The New York Giants (2-7) will attempt to snap a five-game losing streak on Sunday as the visiting team against the New York Jets (1-7). The two teams went at it in the first week of the preseason, resulting in a 31-22 Giants victory. It will be their first regular-season meeting since Week 13 of the 2015 season, which ended in a 23-20 overtime win for the Jets.
The Dolphins defeated the Jets, 26-18, in Week 9 for their first win of the season. The Jets have lost three consecutive games, and their only win this season came in Week 6 against the Cowboys.
Here are five storylines to follow this week:
1. Engram dealing with foot sprain; status for Week 10 uncertain
Tight end Evan Engram missed Wednesday’s jog-through due to a midfoot sprain. “He’s in a boot,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “We’ll just take him day to day, week to week, see where he goes.”
Engram’s immediate concern with the midfoot sprain was the possibility of a Lisfranc injury, which would most likely cause an extended absence. However, Engram was relieved that tests showed he is instead dealing with a low-grade foot sprain.
“No, that was the worry, that there was a real severe injury there,” Engram said when asked if he has a Lisfranc injury. “It’s not that bad. I don’t know all the medical terms, but it could be a lot worse… I got lucky and dodged a bullet.”
2. Pulley takes snaps as first-team center with Halapio nursing a hamstring injury
Engram wasn’t the only Giant missing from practice Wednesday, as center Jon Halapio was also absent due to a hamstring injury. The Giants have had the same five offensive linemen start each of the team’s first nine games. If Halapio is unable to suit up Sunday, the Giants will turn to Spencer Pulley at center.
“If Spencer has to go, we trust him,” Coach Shurmur said. “He played really well for us last year and we’re glad that he’s here. If he has to get in there, we’re very certain he’s going to play well.”
After re-signing Halapio before the start of free agency this past offseason, the Giants extended Pulley just a few days later.
“Obviously, it’s tough to see Pio, and hopefully he’s feeling alright. I certainly hope for the best there,” quarterback Daniel Jones said Wednesday. “I certainly have a lot of reps with Spence, back to the spring and really through the summer. I feel really good about him. I think we’re all really confident in him.”
3. Shepard being further evaluated
The Giants announced Sunday that wide receiver Sterling Shepard would not play in Monday’s game against Dallas and that he would be continuing in the protocol after experiencing some concussion symptoms. Shepard had missed the team’s previous three games, but was cleared and ready to return for Monday before he started to not feel well over the weekend. Shepard was seeing a specialist in Pittsburgh today.
4. Shurmur admires Jones’ toughness but wants him to be smart
Through the first seven starts of his NFL career, Daniel Jones has proven his toughness on the field. That was again on display Monday night when, among other things, he threw a block.
“I think what you see by watching him play is he’s a young player that is fighting and scratching,” Shurmur said. “We ran a reverse, he got out there and got a block. I’d rather he didn’t do that, but you know what it is. It flashes and he’s a competitor and he’s getting involved. In terms of his toughness and competitiveness, I think we’re seeing what we knew about him when we drafted him. Each week, he’s trying to do everything he can to help us win.”
5. Giants prep for MetLife Bowl
It is only once every four years that the Giants and Jets face off against each other in the regular season. With only a couple players still on the roster from their last meeting in 2015, the 2019 New York Giants are excited to take on the Jets.
“Yeah, I think it’ll be exciting,” Jones said ahead of the Week 10 matchup. “It gives both teams from New York an opportunity to compete against each other. I mean guys have said there is always a lot of energy in the game. It’s kind of unique playing an away game at home, but it’ll be fun.”
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