The 3-9 Giants travel to Tennessee to take on the 2-10 Titans in a matchup between 2 teams that are really struggling. The Giants have lost 7 games in a row with last weeks loss coming at the hands of the 2-10 Jacksonville Jaguars. They blew a three touchdown lead and managed only a field goal in the second half to lose 25-24. The Titans got blown out by the Houston Texans 45-21 and have only 1 win in their last 7 games. That win came all the way back in week 6 when they just managed to squeak by the lowly Jaguars 16-14.
The Giants had high hopes coming into this year and there is no doubt this season has been a failure. A bright spot has crept through the darkness in the form of receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the rookie is averaging 118 receiving yards since week 9 and made perhaps the greatest catch of all time versus Dallas in week 12 where he caught 10 passes for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns. Another bright spot has been the play of running back Rashad Jennings who came back in week 11 after sustaining a knee injury in October. Since returning he has been solid and had his best game of the year last week when he rushed for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns. Unfortunately for the Giants, his status is questionable for this game due to an ankle injury.
The expectations for the Titans this season weren’t high at all and they have played like it as they are tied for the second worst record in the N.F.L. They have struggled mightily on both sides of the ball as their defense has allowed 88 points over the last 2 games while their offense has committed 7 turnovers over that span. Rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger has done a decent job since taking over the starting role since week 8 but without much help, there is only so much he can do. He suffered a shoulder injury in last weeks lost to the Texans but has been quoted saying he will be under center for this game. That’s good news for the Titans considering Jake Locker threw 2 picks upon replacing Mettenberger last week.
The Giants have had the lead in the 4th quarter the past 2 games and although they weren’t able to hold on for the victory they lost both games by a combined 4 points. The Titans have been blown out the last 2 games and have lost both by a combined 43 points. On paper the Giants have the better team and this should be an easy victory. Nothing has come easy for the Giants this year and Vegas agrees by not making either team a favorite. The Giants are playing to save coach Tom Coughlin’s job and simply have more talented and experienced players at more positions than the Titans do and will win this game even if Jennings doesn’t play.
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