Week 3 of the NFL season gets Thursday underway with an NFC battle in San Francisco between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers on short rest, as the Giants travel on short rest from their recent win against Arizona (31-28 but failed to cover as a 4.5-point favorite) while San Francisco the defeated Rams 30-23 but failed to cover their line as 7.5-point favorites in that contest.
On average, San Francisco ranks 16th in the league, passing at an average of 213 yards per game through the air and placing third for their rushing offense at 173.5 yards per game this season. San Francisco ranks third in scoring offense, scoring an average of 30 points per contest while also holding opponents to an average of 15 points per matchup. Brock Purdy completed 36 of 54 passes for 426 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while being sacked four times – adding 25 yards and a score on the ground. Christian McCaffrey led all rushers with 42 carries for 268 yards and two scores. Deebo Samuel (seven carries, 46 yards and one touchdown) and Elijah Mitchell (five carries, 10 yards) have seen extensive work in the run game, while Brandon Aiyuk (172 yards, two TD) and Deebo Samuel (118 yards) share team leadership with 11 receptions each. McCaffrey (6 grabs for 36 yards and 49 yards) and Kittle (6 grabs, 49 yards) are the only other players with more than two receptions this year. Jake Moody has converted on all six extra point attempts as well as six of six field goal attempts with an incredible long of 57 this year.
The New York Giants average 212.5 yards per game through the air this season, placing them 24th overall in that department. They also average 117.5 yards on the ground per contest – good enough to place 13th. New York currently ranks 27th in scoring offense with an average of 15.5 points scored per game this season, but ranks last among its competition in terms of scoring defense by giving up 34 points a contest on average. Daniel Jones has completed 41 of 65 passes for 425 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions while being sacked ten times this season. Additionally, he leads his team with 22 carries for 102 yards plus one score on the ground. Saquon Barkley leads his team in rushing with 29 carries for 114 yards and one touchdown run, followed by Matt Breida (three carries, 14 yards) and Gary Brightwell (one carry, five yards). Barkley (41 yards and one touchdown reception) and tight end Darren Waller (112 yards) lead their team with nine receptions each this season. Darius Slayton (six catches, 77 yards), Isaiah Hodgins (five grabs, 64 yards, touchdown) and Parris Campbell (five receptions, 23 yards) have seen plenty of action this season in the passing game. Graham Gano has successfully converted all four extra point attempts and one out of three field goal attempts with a long of 34 this year.
The 49ers are the better team in this one, and the Giants will find reaching the offense to be a difficult task.
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