95+ rec. yards. WR STERLING SHEPARD had TD catch last week. TE EVAN ENGRAM led team with season-high 77 rec. yards in Week 14. Aims for his 3rd in row with 65+ rec. yards.

LB OLIVIER VERNON had 1.5 sacks last week. Has 3.5 sacks, FF & PD in his past 2. Had sack in last meeting (10/18/15 with Mia.). Has 2+ sacks in 2 of his past 4 vs. AFC. CB CURTIS RILEY had 9-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st- career TD. LB ALEC OGLETREE led team with 8 tackles & had INT in Week 14. Aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ tackles, INT & 2+ PD. Has 39 tackles, 3 INTs, incl. 2 INT-TDs, & 3 TFL in his past 4 at home.

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