Giants to wear classic uniforms for MNF contest vs. Bucs
Coinciding with the franchise's on-going 30th anniversary celebration of the 1990 championship team, the New York Giants will hearken back to that era with special classic uniforms. The team will wear them during this week's Monday night meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium.
Similar to what they wore from 1980-99, the uniforms consist of white jerseys and pants with blue and red stripes, a "GIANTS" helmet decal instead of the familiar "ny," and white facemasks replacing the customary gray. The Giants first donned the classics in 2016. A year later, they wore white at home for the first time since their 2000 opener.
The Giants last wore the classic uniforms last season in their Monday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys.
This will be the fifth time the Giants wear the Super Bowl XXV-Era uniforms.
On the other sideline, the Buccaneers took to Twitter Wednesday to announce that they will be donning their red jerseys.
Check out the evolution of the New York Giants' uniforms through the years.
NFL, NFLPA announce progress in NFL Votes, #AthleteAndVoter initiatives
Joint statement from the NFL and NFL Players Association:
Election Day is less than a week away. The National Football League and NFL Players Association announced today the progress of NFL Votes and #AthleteAndVoter initiatives, our joint efforts to encourage voter education, registration and activation. Since both initiatives were created in August after discussions on advancing civic engagement with NFL player leaders and legends:
- Every NFL player (and club/league personnel) received comprehensive voter education, as well as access to voter information and support.
- 90 percent of active players are now registered to vote, with several clubs reporting 100-percent player registrations.
- Half of the clubs are using their stadiums and/or facilities for election-related activities, including as early voting or Election Day polling sites.
- All 32 clubs and players throughout the league united to promote the initiative, which has reached tens of millions of people to date.
- NFL players have been featured in national PSAs encouraging fans to make a game plan for how to vote. The players include: Shaquem Griffin (Seattle), Shaquill Griffin (Seattle), Todd Gurley (Atlanta), Cam Jordan (New Orleans), George Kittle (San Francisco), Laremy Tunsil (Houston), Deshaun Watson (Houston) and Russell Wilson (Seattle). Head Coach Pete Carroll (Seattle) also participated in the PSAs.
- All NFL, NFLPA and club facilities will be closed on Tuesday, November 3, to ensure that every member of the NFL family has an opportunity to exercise the right to vote and may safely support voting efforts in their communities.
We continue to work together to ensure that everyone in the NFL family is empowered with information and the opportunity to cast a ballot and make their voice heard in the upcoming election.
About NFL Votes
NFL Votes is a league-wide, nonpartisan initiative that supports and encourages civic engagement among NFL players and Legends, club and league personnel, and fans. Borne out of ongoing conversations with the player and Legend community, the non-partisan initiative has three focus areas: voter education, registration, and activation. According to a recent survey, nearly half of fans said they were more inclined to vote and encourage someone else to vote as a result of the initiative.
AthleteAndVoter is a non-partisan player-driven initiative by the NFLPA that builds awareness around voter education, amplifies our player members' voices against voter suppression and helps activate grassroots efforts to increase voter registration. Its mission is to continue driving the message that NFL players are more than just athletes; they are voters, activists and leaders in their communities.
5 Storylines to follow in Week 8
The Giants suffered a tough loss in Week 7, falling to the Philadelphia Eagles, 22-21, on Thursday Night Football. The defense played well for about 55 minutes, allowing just one Eagles touchdown, before surrendering two touchdowns in the final few minutes.
The Giants (1-6) remain just 1.5 games behind the Eagles for the lead in the NFC East. However, a difficult challenge lies ahead as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come to MetLife Stadium for a Monday night showdown.
The Bucs are coming off a strong 45-20 win over Raiders in Las Vegas last week. Tom Brady threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns while running for another touchdown, and may be playing some of his best football in recent years. Tampa Bay has won five of its last six games heading into this contest.
Here are five storylines to follow heading into the matchup.
Can DJ get the offense moving?
Daniel Jones enters Week 8 averaging just over 200 passing yards per game with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. But not all of that can be put on the shoulders of the second-year quarterback. Of the Giants' first seven opponents this season, six rank within the Top 8 in the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed, with Dallas coming in at No. 12. On top of that, five of the seven teams the Giants have faced rank within the top half of the league in interceptions.
After going four straight weeks without a passing touchdown, Jones has picked up his production over the last two games. He is averaging about 150 passing yards per game with three total touchdown passes over the last two weeks, but has excelled in the running game. Jones has led the team in rushing in two consecutive outings, with performances of 74 yards on seven rushes (10.6 yards per carry) and 94 yards on four carries (23.0 yards per carry). He currently ranks third among NFL quarterbacks in rushing yards this year, trailing only Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson.
"We have to continue to look at ourselves," Jones said after last week's loss. "We have to be critical of ourselves and improve every week. I think we've done that. I think the team that is playing now is a much different team than the one that started the season. We haven't gotten the results as consistently as we expect. We have to keep improving and keep pushing it forward. Keep progressing as a team. I think that has to be our mindset. It's the only way we are going to get better. I'm confident we have the guys to do it. We just have to stay at it."
Tampa Bay's pass defense ranks ninth in passing yards allowed (225.3 yards), eighth in passing touchdowns allowed (nine) and second in interceptions (nine). However, the unit is coming off a game in which Raiders quarterback Derek Carr completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He ran twice for 19 yards.
View photos of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers starters ahead of the Week 8 matchup, based on their unofficial depth chart.