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The New York Giants are Eli Manning, the retired quarterback, and Geno Smith will start this week against the Oakland Raiders.

“Geno will start this week,” coach Ben McAdoo said in a statement. “In the last five games, we’ll be watching Geno, and we’ll give a chance to [the third-round pick of the rookies] Davis [Webb].”

Manning started 210 regular season games for the Giants. He was given the option to start the game at Oakland to continue the series.

“Coach McAdoo told me that I could go on while Geno and Davis have the opportunity to play,” Manning said. “My feeling is that if you play against other kids, play with them. Just start to keep the sequence going and know that will not be the end of the game and have a chance to win makes no sense to me, and the fogging As I always have it I’ll be ready to play as long as they will need me, I will help Geno and Davis to get ready to play the best they can. ”

The Giants (2-9) were injured. Even with Manning, they have not been able to do much offensively. They are 31st in the NFL, averaging 15.6 points per game.

They make the move with the intention of taking a look at their other quarters for the future.

“It’s not a statement about anything more than being and we need to do 2-9 do what is best for the organization forward, and that means evaluating all positions,” he said. General Manager Jerry Reese said in the statement. “I told Eli this morning that an organization could not ask for more in a quarterback franchise. It was that more. Nobody knows what the future holds, but right now, what we think is best for the franchise. ”

The last time Manning did not start was November 14, 2004. Kurt Warner started this game for the Giants: a 17-14 loss to the Cardinals. His run is the second-longest by a quarter in NFL history, behind 297 by Brett Favre.

Manning, 36, has completed 62.5% of his passes this season and 14 touchdowns with seven interceptions.

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What we learned (and did not learn) in week 12 of the NFL

The Kansas City Chiefs have a big problem and have no idea how to solve it.

His offensive, which dominated the NFL with explosive games and creative concepts in the first five weeks of the season, has stopped working. Kansas City won 236 total yards in the 16-10 home defeat against the Buffalo Bills. It’s only a week after losing to the New York Giants.

You do not want to lose against the Giants. The only other team to lose to the Giants this season is the Denver Broncos, who did it in Week 6 and have not won since. It is possible that a loss for the Giants is for the 2017 team season what Mrs. O’Leary’s cow was for Chicago 1871. We’ll see when and if the Chiefs get her back.

The question is, can they? Kansas City’s offensive struggles are not rooted in injuries or staff shortages or even in Alex Smith, really. The root of the current problem of leaders is that opponents continue to defend them in the same way, and they can not overcome it.

The Bills remained deep and deep for most of Sunday’s game, which allowed the Kansas City offense to grow against their defense and react accordingly to cut the big game. Cover 2 is not the most common of the 2017 lists, but it is very common for the Chiefs’ opponents in the last two months.

“We played on some teams that showed a very low coverage percentage 2 in their other games and then they came to us,” said Mitchell Schwartz. “We have Cover 2 drummers, but conversely, if they’re on Deck 2, it should open our racing game, so we have to run the ball better.

Schwartz and the offensive line take care of this, assuming the fault of the routine in which the racing game is found. Schwartz highlighted what he described as “next-generation statistics” that show how far runners from the Kareem Hunt Hall ran at the beginning of the year and more recently. In the first five weeks of the season, Hunt averaged 3.88 yards per run before first contact, the third best NFL result at the time. In the 6-12 weeks, he averaged 1.37 yards per race before first contact, the league’s 41st highest figure at that time.

Travis Kelce and the Chiefs' offense had only 236 total yards in the loss to the Bills. Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire
Travis Kelce and the Chiefs’ offense had only 236 total yards in the loss to the Bills. Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire

It’s good for the line to take the blame, but a big part of this is the ability of opponents to eliminate big games. During the Chiefs’ 5-0 start, Hunt and Tyreek Hill lined up in all sorts of odd formations and confused defenses with their speed and the type of games the Chiefs were performing. Andy Reid was Jean Girard for the rest of the league, Ricky Bobby, drinking macchiato and reading French literature while driving his race car too fast for someone to catch him. The problem is that they caught him and it seems he can not get it back.

“I just limited the big games,” said Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White after Sunday’s game, as if it had been so easy all the time. “A guy like Hill, they want to take the ball out of space and take it to the top, we did a great job of keeping it in front of us.”

Bosses understand the problem. After the Giants’ defeat, tight end Travis Kelce said, “The teams are doing cover 2. Until we can beat Cover 2, we’re going to have problems.

But it’s crazy, right? It’s not like Cover 2 was invented this year. The teams see it and surpass it regularly. When you have offensive weapons of the caliber of Hunt, Hill, and Kelce, you should be able to find a way to defeat them. That’s why the calls to replace Smith by Patrick Mahomes as a quarter-pounder are too simplistic. Of course, you can argue that the team “needs a spark” and that Mahomes could provide one. But the problem here is that Reid’s offensive design has taken a hit and has not yet regained its balance.

All NFL teams have problems during the season. Teams that find ways to fight and overcome are the winners. The teams that are not the ones who lose. Minnesota had a 5-0 record last season but missed the playoffs. The Chiefs still occupy first place in AFC West, but they are far from their free house. The Raiders and Chargers are all behind the game, and the Raiders have already beaten the Chiefs once. The Chargers, who started 0-4, look like a braggart who can hurt you with elite runners and cut you off with a play of lights, Philip Rivers, the division’s top quarterback.

The good news for chefs is that they know exactly what the problem is and exactly how teams will keep trying to make things worse. The bad news is that they had time to fix it, but they did not do it. What makes you wonder if you can. Kansas City has the time, the information and the players. It depends on the technical staff of the leaders to collect a brutal reaction before it is too late.

Other things we think we learned in week 12:

Antonio Brown has five touchdown catches in his past two games. Joe Sargent/Getty Images
Antonio Brown has five touchdown catches in his past two games. Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Antonio Brown is better than you

One of my favorite parts of the week was the last 17 seconds of this wonderful Steelers-Packers game when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gave up all pretense and basically let everyone, including the Green Bay Packers, knew that he was going to Brown win the match. While the Pittsburgh Steelers were joined in the line of scrimmage, Roethlisberger seemed to speak to himself with Brown, asking him what he was doing and where they are going with the ball. He won 23 yards on the first play and 14 in the second, both shooting clearly telegraphed Brown, and enough to put Pittsburgh in the goal area to win the pitch, even after losing 2 yards in A strange trap “Veon Bell on the ground.” The third game of the unit.

Out of respect for Julio Jones of Atlanta, who in any week can become a globally savage superhuman, but no one plays the wide receiver position better than Brown. His consistency week after week, his ability to beat a variety of covers, his technique, his determination after capture to find all possible land. He is an artist. A technician

I remember talking to Terrelle Pryor from Washington at training camp, and he was very excited about the time he spent working with Brown during the off-season. He used this word, “technical”. Hold on. I’m going to dig up the appointment. Here it is:

“He’s a technician, like a boxer, like Floyd,” Pryor told me. “Every little problem, every movement the matter. He’s a workaholic, and it’s good to see how it works. It’s like a game. It means the world to him. Take each representative, each drill cone very seriously, and do it at maximum speed, fast. ”

When it comes time to win a match in November, this ethical value of summer appears. You could see Sunday and see the Steelers maybe “downplaying” an exit opponent, and that could be a problem. But if Steelers patriots are AFC in January, as everyone expects, the Steelers are armed with the best in the league as a runner and receiver. And if it’s close, who knows?

There’s going to be at least one mediocre team in the AFC playoffs

On December 17, the Pittsburgh Patriots-Steelers could determine the No. 1 seed of the conference, but chances are the two teams will have fun. The favorite of the AFC playoffs could be No. 3, which now belongs to Tennessee, leader of AFC South, but could easily move to Jacksonville if the Jags win the South or could end up in the hands of any team win in the west. Even so, seed # 3 plays Seed # 6, and seed # 6 is a right against everyone, including Buffalo, Kansas City, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Oakland and the Los Angeles Chargers.

The team at No. 6, for now, is 6-5 Baltimore, which means it could be the year of a wild card 8-8. Goodbyes in the first round are good, but a home game against a wild-card 8-8 team looks like a consolation prize.

Jared Goff threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Saints. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jared Goff threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Saints. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Rams had a good week

Seattle is a vampire and has already beaten the Los Angeles Rams head-to-head. So, there is no comfortable rest for L.A. until the division is secure. But Sunday mattered. You have the choice of games you’ve probably had this week and pick up for the Seattle Seahawks, who played against the San Francisco 49ers while the Rams were to be the hosts of the hot New Orleans Saints. Seattle took advantage of its six-inch putt and beat the Niners, but what did the Rams beat New Orleans one week after a tough defeat in Minnesota to say a lot more about the state of the NFC West. Playing without Robert Woods, who was his No. 1 receiver, Jared Goff simply zoomed and delivered. It was a revelation under new coach Sean McVay and offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, and of course helped that New Orleans will deal with injuries in high school, was a big win for a team that is still trying to prove its competitor value Real Resilience This is the kind of thing you do not know until you prove it.

The Rams still have to face a three-game series against the Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, and Seahawks, but 8-3 with a one-game lead in the division, are able to charge. And after Sunday, if that boils down to that, the Rams have the tiebreaker in the Saints for the playoffs. Who would have imagined writing this prayer in September?

And speaking of the NFC South race …

Yes, I have no idea The Carolina Panthers continue to win, and are tied with the Saints for first place. The Saints have the tiebreaker because they beat Carolina face to face, but of course, they play Sunday again in New Orleans and whoever wins the match is in charge, does not it? ?

Not so fast, say the Atlanta Falcons, who, yes, lost to the Panthers in Charlotte, but have not played against the Saints yet and know something about finishing well. Atlanta has won three straight games, including one in Seattle since the loss to the Panthers, and there are four division games left.

Falcons and Panthers have to play against the Minnesota Vikings, who beat New Orleans in Week 1, while the only remaining Saints game are not against the New York Jets, so it seems to work for the Saints. But, in the end, you can not know how it will go. The NFC South could put three teams in the playoffs. If this happens, you could end up with a scenario in which the Saints and Falcons play three sets against each other in a five-week period or one in which the Panthers and Falcons are at the end of the regular season December 31 and again six or seven days later in the Wild Card Round. Zany things.

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