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Giants Raiders Game Preview

The woeful 1-3 Raiders travel to the Meadowlands to take on the undefeated Giants.  The Giants are hurting, with injuries to what seems like everyone on the team. However, the Raiders lack of talent should not be a problem for the depleted Giants.

INJURIES:

GIANTS
OUT: DT Chris Canty (calf); CB Aaron Ross (hamstring); and LB Michael Boley (knee)); LB Bryan Kehl (finger);
DOUBTFUL: TE Kevin Boss (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: QB Eli Manning (foot); RB Danny Ware (elbow)
PROBABLE: LB Clint Sintim (groin); WR Domenik Hixon (knee); RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle); LG Rich Seubert (shoulder); DE Justin Tuck (shoulder)

OAKLAND
OUT: OT Cornell Green (calf); RB Darren McFadden (knee); OG Robert Gallery (fibula); WR Nick Miller (shin); RB Oren O’Neal (ankle); WR Chaz Schilens (foot);
DOUBTFUL: None
QUESTIONABLE: TE Zach Miller (concussion); S Michael Huff (quad)
PROBABLE: Nnamdi Asomugha (wrist); S Hiram Eugene (calf); S Tyvon Branch (hip

There is reason to believe that Eli will play–he practiced Friday, and they did not bring Rhett Bomar to the big squad. If the game becomes a blowout, then look for David Carr.

OFFENSE:

The Raiders boast a pretty solid defense, but it’s not one the Giants can’t beat. With Eli Manning hurting, look for the running game to be used a lot. Brandon Jacobs will set the tone, and Ahmad Bradshaw will break out big runs. I’m a big concerned about Steve Smith, but only because he is facing Nmandi Asamaough, one of the best corners in the league. If Smith is shut down, then Mario Manningham needs a big game. Hakeem Nicks could have a big game as well, as he flashed a lot during the KC game. Even with the injury to Manning, there is still going to be a very good offensive performance.

DEFENSE:

This should be a fun week for the defense. The Raiders offense is dreadful–JaMarcus Russell is an awful QB, Darius Heyward Bey has more names (3) than catches (2), and their best weapon, Darren McFadden is out for this game. This Giants will blitz a lot. They will try to get in Russell’s face all game long. With no real threat at the receiver position, the Giants will stack the box all day long. A repeat of the Bucs game is not out of the realm of possibility.

THE RAIDERS:

The Raiders are, how do we put this lightly, awful. Their QB is, by all accounts, lazy and overweight. They have a messy management situation. Their offensive line is banged up. They have no receiving threats. For the Raiders to win, they have to hope that the Giants are looking towards the Saints, because I see no other way the Giants lose this game.

PREDICTION:

Like we mentioned above, the Raiders have to hope the Giants are looking ahead to the Saints. However, I can’t see Coughlin letting that happen. This could  be a dominating defensive performance, and a pretty good offensive performance. In other words, a really fun game to watch. FINAL SCORE: Giants 28, Raiders 10

COVERAGE:

As always, GiantsGab has got you covered for the game. Follow our Twitter page, as we’ll be tweeting during the game. Check back at halftime for our feature “Halftime Thoughts”, where we break down the first half, and tell you what to expect in the second. Hang out after the game for all the post game info you need. GiantsGab is Giants Central!

Just a note: I will be out of town, so I can’t watch the game. However, you will be in good hands with Mark Picucci, who will be starting in my place.

OTHER INFO:

Check out our friends at RaidersGab, for the latest on the Silver and Black

Our Roundtable Part 1 and Part 2

Will Beatty could see a some time at tight end

Another look at the Giants Raiders game

JaMarcus fights back against allegations

Raiders let Tollefson get away

Giants Want to Challenge Nmandi


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One Response to “Giants Raiders Game Preview”

  1. Sjones71 says:

    “Darius Heyward Bey has more names (3) than catches (2)”

    Ha!!!

    Looking forward to this one.

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