New York Giants

Eli Manning has always had a knack for making a big play when he really needed one. There’s a good chance the New York Giants quarterback needed a last-minute game-winning drive on Monday night to save his job. There might not be many majestic moments left for Manning, but given his situation, Monday night felt like one.

Former New York Giants running back Ron Johnson, who was the first black player to be a captain of the Michigan football team, has died. Michigan announced on Saturday that Johnson had died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Johnson was an All-American for the Wolverines in 1968 when he set a school record that still stands with 347 yards rushing against Wisconsin.

Questions surround whether or not the San Francisco 49ers' meeting with the New York Giants will go ahead as planned on Monday. As wildfires spread through California, practices and games have been cancelled due to poor air quality from the smoke. On Friday, the Los Angeles Rams cancelled practice to give players and staff plenty of time to make sure their families are safe given the rapidly changing conditions.

Smoke from the Camp Fire in Northern California has affected the 49ers' practices, but currently, there are no plans to move Monday night's game against the New York Giants from Levi's Stadium. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said the team had to omit a few things from practice Friday as a result of the dwindling air quality. "Yes, it affected us because when we changed the practice time, we had to cut stuff out," Shanahan said.

1. Both the Giants and 49ers will be well-rested on Monday night, as New York was on a bye last week while San Francisco won 34-3 over Oakland on Thursday, giving the club 10 days off between games. While the extra rest could end up helping the 49ers, more time off has not led to increased success for the Giants in recent seasons.

After three weeks, the idea of the 49ers defense facing Saquon Barkley would have been considered a mismatch of considerable proportions. San Francisco was profoundly challenged, tackling-the-man-with-the-wise, and it didn't look as though they ever would be.

When the New York Giants' flashy wide receiver was asked Friday what he hoped his 1-7 team would do for the remainder of the season, Beckham didn't pull any punches. ''I think the goal is to win eight games, go 9-7 and go to the playoffs,'' Beckham said. ''It's not an easy task,'' Beckham added.

Eli Manning does not feel any extra pressure when it comes to keeping his starting spot under center, but he does know the  New York Giants need to win. The Giants have had extra time to prepare for their Monday Night Football matchup against the San Francisco 49ers (2-7), where two struggling teams go head-to-head. New York have picked up only one win this season and improving that record is Manning's sole focus, despite speculation surrounding his future as the starting quarterback.

Evan Engram understands that he has all the tools to be a top tight end in the NFL. The New York Giants' second-year player, the team's first-round selection in 2017, has the size, speed and the drive to be a star. Engram has a propensity of dropping passes, especially in clutch situations.

There isn’t a lot for New York Giants fans to be excited about right now. The team is 1-7 at the midpoint for the second straight year, Eli Manning has played poorly, the offensive line isn’t protecting him, and the defense is in the bottom quarter of the league as well. Barkley, not surprisingly, wants to be better, and is looking across the country for one player to emulate.

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