After a demoralizing 13-10 overtime loss to their in-stadium rivals in which they blew a lead while kicking a 35-yard field goal with 28 seconds left up three, recorded -9 passing yards, and allowed Zach Wilson to drive 58 yards in 24 seconds, it would be tough to imagine facing an opponent in a worse spot than the Giants are in right now.
However, after parting ways with head coach Josh McDaniels and GM Dave Ziegler following a Monday-night loss to the Detroit Lions, the Las Vegas Raiders aren’t making things seem all doom and gloom for Big Blue, after all.
The 2-6 Giants are set for a west coast trip this week to take on the 3-5 Raiders. They’re expected to have Daniel Jones back under center on Sunday, hopefully putting the offense back on track after last week’s debacle with an injured Tyrod Taylor and third-stringer Tommy DeVito playing the entire second half and overtime. This game also marks the first time Jones and Saquon Barkley will share the backfield since Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Giants vs. Raiders Week 9: How to watch
- Date: Sunday, Nov. 6
- Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
- TV: FOX
This injury-plagued stretch for the G-Men’s franchise quarterback and running back have sunk their offense to the worst in the NFL in terms of total yards per game (267.9) and points per game (11.9). The Giants’ defense has been the lone thing keeping the team in these tight games.
Fortunately for Big Blue, the Raiders are currently in even more turmoil. With linebackers coach Antonio Pierce being promoted to interim head coach, he inherits an offense second to last in total yards per game (268.3) and third to last in total points per game (15.8). While there is a theory that teams in the NFL supposedly get a “boost” after parting ways with their head coach, the stats do not exactly back up that statement. Since 2003, teams are 16-19 in the game following their head coach being fired in the middle of the season.
The offensive struggle for the Raiders can appear perplexing for someone on the outside looking in. For three-time All-Pro Davante Adams, he was seen livid on the Raiders’ sideline on Monday night where he recorded one catch for 11 yards. Jakobi Meyers also recorded a lone catch for 19 yards. In the first half on Monday, the Raiders completed zero passes to a wide receiver.
With it, the Raiders benched starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for rookie Aidan O’Connell.
As the Giants make their way to Allegiant Stadium, the stage is set for Big Blue to set the tone early on Sunday and push a Raiders team on the brink of full collapse. For head coach Brian Daboll, this can be seen as a must-win game to get his squad back on track and fend off those calling for his job. In what could be a make-or-break game for the G-Men’s season, they must rise to the occasion and set the tone from the start to put the nail in the coffin for this Raiders team.
Giants vs. Raiders Week 9 odds
- Spread: Raiders -1.5
- Over/Under: 37
- Giants Moneyline: +102
- Raiders Moneyline: -122
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