The New England Patriots are the only undefeated team remaining in the AFC, and have a good chance to keep it that way in the sixth week of the season. New England is at home against an undermanned New York Giants team. The Giants have been buoyed by the start of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, but this team still seems to be a long way from contention. The Patriots, meanwhile, are Super Bowl contenders once again and the oddsmakers have pegged this one as a lopsided affair.
This NFL regular season game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots will be held at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts at 8:20 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 10th, 2019. The game will be nationally televised on FOX.
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Unsurprisingly, the undefeated Patriots have been instituted as the heavy favorites in this game. Not only are they the vastly better team, but they get this matchup in the comfort of their own home against a rookie quarterback. The Patriots are currently being wagered on at a -105 vig, as the oddsmakers are trying to coax some money onto them because the spread is such a high one that many people like New York to cover.
The scoring total is lower than most Patriots games, which isn’t a surprise this year. The New England offense hasn’t been as high-powered as usual while its defense has been dominant. The Giants could really struggle to score points in this one.
Giants star running back Saquon Barkley is dealing with a sprained ankle that has kept him out for a few weeks, although coach Pat Shurmur said he does have a chance to play in this matchup. Barkley is the team’s best player as he is averaging 6.4 yards per carry and is also a threat in the passing game.
Backup quarterback Wayne Gallman left the Giants’ loss last week, so the running back spot is a position to watch closely. Jones is a rookie who could use a strong running game to take the weight of the offense off his shoulders a bit. Keep an eye on Barkley’s status as the contest gets closer, because it could have an effect on the outcome.
6.8. That’s the number of points the Patriots have allowed this season, as they have absolutely dominated on defense all year long. New England is giving up 270 total yards per game and has held every opponent this season to 14 points or fewer.
The Patriots don’t have a bunch of superstar names leading the way, but the group has a really solid secondary and is expertly coached by Bill Belichick. This is a really tough matchup for a Giants offense that is light on offensive weapons and is sending a rookie quarterback onto the road.
New England’s defensive success is expected to continue in this one, which is why the scoring total is pretty low.
The Patriots are the choice to win this game going away. Quarterback Tom Brady has looked mortal the past two weeks but the Giants have little chance of slowing him down. Look for New England to make this a laugher by the end of the third quarter and play well enough down the stretch to cover the spread.
NFL Pick: New England Patriots 31, New York Giants 13
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