4 bold predictions for the Giants vs. Raiders showdown in Week 9

The pressure is on for the Giants to get the job done on Sunday vs. Las Vegas

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2. Saquon Barkley goes off for 150+ scrimmage yards

Since his return from an ankle injury, it has become clear that Saquon Barkley is the engine that drives the Giants offense. Not only has he received at least 21 carries in each of the past three games upon his return, but he’s also earned no less than four targets in that span. Barkley has averaged over 114 scrimmage yards per game during that stretch.

The Raiders are a surprisingly stout defensive unit against the pass, but have been a run-funnel for opposing offenses, ranking 30th in the NFL in opponent rushing yards per game (140.6). Giants head coach Brian Daboll stated that tackles Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal both have “an opportunity” to return from injury this week per ESPN’s Giants reporter Jordan Raanan.

With the offensive line potentially being at full strength for the first time since the first half of Week 1 against a team that struggles to defend the run, expect the Giants to lean heavily on Barkley and the run game in Week 9.

Not to mention, Jones is expected to return to the lineup from a neck injury. Being that this is the second time Jones has dealt with a similar neck injury in the past few seasons, the G-Men would be wise to lean on their Pro Bowl running back in Jones’ first game back. Expect a big game from Barkley in Week 9, eclipsing 150 yards from scrimmage.