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National Football League
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Tennessee at N.Y. Giants
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 16, 2018
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

The Tennessee Titans look to remain in the playoff hunt and post their third consecutive victory when they visit the New York Giants on Sunday. Tennessee trails Houston by two games for first place in the AFC South but is among a crowded field in the race for the second wild-card spot.

The Titans are coming off a 30-9 triumph over Jacksonville on Dec. 6 in which Derrick Henry ran wild en route to being named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. The 24-year-old rushed for a franchise-record 238 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, including an NFL record-tying 99-yarder, as Tennessee improved to 5-1 at home. However, the club is just 2-5 on the road, where it has dropped two straight as it prepares to face a New York team that has won four of its last five contests after cruising to a 40-16 triumph in Washington last Sunday. The Giants received a stellar effort from rookie running back Saquon Barkley in the win but were without wideout Odell Beckham Jr., who did not practice on Thursday and is questionable to face the Titans due to a quadriceps injury.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Giants -2. O/U: 43.5

ABOUT THE TITANS (7-6): Tennessee lost a pair of key players in last week's victory as tight end Jonnu Smith and tackle Jack Conklin both suffered season-ending knee injuries. Taywan Taylor has been a factor since returning from a foot injury, making nine catches for 163 yards in two games after missing the previous three. "I just want to make sure I'm ready when my number is called and get myself ready every week," Taylor told the team's website regarding the extra time off since last week's contest. "The extra days has everybody feeling good, and now we just have to build on things and stay on track."

ABOUT THE GIANTS (5-8): Barkley, who rushed for a career-high 170 yards last week, ranks third in the league with 1,124 and is the first rookie in franchise history to reach 1,000. The 21-year-old is tied with Edgerrin James (1999) for the second-most games by a rookie with at least 100 scrimmage yards (12) - one behind Eric Dickerson (13 in 1983) - and needs 147 and two touchdowns to become the fifth rookie in NFL history with at least 1,900 and 15 (Dickerson, James, Ezekiel Elliott in 2016, Billy Sims in 1980). Eli Manning (55,142) threw for 197 yards last week to become the seventh quarterback in league history to reach 55,000.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Manning has thrown 10 touchdown passes and only two interceptions in five games since the Giants' bye week.

2. Tennessee signed TE Cole Wick from San Francisco's practice squad and also inked OL Austin Pasztor to a contract.

3. New York is 6-5 in the all-time series but has lost five of the last six meetings.

PREDICTION: Titans 27, Giants 17
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Tennessee 7-6 W2 19.3 19.5 5-1 2-5 6-3 0-1 - - 5-6
N.Y. Giants 5-8 W2 23.6 25.5 2-4 3-4 2-3 0-0 - - 4-7
Last Meeting
Tennessee N.Y. Giants
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
12/7/14 NYG 36 TEN 7 207 61 146 402 142 260
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Tennessee Z. Mettenberger 58.3 125 0 1
N.Y. Giants E. Manning 61.9 260 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Tennessee J. Locker 2 28 14.0 0
N.Y. Giants A. Williams 24 131 5.5 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Tennessee D. Hagan 6 62 10.3 0
N.Y. Giants O. Beckham Jr 11 130 11.8 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Tennessee M. Huff 1
N.Y. Giants O. Beckham Jr 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Tennessee M. Mariota 69.1 2330 11 8
N.Y. Giants E. Manning 67.7 3460 18 8
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Tennessee D. Henry 145 712 4.9 9
N.Y. Giants S. Barkley 209 1124 5.4 9
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Tennessee C. Davis 54 765 14.2 4
N.Y. Giants O. Beckham Jr 77 1052 13.7 6
Touchdowns Player TD
Tennessee D. Henry 9
N.Y. Giants S. Barkley 13