To keep their postseason dream alive, the Giants must beat the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, November 10, because anything can happen in the weak NFC East. Here are five Giants to watch when they kick off the second half of their season against Oakland.
QB Eli Manning -- After watching Nick Foles dismantle the Raiders for 406 yards and seven touchdowns in Week 9, you have to wonder what Manning will do against them. Manning is coming off back-to-back games without throwing an interception, after tossing 15 in the previous six games, and with a week to prepare for Oakland, Big Blue's meticulous quarterback is poised to have one of his best games of the season.
WR Victor Cruz -- Cruz has a team-leading 677 receiving yards, but no end zone dances since his three-touchdown game against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1. Moreover, he hasn't surpassed the 100-yard mark since going for 164 yards and one TD against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4. But he'll have the advantage against the Raiders, who have the league's 23rd-ranked pass defense.
RB Andre Brown -- The Giants received disappointing news earlier this week when they learned the results of David Wilson's MRI (he hasn't been cleared to resume football activities). However, Brown, who led the team with eight rushing touchdowns last season, is ready for his first action of the regular season. Don't expect him to see too many carries, but he should get the ball on the goal line against Oakland's sixth-ranked run defense.
LB Jacquian Williams -- With Darren McFadden banged up, Rashad Jennings will lead Oakland's seventh-ranked running game, but quarterback Terrelle Prior is the biggest threat. He has an NFL-best eight runs for at least 20 yards, including a 93-yard sprint to the house against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8. The speedy Williams is likely to start at weakside linebacker and is a strong candidate to spy on Prior.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul -- Pierre-Paul, who hasn't registered a sack since Week 1, isn't fully healed from offseason back surgery, but he's starting to come around. The Giants need him at or near full strength. Big Blue's pass rush ranks near the bottom of the league with 10 sacks. Coming off a bye week, a rested Pierre-Paul may cause trouble for the Raiders, who couldn't keep the Eagles away from Prior.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer with more than 15 years of experience covering amateur and professional sports for several print and online media outlets. He tracked the New York Giants for Yahoo Contributor Network during the team's Super Bowl run in 2011-12. Adam can be found on Twitter @Pegcitysports.
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