The Titans still need a little bit of help to make the playoffs, but above all else, they just have to take care of their own business. They’ve done that in back to back weeks against the Jets and the Jaguars, moving to 7-6 on the year. Now they’ll have to go back on the road against an interesting New York Giants team.
The Giants are a disappointing 5-8 this year, but they’re 4-1 over their last five games. A big reason why is Saquon Barkley, who the Giants have ridden all season long. The second overall pick in last year’s draft has lived up to his billing to this point. The only problem is that the Giants still haven’t solved their issue at quarterback.
Eli Manning is still going at 37 years old, throwing for over 3,400 yards and 18 touchdowns so far this year. Those touchdown numbers were propped up last week as Manning threw three in the New York’s blowout of Washington.
He did that without the help of Odell Beckham Jr., who missed Sunday’s game with a bruised quad. Beckham’s status is still up in the air for Sunday’s game against the Titans.
Even with that news lingering out there, the Giants opened as three point favorites. That number has come down to 2.5 since. The total currently stands at 43.5.
The Giants rank in the bottom half of most defensive categories statistically. Their run defense took a hit when they traded Damon Harrison to the Lions, so this may be a spot where the Titans can ride Derrick Henry once again.
Tennessee should have their opportunities to score points here, but can they keep Barkley contained? That’s the key. If the run defense from last Thursday night shows up again, the Titans will be in good shape. But as we all know, consistency isn’t exactly this team’s best attribute.