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Monday Nov 12, 8:15 PM - Giants at San Francisco

Giants (1-7) vs San Francisco (2-7)
The San Francisco 49ers last played in a Thursday night game with the Oakland Raiders. Both teams had only one win on the season, and the Niners were favored to win at home and get their second. They did so in a big way, overwhelming the Raiders 34-3.
Before the bye week, the Giants played against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. They kept the game close up until the fourth quarter, and disappointed the home crowd while taking a 20-13 loss.
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San Francisco 49ers
Things haven't gone well for the Niners since 2013 when Jim Harbaugh led his team to the playoffs for the third consecutive time. They lost the NFC title game to the Seattle Seahawks who went on to win the Super Bowl. The following year, Harbaugh and the Niners parted ways after an 8-8 season. His replacement, Jim Tomsula, was fired after turning in a 5–11 season. Chip Kelly took over in 2016, and was gone after going 2-14. That brings us to Kyle Shanahan, who lost 9 straight in 2017, before winning his first game, of course against the Giants. The team finished up with a 6-10 record and with high hopes for 2018.
Alex Smith was with the Niners for five years when Harbaugh first took over. Smith was injured in 2012, and Colin Kaepernick replaced him. They traded Smith to Kansas City and Kaepernick became the starting quarterback for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In 2015, the Niners were 2-6 and Blaine Gabbert became the starter, with Kaepernick missing the rest of the season with an injured left shoulder.
The following year, Gabbert started and was 1-4 when Kelly switched back to Kaepernick who went 1-10 as the starter. Last year Brian Hoyer signed a two-year contract with the Niners, and started the first six games of the season (0-6). C. J. Beathard took over and Hoyer was released when San Francisco acquired Jimmy Garoppolo in a trade with New England. Garoppolo started in the last five games which were all wins, and he was 1-2 suffering a torn ACL in the last one. Beathard was back in for five straight losses before hurting his wrist, and third stringer Nick Mullens started against Oakland last game and turned in an outstanding performance.

San Francisco 49ers Offense
Quarterback Nick Mullens exploded in his surprisingly powerful debut for the Niners. His performance was nothing short of remarkable. He was subbing for C.J. Beathard, who had a wrist injury. Mullens threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns, and had a 151.9 rating, for the highest rating for any quarterback in his NFL debut since 1970. Mullens spent time on the practice squad for two years, and made the most of his starting opportunity. Second year tight end George Kittle is by far the top receiver on this team with 41 receptions for 692 yards.
That's 177 more yards on two less receptions than he had in his full rookie year. Pierre Garcon, the second leading receiver, trails him by 17 receptions, and he has been ruled out for this game with knee issues. Although the Niners have given up 31 sacks, they are a good run blocking offensive line. Matt Breida, in his second year, is the team leader with 96 carries for 531 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Alfred Morris is next, running for 294 yards on 84 carries with 1 touchdown.

San Francisco 49ers Defense
The Oakland Raiders scored just three points within the first few minutes of their game with San Francisco, and were shut out after that. Is the Niner defense that good, or was it a reflection of the team they were up against? Up till then San Francisco was giving up just about 30 points a game. San Francisco knows the offensive line on the Giants is their big weakness, and also know the key players they have to look out for. Even with Saquon Barkley using his skills, the Giants are next to last in the league with the run blocking the line provides.
The Giants have had to overcompensate with quick passes to Barkley, who actually trails team leader Odell Beckham Jr. by just three catches. The Niners saw Eli Manning being sacked seven times in his last game before the bye, and they will be coming. Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner leads the team with 5.5 sacks, and also leads in quarterback pressures. Overall this defense does a good job against the run allowing 102.8 yards a game.

Giants Offense
Is there some measure of help on the way for Eli Manning? The team acquired Guard Jamon Brown off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams. In 2017 Brown started all 17 games at right guard, but was suspended for substance abuse, and missed the first two games this season. Brown's replacement did an outstanding job, and remained as the starter. Brown still played in the following six games for the Rams up until this move to the Giants. Any improvement on the Giants offensive line would be a big plus, not only for Manning, but for Saquon Barkley as well, and Brown is a good run blocker.
Right now the team is 31st in the NFL in rushing yardage (77.9 a game), and on a downward trend, totaling 61 and 37 yards in the last two games. Before the season started, Pat Shurmur said "We're going to go as far as that (offensive) line will block for us.", and he sure got that right. Critics like to jump on Manning, but for his part, even being sacked 31 times, he has a 68.3 percent completion rate, more than five percentage points higher than his 2014 career-best. Wouldn't you like to see what Manning could do with the talent he has on hand, given at least a measure of adequate protection?

Giants Defense
Should the Giants fear Nick Mullens after his amazing debut as the starting quarterback for the Niners? As good as Mullens' performance was, there's still a small asterisk, as his success was achieved playing against the pitiful Oakland Raiders. Of course that would be erased if the Giants continue to keep playing as they have over the last few games, giving up some big passing plays. Mullens faced little pressure last week, and it was actually the first game where the Niners did not allow a sack. Still, the Giants have only 10 sacks in eight games, and haven't applied much quarterback pressure.
Olivier Vernon missed much of the season, but what he has done in the last three games has been apparent. The Giants activated fifth-round pick defensive lineman R.J. McIntosh, who has not played due to an illness, and they are anxious to see what he can do. Safety Curtis Riley will have to up his game, and Landon Collins will have to do what he can up against tight end George Kittle, and that could tip the scales here.

The Giants were on a bye and San Francisco played in a Thursday night game. Both teams have had some extra time to rest and prepare. The Giants added time advantage disappeared when the Niners introduced quarterback Nick Mullens to the world, giving the Giants some extra homework to do for the new kid on the block. What seemed to possibly be a favorable matchup with the Giants playing another weak team, has turned more into a research project.
While San Francisco is in a division where the leading team, the Los Angeles Rams are 9-1, the Giants see the 6-3 Washington Redskins on top. They lost two starting guards and a wide receiver to season-ending surgeries, but got past Tampa Bay. The Cowboys beat the Eagles, and both teams are at 4-5. There is a remote outside chance that still exists for the Giants in the NFC East. If they can stabilize their offensive line and the others fade, who knows?

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Redskins (5-3) at Tampa Bay (3-5). | Results Redskins 16 - Tampa Bay 3.
Sunday at 8:20pm Cowboys (3-5) at Eagles (4-4). | Results Cowboys 27 - Eagles 20.
Monday at 8:15pm Giants (1-7) at San Francisco (2-7).
The Eagles are the only NFC East team favored to win in these games.
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