At 1-7 and no realistic chance of making the playoffs, some may say the New York Giants have nothing to play for and should just tank the season and possibly the number one pick in the draft.
But there’s always something to play for and that’s pride. The New York Giants will need to show that they have some pride as they take on the 0-9 San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.
Last week’s 51-17 drubbing at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams should have angered and embarrassed every player in the locker room. After the game, the team’s effort and desire was questioned as it looked as though the team quit.
At some point each player has to say enough is enough with losing and being humiliated. A loss to the 49ers, regardless of by how much, would be the most embarrassing loss of the season.
Despite having an anonymous player saying this week that head coach Ben McAdoo has lost the team and the Giants suffering a rash of injuries to key players this season, there’s no way they should lose to the winless 49ers.
The Giants may have only one win on the season, but they have much more talent on their roster than the 49ers.
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With Eli Manning, Orleans Darkwa, Evan Engram, and Sterling Shepard on offense, the Giants should be able to score often against a 49ers defense that is ranked 30th in total defense and that has given up 239 points this season, ranking second-most in the NFL.
The Giants defense has grossly underachieved all season and are currently ranked 26th in total defense. But with Pro Bowl cornerback Janoris Jenkins returning from a one-game suspension, the Giants defense should be able to shut down a 49ers offense that’s averaging just 15.9 points per game and who lost their best receiver for the season in Pierre Garcon.
49ers quarterbacks have only thrown six touchdowns on the season. So if the Giants defense puts forth any effort whatsoever, they’ll make life difficult for rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard.
So if the Giants play smart and play with some pride, they’ll come away with their second victory of the season. If they don’t, then they’ll suffer the most embarrassing loss of the season and may force Giants ownership to start making some immediate changes.