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Giants-Packers, first look: Both teams need a victory, for vastly different reasons

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Tall task for Giants to break seven-game losing streak

Green Bay Packers v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The New York Giants and Green Bay Packers, who meet Sunday at MetLife Stadium in a 1 p.m. ET contest, will both desperately be seeking a victory.

The 2-9 Giants have lost seven straight games. They need a victory. Any victory. Over anybody. Just to remember what that feels like and to give them a legitimate chance to reach or exceed last season’s total of five victories. A victory would also help Pat Shurmur as he tries to build a case for remaining Giants head coach beyond this season.

The 8-3 Packers are tied with the Minnesota Vikings atop the NFC North. The Packers have lost two of their last three and were drubbed by the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night, 38-7.

The Packers, led by first-year coach Matt LaFleur and future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers, are currently 6-point favorites.

A few numbers to know

  • 333 — That’s the number of passes Daniel Jones has thrown this season, a franchise rookie record. The previous high 299 by Charlie Conerly in 1948.
  • 40Jabrill Peppers’ 40-yard punt return last week vs. the Chicago Bears was the longest of his career. It also led him to volunteer to return the kickoff during which he suffered a transverse process fracture.
  • 20Saquon Barkley (980) needs 20 receiving yards to reach 1,000 in his two-year career.
  • 11.9 — The Giants are first in the NFC, averaging 11.9 yards per punt return.
  • 6 — Jones (17) needs six touchdown passes to surpass Conerly (22) for most by a Giants’ rookie.

200 — Long-snapper Zak DeOssie could become the fifth player in franchise history to play 200 games as a Giant on Sunday. The others are Eli Manning (234), Michael Strahan (216), Howard Cross (207), George Martin (20-1).