New York Giants host the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5

The Giants Beat's Zack Odell previews the battle of east coast and west coast as the New York Giants play host to the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium.

Game Info:

October 11th, 2015

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Will be televised on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET

Radio channels: Sirius- channel 93, Internet- channel 820, XM- channel 225

as well as other local affiliate stations


NBC Broadcast

Play-by-play Al Michaels, color commentator Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya


Radio Broadcast

Play-by-play Bob Papa, color commentator Carl Banks, sideline reporter Howard Cross


New York Giants:


2015 preseason record: 2-2

2015 regular season record: 2-2


2015 Regular Season Leaders:

Passing: Eli Manning 90 for 143 (62.9 completion %) 976 yards 7 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: Rashad Jennings 42 rushes for 134 yards, 1 TD

Receiving: Odell Beckham jr. 24 receptions for 307 yards, 2 TD


San Francisco 49ers:


2014 regular season record: 8-8

2015 preseason record: 2-2

2015 regular season record: 1-3


2015 Regular Season Leaders:

Passing: Colin Kaepernick 72 for 116 (62.1 completion %) 727 yards 2 TD, 5 INT

Rushing: Carlos Hyde 62 rushes for 282 yards, 2 TD

Receiving: Anquan Boldin 15 receptions for 124 yards, 1 TD


Results of the previous 3 meetings:


November 16, 2014: (HOME) Giants loss 16-10

October 14, 2012: (AWAY) Giants win 26-3

(Playoffs) January 22, 2012: (AWAY) Giants win 20-17 (OT)



Key Matchups:


49ers RB Carlos Hyde vs. Giants LB Jon Beason

Carlos Hyde started off the season extremely hot rushing for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns in the opener, but has since cooled off rushing for 114 yards and 0 touchdowns in the past three games combined. Beason has been struggling with injuries, but is a very important cog in the success of the rush defense so far this season.  Teams have been starting to load the box for Hyde as Kaepernick has been struggling, and the Giants are likely to do the same. Beason and company will look to bottle up Hyde on early downs, making Kaepernick attempt to beat them on third and longs.


49ers WR Torrey Smith vs. Giants CB Prince Amukamara


I’m not certain that Amukamara will be the player who will shadow Smith, but that is my assumption.   Although Boldin is their best wide receiver, Smith has the ability to make big plays when he gets behind the defense. Kaepernick hasn’t shown the ability to connect with him, but a big play or two could open it up for the 49ers, and they will likely need one. For that reason, the Giants as a secondary need to make sure that Torrey Smith doesn’t get behind them for a cheap touchdown.  Instead, force the 49ers to make long methodical drives, which have been few and far between for them this season.


Interesting Notes and Key Facts:


One key to the game is going to be keeping Eli protected. The Giants have allowed only 4 sacks all season, which ranks third best.  The 49ers have gotten 9 sacks as a defense, but only one sack was recorded in their two away games.


After playing against some of the top rush defenses in the last few weeks in the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills, the Giants are now statistically the best rush defense allowing only 69.8 yards per game.


Of the qualified quarterbacks, Colin Kaepernick has the third worst passer rating at 67.7. However, his offensive line hasn’t done him many favors allowing the third most sacks at 14.


As a team, the 49ers are ranked dead last in the NFL in passing yards per game as well as points scored per game at 158.8 passing yards per game, and 12.0 points scored per game.  They have been able to rush the ball for 130.2 yards a contest, which is 5th best.


This past week the 49ers sent center Nick Easton and a 6th rounder to the Vikings in exchange for linebacker Gerald Hodges, who will provide competition for the linebacker spot next to NaVorro Bowman, who many consider to the best player defensively for the 49ers.








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