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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Giants (1-6) vs. the Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

That dark cloud that's been hovering over the Giants all season? Yeah, it'll be there Sunday. The forecast calls for "considerable cloudiness" and intermittent rain with a temperature in the low 60s. As if the crowd wasn't going to be small enough for this one ...

WHAT IT MEANS

There are really two ways this season can go for head coach Ben McAdoo. His team can show some fight, keep the games competitive and maybe steal a win or two. Or his team can surrender and start getting blown out. Now that they're back from their bye, whichever way they start out is likely where the rest of the games are headed. They are very undermanned now, and they know they have nothing to play for, so motivation won't be easy. Neither will be responding when things go wrong (and things will go wrong). It will be a test of McAdoo's coaching and leadership ability. How the team reacts may determine whether he keeps his job.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Damon Harrison, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, St. Louis Rams, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Running back Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants celebrates his fourth-quarter winning touchdown during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn/USA Today Sports Images)
Running back Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants celebrates his fourth-quarter winning touchdown during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn/USA Today Sports Images)

While the New York Giants are still alive in the postseason and head to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card round, their 2017 opponents became official on Sunday.

The Giants will have four road games on the West Coast next season, traveling to face the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders. 

In addition to home and road games against their division rivals, New York will travel to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next year.

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Rams 00:02:56
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his three keys to a Giants' victory on Sunday vs. the Los Angeles Rams in London.

THE GAME: The Giants (3-3) vs. the Los Angeles Rams (3-3) at Twickenham Stadium in London on Sunday, Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m. ET.THE WEATHER: It's exactly what you'd expect in London, but possibly without the fog and the rain. Temperatures will be in the low-to-mid 50s with a bit of wind (10-20 miles per hour) and plenty of clouds.WHAT IT MEANS: The Giants got themselves back on track last weekend with a solid, gutty performance against an undermanned Ravens team, and this is their chance to keep their momentum going heading into the bye. Really, if they are 4-3 at the bye with all the issues that have been swirling around them, and they're only a game-and-a-half behind the idle Cowboys, whom they've already beaten, that puts them in pretty good position at the nearly halfway point. They'll take that. It's certainly better than having two weeks to think about a loss, on top of everything else that's going on.

Tags: Eli Manning, John Jerry, Josh Brown, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, St. Louis Rams, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Robert Deutsch)

The 3-3 Giants will face the 3-3 Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium in London on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. ET. The winner gets to take a 4-3 record into their bye week. For the Giants, that can speak volumes considering they were 2-3 going into Week 6 with their future in doubt.Here's how the matchups shake out this week...

Tags: St. Louis Rams, John Fennelly
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Sep 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandon Coleman (16) attempts to make a catch while being defended by New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants defeated the Saints 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandon Coleman (16) attempts to make a catch while being defended by New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants defeated the Saints 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants were chided this offseason by critics and NFL executives for giving former Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins a five-year, $62 million contract. Jenkins had never made the Pro Bowl but always been considered a top talent, but his performance did not exactly reflect it. In short, he wasn't worth the money.In his four seasons with the Rams, who selected him with the 39th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of North Alabama (by way of Florida), Jenkins had been a hit-or-miss prospect. His stats were all over the map, as per Ben Stockwell of Pro Football Focus.

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, St. Louis Rams
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