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The New York Giants desperately need a win. While a win won't necessarily salvage what appears to be another season that seems to be destined to miss the playoffs (again), it would do wonders for the morale of both the organization and the fans.

This week, they'll face the Las Vegas Raiders, a team that sits atop of the AFC West at 5-2, but one that has been rocked by scandal these past few weeks, starting with the abrupt resignation of head coach Jon Gruden and, more recently, the tragic situation involving now-former receiver Henry Ruggs III. 

Can the Giants give their fans something to cheer about this weekend? Follow along below for updates, stats, and analysis from MetLife Stadium as the New York Giants try to head into the bye week with a much-needed win. Newest content will be on top; click on the link in the Table of Contents to go to a section.


Final

  • Giants 23, Raiders 16. Enjoy the bye week.

Fourth Quarter

  • And that should do it. Quincy Roche come up with a huge sack on Derek Carr to force a turnover and Leonard Williams recovers. Ballgame.  Giants win.
  • Azeez Ojulari knocks down a Carr pass. 3rd-and-2!
  • Two-minute warning. Raiders have the ball on the Giants' 41-yard line. Can the defense hold?
  • Graham Gano hits a 38-yard field goal on the drive following McKinney's interception. Giants now up by seven, 23-16. 3:21 left to go.
  • X marks the spot! Xavier McKinney comes up with his second interception of the game and it's a big one. Snuffs out the Raiders' attempt to cross midfield.
  • Giants RB Devontae Booker has a hip injury. His return is questionable. Booker has 21 carries for 99 yards, the rushing yardage a career best. Giants are now down to Eli Penny.
  • Raiders punt returner Hunter Renfrow fumbles the ball forward after being hit by Keion Crossen. But the Raiders Dallin Leavitt recovers. 
  • Giants RB Devontae Booker was in the medical tent. He just went back to the locker room. 
  • Carlson's 25-yard field goal attempt is no good. wide left. The Giants hold a slim 20-16 lead.  
  • Graham Gano nails a 32-yard field goal to give the Giants a 20-16 lead. Can the Giants hold on to win?
  • The Giants are 0-2 in the red zone today against a Raiders red zone defense that came into this week's game tied for dead last in the league (with the Lions) for TDs allowed. (83.33 percent).

Third Quarter

  • Jones just threw his first incomplete pass of the day, intended for Kyle Rudolph. But Jones followed that up with a nice 14-yard throw to Kenny Golladay.  
  • Giants are getting the ball back with 5:20 left in the third quarter after the Raiders jut finished a scoring drive that lasted 8:08.
  • Carlson's 25-yard field goal makes it a one-point game, Giants 17, Raiders 16.
  • Raiders LB Nick Kwiatkoski and CB Keisean Nixon were both carted back to the locker room with ankle injuries. 
  • Dexter "Sexy Dexy" Lawrence stuffs Josh Jacobs on 3rd-and-1. But the Raiders convert on 4th-and-1.
  • McKinney jumps in front of Hunter Renfrow along the sideline and grabs the 41-yard pick-6 to give the Giants a 17-13 lead.  McKinney's Pick-6 was the Giants defense's first touchdown of the year (they had a safety vs. Carolina). 
  • TE Kaden Smith has been ruled out of he game. Giants say he's still being evaluated.

Halftime

  • Daniel Jones is 9 of 9 for 79 yards. Only one of his passes have gone to a receiver, that being Kenny Golladay.
  • Devontae Booker is having a nice game. He has 78 rushing yards on 13 carries and 23 receiving yards in three catches. 
  • Pretty wild that there have been no pass targets yet to Kadarius Toney. Tight end Evan Engram's 30 receiving yards leads the Giants at the half.
  • Giants have won the first half time of possession, 18:12 to 11:48.
  • Giants have four penalties. The Raiders have one.
  • Defensive lineman Leonard Williams leads the Giants defense at the half with four tackles.
  • Giants CB James Bradberry is the first Giants player and the fourth in NFL history with a pass defensed in each of the first nine games of a season. 

Second Quarter

  • Two-minute warning. Can the Giants defense hold?
  • OLB Cam Brown was slow to get up after a kickoff and walked gingerly off the field.
  • Giants tight end Kaden Smith is being evaluated for a concussion.
  • Gano ties it up with a 35-yard filed goal with 3:24 remaining on a 9-play, 43-yard drive eating up 5:14. Raiders 10, Giants 10.  
  • Jones gets sacked again by Ngakoue to bring up 3rd and 11. Might have been a coverage sack but still, would have liked for Jones to have gotten rid of the ball if that was the case.

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  • Devontae Booker is having himself a nice game so far. Does a good job hitting hole.
  • Keion Crossen dove on Riley Dixon's punt which had taken a Giants roll.  
  • A screen pass to Eli Penny? Really? And then they waste a trick play with Kadarius Toney on 3rd-and-17?
  • Holding penalty on Skura brings up a 1st-and-20 on the 36. Giants going backward.
  • So far the Giants haven't been moving the pocket much this game. 
  • Giants defense holds Raiders to a 25-yard field goal by Daniel Carlson. 
  • On the third-down play, James Bradberry did a nice job to break up a pass intended for tight end Darren Waller on third down.
Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) cannot come up with the touchdown pass with pressure from New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry (24) in the first half at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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  • Daniel Jones' fumble is his third lost ball of the year. 

First Quarter

  • Carr overthrows Waller by a mile. Raiders settle for a 32-yard field goal by Carlson to take a 13-10 lead with six seconds left in the half.
  • End of the first quarter. Game tied, 7-7, but Raiders knocking on the door, 2nd-6 form Giants' six to start Quarter 2.
  • Ugh. Jones is sacked by Yannick Ngakoue and coughs up the ball. Dennis Philon recovers at the Giants' 30.  Raiders ball.  That sack came from the left side against Matt Peart, who I thought might have moved a hair too soon (he wasn't flagged though).
  • Raiders punter A.J. Cole just took a hard hit from Giants DB Keion Crossen. Cole was slow to get up and there are flags all over the place. Joe Judge got in Crossen's face. 15-yard unnecessary roughness  foul on the Giants...yet another discipline related play by the Giants. 
  • James Bradberry just flagged for illegal contact gives the raiders a first down.
  • On 3rd-and-2, Giants tried the Wild Cat with Toney at quarterback in the shotgun and Jones out wide. That went nowhere though as the Raiders snuffed it out and Giants lost two on the play. The call wasn't horrible, but the Giants took a long time to snap it once they lined up in the Wildcat formation, thereby eliminating the element of surprise.
  • The Raiders answer with a touchdown drive of their own on a 2-yard pass from Derek Carr to TE Hunter Renfrow, who beat CB James Bradberry. Giants gave up a third-down conversion on that drive. That was a 10-play, 73-yard scoring drive that ate up 5:02 off the clock. Raiders 7, Giants 7.  
  • Raiders RB Josh Jacobs is 4 of 33 on this opening drive on the ground and has one reception for six yards.
  • Collin Johnson got into a little shoving match with a Raider after the kickoff. Head coach Joe Judge got in his face on the sideline.
  • Touchdown! Jones to Evan Engram for a 30-yard strike. 7 plays, 75 yards, 4:14 drive.  That was the Giants' 1st first-quarter touchdown of the season at home.  
  • Matt Peart did a nice job of collapsing his side on 3rd-and-1. Devontae Booker picks up 16 yards on the play.
  • Giants have used a jumbo TE now twice on this opening drive. They also just ran a play with three guys in the backfield in addition to Jones. Gained four to set up 3rd-and-1.
  • Pharoh Cooper takes the opening kickoff for the Giants from his own 7-yard line. Returns it 18 yards.

Pre-game

  • The Raiders have won the toss and have deferred. Giants to receive to start the game.
  • After today, the Giants have one home game over a 40-day stretch. That game is on November 28 against the Eagles.
New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney, left, and quarterback Daniel Jones, right, hug during warmups at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in East Rutherford.

New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney, left, and quarterback Daniel Jones, right, hug during warmups at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in East Rutherford.

  • Not surprised about Oshane Ximines being inactive. He's appeared in eight games and has 12 tackles, no sacks, and only two quarterback hits. The Giants will be looking for Trent Harris, Quincy Roche and a sprinkling of Elerson Smith to generate some pass rush productivity.
  • The Raiders inactive players are OT Jackson Barton, RB Peyton Barber, CB Amik Robertson, DE Malcolm Koonce, and NT Damion Square.
  • Giants inactive list: RB Saquon Barkley (ankle), OLB Lorenzo Carter (ankle), DB  Nate Ebner (ankle), WR Sterling Shepard (quad) and OLB Oshane Ximines (healthy scratch).
  • Receivers John Ross and Kenny Golladay are active. Let's see how much they're able to do.
  • Interesting. Oshane Ximines, the disappointing third-round pick from 2019, was spotted working out with the inactive player group.  Might he be inactive this week?
  • John Ross went through a pre-game workout for the trainers. He's listed as questionable with a quad ailment.
  • Wide receiver Kenny Golladay is expected to play this week, barring any pre-game setbacks. Golladay has missed the last three games with a knee injury suffered in the Week 5 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. 

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