Gi­ants (1-7) at 49ers (2-7)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - LEADING OFF - Kyle Mad­son

Mon­day, 8:15 p.m. ET, Levi’s Sta­dium, Santa Clara, Cal­i­for­nia TV: ESPN

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: by 2

Gi­ants’ keys to vic­tory: The Gi­ants have to get their play­mak­ers the ball. RB Saquon Barkley and WR Odell Beck­ham Jr. are both well-equipped to torch a por­ous, banged-up 49ers de­fense. But the Gi­ants rank No. 31 in red-zone scor­ing per­cent­age, so they have to de­vise ways to punch in touch­downs against the No. 24 scor­ing de­fense. On de­fense, they have to find ways to con­fuse San Fran­cisco’s quar­ter­back, Nick Mul­lens or C.J. Beathard, with heavy blitzes. Their pass rush has gen­er­ated only 10 sacks this sea­son, but if LB Olivier Ver­non and DE Kerry Wynn can at least hurry the 49ers quar­ter­back, their in­ex­pe­ri­ence should lead to a few turnovers and short fields for the Gi­ants offense.

49ers’ keys to vic­tory: Get­ting af­ter Gi­ants QB Eli Man­ning the way it ha­rassed Raiders QB Derek Carr will be the big­gest key for the 49ers de­fense. A pass rush boosted by DE Cas­sius Marsh and OLB Dekoda Wat­son hid many of the 49ers’ deficien­cies on de­fense vs. the Raiders. It should do the same against New York. On offense, Mul­lens or Beathard has to be care­ful with the foot­ball and trust TE Ge­orge Kit­tle and WR Mar­quise Good­win to make plays.

Matchup to watch: 49ers TE Ge­orge Kit­tle vs. Gi­ants SS Lan­don Collins. It would be­hoove the Gi­ants to have their best cov­er­age man take the 49ers’ bud­ding star. Deny­ing Kit­tle, who has 41 re­cep­tions this year, takes away a huge chunk of the 49ers’ pass­ing at­tack.

Who wins? The Gi­ants’ big­gest weak­nesses won’t al­low them to take ad­van­tage of the ar­eas that make the 49ers a truly bad team.

49ers, 24-16 49ers GI­ANTS SCHED­ULE

L ....... Jack­sonville ....... 20-15 L ........... at Dal­las ........... 20-13 W ....... at Hous­ton ....... 27-22 L ....... New Or­leans ....... 33-18 L ........ at Carolina ........ 33-31 L ...... Philadel­phia ...... 34-13 L ........ at At­lanta ........ 23-20 L ....... Wash­ing­ton ....... 20-13 Nov. 4 ................ Bye ................ Nov. 12 ..at San Fran. .. 8:15 Nov. 18 ....... Tampa Bay ....... 1 Nov. 25...at Philadel­phia...1 Dec. 2 .......... Chicago .......... 1 Dec. 9 .... at Wash­ing­ton .... 1 Dec. 16 ....... Ten­nessee ....... 1 Dec. 22 or 23 ..at Indy ..TBD Dec. 30 ........... Dal­las ........... 1

L ..... at Min­nesota ..... 24-16 W .......... Detroit .......... 30-27 L .... at Kansas City .... 38-27 L ....... at Charg­ers ....... 29-27 L ........... Ari­zona ........... 28-18 L ..... at Green Bay ..... 33-30 L ........ L.A.Rams ........ 39-10 L ........ at Ari­zona ........ 18-15 W ........... Oak­land ........... 34-3 Nov. 12 ... N.Y. Gi­ants ...8:15 Nov. 18 .............. Bye ............. Nov. 25 ...at Tampa Bay ... 1 Dec. 2 ..... at Seat­tle ..... 8:20 Dec. 9 ....... Den­ver ....... 4:05 Dec. 16 ...... Seat­tle ...... 4:05 Dec. 23 ..... Chicago ..... 4:05 Dec. 30 .at L.A. Rams .4:25

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