NY Giants (6-4) at Tennessee (3-7) Sunday 4:15 pm EST
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- If Eli Manning and the New
York Giants' offense is going to get untracked, this may be
the week to do it.
The Giants try to avoid a third straight loss Sunday when
they visit the Tennessee Titans in an interconference game.
While their defense has been decimated by injuries, the Giants
have struggled offensively in losing their last two games
against Chicago and Jacksonville.
Manning has completed just 33-of-73 passes (45 percent) for
351 yards and one touchdown with four interceptions.
Last Monday night, Manning went 19-of-41 for 230 yards and a
TD with two interceptions in a 26-10 setback at Jacksonville.
Tiki Barber also was limited to a season-low 27 yards on 10
But Manning and Barber should have a chance to turn things
around against the Titans, who rank 31st in total defense,
allowing 375.9 yards per game.
The losing streak has dropped the Giants in a first-place tie
with Dallas in the NFC East. New York hosts Dallas next week.
Before looking ahead to Dallas, New York must contend with a
Tennessee team that is 2-1 against the NFC East and has been
showing improvement since Vince Young took over from former
Giant Kerry Collins as the starting quarterback.
Young, who has completed just 46 percent (90-of-197) of his
passes for 1,074 yards and six touchdowns with eight
interceptions, is 3-4 as the starter. He also has rushed
for 225 yards and three scores.
Last week, Young threw for a touchdown and Travis Henry
rushed for 143 yards and a score as Tennessee rolled to a
31-13 victory at Philadelphia.
Young and Henry will be facing a Giants defense, which was
without four starters - ends Michael Strahan and Osi
Umenyiora, linebacker Brandon Short and cornerback Sam
Madison - last week.
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Tennessee is coming of a strong showing against the Philadelphia Eagles, where it was able to run the ball successfully with RB Travis Henry gaining 143 yards on 18 carries.
The Titans showed promise on defense, holding the NFL's most potent offense to 13 points, while putting Donovan McNabb out for the year with a knee injury. New York is coming off a game in Jacksonville it felt it should have won and needs to get back to its winning ways, in order to at least stay even with the Dallas Cowboys. Its running game was stifled in Jacksonville and the Giants need to re-establish themselves as a strong running team.