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2019 Giants Preview: Giants-Dolphins, Week 15

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The New York Giants (2-11) will attempt to put an end to a nine-game losing streak, the franchise's longest stretch without a win since 1976, when they welcome the Miami Dolphins (3-10) to MetLife Stadium this Sunday. This Week 15 matchup represents the first meeting between the two teams since 2015, when the Giants defeated the Dolphins, 31-24.

After opening the season with seven consecutive losses, Miami has won three of the last six games to raise their record to 3-10. The Dolphins sit in last place in the AFC East, two games behind the New York Jets. Miami has gone 1-2 against the NFC East so far this season, losing in Dallas and at home against Washington while defeating Philadelphia at Hard Rock Stadium.

Let's dive right in to this Week 15 matchup against Miami.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

  • Sunday, December 15 at 1:00 p.m. ET
  • East Rutherford; MetLife Stadium
  • TV: CBS – Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (color), Evan Washburn (sideline)
  • Radio: WFAN 660 AM / 101.9 FM – Bob Papa (play-by-play), Carl Banks (color), Howard cross (sideline)
  • Watch the Giants on Yahoo! Sports (mobile browser or app) or the Giants app, free on your phone or tablet. *Geographic device restrictions apply. Local and primetime games only. Data charges may apply. Click here for more ways to watch, listen and live stream.

ALL-TIME SERIES

  • The Giants lead the all-time series between the two franchises, 6-2.
  • Last game- Week 14 of 2015. Giants won, 31-24.

COACHING STAFF

Giants:

  • HC Pat Shurmur
  • OC Mike Shula
  • DC James Bettcher
  • STC Thomas McGaughey

Dolphins:

  • HC Brian Flores
  • OC Chad O'Shea
  • DC Patrick Graham
  • STC Danny Crossman

LAST WEEK

Giants:

  • Lost vs. Philadelphia Eagles (6-7), 23-17

Dolphins:

  • Lost vs. New York Jets (5-8), 22-21

INJURY UPDATE (12/12):

Giants:

  • Did not participate: G Kevin Zeitler (ankle).
  • Limited: TE Rhett Ellison (concussion), TE Evan Engram (foot), QB Daniel Jones (ankle)
  • Full: CB Corey Ballentine (concussion), WR Golden Tate (foot)

Dolphins:

  • Did not participate: DT Gerald Willis (hip)
  • Limited: FB Chandler Cox (shoulder), CB Nik Needham (groin), WR DeVante Parker (concussion), WR Albert Wilson (concussion)
  • Full: LB Jerome Baker (chest/jaw), QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (right shoulder), RB Patrick Laird (hip), WR Allen Hurns (ankle/knee)

View rare photos of the all-time series between the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins

STORYLINES/THINGS TO WATCH:

  • Manning to get another start? Coach Shurmur wouldn't commit to a starting quarterback Wednesday, and while the week is still young, early signs point towards Eli Manning possibly getting his second consecutive start. Manning completed 15 of 30 passes for 203 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Eagles Monday night, his first start since Week 2. Most of that production came in the first half, as the veteran went into halftime with 11 completions for 179 yards and the two scores. Daniel Jones was officially limited at Wednesday's practice. His ankle sprain still has a few more days to heal before a decision must be made, but it appears that Manning could start in front of the home crowd.
  • Slayton enjoys another breakout game. Darius Slayton caught five passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns Monday, making it his third multi-touchdown game of the season. Heading into Week 15, the rookie fifth-round pick leads all rookie wide receivers with seven touchdowns while sitting near the top of the leaderboard in just about every receiving category.
  • Zeitler's status uncertain. Kevin Zeitler has started 85 consecutive games, but that streak is in danger this week following an ankle injury suffered against the Eagles. The veteran lineman did not participate in Wednesday's practice. If he is unable to go, second-year lineman Nick Gates will likely step into the starting lineup.
  • Could Giants have all offensive weapons available? Thirteen games into the season, New York has yet to have all of its top offensive weapons active in the same game. Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Darius Slayton and Evan Engram have all missed time this year. But with Engram participating in practice Wednesday, albeit in a limited fashion, it appears as if the Giants at least have a chance to have all of their top skill position players available for the first time against Miami.
  • Love continues to shine as starting safety. It's been two and a half games since Julian Love replaced the injured Jabrill Peppers at safety, and the rookie has continuously shown that he is up for the challenge. Love put together yet another strong performance against the Eagles, picking up six solo tackles and a tackle for loss. On Wednesday, Love was promoted to starting safety on the team's unofficial Week 15 depth chart.

WHAT THE DOLPHINS ARE SAYING

INTRIGUING MATCHUPS

  • Giants EDGE vs. Dolphins OT – The Giants enter this matchup with 29 sacks on the season, but have a great opportunity to add to that number Sunday. Miami has surrendered the most sacks (51) of any team in the NFL this year, with its tackle combination of Jesse Davis and Julie'n Davenport combining for nine sacks allowed. Both Davis and Davenport have struggled in pass protection at times throughout the season, which is good news for New York's edge rushers. Markus Golden leads the Giants with 8.5 sacks, while Oshane Ximines (4.0) and Lorenzo Carter (3.5) rank second and third on the team. All three outside linebackers have a plus-matchup against the Dolphins Sunday.
  • Giants S Julian Love vs. Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki – Love had himself yet another strong performance this past week, recording six solo tackles and a tackle for loss. The rookie safety has been a bright spot on New York's defense since taking over for the injured Jabrill Peppers, and this week's matchup against the Dolphins presents yet another tough matchup. Gesicki has been one of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's favorite targets over the last handful of games. The second-year tight end has been targeted at least five times in each of Miami's last six games. With wide receivers DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson both suffering concussions against the Jets last week, their statuses for Week 15 remain unclear. If one or both are out, Gesicki is likely looking at an increased target share, which means Love will have his hands full going up against the athletic, 6-foot-6 tight end.
  • Giants WR vs. Dolphins CB – Miami has allowed 31 passing touchdowns through the first 13 games of the season, just one behind Arizona for the league lead. In Week 13, Jets WR Robby Anderson caught seven passes for 116 yards and a score, while Demaryius Thomas also reeled in a touchdown from Sam Darnold, who finished with 270 yards in the air. The Dolphins have struggled to limit opposing wide receivers, and things are unlikely to get easier for them this week as they go up against Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Golden Tate. The trio of Giants receivers combined for 10 receptions for 193 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles, and that was in a game where the Giants held the ball for under 22 minutes. In a game that has the makings of a high-scoring affair, the Dolphins corners could have trouble containing the Giants' talented wide receiver group.

PROJECTED WEATHER

REFEREE ASSIGNMENT

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

Giants:

  • Passing – QB Daniel Jones (2,374 yards)
  • Rushing – RB Saquon Barkley (610 yards)
  • Receiving – WR Darius Slayton (659 yards)
  • Touchdowns – WR Darius Slayton (7)
  • Tackles – S Antoine Bethea (93)
  • Sacks – OLB Markus Golden (8.5)

Dolphins:

  • Passing – QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (2,511 yards)
  • Rushing – RB Patrick Laird (84 yards)
  • Receiving – WR DeVante Parker (882 yards)
  • Touchdowns – WR DeVante Parker (6)
  • Tackles – LB Jerome Baker (95)
  • Sacks – DE Taco Charlton (5)
  • Interceptions – S Steven Parker / S Bobby McCain (2)

COMPARING 2019 STATS

Giants:

  • Total offense – 26th (311.9 YPG)
  • Scoring – 25th (19.0 PPG)
  • Passing offense – 22nd (218.2 YPG)
  • Sacks allowed – Tied-20th (37)
  • Running offense – 26th (93.8 YPG)
  • Third down offense – 21st (35.7%)
  • Red zone offense – 23rd (51.5%)
  • Total defense – 27th (376.3 YPG)
  • Scoring defense – 28th (27.8 PPG)
  • Passing defense – 26th (261.8 YPG)
  • Sacks – tied-23rd (29)
  • Running defense – 20th (114.5 YPG)
  • Third down defense – 20th (40.8%)
  • Red zone defense – 11th (53.5%)
  • Time of possession – 29th (28:17)
  • Turnover differential – 31st (-13)

Dolphins:

  • Total offense – 30th (283.5 YPG)
  • Scoring – 30th (17.0 PPG)
  • Passing offense – 23rd (216.2 YPG)
  • Sacks allowed – 32nd (51)
  • Running offense – 32nd (67.3 YPG)
  • Third down offense – 26th (34.3%)
  • Red zone offense – 16th (56.8%)
  • Total defense –30th (397.7 YPG)
  • Scoring defense – 32nd (30.7 PPG)
  • Passing defense – 23rd (256.6 YPG)
  • Sacks – 32nd (17)
  • Running defense – tied-30th (141.1 YPG)
  • Third down defense – 26th (43.9%)
  • Red zone defense – 22nd (59.2%)
  • Time of possession – 30th (27:58)
  • Turnover differential – 32nd (-14)

QUOTES

  • "You know what, we'll have to see. We have a couple days here. I think we need to be smart coming back from any injury. In the case of a quarterback, aside from going out and throwing, they certainly need to be able to protect themselves, and part of his game is moving around. I just want to make sure he's healthy enough and fit enough to do that." – Head Coach Pat Shurmur on injured quarterback Daniel Jones.
  • "You know, some good, some bad. There are always going to be plays— could've hung with the receiver a little longer here, made a certain throw there. So, some good stuff but also always plays that could be better." – QB Eli Manning on his performance Monday.
  • "I feel good. I think I've gotten a lot better over the course of the last week. I'm taking it day to day, doing what they tell me I can do. I'm starting to move around a little bit more and it feels good. Keep trusting that process and like I said, try to get back out there as quickly as I can." – QB Daniel Jones on his injured ankle.
  • "I knew I wanted to come in and make an impact. I knew I could come in and make an impact. I didn't really know how much I was going to be able to do that, but like I said, I've definitely been blessed. Daniel, Eli, having two really good quarterbacks to play with in my rookie season has definitely helped me out a lot." – WR Darius Slayton on his breakout rookie season.

CATCH BEFORE THE GAME

NEXT WEEK

Giants:

  • Washington Redskins (away)

Dolphins:

  • Cincinnati Bengals (home)

Giants vs. Dolphins Broadcast Info: TV channel, Radio Station and Live Stream.

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