What to watch this weekend with Giants on bye
The Giants have the weekend off with their bye week landing in Week 9.
While Big Blue won't be taking the field, there are still plenty of games occurring that should interest Giants fan.
Let's take a look at the games to watch in Week 9.
The Dallas Cowboys are also on bye this weekend, while the Philadelphia Eagles took on the Houston Texans last night on Thursday Night Football. However, there is one member of the NFC East in action this weekend.
Minnesota Vikings at Washington Commanders, 1 pm
The Commanders (4-4) are the only NFC East team in action this weekend as they welcome the Vikings (6-1) to FedexField.
Washington has won two consecutive games over the Packers and Colts, both of which featured Taylor Heinicke starting under center. During the two-game winning streak, Heinicke has thrown for 480 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. In last week's win over the Indianapolis Colts, he completed 74.2 percent of his passes.
On the other sideline, the Vikings enter this matchup with the second-best record in the NFC, with their only loss of the season coming in Week 2 against the Eagles. Since then, Minnesota has won five straight games, including last week's 34-26 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions, 1 pm
While next week's opponent (Texans) has already played, the Giants' Week 11 opponent will be in action on Sunday when the Lions take on the Packers in Detroit.
This matchup gives Giants fans a chance to do some early scouting on the Lions. While Detroit's defense has struggled this season, ranking 32nd in both points and yards allowed, the offense has played well.
The Lions enter Week 9 ranking 9th in points scored, while their yards gained ranks 4th in the NFL. The unit features several talented skill position players, including running backs D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. Detroit just traded starting tight end T.J. Hockenson to the Vikings.
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets, 1 pm
One of the few matchups with teams that are both over .500 will occur at MetLife Stadium this weekend, just not with the Giants.
The 6-1 Bills will travel to East Rutherford for an AFC East matchup against the 5-3 Jets. This game will not have any impact on the Giants or any potential tiebreakers, but it does feature an entertaining matchup with the two other New York football teams.
Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 pm
The Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers came into the season as two of the favorites in the NFC. However, neither one has lived up to expectations through the first eight weeks of the season.
Both teams are currently under .500, with the Rams sitting at 3-4 and the Buccaneers at 3-5. They have each had their struggles, especially on the offensive side of the ball, despite the returns of quarterbacks Matthew Stafford (Rams) and Tom Brady (Buccaneers).
With the talent on both of these rosters, chances are they will both be in playoff contention come the end of the season. If the Giants are battling for a wild card spot in December, these two teams could be some of the ones they are fighting with for those final spots.
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 pm
This week's Sunday Night Football game might be the best matchup of the week, as the 5-2 Tennessee Titans will travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the 5-2 Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs are fresh off their bye week, while the Titans come into this game having won five consecutive games after dropping their first two, including the season-opener against the Giants.
With no Giants football to watch this weekend, this Sunday night game should be an interesting way to finish the weekend before the Giants return to action in Week 10.
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