The Raiders and Giants embark on the second half of their 2013 season today in the Meadowlands. The Raiders have the better record but the Giants are the favorite. This is their home field and they are on a two-game winning streak.
The Raiders haven't fared well on the road this season, losing all three road games. Then again, those road games were against arguably the three best teams in the AFC - the Colts, Broncos, and Chiefs.
The Giants have been a train wreck this season. Even their two wins of late have been ugly. Their win over the Vikings on Monday Night Football was comedy fodder for days. The Vikings started Josh Freeman after just days with the team and he was an unmitigated disaster. All the Giants had to do was be patient and let the Vikings beat themselves.
They then beat the Eagles who were starting a banged up Mike Vick at quarterback who soon left in favor of third string rookie Matt Barkley. Pretty much the same situation. The Raiders weren't so fortunate when they faced the Eagles last week with Nick Foles returning from the concussion that kept him out against the Giants.
Eli Manning has 10 touchdowns to 15 interceptions this season. Terrelle Pryor has not fared much better, throwing just 5 touchdowns to 9 interceptions. Then again, Pryor does most of his damage on the ground and has run for 485 yards on the season. That is a threat Manning doesn't possess.
Raiders: RB Darren McFadden, CB D.J. Hayden, SS Tyvon Branch, LB Kaluka Maiava, T Matt McCants, T Tony Pashos, WR Juron Criner
Giants: QB Ryan Nassib, CB Corey Webster, Cb Jayron Hosley, RB Brandon Jacobs, C Dallas Reynolds TE Adrien Robinson DT Markus Kuhn
Lineup changes for the Raiders:
Rashad Jenning starts at running back for the injured Darren McFadden.
Menelik Watson starts at right tackle for the injured Matt McCants.
Returning to the lineup for the Raiders is OG/C Andre Gurode and WR Andre Holmes.
To get up to speed on the particulars, see the Raiders vs Giants game day guide here.