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Sunday Dec 16, 1:00 PM - Titans at Giants

Giants (5-8) vs Titans (7-6)
The Titans played their game at home on a Thursday night with the Jacksonville Jaguars. They held a 28 point lead late into the third quarter, and finished up with a big 30-9 victory over the Jaguars.
On Sunday the Giants traveled to Washington and things went their way. The Giants built up a big lead, while the Redskins were held scoreless until the fourth quarter. The final score was 40-16 in favor of the Giants.
Giants - Redskins Wrap-Up

Tennessee Titans
The Titans finished off the 2017 season by going to the playoffs for the first time in nine years. They won their wildcard game in Kansas City, before losing in their next game in New England. Despite their achievements, they replaced Mike Mularkey, who led them to winning seasons in each of his two full years as head coach.
Mike Vrabel runs the team now, and this year the Titans have had an up and down season. They started off with a loss, won the next three games, lost the next three, won two, lost two and won two. That puts them at 7-6 overall, tied with the Indianapolis Colts, and both teams are trailing the division leading 9-4 Houston Texans.

Tennessee Titans Offense
With a new coaching staff, quarterback Marcus Mariota is completing more passes than he had in his previous three years with the Titans. Mariota struggled last year with interceptions, but he has that under control now. Mariota is also running the ball more than before, and has 24 first downs on the year. Corey Davis is the leading receiver on the team, but Mariota also leans heavily on running back Dion Lewis, who has just four less catches than Davis. Lewis was brought in as a free agent after the team released DeMarco Murray, and he has caught 50 of the 56 passes thrown his way. While Lewis, coming off a great year playing in New England, has been catching more passes, he's seen his average yards per carry drop to 3.3, the lowest in his career.
Top running back Derrick Henry exploded last game with 4 touchdowns, and 238 yards rushing against the Jaguars. One of those was a well earned NFL record-tying 99-yard touchdown run, getting past defenders he shoved out of the way. Henry is having a great year, averaging 4.9 yards a carry. For comparisons, he and Lewis have the exact same number of carries, and in total yards, Lewis trails Henry by 238 yards, and Henry has 31 first downs to Lewis' 18. With tight end Jonnu Smith being placed on injured reserve, the Giants will also have to watch out now for Anthony Firkser. He's seeing more action and is 16 on 16 with his catches, for 165 yards and one touchdown.

Tennessee Titans Defense
The Titans are the NFL's top-rated red zone defense, and have allowed 16 touchdowns inside the 20-yard line, which is the fewest in the league. They are sixth in third-down defense (36.4 percent), and all this leads them to being ranked fourth in allowing less than 20 points a game. Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey leads the team with 7 sacks and 10 quarterback hits. Casey also has 31.5 pressures and two forced fumbles. The defense was slipping on run defense, but they corrected that last week, allowing just 60 yards rushing.
That run defense will need to continue in order to slow down Saquon Barkley, who has been averaging 121 yards since the bye week. Like their own dual threat
Dion Lewis, Barkley is adapt at both catching and running with the ball. While this defense is near the top in covering passes to running backs, Barkley is not your average runner. In the secondary, cornerback Adoree Jackson has 57 tackles, and two interceptions. Jackson will be busy covering Sterling Shepard, who always has to be accounted for.

Giants Offense
The offensive line has been playing their best since the bye week, and that has made a world of difference. If you can give Eli Manning just a bit of extra time, and block a bit better for Saquon Barkley, the results will be there in games sometimes, as they were last week. The Giants will be without Odell Beckham Jr. for another game, and last week was an opportunity to gain some experience on how to handle that. Without Beckham playing, more focus was placed on Sterling Shepard, and though he was limited to two catches out of six, one of those was a touchdown.
Tight ends Rhett Ellison and Evan Engram have been playing well, and Ellison has been doing some nice run blocking for Barkley. Ellison was injured during the Redskins game, and was limited in practice, but is expected to play on Sunday. Evan Engram had three catches, and turned two of them into nice long gains. The Giants are on a roll, and have averaged 32.5 points over their past four games.

Giants Defense
The defense held up well last week, and they know what's coming at them after seeing how Tennessee's running back Derrick Henry destroyed the Jaguars. Last week the Giants defense held Adrian Peterson to just 16 yards on the ground after letting him run on them for 149 yards in their first game. At that time, the Giants had just traded their best interior rush defender Damon Harrison to the Detroit Lions, but was last week for real? On the other hand, Henry's performance wasn't typical for him. Before that, Henry hadn't run for more than 58 rushing yards in any one game.
The Titans offensive line doesn't provide the best blocking, and that's one of the reasons running back Dion Lewis has seen his rushing yards numbers drop down. The Titans make up for that by hitting Lewis with short screen passes, and he's averaging 7 yards a catch. Meanwhile, Derrick Henry bruises his way through defenders to get his yardage. The Giants defense will have to be alert up front, as it's always difficult dealing with a quarterback like Marcus Mariota, who can also run the ball. If the Giants can control the ground game, they'll still have to watch for Mariota connecting with wide receiver Corey Davis.

Both teams are coming off big wins over division opponents. The Tennessee Titans are trying to stay in the playoff hunt, and at this point the Giants are one of the playoff wannabees. Who wants this game more? Well, that would be a tie, but the game likely won't end up that way. The Giants have a slim chance to stay in the race, at least up until all the rest of the teams play their games, and we think they'll take it.

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Titans (7-6) at Giants (5-8).
Sunday at 1:00pm Cowboys (8-5) at Colts (7-6).
Sunday at 1:00pm Redskins (6-7) at Jaguars (4-9).
Sunday at 8:20pm Eagles (6-7) at Rams (11-2).
None of the NFC East teams are favored to win in these games.
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