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Giants vs. 49ers Storylines: What to watch for


*Here are five storylines to follow as the Giants get set for Week 10: *


>Eli Manning passes 50,000 yards
>Giants reinstate Janoris Jenkins
>Evan Engram up for Rookie award
>Top photos from Giants vs. Rams
>"On The Line" with Dotts and Diehl

Three turnovers. Zero takeaways. Six plays of 35 yards or more allowed. A blocked punt. All of those factored into the Giants' most lopsided home loss since 1998 last week against the Rams. That's not the way Big Blue envisioned capping off the first half of its 2017 campaign. The team already has two more losses than it did all of last season, and the second half is just beginning with a trip west to face the San Francisco 49ers, the last remaining team in the NFC without a win.

"We're only halfway through the season," coach Ben McAdoo said this week. "We've got a lot of football left to play. Everything is fixable. Everything will be addressed. Coaches, we need to put a good plan together, put players in a position to be successful. Players need to prepare to go out and execute the plan on Sunday."


The following Giants did not play last week because of injuries: offensive lineman Justin Pugh (back), cornerback Donte Deayon (ankle), defensive ends Olivier Vernon (ankle) and Kerry Wynn (knee), and linebackers Jonathan Casillas (neck) and B.J. Goodson (ankle). Prior to the game, center Weston Richburg was placed on injured reserve with a concussion.

On the opposite coast, no team has been ravaged by injuries quite as much as San Francisco this year. The 49ers' injured reserve list hit 18 players this week. Rookie head coach Kyle Shanahan pulled out a sheet of paper in his Monday press conference when he was asked about the injury list because he "couldn't remember it all." He later added: "I've never been a part of a team where it's been like this."

Photos from the all-time series between the Giants and 49ers


The Giants have reinstated cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who was suspended last week for violation of team rules. Jenkins was not in attendance when the Giants returned to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center after the bye week. He became the second Giants cornerback in a three-week span to be suspended. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie missed the Giants' Week 6 game in Denver, their only win of the season. Like him, Jenkins was permitted to return after a one-week absence.


Shorthanded at the position, the Giants brought back a pair of linebackers on Tuesday by signing Kelvin Sheppard, who played in every game for them last season, and Deontae Skinner, who suited up five times for the Giants last season, including their postseason game in Green Bay. The Giants also placed linebacker Nigel Harris (ribs) on injured reserve. Elsewhere, the Giants waived defensive end Jordan Williams and defensive back Tim Scott after both were signed off the Giants' practice squad last week.


Last week, the 49ers agreed to a trade with the New England Patriots to acquire quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in exchange for San Francisco's 2018 second-round draft pick. However, the early plan is for rookie C.J. Beathard to continue serving as the starting quarterback for the 49ers, at least for this Sunday against the Giants. Shanahan said this week that Garoppolo would come in if Beathard gets injured.

Meanwhile, Eli Manning is scheduled to start his 208th consecutive regular-season game Sunday, which would tie his brother Peyton for the second-longest streak in NFL history at quarterback. Brett Favre owns the record with 297. Eli also recently joined them in another exclusive club, becoming the seventh player in NFL history to throw for 50,000 yards. Peyton Manning, Favre, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, and John Elway are the others.

"Hey, I think both teams need a win. So, I don't know if it's a matter of gambling," Manning said when asked if the 49ers do things out of character because they are still searching for their first victory. "I think you try to play your scheme. You try to do things correctly, do things right. So, we got to do things. We got to play our game. We got to be where we need to be. Make the plays that are there."

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