New England Patriots vs New York Giants Live Stream: New England Patriots vs New York Giants Live Watch Belestrator Could Daniel Jones’ speed challenge the Pats defense picks for the Patriots Week 6 matchup against the New York Giants Here’s a look at five big reasons the New York Giants will upset the New England Patriots in Week 6 and improve to 3-3.
Now on a short week, the Giants face their toughest task all season, heading up to Foxborough to take on the undefeated New England Patriots on Thursday night without top target Sterling Shepard (concussion) and Wayne Gallman (concussion). They will also be without running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and tight end Evan Engram (sprained MCL).
Let’s look at five possible scenarios that would help the Giants pull out the incomparable upset this week.
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It all starts with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, who will be facing the biggest challenge of his young career thus far without his top four offensive weapons. To add insult to injury, he is also taking on the best team in the NFL on the road, against the greatest quarterback-coach duo of all time in Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
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The Patriots defense has been stellar, too, giving up the fewest total points (34) and points per game in the league (6.8). Through the first five games, their defense has only allowed two touchdowns.
Jones hasn’t necessarily lit up the box score in the last two weeks, but if you watch the film, he has still looked impressive. The rookie signal caller was 8-for-16 on third-down attempts on Sunday and drove the ball up and down the field, although the offense could not finish in the red zone.
Their lone touchdown of the game came on a beautiful 35-yard dime from Jones, who dropped the ball in the bucket to Darius Slayton for the score. Of course, there were also two missed touchdown throws to Shepard in this game, as well, that Jones wishes he had back. On a brighter note, Jones was under heavy pressure on one of these passes where he was blasted by Anthony Barr, causing a slight overthrow just out of the reach of Shepard.
Once Gallman exited with a concussion last week, Pat Shurmur completely abandoned the run game, opting to give his remaining backs only 12 more carries. This essentially made the Giant offense one-sided, creating a 7-on-7 matchup versus a very good Minnesota defense.
This blueprint is not a recipe for success and Shurmur needs to fix this despite missing several weapons in his personnel. This leads me to my next point of running the football.
The 5-0 Patriots return home after two weeks on the road and will face the 2-3 Giants on Thursday night. New England seemed to find a new gear in the second half against the Redskins and will look to build on the resurgent ground game that finally got going and helped seal a 33-7 victory.
Defensively, the Pats are off to one of the best starts in NFL history, leading the league in every major statistical category, often by a large margin. With an injury-depleted Giants team now coming to town, the Pats will be looking to attack rookie quarterback Daniel Jones and write a sixth chapter of dominance.
After a short turnaround from Sunday to Thursday, the Patriots won’t suit up again until Monday, October 21st against the Jets. That extended mini-bye-week should benefit the team greatly as some bumps and bruises can heal up and the team can re-evaluate what has been working for them and what has not.
But first, here are the Keys to starting 6-0 for fourth time under Bill Belichick.
With rain in the forecast and things already likely to be sloppy given the short turnaround, playing clean football might be the most important key to victory. So far, the Patriots (20th) and Giants (28th) are on the low end of accepted penalties, but it will be ball security under wet conditions that will be paramount.
The Giants are third-worst in the league with six fumbles, and with low-end weaponry slated to play significant roles, there will be an even greater focus on protecting the football for the visitors. The Patriots should be attacking the ball constantly.
Daniel Jones has four touchdowns and three interceptions since taking over for Eli Manning, and all three interceptions have come in the last two games. That’s not a good trend when you’re about to face a defense that leads the league with 11 interceptions.
If anything can turn this game upside down it will be untimely turnovers. If the Patriots just play safe with the ball and get the Giants to cough it up once or twice, this game will be well under control.