Fast facts: Raiders (5-6) vs. Giants (2-9)

Site: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Kickoff: 1:25 p.m. PST

TV: FOX Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Kristina Pink

THREE KEYS

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1. How will receiving corps perform without Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree?

Luckily for the Raiders, the one game they wont have their top two receivers comes against one of the worst teams in the NFL. The Giants also placed starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins on injured reserve earlier this week, so Oakland is catching some breaks this weekend against a defense that went from one of the leagues best last year to one of the worst in 2017.

Seth Roberts, Cordarrelle Patterson and Johnny Holton will see increased workloads without Cooper (concussion/ankle) and Crabtree (suspension), and they filled in just fine against the Broncos. Crabtree was tossed early in the first quarter and Cooper left the game late in the second quarter. The trio behind them combined for 151 yards on seven catches on the afternoon, including 40-plus-yard grabs from Holton and Patterson. Pattersons 54-yard haul clinched the game right before the two-minute warning.

"They did a great job in preparation throughout the week, Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing said of Roberts, Patterson and Holton. That’s one of the things that jumped out to me. We didn’t really have any mental errors from them. They caught the ball well. They did a nice job of executing all of their assignments, so I was very pleased with that. They’ve carried that over to this week so far in two practices and the walk-through that we had on Tuesday. They’ve done a nice job of picking up where they left off. So, I’m excited to see what those guys can do."

Jared Cook is also expected to see a sizable workload. Hes the teams leading receiver already with 537 yards, and the Giants are the worst team in the NFL defending tight ends. In 11 games, New York has allowed 10 scores to tight ends. The Raiders also signed rookie wide receiver Isaac Whitney off the practice squad for added depth.

2. Will interceptions keep coming?

Of the 50 active quarterbacks with the most interceptions, only five have more interceptions than touchdowns. The Raiders face one of them on Sunday.

Geno Smith replaces Eli Manning as the starting signal-caller for the Big Blue, the first time in 211 games Manning hasnt started under center. While Manning has been anything but lights out this season with seven interceptions, Smith is more likely to gift the Raiders defense one. After all, former Oakland defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. did say that interceptions come in bunches.

Can the Raiders follow NaVorro Bowmans miraculous pick with more on Sunday? Smith has thrown 36 interceptions in 34 career games, with nine multi-interception games.

With Alex Smith, Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz and Philip Rivers left on the schedule, now is the Raiders best chance to stack their league-low pick total to avoid further embarrassment in that department.

3. Will the secondary finally get David Amerson back?

The Raiders starting cornerback has missed the last four games with a foot injury, but he practiced albeit in a limited capacity for the entire week.

Hes officially listed as questionable on the injury report for Sunday, and his addition to Oaklands secondary would be a welcome one. Why not re-integrate Amerson against a team that will also be without its top two wideouts, Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall?

Its unclear whether Amerson would start for Sean Smith or even receive a full workload if he is active, but simply getting him back in the rotation bodes well for a Raiders secondary thats had its fare share of struggles this season. After Sunday, Oaklands schedule only gets harder, so itd be beneficial to get Amerson reps when he likely wont be at risk of exposure against the likes of Giants receivers Tavarres King and Roger Lewis.