Everything you need to know about the Week 10 matchup between the New York Giants (2-7) and New York Jets (1-7):
1. MetLife Bowl. The Giants have won their last three games as visitors against the Jets, in 1996, 2003 and 2011. Overall, the Giants are 5-1 as the visiting team vs. the Jets. Four years ago, the Jets defeated the Giants in overtime, 23-20, to snap the Giants’ five-game winning streak in the series. The teams have met in the preseason every summer since 1969.
2. Injury report. Out: TE Evan Engram (foot), C Jon Halapio (hamstring), WR Sterling Shepard (concussion). Doubtful: RT Mike Remmers (back).
3. First changes to O-line. The Giants started the same five offensive linemen in the first nine games. In Week 10, they will likely have two changes. Spencer Pulley, who started the final nine weeks of last season, will take over for Halapio. If Remmers cannot play, Nick Gates, who made the team last year as an undrafted rookie out of Nebraska, will make his first career start.
4. Leonard Williams faces former team. Less than two weeks after he was traded, Williams will face his former team that drafted him sixth overall in 2015. Williams played 47 defensive snaps last week in his Giants debut and recorded three tackles and a quarterback hit.
“It basically happened as soon as I got traded. People were like, ‘Oh, that’s crazy, you’re going to play the Jets soon,’” Williams said. “What’s interesting about it is they don’t play each other in the regular season often. It’s interesting that it happened this year, that we happen to be playing them right after I got traded to the Giants. It’s going to be fun.”
5. Giants out to disappoint Saquon’s dad. Before Saquon Barkley was in the NFL, he bought a replica Joe Namath jersey for his dad, Alibay, who is a lifelong Jets fan. And by the sound of it, it doesn’t look like his son being drafted to the Giants changed anything.
“It’s kind of weird because he has a Jets tattoo,” Barkley said. “So even if he wears a Saquon Barkley jersey, he’s still repping the Jets. But, if you ever met my dad, you know my dad, he’s been a Jets fan his whole life, so is he going to root for the Jets? Yes, but he’s going to root for the Giants and his son at the same time. So, he gets the best of both worlds. Watch his team that he grew up rooting for and get to watch his son live his dream.”
6. Daniel Jones on verge of record. The sixth overall pick needs two completions to break the franchise’s rookie record (162), set by Charlie Conerly in 1948. Jones is also on pace to break a few more of Conerly’s records. Conerly threw 299 passes in 1948; Jones has 257. Conerly passed for 2,175 yards; Jones has 1,676. Conerly threw 22 touchdown passes; Jones has 11.
7. Defending Sam Darnold, Le’Veon Bell. Sunday will be the Giants’ first game against Darnold, whom the Jets drafted one spot after Barkley in 2018. Darnold, who missed three games with mononucleosis, has completed 63.2 percent of his passes with six touchdowns to nine interceptions and a lost fumble. His best game came in a Week 6 victory, the Jets’ only one of the season, over the Dallas Cowboys. Darnold completed 23 of 32 passes for 338 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in that game. Meanwhile, Bell will face the Giants for the first time in a Jets uniform. The former Steeler had 182 yards from scrimmage in his only previous meeting with the Giants at Pittsburgh in 2016.
8. Stats to know. The Jets offense has 16 plays of 20+ yards, the fewest in the NFL entering Week 10. The Giants have allowed 46 such plays, third-most in the league. The Jets have allowed touchdowns on 65.4 percent of opponents’ red zone drives (29th in NFL). Cody Latimer’s 181 kickoff return yards on Monday night were the most by any NFL player in a game this season.
9. Sam Beal to make debut. The Giants this week activated cornerback Sam Beal off injured reserve. A third-round selection in the 2018 supplemental draft, Beal missed all of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery and was sidelined this year with a hamstring injury. To create room on the roster, the Giants waived second-year safety Sean Chandler, who was later added to the practice squad.
10. Bye week coming. Sunday is the Giants’ final game before their bye week, which traditionally has meant success. The Giants are tied with the Saints for the fourth-best pre-bye week record (20-10, .667). Seattle is first (24-6, .800), followed by Minnesota (21-9, .700) and Dallas (21-10, .677).
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