December 2018


While Beckham returned from a career-threatening ankle injury, the 2018 season didn't end as he would have liked. The New York Giants missed the playoff for the second straight year and fourth time in his five-year career, and the NFL's highest-paid receiver was sidelined for the final four games of the season with a nagging quad injury. Coach Pat Shurmur announced Friday that Beckham will miss Sunday's game against Dallas with a minor injury they said would not heal.

Odell Beckham Jr will have a chip on his shoulder going into the 2019 NFL season after New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur confirmed his year was over. The Giants' star wide receiver has been struggling with a quadriceps issue and will miss New York's final regular season game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the coach revealed on Friday. Beckham has already missed three straight games but insists this frustrating end to 2018 - in which the 5-10 Giants have fallen well short of the playoffs - will motivate him come the next campaign.

The Dallas Cowboys are headed to the playoffs, while the New York Giants are going home after Sunday's regular-season finale at MetLife Stadium. The Cowboys beat their NFC East rival, 20-13, in the second game of the season in Texas, but the Giants (5-10) would like to make a point before they go. "I think we're a better team than we were back then," said Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, whose team has turned things around a bit after losing seven of their first eight games this season.

Here’s a look at the Week 17 matchups for Sunday, including the broadcasting TV network for each game. You can also livestream games within your market on the Yahoo Sports App (IOS and Android). All times are Eastern.

Ezekiel Elliott insists he's playing and has no hesitation saying the NFL rushing title is on his mind with the Dallas Cowboys locked into the fourth playoff seed as NFC East champions going into their regular-season finale at the New York Giants. If the league rushing leader does play, it won't be because coach Jason Garrett wants him to hold off Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams and rookie Saquon Barkley, who will be on the opposing sideline with the Giants (5-10) on Sunday. With 1,434 yards rushing, Elliott is 183 ahead of Gurley, who could miss the game against San Francisco with a minor knee injury as the Rams try to secure a first-round bye along with top-seeded New Orleans.

For most of the season, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley looked like an easy pick for offensive rookie of the year. The second overall pick of the NFL draft might get edged out by the first pick again, as Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield could pass Barkley. The 2018 NFL draft looks like a really good one, and the players at the top have lived up to expectation.

Eli Manning says he has not thought about the prospect that he could play his final game for the New York Giants on Sunday. Manning turns 38 next week, an age when most quarterbacks not named Tom Brady have already retired. There has been talk the Giants might bring the veteran back for one more year, but it remains to be seen whether he will return.

For the second straight year, two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is heading into an offseason with an uncertain future as New York Giants quarterback. The Giants (5-10) are going to miss the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years. Many are wondering whether general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Dave Shurmur will be looking for a more mobile quarterback to replace the soon-to-be 38-year-old Manning.

The Houston Texans are the sixth team since 1980 and the first in 20 years to make the postseason after a 0-3 start. The Texans (10-5) opened with losses to New England, Tennessee and the New York Giants that left them 0-3 and were all close games decided by a total of 15 points. Houston's rebound began with consecutive three-point wins in overtime against Indianapolis and Dallas before seven-point victories over Buffalo and Jacksonville.

The 49ers enter the final weekend of the regular season still in contention ... for the No. 1 overall draft pick position and, presumably, their top-rated edge rusher. The Arizona Cardinals, owners of the NFL's worst record at 3-12, are the prohibitive favorites for the top overall draft slot. The Cardinals can wrap that up with a loss Sunday at the Seattle Seahawks.

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