New York Giants: Week Three Matchup and Prediction

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In week three, the New York Giants will head back home to East Rutherford for a matchup against the reigning NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.

The New York Giants will enter their week three matchup against the 49ers, coming off a showdown in Chicago with the Bears. The last time the Giants and Niners faced off was back in 2018, and although that was only two years ago, the two teams have changed drastically since then.

In 2018 the Giants had a different quarterback (Eli Manning), their best receiver was Odell Beckham jr., and Pat Shurmur had the headset on for the G-Men. As for the 49ers, they left that week 10 matchup with a 2-8 record with Nick Mullens at quarterback.

This being said, both teams are completely different than the teams they were in 2018. The 49ers especially, considering they finished that season with a record of 4-12, then they went 13-3 in 2019 and won the NFC.

With that in mind, the Giants are going to have potentially their toughest game of the season, in week three against the Niners. With such a new coaching staff, week three could be their first true test.

The 49ers will enter the week three matchup, potentially without their top wide receiver, Deebo Samuel, who underwent foot surgery recently and will be sidelined for 12-16 weeks. The week three matchup is about 14.5 weeks after Samuel’s surgery, so the Giants could potentially be one of the first games he plays since coming back, or it could be one of the last he misses, but more on this later.

Overall the Giants are going to have their hands full on both sides of the ball against the 49ers, but let’s look at how they match up against them.