The New York Giants and New England Patriots square off for the first time since 2015 in a matchup that induces good memories for Giants’ fans. That’s the only gave they’ve played since the Giants beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl back in 2012.
Since upsetting the Patriots as double-digit underdogs in Super Bowl XLII back in 2008, the Giants and Pats have only met two times in the regular season. New England narrowly edged the Giants out by a score of 26-25 in their 2015 matchup. Tom Brady passed for 334 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. He linked up with Rob Gronkowski early and often in that one.
Brady of course will not have Gronkowski to hit in the passing game, but their defense has been on a different level in 2019. All they needed was Antonio Brown to avoid being a bigger idiot than he already was and the Patriots had an unstoppable force.
They may not need Brown to get back to the Super Bowl, as the Patriots have looked unstoppable to begin with. What makes the Patriots so unique over the last two decades has been the ways they adapt and change. They’ve been successful by focusing on their strengths instead of trying to force something that isn’t there.
This version of the Patriots might be the most well-rounded we’ve seen before. The undefeated 2008 had a decent defense, but that was all Brady, Randy Moss, and Wes Welker propelling the throttle. This team may be closer to the 2004 and 2005 team that relied on a balanced attack. That is the best defense the Patriots have had until this season.
The talent they can roll through in the secondary is unmatched in the NFL. Stephon Gilmore has asserted himself as one of, if not, the best cornerback. He will be rewarded with a spot in the All-Star Game this season, but the Patriots are hoping he will have to skip Hawaii for Miami.
We’ll see what Bill Belichick draws up to defend the rookie, Daniel Jones. Belichick has had a knack for making the life of rookie QB’s miserable, but the Giants have been known to give Belichick headaches. Head below for our free Giants vs. Patriots pick on Thursday Night Football.
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Daniel Jones is going to have to solve the Patriots in sloppy weather Thursday night. Weather reports are suggesting that it’s going to be a rainy and windy night in Foxborough, so it could be tough sledding for the Giants against this Patriots’ defense. The Patriots’ defense does not need any help, but it appears like they’re going to get it with the weather. Under nice conditions, the Patriots have allowed an average of just 6.8 points per game this season. No team has scored more than 14 points against the Patriots yet.
To make matters worse for the Giants, they are unlikely to have the focal point of their offense suiting up on Thursday night. Barkley is dealing with an ankle injury, and on a short week, it’s not looking like he is going to be seeing time against the Patriots in Foxborough. Especially in a game that is expected to be sloppy weather wise, Barkley is a necessary weapon for the Giants if they want an upset. Along with Barkley, tight end Evan Engram may be out as well, leaving the Giants without another primary playmaker.
Expecting the Giants to put solid drives together with a rookie quarterback against this defense without Barkley and Engram is asking a whole lot. The Patriots are going to be confidence in their defenses ability to dictate this game. The Patriots will likely pound the ball and kill clock once the get a lead.
A 10-point lead in this one may feel like 21 given the conditions and lack of playmakers offensively for the Giants. New England should be able to grind out a comfortable win just by keeping things simple and allowing the defense to eat away at Daniel Jones. This looks like a 27-10 or 24-13 win for the Patriots on Thursday night, so the UNDER is an attractive option to get NFL Week 6 started.