Oakland QB JaMarcus Russell vs. N.Y. Giants QB Eli Manning
This is one of those west-to-east games with a 1 p.m. ET kickoff, which means the
' body clocks will feel like it's 10 a.m. On top of that, the
allow 16 points per game, while the
are scoring 11 points per game. The
defense leads the NFL in fewest yards allowed, while the
are 32nd in total offense. This is also a matchup of former top draft picks going in opposite directions.
Russell started 15 games in 2008 and looked to be improving, throwing five more TD passes than interceptions. He seems to have fallen back in 2009, however. Russell has rare size and arm strength, but lacks accuracy on passes longer than 15 yards. He's been sacked eight times in four games and is completing fewer than 40 percent of his passes. Russell should be helped this week by the return of the team's best receiver, Chaz Schilens.
Manning, who is day-to-day with a heel injury, seems to have everything needed to be an outstanding quarterback -- accuracy, arm strength and size. He also has great poise.