Preview of TNF: Patriots vs Giants

Let’s take a look at tonight’s matchup between the Patriots and Giants. The Giants are injury-riddled coming into the game. They are without their top two running backs, Saquan Barkley and Wayne Gallman; so rookie tailback Jon Hillman will get the start. However, the Giants will get receiver Golden Tate back after serving a 4 game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

So while I know this does not look like it favors the Giants much I actually think the Giants are going to play competitively in this game. It’s clear since going to Daniel Jones this team has been better. They’ve responded well to this rookie and honestly watching Jones, he is as good as advertised. I know he’s turned the ball over a bit more than we’d like to see but being a rookie it comes with the territory.

The Patriots are entering the game at 5-0 so that means eventually they are going to slip up. I think a game like this is a prime game for the Giants to catch them slipping. Granted I covered this a few weeks ago when I said the Patriots usually lay a dud about dour to five times a year, and while Brady doesn’t usually lose to rookie QBs it can happen.

Keys to victory for the Giants:

Get off the field on 3rd Down: This Giant defense has been bad all year and it’s because they haven’t been able to get off the field on 3rd Down. They need to get mean and nasty. DC James Belcher needs to show Brady something he hasn’t seen before to try to confuse the future Hall of Famer.

Special Teams: I know the Patriots are very good in almost every aspect of the game so if you want to have a shot it’s going to take a team effort. Good returns and pinning the Patriots deep will help with that.

Pass Rusher: I’ll let everyone in on a little secret, no QB is that good when he has pressure in his face. This includes Tom Brady. This is going to be a stretch because the Giants aren’t very good at getting after the passer but if there was a night to do it, tonight would be that night in primetime.

Ball Control: Danny Dimes needs to be able to manage this game. The playcalling needs to be methodical so they can limit the number of times Tom Brady and company get to get their hands on the ball. This will be the main key to victory tonight if the Giants want to leave with a W.