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Barkley: Missing in action 00:01:24
Saquon Barkley is missing in action and that's a problem according to Ralph Vacchiano, he explains why.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For weeks, Pat Shurmur has made it clear his offense has to run through Saquon Barkley. And the Giants were thriving since he seemingly made that discovery during their bye week.

Barkley, he decided, was the Giants' best player. He was becoming one of the most unstoppable forces in the NFL. It seemed painfully obvious that everything they do should run through the super-rookie.

So why was he made to disappear on Sunday, just when the Giants needed him most?

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Tennessee Titans, Ralph Vacchiano
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Grades for the Jets 26-22 loss 00:03:49
Ray Lucas, Victor Green and Chad Cascadden deliver their grades for Jets performance against the Titans in the 26-22 loss.

The Jets crew hands out grades after New York's fourth-quarter meltdown led to a 26-22 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

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Penalties hurt Jets in loss 00:01:39
The Jets looked like they were going to beat the Titans at home. Ultimately falling short as penalties riddled the team in the 26-22 loss.

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There are many things that have become trademarks of the Todd Bowles era. One big one is that the Jets simply never learned how to finish games.

And that's exactly what happened to them in Tennessee on Sunday afternoon.

They fought hard and played a gritty game all day, building a 16-point first-half lead and still leading by nine points heading into the fourth quarter. Then they melted down on both sides of the ball and lost their sixth straight game, 26-22 to the Titans.

Tags: Darron Lee, Jordan Jenkins, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold, Tennessee Titans, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold (14) and Josh McCown (15) watch second half of play against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold (14) and Josh McCown (15) watch second half of play against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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THE GAME 

The Jets (3-8) at the Tennessee Titans (5-6) at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4:05 p.m.

THE WEATHER

It should be a beautiful day in Music City, with temperatures in the mid-60s when the game kicks off and plenty of sunshine.

WHAT IT MEANS

Not much. That's especially true if veteran Josh McCown starts the game - which seems likely since rookie Sam Darnold was limited at practice all week and is listed as "questionable." At this point, it's hard to see what the Jets would get out of starting a 39-year-old quarterback. If I were them, I'd rather get a look at third-string Davis Webb. But if somehow Darnold does return after a two-game absence he'll have a chance to reverse the freefall he was in before his injury. And it's important that he does. This entire season has been about Darnold and his growth and building towards possibly contending for the playoffs next season. So far he's shown he's not ready for that. But this is the time of year when rookie quarterbacks usually start to turn things around and show why they were picked where they were. The Jets don't need to be convinced that they made the right choice with Darnold. They're confident of that. But they definitely want to see some improvement so they can feel a little better about next year.

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Taywan Taylor catches a pass in front of coverage by New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne during the second half at Nissan Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Taywan Taylor catches a pass in front of coverage by New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne during the second half at Nissan Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets were more competitive this week, but still fell 27-13 to the AFC East-leading New England Patriots. Let's review three of the best and worst performances from Sunday's game.

Losers

CB Morris Claiborne

Claiborne only gave up a couple of catches in this game, but they were big plays, as Tajae Sharpe was able to get some extra yards at the end of the play on a 28-yard catch-and-run and Taywan Taylor burned him over the top for a 44-yard catch to set up a field goal.

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Eric Decker (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
Eric Decker (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Jets wide receiver Eric Decker agreed to a contract with the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Sunday.

Decker, 30, played 33 games with the Jets over the past three seasons, totaling 163 catches, 2,183 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.

Decker had appeared healthy entering organized team activities in May after he missed 13 games last season due to rotator cuff and hip injuries.

New York released him last Monday when they were unable to find a trading partner. The Jets will face a $1.5 million cap hit this year and next after releasing Decker.

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New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) runs past Tennessee Titans corner back B.W. Webb (38) for a first down during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) runs past Tennessee Titans corner back B.W. Webb (38) for a first down during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend's game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week which you can read here. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the game against the Titans.

Kashif (via e-mail): I was wondering; how is Calvin Pryor holding up in coverage this year, both in man to man 

assignments and zone coverage? I saw Delanie Walker, the Titans tight end, still managed to have a productive day even though they lost big. How much was Pryor to blame?

None of Walker's six catches came against Pryor. (Four were against Buster Skrine and the other two came against Marcus Gilchrist). Pryor was, of course, at fault on the gadget play touchdown to Mariota though.

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are thinking about a playoff push, and the next step is Tennessee. Jim Wyatt from Titans Online joins the show to chat about Marcus Mariota and the Titans as the Jets look to continue their winning streak.

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Wide receiver Percy Harvin has a low-ankle sprain after his X-rays came back negative on Monday (ESPN, December 8).

Harvin was injured in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter of the Jets 30-24 loss against the Minnesota Vikings - arguably his best game since being traded from the Seattle Seahawks with five catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.

He was in a walking boot Monday after the good news that it wasn't a high-ankle sprain, which usually takes several weeks of recovery.

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The Giants (3-9) travel down to the Music City to play the 2-10 Tennessee Titans in an interconference battle between two teams that will be selecting near the top of next year's NFL Draft.

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

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Since the ship has sailed long ago on this season, and the new coach/GM posts have permeated all of our brains, it's time to have a little fun.

In case you've been living in a cave the past few months, you're well aware of the growing popularity of these daily and weekly fantasy football sites that promise to make you rich overnight.

Tags: 2014 New York Giants, DraftKings, Giants-Vikings, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans
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Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not! Columnist and TheJetsBlog Podcast co-host?Corey Griffin?has you covered every?Monday?morning with thoughts, ideas and opinions about all things Jets.Evaluating the AFC playoff picture through only 10 weeks is akin to watching an 87-year-old put together a puzzle without his glasses. It looks a little jumbled, there?s definitely some pieces missing and it?ll probably be a while before the picture looks coherent.

For all their dominance, the Broncos are buoyed by a 38-year-old quarterback with failing legs. Their chief rival for the No. 1 seed, undefeated Kansas City, is not nearly as imposing as their record, despite a No. 1 scoring defense and Jamaal Charles? MVP campaign. The Patriots, when healthy, look like the AFC?s best team, but they won?t be 100 percent any time this season. Meanwhile, the Colts were just worked in their own building by a Brian Schottenheimer and Kellen Clemens-led offense and the Bengals continue to ebb and flow on Andy Dalton?s schizophrenic arm (and head).

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Case of the Mondays, Corey Griffin, Geno Smith, jets, Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets, nfl, NFL playoffs, Ny Jets, Oakland Raiders, Opinion, Rex Ryan, san diego chargers, Tennessee Titans, Wildcard, Brian Bassett
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The Giants are back in action this week against the Packers in search of a win.

Here are this week?s picks. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week?s games in the comments section. Good luck!

Week 11 Record: 2-1

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Giants DC Perry Fewell interviewed for the vacant Tennessee Titans' head coaching position yesterday. He is one of four candidates being considered for the job left open by the departure of Jeff Fisher, who left the Titans last week after a 16-year run.

Tennessee also interviewed Falcons' OC Mike Mularkey yesterday and have previously spoken with two internal candidates: OC Mike Heimerdinger and OL coach Mike Munchak.

as per John Glennon of The Tennesssean.....

Tags: Jeff Fisher, Kerry Collins, Mike Heimerdinger, Mike Mularkey, Mike Munchak, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, Perry Fewell, Tennessee Titans, vince young
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Giants' DC Among Five Candidates to Succeed Jeff Fisher

Giants' defensive coordinator Perry Fewell's name is being bandied about for yet another head coaching position. This time, it's with the Tennessee Titans.

Fewell is one of five candidates according to Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com. Current Titans OC Mike Heimerdinger and OL coach Mike Munchak have alrady been interviewed. Falcons' OC Mike Mularkey and Saints' DC Gregg Williams are the others reported to be on the Titans' short list.

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Tennessee Titan quarterback Chris Simms -- son of Giants legend Phil Simms -- is trial-bound after turning down a one-time-only no-jail offer on his July West Village toking-and- driving arrest.

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For the past 17 years the Giants organization has one major constant...a defensive end that was going to play the run or the pass with a ferocity that NFL teams would have to game plan around that player.

Until former Dallas Cowboys Offensive tackle Flozell Adams stuck his leg out and tripped NY Giants Defensive End, Justin Tuck in September of 2009.? That "bush league" play by Adams cost Justin Tuck more than a shoulder injury...it cost Tuck a season of mediocre play.

A year later a healthy Justin Tuck is back and showcasing to the NFL why he is a dominant player.

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As I walked through the stadium yesterday, I did not see a flood, or a fire or an earthquake.

Yet, the Giants seemed to think there was, acting the like the Red Cross in accommodating their guests, handing over a very winnable football game to a mediocre Tennessee Titans team.

For fantasy players and boxscore sniffers, the game looked like some kind of wild shootout, but the only shots fired in this game were by the Giants - at their own feet.

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Justin Tuck is a captain this season. ?It was kind of thrust upon him, he didn't raise his hand and volunteer for it.

He is just now beginning to realize that the captain's job is to explain away all the stupidity, foolishness and ineptitude after losses.

Yesterday, he stood in front of the beat pool and did a great job defending the defensible and singling out where his team needs to improve.

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By Dr. Bill Chachkes - Managing Partner/Executive Editor-Football Reporters Online / Special Contributor-Profootballnyc.com

It was reminiscent of many trips back from the Meadowlands I remembered as a Teenager in the late 1970?s when my father was still with us. Back then we would wait for the busses outside of Gate D. Now we stand, however painfully, and wait for the train. We had all just watched the Titans throttle the Giants, if only on the scoreboard. I wanted to get some fan reaction. Two ladies behind me were in their jerseys and had polish under their eyes. It, and their make-up, was already running.

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Can someone call Tiki Barber?

If Amhad Bradshaw is going to stay the #1 back on the New York Giants he is going to have make some adjustments carrying the ball.

Was the fumble against the Titans the only problem of the game....No.? However, in past 3 seasons Amhad Bradshaw has had 8 fumbles, which is not terrible.? The alarming stat is that through 3 games he has two.? This weeks was significant.

Tags: 2007 Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw, Antrel Rolle, Giants-Titans, Kareem McKenzie, New York Giants, Tiki Barber, Tom Coughlin
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Looking at this game's box score, you would think that Giants' QB Eli Manning was the winning QB.

Uh-uh.? The bad outweighed the good today, especially his decision to throw a left-handed pass into the end zone that was intercepted by the Titans.

"I just saw Kevin Boss open and was trying to get him the ball" Eli said. "That is one of those things where everything is telling you to try to get him the ball, but you just have to know you can't afford to have a turnover there and especially can't afford to float it in that situation.? Sometimes you have to know when to stop competing a little bit, just say, ?they got us,' and either throw it with your right hand or don't throw it and take the sack and get the field goal.

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Tom Coughlin's post-game presser was more like an apology. The sad, inexplicable, sloppy loss to Tennessee this afternoon was one of the most listless, non-cohesive performances in recent franchise history...

"It is frustrating, but it's my fault, it's my responsibility, put it on me. Let's see if we can get a team to come out of that locker room as one and understand what we've done."

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"You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain."- Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight
Today, we got our answers. As embarrassing as Week 2 was, the beating came at the hands of the top tier Colts. Today?s loss, coming at the hands of the mediocre Titans, erases any doubt that 2009 is long gone. The New York Giants, now at 1-2 appear to be a team that is rebuilding, whether they like it or not.

-The classic Aaron Eckhart line above immediately came to mind when the CBS cameras focused in on a flustered Kareem McKenzie mulling on the bench after his second personal foul. The blatant and unnecessary foul resulted in the Giants being forced to convert a 3rd and 25 with the game on the line. They failed to advance past 4th and 14.

McKenzie certainly wasn?t the only goat today, but he and the rest of the O-line are far from the heroic figures they once were. Two years ago at this time, the Giants enjoyed the finest front 5 in the game; the same front 5 that helped lead the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2007. Now, the unit has become a liability (and arguably an embarrassment).

Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, David Diehl, Eli Manning, Giants-Titans, Kareem McKenzie, Mario Manningham, New York Giants
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Giants' Hall-of-Fame linebacker Harry Carson greeted fans and signed autographs outside the MetLife Central entrance of the New Meadowlands Stadium before Sunday's Giants-Titans game.

Met Life hosts player meet and greets before every Giants and Jets home game.

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Inactive today for the Giants

C Shaun O'Hara

DT Linval Joseph

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When the Titans come to town tomorrow, Vince Young will be under center as Tennessee's starting quarterback. After he was benched last week, however, and given what's taken place with quarterbacks around the league so far this season, Kerry Collins may get?a shot at some point during Sunday's game. Basically, if Young plays well he stays in. If not, don't be surprised if Jeff Fisher goes to Collins just like he did last week in the Titans' 19-11 loss to the Steelers. This despite the fact that Fisher said this week that Young is, and will continue to be, the starting quarterback.

Young had two interceptions and a fumble in the loss last week, and he was benched for the fourth quarter. Immediately after lifting Young, Fisher said he did it to jump-start his team, and that there's no quarterback controversy in Tennessee. We've heard that before, however. Andy Reid said the same thing one day about Kevin Kolb. The next day, Michael Vick was the Eagles' starter.

Young was Collins' backup last year when the Titans started 0-6. The Titans are 1-1 as they head into East Rutherford. Young will have to play well or else Collins will get the chance to?reintroduce himself to Giants' fans.

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With the 29th pick in the 2009 draft, the Giants selected North?Carolina's?Hakeem Nicks. They could have?taken Kenny Britt, a 6-foot-4 wide receiver out of Rutgers. Britt ended up going to the Titans?with the 30th pick. The two will be on the same field Sunday when the Titans come to the New Meadowlands Stadium to play the Giants. The Giants were high on Nicks. They liked his hands, how he ran routes, and?his ability to gain?yards after the catch. In his rookie season a year ago,?Nicks caught 47?passes for 790 yards and six touchdowns. Britt had 42?catches for 701 yards and three touchdowns.

The Wall Street Journal has more:

What's happened since, however, tells a different story. Mr. Britt had a rough offseason. He showed up to minicamp overweight. Titans coach Jeff Fisher threatened to take him off the active list during the preseason and, having dropped to the third receiver spot, the Titans didn't throw to Mr. Britt once in last week's game.

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The Giants will workout for the final time this morning before they face the Tennessee Titans at NMS Sunday afternoon.

Tom Coughlin met with his three captains - Justin Tuck, Eli Manning and Chase Blackburn - yesterday after practice. Much has been made of the alleged lack of leadership, so the meeting - which had been on the calendar for awhile - could not have come a second sooner.

Coughlin did not divulge any details but did say that anytime they have a meeting (usually once a week) "its good. Its productive".

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Tennessee Titans

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE: DT Tony Brown (knee), DE Jacob Ford (knee), T Mike Otto (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE: DE Jason Babin (elbow), CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh)

New York Football Giants

OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY): T Will Beatty (foot)

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1. Chris Johnson

No shock here. ?CJ2K is the most dynamic running back in the league; an 80 yard play waiting to happen. ?Although it is tough, he can be stopped...just ask the Steelers. ?Pittsburgh set out to stop him (easier said than done), and limited him to just 34 yards on 16 carries. ?The Giants won't be able to replicate that performance, but if they can hold him to 100 yards, I'll consider it a victory.

2. Vince Young

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Good news for the Giants as they prepare for the Titans?

The brothers huddled in a stadium tunnel, hands tucked into their pockets, heads bowed as if in prayer. As equipment bags were shuttled back and forth behind them, Peyton and Eli Manning stole one last moment after a blowout game that brought joy to neither of them. Long Eli's protector and sometimes his tormentor, Peyton steered the conversation away from his Colts' 38--14 battering of Eli's Giants and instead brought up New York's Week 3 opponent, the Titans. The Colts play Tennessee twice a year, and Peyton's knowledge of the Titans' defensive schemes is vast. After doing everything in his power to beat Eli, Peyton was already eager to help him. Satisfied that his little brother was of sound body and mind, Peyton hugged him, slapped him on the backside and scheduled a fraternal chalk talk. Eli's eyes came to life. "I'll call you Tuesday," Eli said. (Sports Illustrated, 9/27)
The Giants are hoping that?that phone call included plenty of talk about how to beat Tennessee.
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Last week the Giants played a team that was known for their passing prowess in the Colts.

So, what happens? They leave their defensive tackles on the bench and get run right out of the building.

This week they'll face the game's best running back in Tennessee's Chris Johnson. They'll need all of their tackles - and maybe more - to stop this juggernaut of a player. A stacked deck is nothing new to Johnson, and it is not guaranteed to stop him.

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One could say that Giants' LB Keith Bulluck may have born and raised in New York, but he grew up in Tennessee.

Drafted in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of Syracuse by the Titans, Bulluck became a staple on the Tennessee defense. He currently ranks third all-time in tackles and his 135 consecutive games places him fourth all-time behind Hall-of-Famer Bruce Matthews, Robert Brazile (the great Houston Oilers LB) and punter Craig Hentrich.

This weekend, Bulluck, who left the Titans this summer after ten seasons to return to his hometown Giants, will face his old mates for the first time.? There are still strong feelings in the air.

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The Tennessee Titans' Jeff Fisher, the longest tenured head coach in the NFL, was on a conference call with reporters this morning.?? His words were masked by the usual PC jargon, but it was evident that he has not put LB Keith Bulluck's decision to leave Nashville behind him.

"Obviously Keith and I got to be very close and we enjoyed some great times and endured some difficult times together." said Fisher. "He had a great run here, and we just weren't able to get him back. He worked out a deal with the Giants. I put the tape on, and I'm really happy for him. He's playing well, and there was no doubt in my mind that he would come off this injury because he has been healthy his whole career, and he is a quick healer..... I'm so happy for him that he's playing again, and playing at a high level."

Fisher expanded on his comments about Bulluck's healing ability and how Bulluck's familiarity might change the Titans' approach the game.

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