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Just keep winning 00:01:02
The Giants playoffs hopes are still alive, but the team is focused on one game at a time and winning against the Titans.

The Giants have no choice but to win, win and win again. And even if Big Blue finish their season going 3-0, New York's playoff contention is still uncertain. In fact, it's virtually impossible.

Even so, the Giants must march forward and remain competitive. Quarterback Eli Manning, no stranger to playing with his back against the wall, prefers to take one day at a time. 

"I think it's important to keep the blinders on," Manning said. "Whether you're doing well, you're doing bad, just keep the focus on our preparation of playing for each other."

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Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Pat Shurmur was never going to waver from Eli Manning. 

Despite the Giants head coach at times looking perplexed at his starting quarterback during the team's 1-7 start, Shurmur said he never doubted the 37-year-old. 

"I never did," he told WFAN's Mike Francesa on Tuesday. "I never did."

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Eli Manning during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Eli Manning during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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The revisionist history from the Giants is that they were never in a win-now mode, even though almost every move they made in the offseason seemed to indicate they were. Regardless, it obviously didn't work. They badly overestimated the talent on their roster.

The Giants simply weren't capable of winning now.

But maybe now they are.

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What to make of Sam Darnold 00:00:51
Sam Darnold returned to action against the Bills. What should Jets fans takeaway from the young QB?s season so far?

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Fourteen years ago there was a young quarterback in New York who had struggled through an up-and-down rookie season. He showed flashes of his potential, but not nearly enough to convince everyone he would someday be the man to lead his franchise.

Then in Week 17, Eli Manning got the ball with 1:41 remaining and drove the Giants down the field for a game-winning drive capped by a 3-yard Tiki Barber touchdown run. The Giants beat the Cowboys 28-24 that day and it seemed like the moment that Manning arrived.

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Giants beat Redskins 40-16 00:01:45
The Giants beat the Redskins 40-16 in a signature win for the team that?s starting to build momentum and bring their record to 5-8

Oh, if only this Giants run had started just a little bit sooner.

That's going to be the lingering sadness about this season, now that the Giants have won for the fourth time in their last five games. They're now 5-8 after their 40-16 pounding of the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. on Sunday. They're starting to look like the team they thought they'd be.

If only they hadn't started 1-7. If only they had held on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks ago...

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) warms up before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) warms up before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The first series of Kyle Lauletta's Giants careeer went like this:

  1. Handoff
  2. Throw on the run that was incomplete
  3. Interception

The 23-year-old Lauletta, who is spending his second week as the backup, entered for Eli Manning late in the Giants' Week 14 matchup with the Redskins with Big Blue up, 40-0...

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) warms up before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) warms up before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants rookie backup QB Kyle Lauletta saw his court date for his arrest in October postponed yet again.

Lauletta was supposed to appear in court on Thursday, but it was adjourned and rescheduled to Dec. 11 at Hudson County Superior Court, per NorthJersey.com's Art Stapleton

The 23-year-old was arrested back on Oct. 30 after allegedly almost striking a cop with his vehicle while making an illegal turn in Weehawken, NJ on his way to practice. He was charged with reckless driving, disregarding an officer's directions, improper turn in marked traffic lane and failure to remain in a marked lane. 

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New York Giants general Manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general Manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- One year ago this week, the Giants did something they once thought was unthinkable. They cleaned out, firing their coach and general manager in the middle of the season.

The decision was born of desperation. The franchise had no direction. The players were lost. And the whole operation had become the butt of jokes across the NFL nation. The Giants were 2-10 at the time.

One year and two days later, they are 4-8, which is hardly much of an improvement. But to the players, executives and team personnel who endured last season's mess, the improvement has been dramatic.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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Will Lauletta play this season? 00:01:50
Shurmur declares Eli the starter. Shurmur won't guarantee playing time, but did not rule it out, for Kyle Lauletta this season.

Kyle Lauletta got to dress for the first time this season on Sunday, but the Giants backup quarterback won't be making any more leaps on the depth chart just yet. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur reaffirmed Eli Manning is still the Giants starting quarterback for this weekend against the Redskins while there is a "good chance" Lauletta remains as the backup. 

Manning had perhaps his weakest performance of the season despite the 30-27 win over the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears. The 37-year-old quarterback completed just 19 of 35 passes (54 percent) for 170 yards with a touchdown and interception. 

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Giants resilient against Bears 00:01:38
Pat Shurmur is proud of the squad for beating the bears in overtime. Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. weight in on the 3-point victory

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It got lost in the shuffle last week, when everyone freaked out over the way Saquon Barkley wa used in the second half in Philadelphia, but the Giants' defense was absolutely terrible. The Eagles rolled over them in the second half. The Giants defense couldn't get off the field.

They needed a big bounce-back game this week.

They seemed to have it. Then they blew it. And then they bailed themselves out in the end.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, B.W. Webb, Chicago Bears, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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It got lost in the shuffle last week, when everyone freaked out over the way Saquon Barkley wa used in the second half in Philadelphia, but the Giants' defense was absolutely terrible. The Eagles rolled over them in the second half. The Giants defense couldn't get off the field.

They needed a big bounce-back game this week.

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Giants head coac Pat Shurmur was incredulous last week when responding to a reporter's question and asking why he would jump over Alex Tanney to get a look at Kyle Lauletta. That seems like hot air now, since Lauletta is active Sunday for the first time this season.

Lauletta will back up Eli Manning with Tanney inactive -- the smart move for a Giants team that would have been doubling down on last year's quarterback mistake if they had turned to Tanney over Lauletta

The expectation continues to be that Lauletta will get time at some point this season, likely after the team is officially eliminated from playoff contention, as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has reported.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning yells out signals under center against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning yells out signals under center against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME 

The Giants (3-8) vs. the Chicago Bears (8-3) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m.

THE WEATHER

First the good news: It'll be warm. Like in the low 60s. Now the bad news: It'll be wet. There's a chance for a lot of rain.

WHAT IT MEANS

The Giants are virtually out of playoff contention, but not mathematically out of playoff contention. They're only 3 1/2 games out of first place in the NFC East with five games to go. So if they win and they get some help from … Yeah, I'm not buying it either. This game basically means nothing at all. Pat Shurmur would like to build some momentum. Eli Manning is trying to prove he should be the starter in 2019. A lot of guys are fighting for future jobs. But mostly the only thing to watch now is where the Giants get to pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. react in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. react in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham Jr. sounded like a player who was done with Eli Manning earlier this season, when he was famously asked if the Giants had a quarterback problem and he responded "Um, I don't know." That answer, and the way he let his frustration boil over on the field, made it clear that he absolutely did.

So imagine how Beckham will feel if Manning sticks around as the Giants quarterback for another year.

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Bears offense looks 'familiar' 00:01:23
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur speaks to familiarity of Bears offense. Saquon Barkley backs decision to rest him in-game.

The Giants are hoping to rebound after blowing a lead against their division rival in the Eagles last Sunday to fall to 3-8. However, they will face an even tougher matchup against the 8-3 Bears on their home turf.

The Bears' defense has been extremely impressive this season, which is why their offense -- a unit that is surely no slouch either -- is flying under the radar.

Head coach Pat Shurmur, Eli Manning, and Saquon Barkley discuss the matchup ahead, and what they can expect from Chicago as they come to town...

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Sep 23, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack (52) rushes Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Sep 23, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack (52) rushes Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

A 3-8 record through 11 games is not exactly what the doctor ordered for the New York football Giants in their first season with head coach Pat Shurmur, but the team still has its collective eye on the prize entering a matchup on Sunday with the NFC-North leading Chicago Bears (8-3).

And if the 2018 version of the Monsters of Midway are in town, that means get ready for a disruptive effort from one of the best defenses in the league -- not to mention dark horse candidate for league MVP, linebacker Khalil Mack.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning told reporters on Wednesday that Mack "stands out" because of his versatility on defense.

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Nov 17, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a touchdown pass during the first half as he is pressured by Arizona State Sun Devils safety Cam Phillips (15) at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Wayrynen)
Nov 17, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a touchdown pass during the first half as he is pressured by Arizona State Sun Devils safety Cam Phillips (15) at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Wayrynen)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - If Eli Manning does return to the Giants as their starting quarterback in 2019, as SNY reported could happen, that doesn't mean they won't still draft a quarterback in the first round. They might.

But a Manning return could also buy some time so the Giants can look at other options - like perhaps an offensive lineman or pass rusher -- both of which they desperately need.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after being sacked by the Washington Redskins during second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after being sacked by the Washington Redskins during second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Exactly one year ago on Wednesday the Giants made the stunning announcement that they were benching Eli Manning, snapping his streak of 210 consecutive starts. It seemed to be a signal that the Eli Manning Era in New York was over.

But one year later, it's still going -- and it's possible it won't end anytime soon.

There is still a chance that Manning will return to the Giants in 2019 -- and even return as their starting quarterback, according to a team source. The decision on his future has "absolutely not" been made, the source said, and management is open to the idea that another year with Manning at the helm might be the best option they have.

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Eli Manning or Philip Rivers? 00:03:22
SNY's FNNY crew takes on the QB debate...who has the better NFL career, Eli Manning or Philip Rivers?

They went first and fourth overall in the 2004 NFL draft. Eli ManningPhilip Rivers.

After the draft-day trades, they have both spent their playing careers only with one team. And they have two incredible resumes.

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Alex Tanney (3) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) look on from the sidelines late during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Alex Tanney (3) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) look on from the sidelines late during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants have been virtually eliminated from playoff contention, but Pat Shurmur still isn't ready to reveal his future quarterback plans. All he committed to on Monday was that Eli Manning will start against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

It sure would make sense for the Giants to give rookie Kyle Lauletta some playing time after that. But what Shurmur said next really made no sense at all.

"Why are you jumping over (Alex) Tanney?" Shurmur asked.

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Eli will start against Bears 00:00:40
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed Eli Manning will start against the Bears and is tired of being asked over and over again.

Eli Manning will be the starting quarterback for the Giants this week. 

After that, well, who knows. 

It could even be 30-year-old journeyman Alex Tanney

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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson shakes hands with New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA TODAY Sports)
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson shakes hands with New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA TODAY Sports)

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PHILADELPHIA -- Pat Shurmur did a marvelous job of holding the Giants together through their 1-7 start, even getting them to play hard and fight in a longshot bid to make the playoffs. His locker room didn't fracture. His players mostly refrained from pointing fingers.

But it may not be so easy for Shurmur to hold everything together after Sunday's 25-22 loss to the Eagles. Because in the unhappy locker room afterward, there seemed to be a few fingers pointed right at him.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Philadelphia Eagles, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME 

The Giants (3-7) at the Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m.

THE WEATHER

Winter is coming! But not today. And not Sunday. The forecast calls for a high temperature around 50 degrees. And it'll be mostly sunny because, you know, it's always sunny in Philadelphia.

WHAT IT MEANS

For everyone who has had a good laugh at the idea that the Giants can run the table in the second half of the season and win the NFC East, that fantasy is going to get a little bit serious if the Giants somehow win this game. After the Cowboys' win over the Redskins on Thanksgiving, the Giants will only be two games out of first place in the division with a win, with five games to go. That's a steep, but not impossible climb, especially since they still have to play the Cowboys and Redskins.

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Davis Webb has yet to play a snap in an NFL regular season game, but that does not mean the second-year quarterback cannot help Sam Darnold. 

Webb, 23, spent all last season soaking up as much knowledge as he could from two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning while with the Giants. 

Now that he is a member of the Jets, Webb is doing what he can to pass along that knowledge to Darnold. 

"I did learn a lot from Eli and I do try to give as much as I can to Sam that I learned from Eli because I think S

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Davis Webb has yet to play a snap in an NFL regular season game, but that does not mean the second-year quarterback cannot help Sam Darnold. 

Webb, 23, spent all last season soaking up as much knowledge as he could from two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning while with the Giants. 

Now that he is a member of the Jets, Webb is doing what he can to pass along that knowledge to Darnold. 

"I did learn a lot from Eli and I do try to give as much as I can to Sam that I learned from Eli because I think S

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Nov 23, 2018; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Will Grier (7) celebrates during the second quarter against the Oklahoma Sooners at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)
Nov 23, 2018; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Will Grier (7) celebrates during the second quarter against the Oklahoma Sooners at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)

Sitting last in the NFC East, the 3-7 Giants currently own the No. 5 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft if the season were to end today.

While the potential QB class of 2019 isn't as star-studded as the 2018 class that featured Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, and Josh Rosen, there are a bunch of potential first-round talents the Giants can dream on if they choose to pick Eli Manning's replacement.

Here's how they performed this weekend...

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Eli Manning (10) Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Eli Manning (10) Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Saquon Barkley has never been reluctant to praise Eli Manning as a quarterback, but the Giants running back said the QB isn't a bad teacher, either.

The 21-year-old Barkley described a recent encounter between the two teammates, telling the New York Post that after sitting in the dark for an hour while studying film, the QB came in to join him. After twenty minutes, Professor Manning took over.

"He showed me three things that I didn't even see," Barkley said (NY Post). "That just showed me how far I am from being where I want to be."

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Giants prepare for familiar foe 00:01:42
Pat Shurmur says the Giants aren't out for revenge. However, they are a much different team, as they prepare for their NFC East rival.

Pat Shurmur is not worried about a repeat of last time the Giants faced the Eagles. 

The Giants head coach said on Wednesday that the 34-13 thrashing they were dealt in Week 6 by the Eagles was more indicative of the way his team played than the Eagles overmatching them. 

"The last time we played them I know exactly why they beat us. We didn't do anything that you need to do against any type of team to win," he said.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Tavon Austin stiff arms New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Tavon Austin stiff arms New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

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Under normal circumstances this would be enough to make the Giants and their fans gag on their turkey, but these aren't normal circumstances this year. So aside from wishing everyone a "Happy Thanksgiving," the Giants will have another wish when they pull at the wishbone on Thursday.

"Go Cowboys, Go!"

As much as it will pain them, the Giants have no choice but to be rooting for the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday afternoon when they play host to the NFC East-leading Washington Redskins.

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Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) drops back to pass against the New England Patriots during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) drops back to pass against the New England Patriots during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning's recent run of success hasn't changed the Giants' plan to get a glimpse of their future. They still intend to play rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta at some point this season, according to a source.

Just not yet. Not while their long-shot playoff dream is still alive.

The slim possibility of winning the wide-open NFC East definitely has the potential of complicating their plans, but the Giants front office apparently hasn't lost sight of the big picture

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Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) signals to fans during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) signals to fans during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When the Giants returned for the start of the second half of the season, Odell Beckham Jr. knew what they had to do. "Win eight games," he said. "Go 9-7 and go to the playoffs."

It was a "goal," he said. Not a prediction. Even he wasn't crazy enough to make it a prediction.

Two games and two wins later, though…

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning talks with Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul after their game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning talks with Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul after their game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said he had "no hard feelings" toward his old team after his Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Giants 38-35 on Sunday in Pierre-Paul's first game in New York not as a Giant.

"There are no hard feelings with the Giants at all," Pierre-Paul said, according to the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard. "At the end of the day it's business. Business is business."

The 29-year-old Pierre-Paul had spent his first eight seasons with New York before he was traded to Tampa Bay for two draft picks. A fixture on New York's defensive line, Pierre-Paul totaled 58 sacks and 13 forced fumbles as a Giant.

"He is one of the good guys in the NFL," Manning said.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches a touchdown pass while defended by Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Isaiah Johnson during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches a touchdown pass while defended by Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Isaiah Johnson during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said his goal of winning out and making the playoffs, even when New York was 1-7, was a realistic goal.

Two wins later, he's not backing down from it.

The Giants beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-35 on Sunday, their second straight victory after they entered the bye week on a five-game losing streak.

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown with teammates during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown with teammates during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When the Giants passed on a quarterback of the future and drafted Saquon Barkley, they were sure he was exactly what Eli Manning needed. They thought he'd be the weapon that could revive their offense. They imagined him adding years to Manning's career.

It took 10 games into this lost season, but now everyone can really see why.

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Giants run their way to a win 00:01:35
Saquon Barkley rushed for over 100 yards as the Giants hold on to beat the Bucs 38-35 for their first home win of the season.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A second straight win against another bad team may not be good news for anyone rooting for the Giants to land a Top 5 pick in the next NFL draft.

But it sure did feel good to everyone at the Meadowlands on Sunday afternoon.

Even though the Giants seemed to barely hang on to their 38-35 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was still a reminder of the value of a victory. They topped 30 points for just the second time in 42 games, dating back three seasons. They got a defensive touchdown and forced the Bucs to bench their starting quarterback (although that turned out to be a not-so good thing).

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 17, 2018; Knoxville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback Drew Lock (3) before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports (Randy Sartin)
Nov 17, 2018; Knoxville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback Drew Lock (3) before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports (Randy Sartin)

The 2-7 Giants are tied with the Cardinals for the third-worst record in the NFL, putting them on track to have another top-five pick in the NFL Draft.

While the potential QB class of 2019 isn't as star-studded as the 2018 class that featured Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, and Josh Rosen, there are a bunch of potential first-round talents the Giants can dream on if they choose to pick Eli Manning's replacement.

Here's how they performed this weekend...

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws a pass under pressure from San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle DeForest Buckner at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws a pass under pressure from San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle DeForest Buckner at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME 

The Giants (2-7) vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m.

THE WEATHER

Snowpocalypse is apparently over for now, and it should be a relatively pleasant but chilly day for this game. The high temperature will be in the low 40s, but it'll be mostly cloudy with the usual light Meadowlands winds, so it'll probably feel like it's in the 30s. The good news is with no more snow in the forecast, Northern New Jersey might have the roads cleared by kickoff.

WHAT IT MEANS

If you're rooting for the tank so they can get a higher draft position, then this is another huge game against a team that figures to be in the mix for a top-10 or even top-five pick. As bad as the Giants are, a couple of wins could push them much closer to 10 and that much farther away from being in the mix for a franchise quarterback. That's not so important to the players and coaches on the field, though, so for them, this is another golden opportunity to keep things positive and for Pat Shurmur to keep his locker room together. I know, for the tankers, that doesn't mean much, but trust me, it means the world to the franchise.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ralph Vacchiano
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SNY takes on the question... Could you make an NFL playoff team by combining players from the Jets and Giants in 2018?

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This is a terrible time for New York football, with the Giants and Jets sitting on what feels like rock bottom. They are a combined 5-14 this season, and the playoffs are already out of reach. And they are a combined 13-38 (.254) since the beginning of 2018.

But while there may not be hope at the moment for either team, there is still some talent on their two rosters. If they could only somehow combine the two, they might even have the makings of a playoff team.

 

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Darron Lee, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Landon Collins, Marcus Maye, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Is there a playoff team in NY? 00:00:47
SNY takes on the question... Could you make an NFL playoff team by combining players from the Jets and Giants in 2018?

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

This is a terrible time for New York football, with the Giants and Jets sitting on what feels like rock bottom. They are a combined 5-14 this season, and the playoffs are already out of reach. And they are a combined 13-38 (.254) since the beginning of 2018.

But while there may not be hope at the moment for either team, there is still some talent on their two rosters. If they could only somehow combine the two, they might even have the makings of a playoff team.

 

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Darron Lee, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Landon Collins, Marcus Maye, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Is there a playoff team in NY? 00:00:47
SNY takes on the question... Could you make an NFL playoff team by combining players from the Jets and Giants in 2018?

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

This is a terrible time for New York football, with the Giants and Jets sitting on what feels like rock bottom. They are a combined 5-14 this season, and the playoffs are already out of reach. And they are a combined 13-38 (.254) since the beginning of 2018.

But while there may not be hope at the moment for either team, there is still some talent on their two rosters. If they could only somehow combine the two, they might even have the makings of a playoff team.

 

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Darron Lee, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Landon Collins, Marcus Maye, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after being sacked by the Washington Redskins during second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after being sacked by the Washington Redskins during second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

It has been a big debate in recent years, even though he hasn't retired yet: Will Giants QB Eli Manning be voted into the Football Hall of Fame?

Manning has the two Super Bowl rings, two Super Bowl MVPs, and is sixth all-time in passing yards. That alone would deem a player worthy of residing in the Hall. However, some look at Manning's almost .500 career record, and fall off in the past few years beyond the numbers as reason to exclude him. 

And during an interview with 95.7 The Game before the Giants faced the 49ers on Monday night, Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice is in the belief that Manning won't be among his colleagues in the Hall one day...

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Eli Manning has a hard task at hand when he lines up against his former teammate, Jason Pierre-Paul, on Sunday.

It was a business decision at the end of the day, but the Giants would certainly like to see DE Jason Pierre-Paul in a Big Blue jersey once again after the season he's currently having. 

New GM Dave Gettleman made the move to get remaining three years of Pierre-Paul's four-year, $62 million contract off the books this offseason, trading him to the Buccaneers. Well, he has totaled 68 combined tackles, 8.5 sacks,a nd two forced fumbles as he looks like the JPP of old so far this season. 

This week, the Giants will have to deal with him as an opponent for the first time, and head coach Pat Shurmur knows exactly what kind of "disruptive" player he can be. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. react in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. react in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

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As Eli Manning marched down the field late Monday night like it was still 2007, it felt like the entire Giants organization finally exhaled. There had been so much losing over the last two years, so much misery and controversy. But for a few minutes in Santa Clara, all of it slipped away.

That, obviously, was a good thing - even though at the same time their chances at the No. 1 overall pick in the next NFL Draft started slipping away, too.

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Eli Manning led the Giants to a 27-23 victory, after coming from behind to beat the 49ers on Monday night.

Eli Manning completed the 36th game-winning drive of his career Monday night in San Francisco, but it was just the second over his last two seasons.

Despite the 37-year-old's recent decline, which has fueled talk about his benching and even retirement, at least a few key Giants players still believe in their quarterback.

"It frustrates me when people go at him," said Sterling Shepard, who hauled in Manning's third touchdown pass of the night in the final minute of their 27-23 victory over the 49ers. "I see that from the media, but you wouldn't want a better guy with the ball in his hands. You saw what he did on that last drive. When we need him, he's going to come through for us." (ESPN)

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning calls a play against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning calls a play against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants quarterback Eli Manning orchestrated his 36th career game-winning drive in Monday's 27-23 comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium.

"It meams a lot," Manning said. "That's what I told the guys this week. We've worked too hard not to be rewarded with wins. ... We just weren't able to get some of the outcomes or make the plays we needed to win. Today we were able to do that."

Manning, who threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns, capped a nine-play, 75-yard, penalty-ridden drive with a go-ahead touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard in the left side of the end zone as the Giants came off the bye week and won for the first time since Week 3.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, San Francisco 49ers, Sterling Shepard
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Eli Manning led the Giants to a 27-23 victory, after coming from behind to beat the 49ers on Monday night.

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The Giants are going to take a look at rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta at some point this season. They may even take a look at journeyman Alex Tanney. There's nothing Eli Manning can do to stop that from happening.

But maybe he did just enough on Monday night to hold off the transition for a few more weeks.

The 37-year-old quarterback only completed 19 of 31 passes for 188 yards, but that included three touchdown passes and an impressive, game-winning touchdown drive in the final 2:46 of the game. It included a beautiful 31-yard pass to tight end Evan Engram and a perfectly placed 3-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds remaining to seal the Giants' 27-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, San Francisco 49ers, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) congratulates wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) on his touchdown reception during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) congratulates wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) on his touchdown reception during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

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THE GAME 

The Giants (1-7) at the San Francisco 49ers (2-7) at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Monday, Nov. 12 at 8:15 p.m.

THE WEATHER

It'll start out as a nice night by the Bay, with temperatures near 70, but they will drop quickly, as they tend to do out there. Figure them to be in the 50s later in the game. No rain and light winds, too.

WHAT IT MEANS

This game is absolutely huge in the battle for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Of course, the 49ers already have their quarterback of the future in Jimmy Garoppolo, so it really wouldn't be a big deal for the Giants to be drafting behind them. Of course, the 49ers could trade down. Or the Giants could end up not drafting a quarterback. So really, in the end, it'll be better for them to lose.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 8, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass during the first half against the Portland State Vikings at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Wayrynen)
Sep 8, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass during the first half against the Portland State Vikings at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Wayrynen)

Giants GM Dave Gettleman, assistant GM Kevin Abrams, and scout Jeremy Breit were on hand Saturday to watch potential 2019 Draft target Justin Herbert and Oregon play Utah, noted Andrew G. Haubner of KEZI9Sports.

In what was the 20-year-old Herbert's best start since Sept. 29, he completed 20 of 33 passes (60.6 percent) for 288 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in Oregon's 32-25 loss.

Overall this season, the 6' 6" Herbert has completed 193 of 325 passes (59.4 percent) for 2,621 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions...

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after not converting on third down against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after not converting on third down against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur answered the big question coming out of the bye week of who he will start at quarterback against the 49ers on Monday Night Football. Despite schools of thought saying the Giants should see what rookie QB Kyle Lauletta can do with the team at 1-7, Shurmur said QB Eli Manning will continue to be the team's starter.

However, he did make sure to say that Manning has to play better. 

"I also explained to Eli that everybody needs to play better and as we go through this, it's important that we're not 'almost' in these games, we do what we have to do to get it over the top and win football games."

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Dec 4, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Former NFL player Archie Manning before a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Dec 4, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Former NFL player Archie Manning before a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Eli Manning has been the Giants quarterback for the past 15 years, and his father says the two-time Super Bowl champion wants to remain a Giant.

When TMZ asked Archie Manning if he thought he would ever see Eli wearing another uniform, he responded, "I know he doesn't want to."

The 37-year-old Manning, who has started 222 of New York's last 223 games dating back to 2004, has been on the hot seat as Giants quarterback. Head coach Pat Shurmur only guaranteed his starting status for Monday's game against the 49ers but did not say who would definitely be under center Week 11 against Tampa Bay.

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