New York Giants vs New England Patriots Live: The New York Giants (2-3) will take on the New England Patriots (5-0) at Foxborough Stadium on Thursday night and do so short offensive weapons Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram.
There’s not a single expert picking the Giants to upset the Pats this time around, and who could blame them?
How does the Giants Wire staff see this Week 6 battle shaking out? Here’s a look at our picks and score predictions:
Dan Benton: Patriots 31, Giants 13
What really needs to be said? The Giants are rebuilding, their lacking nearly 60% of their offensive production due to injuries, their defense is Swiss cheese and they’re taking on the Tom Brady-led Patriots in New England. Oh, and did we not mention the Pats are sporting a historic defense? Yeah… This is likely to get ugly fast, but at least Bill Belichick respects the Giants enough to not run up the score.
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Anyone picking the Giants to win outright, especially since they are missing Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley along with Sterling Shepard, needs to have their head examined. The Pats are banged up, too, but they still have enough to blow the Giants and their slipshod excuse of a defense out. I see the Pats jumping out ahead, getting a few turnovers and cruising to an easy win. I’m not even sure the Giants can get to 13 points in the shape their in…
Doug Rush: Patriots 34, Giants 16
The Giants are just a few days removed from a 28-10 loss at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings and now, they’re in Foxborough against the defending Super Bowl champions, and short-handed too.
Saquon Barkley is out again as he recovers from the high ankle sprain. Sterling Shepard is out with a concussion. And Evan Engram is out with an MCL sprain. Fortunately for Daniel Jones, Golden Tate is now back in the lineup, but that won’t be enough to counter what is missing from the offense.
The Patriots are currently 5-0 and have the look of making another Super Bowl run. The Giants could be walking into an absolute slaughter on Thursday night and a 2-4 record after the dust settles.
Tyler Henry: Patriots 37, Giants 23
This one could get out of hand in a hurry. With injuries to Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard, the Giants are lacking weapons on the offensive side of the ball. The Patriots defense has been stellar this year and I fully expect the Giants to have trouble moving the chains.
On the defensive side of the ball, Big Blue’s matchup against the Patriots’ offense is one that would scare most, even if the Giants were fully healthy with the way they have been playing this year. Hopefully the Giants can put up a fight against the undefeated Patriots, but with the injuries piling up, Giants fans shouldn’t have many expectations for this prime-time match up.
Pat Ragazzo: Patriots 34, Giants 15
With the absence of Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram, rookie Daniel Jones and the Giants will be unable to overcome the Patriots’ No. 1 ranked defense on Thursday night. On the other side of the ball, Kirk Cousins tore up James Bettcher’s unit for 306 yards and two-touchdowns last week. Expect Tom Brady and Julian Edelman to have a big day against an inconsistent Giant secondary.
Kevin Hickey: Patriots 31, Giants 13
After two weeks of stellar play from the rookie quarterback in Daniel Jones, he got his first taste of what a real NFL defense is like. Now, he gets to take on a Patriots defense that is by far the best in the league. He’s also going to be without his biggest weapons in Saquon Barkely, Sterling Shepard and now Evan Engram. It isn’t going to be a pretty showing for the Giants.
The Patriots are allowing a ridiculous 6.8 points per game to opposing offenses. They’ve allowed four touchdowns on the season — none of which have come through the air. The secondary is playing as well as it has in years, and the Tom Brady-led offense is still one of the best in the NFL. The Giants secondary will have a tough time defending Julian Edelman and James White.
Why this game was chosen for a Thursday night matchup is beyond me, but it’s not going to be a fun one to watch.
Mike Moraitis: Patriots 28, Giants 7
This isn’t the Super Bowl and Eli Manning isn’t playing quarterback, so I expect the Giants to lose this game. The Patriots sport perhaps the best defense in the NFL this season, and along with it, one of the greatest defensive minds in football history as the head coach. There’s no shame in what will be rookie Daniel Jones’ worst game of his young career so far.
Tom Brady will check down the Giants to death, and he’ll be fully supported by Sony Michel against a Giants run defense that couldn’t stop a nosebleed. The Pats will cruise to an easy victory like we all expect them to, and it’ll be back to the drawing board for the 2-4 Giants, who will thankfully have an easier game in Week 7.
Serena Burks: Patriots 34, Giants 10
I have no idea what score to call, so we’ll go with what’s above. Patriots win by a lot. Tom Brady’s ability to pick apart a defense and the injuries on the Giants defense will be lopsided in the Patriots’ favor. Daniel Jones faces a tall task against the NFL’s top defense, the likes of which the rookie hasn’t seen yet. It’s going to be a tough game for the G-Men — one they’ll want to forget.