This might not be considered a rivalry, but we all know what the Giants have done to the Patriots. The New York Giants ruined the Pats quest for a perfect season and also broke the hearts of every fan in New England in 2012 with the “MHK” patch dedicated the whole season. Every time since then, it has become personal when these two teams play. A new QB in Daniel Jones has arrived in the “Big Apple” and has taken the league by storm. Let’s get to know the Giants and what is to expect on Thursday night.
On a short week, both sides will be shorthanded. Currently, both Saquan Barkley and Sterling Shepard are both expected to be out Thursday night for the Giants. Also, Evan Engram is likely not to play so many of the Giant’s top players could be out. One part of this Giants team that has remand healthy is their defense. New York defense is in the top 15 in points allowed. The backend of the Giant’s defense could cause New England’s offense problems with Jabrill Peppers and Antoine Bethea stopping big plays downfield.
For the Patriots, Phillip Dorsett and Patrick Chung are currently on the injury report and might have to sit out this week. This will affect both sides of the ball as it took till the 2nd half for the offense to get going last week. This will be a difficult challenge for New England with not a lot of time to recover. One thing that the Patriots have an advantage of is there at home. The crowd will be in the game the whole way and for rookie QB, Daniel Jones, this will be his first real hostile environment on national TV. he has been in. Jones will try to run out of the pocket so if the defense can keep him in the pocket, they will have success.
This should be a great game with plenty of storylines behind it so be sure to watch the game at 8:20 PM on Fox!
–Robert Marcello is a Staff Writer for Full Press Coverage and covers the New England Patriots. Follow him on Twitter @RobertMarcello5