This game probably looked a lot more attractive when it first appeared on the schedule than it does now. Injuries derailed the San Francisco 49ers 49ers season before they could get rolling and the Giants miscalculated in their decisions at offensive line and quarterback, resulting in a matchup of 7-loss teams.
There are some reasons to watch. New York brings rookie Saquon Barkley to the game. Every time he touches the ball, there is a chance for a highlight reel play you can tell your grandchildren about.
If Eli Manning can throw the ball close enough to him, Odell Beckham can provide some moments, too.
Most of the talk, however, will center on San Francisco’s third starting quarterback of the season. Undrafted rookie, Nick Mullens, took it to the Raiders in his NFL debut on Thursday Night Football. He had touchdown passes in his first two possessions, breaking the Raiders spirits early.
It was probably what Mullens didn’t do that earned him a second start. He failed to turn the ball over against Oakland, a welcome change from CJ Beathard’s performance since Jimmy Garoppolo went down.
Injuries and notes
San Francisco lost running back Raheem Mostert for the season with a broken arm suffered in Mullens’ debut.
Cornerback Emmanuel Mosely was also placed on season-ending injured reserve after dislocating his shoulder. San Francisco lists two safeties and linebacker Reuben Foster as questionable heading into Week 10.
New York signed guard Jamon Brown. There is a chance Brown could start Monday, with John Greco sliding back to center.
No one should envy Pat Shurmur’s situation with the Giants. He works for a general manager who was fooled into thinking Eli Manning could play quality ball into his 40s when he hasn’t played quality ball for years.
It’s unusual to fire a coach or GM after one season, but if this duo miscalculates as much as they did in their first offseason, Shurmur and Dave Gettleman might not get a third try.
Kyle Shanahan named Mullens the starter early in the week. It was a pleasant decision to have to make. Now if he can find another running back to help keep Matt Breida fresh, the Niners might squeeze out a few more wins in what they hope is just a speed bump in their rebuilding plan.
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Who will win the 49ers-Giants game?
San Francisco can’t wait to watch their newest quarterback do it again after his surprise performance of a week ago. But, the Giants’ defense is not the Raiders and they will make life more difficult for the young passer.
Look for the team with the biggest play to pull out an ugly contest. That gives the advantage to the team with the offensive rookie of the year runner-up.