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5 storylines to follow after the bye week


The Giants finished the first half of the season on a high note, defeating the Las Vegas Raiders, 23-16, at MetLife Stadium. Daniel Jones completed 75 percent of his passes, the offense rushed for 149 yards and Xavier McKinney recorded two interceptions of Derek Carr, one of which he returned 41 yards for a touchdown.

The win gave the Giants two victories over the last three weeks, with the one loss coming by three points against the Chiefs in prime time at Arrowhead Stadium. During that stretch, the defense has surrendered an average of 13 points per game while forcing six total turnovers. Heading into the Week 10 bye, the Giants are one of just two teams in the NFL with at least one turnover in every game this season (Indianapolis Colts).

With eight games remaining on the schedule, here are five storylines to follow after the Giants' Week 10 bye.

Getting healthier

The bye is coming at an opportune time for the Giants. Heading into the Week 9 matchup against the Raiders, the offense welcomed back two of its top playmakers in Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney. However, each receiver was on the field for just 55 percent of the team's offensive snaps, combining for three catches and 37 yards. The week of rest should allow both playmakers to get close to 100 percent for the second half of the season.

The team is hopeful that two of its offensive starters will be able to make their returns when the Giants take the field in Tampa Bay in Week 11. Running back Saquon Barkley has missed the last four games due to an ankle injury suffered against the Cowboys in Week 5, while left tackle Andrew Thomas was placed on injured reserve after hurting his foot against the Rams in Week 6. Both players still have some ways to go before they're able to suit up, but Coach Joe Judge expressed optimism that both will be back for Week 11.

"I'd say for both guys based on the conversations that I've had today with trainers, I'm hopeful that we would be able to have both guys back for Tampa," Judge said on Monday. "I think we've got to give them an opportunity this week."

Barkley's replacement, Devontae Booker, left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter with a hip injury, although he was cleared to return to the game. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (quad) and linebacker Lorenzo Carter (ankle) also missed the game against the Raiders, but it remains to be seen if the week off is enough time for either one to return to action.

From Daniel Jones' one-handed catch on a trick play to Xavier McKinney's pick-six to the OT thriller in New Orleans, re-live the best moments from the first half of the season in this must-see photo gallery.