EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Oakland Raiders were the No. 10 defense in the NFL going into Week 9. After allowing 542 yards and seven Nick Foles touchdown passes in their 49-20 loss to the Eagles, they fell to No. 18. But that doesn't mean the New York Giants expect them to be a pushover Sunday when they face off at MetLife Stadium at 1 p.m. ET.
"Not at all, because it makes them that much hungrier," Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas said. "They've lost a lot of close games, and that was their first blowout. They're good, young team and a hungry team, and I'm sure they're going to be more motivated than ever to get a victory after what happened."
Thomas' scouting report isn't 100 percent accurate. The 3-5 Raiders lost games by four, 16, 10 and 17 points prior to Sunday's 29-point loss. The week before, they beat the Steelers 21-18. They also beat Jacksonville in Week 2. Their lone win over a team that isn't under .500 was a home victory over the Chargers, 27-17, in Week 5.
We'll obviously get into this game a lot more as the week goes along. And obviously, given the way the Giants have played this year, you can't assume they'll beat anyone -- even coming off their bye and playing a West Coast team at home with an early kickoff. But let's just say this isn't the kind of matchup that would get prime-time flex consideration if it had been scheduled during that time of the year.