Injuries have ravaged the Giants, but they’ve at least ended their winless start to the season. The other bit of good news is that from now until Thanksgiving, they’ll have to leave home just once. Sure, their opponents will be the Seahawks, Rams and Chiefs. But at least they’re at MetLife Stadium.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, the 49ers are the first team in NFL history to lose five straight by three or fewer points in a season. That’s not exactly the kind of streak the 49ers would like to extend, but they’d probably like to keep it close against the Cowboys, Eagles and Cardinals over the next three weeks.
The Browns are an FPI underdog in each of their remaining 10 games, but they do play three of the next four at home. An 0-16 season seemed possible last year, and if they can’t get through this current stretch without a win, it might be possible this year.
Whenever Andrew Luck returns, the chips will be stacked against him. Does he return in Week 7 against a Jaguars defense that leads the league in sacks and picks? Does he return in Week 8 or 9 on the road in Cincinnati or Houston, respectively? Or does he return in Week 10 against the Steelers, a team he lost to 51-34 the last time he faced them? There might not be an ideal time.
Deshaun Watson’s success in Houston should also stop people from suggesting offensive coaches can’t mold their offense to their quarterbacks overnight, although Kaepernick would need some time to learn the terminology and get in game shape.
If general manager Ted Thompson is going to add a quarterback behind Hundley and practice-squad passer Joe Callahan, who will likely be added to the active roster this week, the most likely candidate is Scott Tolzien.
Second quarter: Giants 10, Broncos 0 The Giants’ OL opened up a hole to spring Orleans Darkwa for a huge 47-yard game on third down that got them close to the goal line.