GIANTS AT 49ERS, at LEVI’s STADIUM
When: 4:25 p.m.
TV: Ch. 5
LINE: GIANTS by 2 1/2
The Giants are finally playing a team that actually has a worse record than them, the 0-9 San Francisco 49ers, but getting a win will still be difficult as they head to the West Coast amid a sea of drama and distractions at home. So what is there to expect?
NO MORE DISTRACTIONS
There are plenty of reasons why the Giants could lose to the 49ers on Sunday, but the biggest is perhaps letting the off-field distractions affect them. The Giants need to be able to put all the anonymous quotes and questions about effort behind them and just focus on football. In fact, it is possible that the whole thing has brought the players closer as they all voiced their disgust for the “cowards” who anonymously trashed their coach.
Giants QB Eli Manning will be making his 208th consecutive start on Sunday.
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There are a lot of question marks at the quarterback position on both sides of this game. The 49ers recently traded for Jimmy Garoppolo but will start rookie C.J. Beathard. Niners coach Kyle Shanahan would not rule out using Garoppolo if things go awry, though. Meanwhile, Eli Manning will tie his brother Peyton for his 208th consecutive start, but there is the potential for rookie Davis Webb to dress for the first time this season, which potentially could result in his first career snaps if the score gets out of hand.
A sure-fire way to lose to an 0-9 team is to help them out by turning the ball over. It killed the Giants last week when three turnovers resulted in 17 points for the Rams, two of which were Manning’s fault. If the Giants can hold onto the ball, establish a running game and control the time of possession then a second victory should come their way.
Giants: LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), LB Devon Kennard (quad), and LB Keenan Robinson (quad) are OUT. CB Donte Deayon (ankle) is DOUBTFUL. LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB Calvin Munson (quad), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) and DE Kerry Wynn (knee) are QUESTIONABLE.
49ers: TE George Kittle (ankle), LB Elijah Lee (knee), DE Aaron Lynch (calf), WR Trent Taylor (ribs) are OUT. DE Solomon Thomas (knee), CB K’Waun Williams (quad) are QUESTIONABLE.