Week 4 of the NFL pre-season is basically the ‘get over it’ week where many teams elect to not play their regular starters, and are already gearing up for the regular season. All the matchups will occur this Thursday evening, and once this week ends, all games from here on out will be played for keeps.
It’s been a solid pre-season for us to date, and we’ll look to finish off our last featured selection with a winner. Last Sunday night, the Cards easily trounced the Cowboys coming through for us as small road favorites.
In week 4, we’ll head to New York as the Giants play host to the Patriots. This great rivalry has played many important games over the years, and while this one certainly won’t fall into that category, there is still money to be made. With the backups featuring it will all come down to depth in Week 4, so read on below the odds for a game breakdown and betting selection for Week 4.
New England Patriots vs. New York Giants Betting Odds:
New England Patriots +2.5 (-110)
@ New York Giants -2.5 (-110)
Over 38.5 (-110)
Under 38.5 (-110)
New England Patriots vs. New York Giants Pick:
The Pats didn’t look all that great last week vs. Carolina but much of that can be attributed to their starters not playing all that much. New England trotted out their main guys in Weeks 1 and 2, but have basically shut them down already to prepare them best for their opening week game vs. Houston.
The Pats looked soft on defense vs. Cam Newton and couldn’t stop the run. Though that might be concerning, this was mostly with their backups in. This week will be more of the same most likely, as Bill Belichick won’t be risking anything, and should only be playing those who are second or third on the positional depth chart.
For the Giants, they too will adopt a similar philosophy of caution. There’s no risk throwing out the likes of Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. in this contest, so they’ll also need to count on their depth if they are to please the hometown fans on Thursday night.
For the G-Men, look for their backup QB battle to be finalized in this game. Both Davis Webb and rookie Kyle Lauletta have looked solid and pushed each other, and this duo also provides pretty solid depth beyond Eli Manning as starter. I’d expect both of those guys to be fully motivated entering this match, each looking to secure a place on the Giants’ QB depth chart. Going against New England’s backup secondary should also be appealing.
For New England, Brian Hoyer is already entrenched as the Pats’ backup behind Tom Brady, but he hasn’t looked all that great so far in the pre-season. He’s just 21-of-37 for 141 yards and a touchdown over the past two weeks. He has avoided big mistakes, but he’s not exactly moving the chains effectively enough in a usually efficient New England offense.
Expect a pretty pedestrian and likely low-scoring affair. With none of these teams playing their big playmakers, depth will rule the day and for that reason I lean to the Giants at home. Their quarterback depth is far better, as is their running back crew of Jonathan Stewart and Wayne Gallman. Both experienced runners should be able to find holes of the New England second-team stop unit. The Giants also just have far more positional battles occurring all over the field, so that motivation could result in more prediction. In our final game of the pre-season, roll with the G-Men -2.5.
PICK = Giants -2.5 (-110)