This is a familiar matchup. Not so much in the regular season, though. Whenever we find these two they are always playing on a much grander stage. The New England Patriots and New York Giants meet up in week 10 of the NFL season. We all know what happened in the two Super Bowls when the Patriots and Giants met. The Giants pulled off the improbable in both and handed the Pats stunning defeats. Tom Brady and Eli Manning hold the most Super Bowl wins for quarterbacks in the last century. Brady with 4 and Eli with 2. The Patriots have looked like they’re on their way to a 5th ring for Brady. With a 8-0 start in their back pocket, the Pats have looked like the most dominating team in 2015. You don’t think the Patriots are motivated to win another Super Bowl after this past offseason? Just look at how Brady and the rest of the Patriots have been playing this season. How awkward is it going to be if Roger Goodell has to hand the Vince Lombardi trophy over to Robert Kraft. I have said it since the offseason, look for calls to go against the Patriots in the playoffs. It may not be enough to slow them down, however.
While the Patriots look like they are on their way to appearing in another Super Bowl, the Giants on the other hand are trying to take control of the NFC East. That division is completely up for grabs still, and by the looks of it it’s going to end up being a race between the Giants and Eagles. Sorry, Cowboys, but Matt Cassel just doesn’t cut it. The Giants enter with a 5-4 record and there isn’t much confidence in them moving forward. That was the same thing that happened when they went on to win two Super Bowls. The Giants may not be a very good team in the regular season, but as we have seen, if they make the postseason look out for the G-Men. The problem with this Giants team is that they don’t have much of a defense. Back then, especially the first Super Bowl win against the Patriots, the Giants’ defense won them that game. I don’t have much of the same confidence in this defense. We’ll see what they’ll try to do combat the New England offense this afternoon.
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Patriots vs. Giants Pick:
The Patriots’ offense doesn’t have the same pizazz, I suppose you can say, as the team that went 16-0 in the regular season. They had a deep threat in Randy Moss then and were explosive in that sense. But this Patriots team is scoring at a rate consistent with that team. They are so versatile and able to make up a game plan that centers around the team they are playing against. If they play against a team that cannot stop the run, then they run the ball down their throats. Can’t stop the pass? Okay, we’ll throw it all over you. They know how to exploit weaknesses in opposing teams defenses. It is quite clear that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady watch a lot of film. The numbers show it. The Pats are 2nd in the NFL in yards per game, just a yard behind the Falcons. They are 1st in the NFL in points scored per game with 34.5 per game.
I don’t know how the Giants’ defense is going to stop Tom Brady and the passing game. The only quarterback I have seen them slow down this season was Matt Cassel. Cassel’s former teammate, Tom Brady, is a little more of a challenge. The Giants are 31st against this pass, allowing over 300 yards per game. I don’t know they nullify Brady in this game, I really don’t. I expect a big outing out of him, after being a punching boy for the Giants in the playoffs. They can’t hold him down forever, and I think they won’t let up if the offense gets rolling. I do see the Giants scoring some points at home, though. Eli Manning will air it out frequently to try and keep up. I like the Patriots at 7 or lower, but I have a line of 7.5 right now. Instead I am going with the OVER 54.
PICK: OVER 54 POINTS (-110)