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Sunday Nov 12, 4:25 PM - Giants at San Francisco

Giants (1-7) vs 49ers (0-9)
Last week San Francisco lost to Arizona, 20-10 and dropped to an 0-9 record. Things got heated in the final minutes and three players were ejected from the game.
The Giants took a real beating last Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The Rams forced three turnovers in the first half, all leading to points scored, and they went on to win 51-17.
Giants - LA Rams Wrap-Up

San Francisco 49ers
Jim Harbaugh coached the San Francisco 49ers from 2011–2014. Harbaugh got the team to the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 NFL season, and faced the Giants in the NFC Championship Game. San Francisco lost by three points or they would have been the team playing the Patriots in the Super Bowl, a game that the Giants won. In his second year as a head coach, Harbaugh did get his team into the Super Bowl, but they lost to the Baltimore Ravens by three points.
The following year they were in the playoffs again until they lost to the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game by six points. Harbaugh, as a first time NFL head coach, had a 36-11 record and 5 playoff wins in three years. Management and Harbaugh were at odds, and when the 49ers next finished with an 8-8 record,
Harbaugh was gone.
Jim Tomsula was promoted up from the ranks to do the job. After his first season produced a 5-11 record, Tomsula was replaced by Chip Kelly, and his 2-14 season brings us now to Kyle Shanahan. His current 0-9 record might have them having reservations, but
Shanahan may be a little smarter than those recent one year head coaches. Shanahan signed a six year contract, and had a hand in picking the general manager for the team.

San Francisco 49ers Offense
Brian Hoyer was the starting quarterback in the first six games, and he was released when San Francisco acquired backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in their trade with New England. Kyle Shanahan will likely choose to stick with C.J. Beathard, making his fourth straight start despite being sacked 14 times and hit another 38 times over the last three games. Last week Beathard was under constant pressure and sacked five times playing behind an offensive line without left tackle Joe Staley. The pass blocking wasn't helped by tight end George Kittle sustaining an injury early on.
Running back Carlos Hyde had just 41 rushing yards, but as a receiver he caught 9 of 11 passes for 84 yards. Hyde was Beathard's favorite target in the game. Wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson were targeted equally, but caught only 4 of 16 passes thrown their way. After an unnecessary roughness call on a quarterback hit, Hyde was ejected, as well as two Cardinals players after a scuffle ensued in the fourth quarter. Beathard ran for the 49ers only touchdown in this game, but with his low completion ratio of just 50.9 percent, they may be tempted to play Garoppolo at some point.

San Francisco 49ers Defense
They are last in the NFL in run defense, allowing an average of 135.7 yards a game. That's actually an improvement over last year where they were also last, but allowed 165.9 yards a game. Just last week Adrian Peterson carried the ball against them a career-high 37 times for 159 yards. The Giants certainly will be testing them on the ground.
The 49ers have yet to have their bye week and the injuries have been piling up. In the last two weeks they have had to place two starting safeties, Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt, on injured reserve. To their credit they still held the Eagles offense to just 304 total yards two weeks ago, and gave up only 20 points to the Cardinals last week while being on the field for an extended amount of time.

Giants Offense
Eli Manning did not play his best last week, and they say his average time to throw was only 2.18 seconds. That was the shortest average time of any of the other quarterbacks that day. They look to have right tackle Justin Pugh back and that would be a big help. The running game, with Orleans Darkwa averaging 5.1 yards per carry this season, is promising, but you can't win a game with running the ball when you fall too far behind on the scoreboard.
Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan has been calling the plays, but last week feeding the ball to Wayne Gallman four straight times led to a big mistake as the Rams caught on to tackling him, and caused Gallman to fumble on his last attempt.
Sterling Shepard, coming back from an ankle injury, led the team last week with five receptions for 70 yards. Tight end Evan Engram also had 70 yards on four catches with one touchdown. Manning targeted them on more than half his passes, and you can expect more of that this week.

Giants Defense
They won't be playing with one arm tied behind their back, as cornerback Janoris Jenkins is off suspension. That's a big plus considering that they allowed six plays of 35 yards or more last week without him. With the secondary stronger there may be more opportunities for the Giants to take advantage of the 49ers up front. The 49ers have given up the most sacks in the NFL, and the Giants have been lacking in that area. Defensive end Olivier Vernon looks to be returning after missing four games, but linebackers B.J. Goodson, Devon Kennard and Keenan Robinson are out. They have re-signed Kelvin Sheppard, who was last season's starting middle linebacker. The 49ers gave up on their running game last week with running back Carlos Hyde having only 19 carries while quarterback CJ Beathard attempted 51 passes. You would expect they'd switch that up this week considering how they faired with that.

Overall
There's no dignity in losing a game to a team with a very poor win-loss record. Both teams playing in this game will have that same thought on their minds. San Francisco has come close at times, but they are still searching for their first win of the season with their new coaching staff.
The Giants are looking to turn things around, and hope to show some semblance of the team that won 11 games just last season. Considering the 49ers have yet to catch a bye week break, and have managed to score just 30 points, 10 in each of their last three games, you have to favor the Giants to win this one.

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Vikings (6-2) at Redskins (4-4)
Sunday at 4:25pm Cowboys (5-3) at Falcons (4-4)
Sunday at 4:25pm Giants (1-7) at 49ers (0-9)
The Giants are the only NFC East team favored to win in these games.
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Notes.
Giants Eli Manning will make his 208th consecutive regular-season start, to tie older brother Peyton for second on the all-time NFL consecutive start list behind Brett Favre (297).

Giants Evan Engram is first among rookie tight ends in catches, yards and touchdowns.

Giants have allowed a touchdown to a tight end in all eight of their games this season.

49ers Robbie Gould was the Giants kicker for the final 10 games of the 2016 season.

49ers, in weeks 2-6, lost those five games by a total of just 13 points, including two in overtime.

49ers have lost 23 of their last 24 games.
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