In Week 9, the Giants (2-6) host the Oakland Raiders (3-5), who are coming off an ugly loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Sunday will only be the 12th time that these two teams have met in the regular season, and the Giants trail the season series 7-4. Big Blue has won the past three out of four however.
Here are some interesting Giants’ notes about this week’s opponent:
- In their last meeting on Oct. 11, 2009, the Giants defeated the Raiders, 44-7, in Giants Stadium.
- The Giants held Minnesota (Oct. 21) and Philadelphia (Oct. 27) to 30 and 48 rushing yards, respectively. It’s the first time they’ve held back-to-back opponents to less than 50 yards on the ground since Oct. 25 and Nov. 7, 2010, when Dallas ran for 41 yards and Seattle for 49 (with a bye in between). This is the first time the Giants held consecutive opponents to a total of no more than 78 rushing yards since Nov. 6-13, 2005, when San Francisco (52) and Minnesota (12) totaled 64.
- The Giants have started seven different running backs this season. That includes five running backs (David Wilson, Da’Rel Scott, Brandon Jacobs, Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox) and two fullbacks (Henry Hynoski and John Conner). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the Giants’ highest number of starting backs since 1999. No other NFL team has started seven backs this season. An eighth back, Andre Brown, is eligible to be activated off injured reserve this week.
- Since 2011, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz lead NFL wide receiver tandems in receiving yardage with 5,710 yards. Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson are second with 5,702 yards.
Here are some Giants-Raiders connections:
- Tight end Brandon Myers wad drafted in the sixth round in 2009 by the Raiders. He led Oakland with 79 receptions last season.
- Giants’ guard Kevin Boothe was originally a sixth-round draft choice of the Raiders in 2006. He played in all 16 games as a rookie that season, starting 14 of them.
- Wide receiver Louis Murphy was the fourth-round pick of the Raiders in 2009. He had 90 receptions and six touchdowns in three seasons in Oakland.
- The Giants defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown in the last 10 quarters.
- With the victory at Philadelphia, the Giants improved to 19-6 in games prior to a regular- season bye, a .760 winning percentage that is the NFL’s best. The Giants however are 9-15 (.375) in games after the bye week, and that includes a five-game winning streak in that category.
- The victories over Minnesota (Oct. 21) and Philadelphia (Oct. 28) improved Eli Manning’s record as a starter in October to 29-7, an .806 winning percentage that is the NFL’s highest for quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era with at least 20 starts.
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