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Giants (2-6) vs Raiders (3-5)
Last Sunday the Raiders welcomed the Philadelphia Eagles to their stadium. That was a big mistake as they were trounced 49-20. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles made NFL history at their expense, becoming the first player to complete 7 passing touchdowns before the beginning of the 4th quarter.
Two weeks ago the Giants got their record up to 2-6 by defeating the Eagles in Philadelphia 15-7. Now the Giants are coming off a bye week, hoping to build on the improvements they've made during their two game win streak. They'll have to dig in fast as all the rest of the teams in their division won games while they rested.

Oakland Raiders.
General manager Reggie McKenzie hired head coach Dennis Allen, who is in his second year and has his team at 3-5 and it's remarkable that he's achieved that. The Raiders won only four games last season and now have fallen short of achieving their goal of being at least 4-4 by the half season mark. That's happened only twice in the last decade. Last weeks big loss was no help, and reminiscent of how last year they won three of their first seven games then dropped six straight to finish at 4-12.
Before playing the Eagles, Allen had said that if the Raiders were to make a run at ending their 10-year playoff drought, they couldn't afford to lose any more ground in the AFC West. That's the same division where the Kansas City Chiefs are now sitting with a 9-0 record. The Raiders don't want to lose any more fans. They have already reduced their stadium capacity to just over 53,000 to prevent blackouts. Now they are on the road against the Giants and it doesn't help that the Raiders don't travel well. They have dropped 10 of 11 road games since the start of last season, including seven straight by an average of 15.7 points.

Raiders offense.
The team took a beating last week, but don't forget that they were also able to accumulate 560 yards of total offense. The Raiders weren't able to translate that into many points though. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor recently set an NFL record for the longest run by a quarterback with his 93-yard touchdown against Pittsburgh. Pryor has 485 rushing yards, which is more than his starting running back, Darren McFadden (352), who will be out for this game. McFadden left early in the second quarter against Philadelphia, but his backup, Rashad Jennings, came in and rushed for 102 yards.
The Raiders are ranked fourth in the league with their ground game and Jennings is also the third most targeted receiver and the only player to catch more than six passes in a game. Denarius Moore is their top
receiver with 32 catches and 4 touchdowns. Pryor has had only eight career starts and his offensive line has been shuffled around quite a bit. He's taken 25 sacks, but it hasn't stopped him from completing 61.1 percent of his passes, mostly the short quick hit West Coast variety.

Raiders defense.
What Happened? The 10-ranked defense in the NFL was torched by Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to the tune of 7 touchdown passes. The defense was so poor they dropped to the 18th spot. The real mystery is that the Raiders were actually performing so well up to last week. Lamarr Houston is the only defensive starter remaining from last season and he's playing in a different position having switched from left to right end. One reason for their success is the blitzing schemes they use and Houston has 4 sacks.
He leads a team that puts pressure on quarterbacks so much so that 14 different players have at least one sack. The secondary had real problems last week and cornerback Tracy Porter said that they couldn't match the tempo the Eagles set and were out executed. The Giants are hardly a fast paced offense. Still they can expect Eli Manning to take some deep shots on them. Manning might be extra tempted considering the Giants have trouble c
onverting in the red zone. Why not score from 30 or 40 yards out instead?

Giants offense.
The Giants won their last game, but the offense was unable to punch the ball into the endzone. The offensive line is improving, but still struggling and Manning seems to have gone to a shorter, safer passing game to avoid making mistakes. Eli Manning threw 15 interceptions in the first six games and none the last two. Running back Peyton Hillis has been a good outlet and Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz each caught 7 passes last game. Cruz is the leader with 77 catches for 677 yards and 4 touchdowns, and Nicks has 34 catches for 524 yards, but is still looking for his first touchdown.
Activated from injured reserve, Andre Brown had been practicing and could start along with Peyton Hillis. That could be a boost to an offense that ranks 30th in the NFL with only 69.9 rushing yards per game. Brown averaged 5.3 yards a carry, rushing 73 times for 385 yards and 8 touchdowns even with missing the last six games of the season. Brandon Jacobs has the most carries of the active running backs and has the best average (3.5 yards a carry), but is listed as doubtful for this game, dealing with hamstring and knee issues.

Giants defense.
In the past two games the defense has been very effective at stopping the run (Adrian Peterson 28 yds, LeSean McCoy 48 yds) and that's led to a noticeable improvement in the pass rush. The defense had a season high 4 sacks in their last game, including one by safety Antrel Rolle. Rolle has been a standout player on defense all this season. In the eight games played, Rolle's had three interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack.
Also last game, cornerback Terrell Thomas had 11 tackles, a sack and he forced a fumble. Thomas was outstanding enough to be named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Coming off the bye week, Jason Pierre-Paul said that he's feeling real good and that he had his best practice of the season. If they can contain Pryor in the pocket, he'll have to resort to passing and that's not his strength.

Before the bye week the Giants were just two games back in the division with eight more to play, including a home game against the first-place Cowboys. As they say, 'you snooze you lose' and that's just what happened to the Giants by virtue of the other division teams winning all their games. The Giants saw how the Eagles played against the Raiders last week. Is Eli Manning a better quarterback than Nick Foles? Do the Giants have better receivers and a better defense than the Eagles? If you're shaking your head 'yes' then you know what the Raiders are feeling and thinking as they travel a long way cross country to face the Giants in the Meadowlands.

NFC East
The Redskins played their game in Minnesota on Thursday night. On Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm, at the same time the Giants are playing, the Eagles will be in Green Bay up against the Packers. Later at 8:30pm the Cowboys will be playing in New Orleans against the Saints. The Giants and Eagles are favored to win in their games, the Cowboys are not. Check out.
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Giants have only five cornerbacks named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Everson Walls (1990), Jason Sehorn (1997), Phillippi Sparks (1998), Aaron Ross (2008), and Terrell Thomas (2013).

Giants have the fewest sacks in team history through eight games since 1971.

Giants Eli Manning has tied his career high 8 penalties (groundings, delay of games) in 2008 and 2011.

Giants defensive unit has not allowed a touchdown in 10 quarters.

Giants are 2 1/2 games behind Dallas and 1 1/2 in back of the second-place Eagles.

Raiders are 7-25 in November since 2005.

Raiders have allowed the second-most sacks in the NFL.

Raiders haven't finished with a winning record since winning the AFC championship in 2002 .

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