The Giants are at the start of yet another new era in their franchise’s history, whilst the Titans are coming off a season where they were the number 1 seed and are looking to continue to be one of the NFL’s best. The Giants and Titans don’t have a long history, but in 1994 both of these franchises were in a much different position, heck the Titans even had a different name.
Coming into this Monday Night Football matchup, the Titans were 1-10 and the Giants were 4-7. The Titans were in their first year of the Jeff Fisher era, whilst the Giants were coming off of a 1993 playoff season under 2nd year Head Coach Dan Reeves. At this point in the season, both teams were both at a point neither were happy with, but this was a turning point game for the G-Men. The Giants came into this game being quarterbacked by Dave Brown. In the first half though, Brown would get popped and would miss the rest of the game. Coming in to replace him was Kent Graham. Graham would finish the night 6-13 for 105 yards and a touchdown. Hardly world beater stats, but it was enough to keep the Giants in it. The Oilers, however, stayed in it on the back of running back Lorenzo White, who would rush for 156 yards in the game. However, the Giants were able to get a late 4th quarter field goal from kicker David Treadwell to make the score 13-10 and seal the victory for the Giants. Following this victory, the Giants would rip off 5 straight victories to finish 9-7, yet still miss the playoffs.
The Giants are not expected to be a playoff team this year. With that being said, they HAVE to be better than last year’s team, and if health and coaching allows it, they may surprise some people.
Let’s just hope this first game against the Titans can spark a run out of the Giants like it did back in 1994.
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