There are a lot of reasons why the Giants are 2-8, but lackluster drafting and free-agent signings by GM Jerry Reese are arguably the biggest ones.

In a depleted receiving corps, he leads New York in receiving yards despite missing Sunday's game because of migraines.

Phil Murphy and Emmanuel Acho break down their top standout performances from players with African heritage in Week 11 of the NFL.
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With a short week before Thursday's game, it appears D.J. Fluker's toe injury will keep him sidelined, a blow to the Giants' offensive line.

Orleans Darkwa rushes for 74 yards and Aldrick Rosas boots a 23-yard field goal in overtime to give the Giants a 12-9 victory.
Brad Penner/USA TODAY SportsEli Manning was determined Sunday to lead the Giants to their first home win of the season.

The usually reserved Manning is a team captain and an unquestioned leader. He prefers to lead by example. When he does speak, it's important.

Week 11 in the NFL is nearing completion, with only the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks left on Monday Night  Football (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN App), and there were plenty of standout performances. Among the stellar showings were the ageless Tom Brady's three-touchdown day in Mexico City for the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers' Antonio Brown's three touchdown catches Thursday night.

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Perhaps the most striking part of the slate of games is the futility, which manifested itself with Nathan Peterman's five interceptions in one half for the Buffalo Bills in a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs also have a lot of explaining to do heading into Thanksgiving week. 

-- John Silver 

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AP Photo/Bill KostrounRoger Lewis finished with three catches for 55 yards against the Chiefs.

A big overtime catch and strong play at right tackle were among the positives for the Giants during their upset of Kansas City.
Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY SportsUCLA's Josh Rosen outplayed USC's Sam Darnold on Saturday in a battle of potential Giants quarterbacks.

With Giants general manager Jerry Reese in the house, UCLA's Josh Rosen improved his stock as the potential head of the QB draft class.

After Janoris Jenkins and the Giants had their effort questioned this past week, the CB responded with a key interception and the D didn't allow a TD.
Brad Penner/USA TODAY SportsBen McAdoo has been feeling the heat, but the Giants played hard till the end against the Chiefs and came away with a surprising win.

The Giants looked considerably better than expected as they made key plays late and beat the Chiefs in OT, showing they haven't given up yet.

The Giants are likely to have a top 2018 pick, so they sent Jerry Reese to scout the QBs in the USC-UCLA matchup. The GM saw them put on a show.

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard was listed as inactive for Sunday's home game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Shepard, 23, was added to the team's injury report Saturday because of an illness, but the team wants to test him in pregame warm-ups before making any determination, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Shepard will miss Sunday's game due to migraines, according to Schefter.

He missed two games earlier this season with an ankle injury but returned in Week 9 and stepped in as the No. 1 receiver for the Giants, who have lost Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall for the year.

In two games since his return, Shepard has totaled 16 catches for 212 yards, including 11 catches for 142 yards in last week's 31-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

The Giants have lost three straight and enter Sunday's game with a 1-8 record.

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