Five storylines to follow heading into Sunday's matchup at MetLife Stadium:
1. Peppers, Tate sidelined with injuries
The Giants announced Monday that safety Jabrill Peppers has a transverse process fracture and wide receiver Golden Tate is in the concussion protocol. Peppers was hurt returning a kickoff late in the first half, and Tate suffered his injury when he landed hard on his 23-yard touchdown reception in the end zone during Sunday's 19-14 loss in Chicago. Not only were Peppers and Tate starters on their respective sides of the ball, but they also played big roles as punt returners, of which the Giants have the highest average (11.9 yards per return) in the NFL.
2. Ending the streak
The Giants have lost seven consecutive games for the first time since 2014. They will look to break that streak at home against the Green Bay Packers, who sit atop the NFC North with an 8-3 record (3-0 in their division). The Giants won their past two matchups against the Packers at MetLife Stadium in 2012 (38-10) and 2013 (27-13).
3. Keeping another streak going
With two more on Sunday, Daniel Jones has thrown at least one touchdown pass in each of his first nine career starts, making him one of eight quarterbacks since the 1970 merger to accomplish the feat. In the Giants record books, Jones has already broken two of Charlie Conerly's rookie marks (pass attempts and completions). He now needs just 42 yards to break Conerly's record of 2,175 and is five short of his touchdown record.
"You understand you don't know exactly what it's like because you have never played an NFL game before," Jones said when asked if he has gained an appreciation for how difficult it is to win in the NFL. "You hear all the time people talking about the margin for error and how close these games are with everyone being so evenly matched talent wise. It's about who can make a couple more plays, I think that's something you hear about. The older guys will tell you how fine the line is between winning and losing. It's been tough and we're all looking for ways to improve, ways we can figure it out and get back on track. I think that's part of this game."
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4. Prep for Aaron Rodgers & Co.
Two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers quarterbacked the first of the two aforementioned games at MetLife Stadium, missing the 2013 contest with a collarbone injury. Overall, Rodgers is 3-1 against the Giants in the regular season and 1-1 in postseason. He also owns the highest career passer rating (102.9) in NFL history with a minimum of 1,500 attempts. This season, he averages 256.5 yards per game with 18 touchdowns to just two interceptions. His last time out, Rodgers threw for 104 yards in a 37-8 loss to San Francisco, his sixth-lowest total in 185 career starts (including postseason).
5. Lineup shuffles
Coming out of the bye week, the coaches made some changes regarding playing time, particularly in the secondary. Rookie DeAndre Baker, a first-round draft choice, rotated with Sam Beal, a 2018 supplemental pick hampered by injuries, at cornerback during the Bears game. Fellow rookies Corey Ballentine (64 snaps) and Julian Love (42) also saw their most extensive action, the latter as a result of Peppers' injury in the first half.
"Some of those changes in the secondary were intentional coming off the bye," coach Pat Shurmur said. "I thought Sam had some good plays and I liked the fact that he was healthy and able to be in the game playing corner. We get to see some of what we really liked about him. He had some good reps. He certainly, they caught the deep in-ball on him and it ended up being a penalty, but I thought he battled and for the most part was pretty effective."
Shurmur added: "I see the young players improving. I see us competing in games, we're just falling a little bit short. Most of the games, unfortunately, are within a score for most of the game, or we're ahead and somehow, we just can't find a way quite at the end. But I do think that there's improvement behind the scenes. It seems like each week we add another young player to the mix of guys. Then they go out and do some good things, and then they do some things that remind you that they're young. That's part of it. But there's no excuses for any of it. We need to do what we need to do to win the game."
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