The New York Giants begin a new era Sunday afternoon when they travel to Tennessee to face the Titans in the opener of the 2022 regular season.
The Giants, led by new head coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen, are looking to grab the attention of the entire league with a big win in Tennessee. This will be the first time we’ll see these new systems in action against other starting units, as the Giants faced only backups for most of the preseason.
The biggest storyline for the Giants this week and the rest of the season will be what that offense will look like with some additional talent and another new system. Quarterback Daniel Jones is coming into this season with his third offensive system in four years, not an ideal situation for many quarterbacks. However, there’s plenty of optimism that even with an improved offensive line and healthy weapons, Jones and the offense can put up respectable numbers (for now).
The Titans are coming off a 12-5 season and are the No. 1 in last year’s AFC playoff field. Running back Derrick Henry had over 900 rushing yards and ten touchdowns in just eight games last season and is hard to stop. The Titans’ run defense last year allowed just 1,438 yards on 3.9 yards per carry, second and third in the league respectively.
Sunday also marks the beginning of the Brian Daboll era for the Giants, the 20th head coach in franchise history. Daboll’s first game as NFL head coach meets a familiar face in Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel. The two were part of Bill Belichick’s Patriots team from 2001 to 2006, with Daboll serving as defensive assistant (2001) and wide receivers coach (2002 to 2006) and Vrabel as linebacker.
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New York Giants (0-0) at Tennessee Titans (0-0)
Appointment time: Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 4:25 p.m. ET
Venue: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
Course of the regular season: This is the 13th meeting between the Giants and Titans. The Giants and Titans’ all-time record is 6-6 and dates back to when Tennessee was still the Houston Oilers. From 1973 to 1994, the Giants won five straight matchups against the Oilers/Titans. Tennessee returned with five straight wins of their own from 1997 to 2010. The last two encounters were split, with the Giants winning 36-7 in 2014 and the Titans winning 17-0 in 2018. The Giants have a 3-3 record on the road against the Titans.
Live broadcast: fuboTV (start free trial)
TV: FOX (Kevin Kugler, Play-by-Play. Mark Sanchez, , Analyst. Laura Okim, Sideline)
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Radio: WFAN 660AM (Bob Papa, Play-by-Play. Carl Banks, Analyst. Howard Cross, Sideline); Giants – SiriusXM 158 or 385 and the SXM App; Titans – SiriusXM 81 or 226 and the SXM app
Spread: New York Giants +5.5 (-110) | Tennessee Titans -5.5 (+110)
money line: Giants (+205) | Tennessee Titans (-250)
In total: 43.5 – giants under (-110) | Tennessee Titans Over (-110)
Reporting from Giants Country
First touchdown scorers (from SI SportsBook)
- RB Derrick Henry (TEN): +370
- RB Saquon Barkley (NYG): +650
- WR Robert Woods (TEN): +900
- WR Treylon Burks (TEN): +1300
- WR Nick Westbrook-Ikhine: +1300
- NYG OLB Kayvon Thibodeau (knee) – Doubtful
- NYG OLB Azeez Ojulari (Calf) – Doubtful
- NYG S Dane Belton (collarbone) – Doubtful
- TEN DB Lonnie HJohnson (groin) – Out
- TEN DB Elijah Molden (groin) – Out
- LB Chance Campbell (knee) – OUT
- OL Jamarco Jones (triceps) – OUT
- OLB Ola Adeniyi (Neck) – OUT
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Referee: Hieronymus Boeger