New York Giants to Play an Injured 49ers Team Sunday

Daniel Jones, New York Giants. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Daniel Jones, New York Giants. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

The New York Giants suffered several key injuries in week two, but the 49ers did as well losing players such as Nick Bosa and Jimmy Garoppolo.

The New York Giants lost Saquon Barkley for the season after he tore his ACL, and Sterling Shepard will miss about three weeks with turf toe, both injuries sustained against the Bears in week two.

However, their week three opponent, the San Francisco 49ers, might be in a worse position. The 49ers will be without Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Bosa, Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Solomon Thomas, Dee Ford, and potentially Dre Greenlaw and Jason Verrett. All of this is in addition to the losses they already had including Richard Sherman and Deebo Samuel.

All this being said, the Giants could potentially get their first win of the season on Sunday when they take on the Niners. San Francisco will be forced to start Nick Mullens at quarterback, who hasn’t started a game since 2018 when he had eight starts due to Garoppolo’s injuries.

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However, in week two when Mullens came on to replace Garoppolo, he completed eight of his 11 pass attempts, throwing for 71 yards, with an interception and no touchdowns. Nonetheless, Mullens helped the Niners destroy the Jets 31-13 in the same stadium they will play in, in week three.

With this, the Giants will need to take advantage of the 49ers being down so many players, and capitalize on any opportunities they might have. Although they lost, the Giants played well down the stretch against the Bears in week two, as Chicago failed to put any points on the board in the second half.

If the Giants can head into Sunday with that same intensity they had in the second half against the Bears, they might be able to knock off the reigning NFC Champions. Mullens is 3-5 in his eight career starts, which gives the Giants a decent amount of hope for Sunday.

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While it is unfortunate for the 49ers, the Giants must capitalize on San Francisco’s plethora of injuries.