New England (8-0) at NY Giants (5-4)
When: Sunday, November 15th 2015
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Time: 4:25 ET | TV: CBS
The undefeated New England Patriots travel down to New Jersey to face the only team that can’t seem to beat – the New York Giants. The Patriots had a perfect season going until the lost to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII. Then, four years later the Giants beat them again in the big game. The Patriots should have better luck against a Giants defense that ranks near the bottom of the league. Tom Brady is having another terrific season throwing 22 touchdowns to only 2 interceptions and he has a league best 113.5 passer rating. Wide receiver Julian Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski have a combined 101 catches and 14 touchdowns for New England who lead the league scoring 34.5 points per game. New England suffered a costly loss when two-way running back Dion Lewis suffered a season-ending knee injury last week. He had 234 yards rushing and another 388 receiving before getting hurt. Their defense has been really good also, holding their opponents to only 17.9 points per game and is tied with St. Louis for second in the league with 27 sacks. Bill Belichick won’t admit it, but I’m sure he’s going to treat this game like a Super Bowl. His ego can’t take losing again to these Giants.
The Giants defense better get ready, because Brady knows that they rank dead last in total defense and 31st against the pass. New York also ranks dead last with only 9 sacks on the year. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will be playing his second game of the year after blowing some of his fingers off in the summer. The Giants hope he can help get more pressure on the quarterback. Eli Manning has been very inconsistent this year putting up monster numbers one week and duds the next. He’s coming off a dud last week despite beating the Bucs 32-18. He threw 2 interceptions in that game and only 213 yards. The week before he threw 6 touchdowns and 350 yards. He also has a 441 yard effort this season against San Francisco. Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. has caught fire again. He has 17 catches, 235 yards, and three scores in the last two weeks. Coach Tom Coughlin is 5-1 against Bill Belichick, but his defense must step up big time today if he wants to make it 6-1.
I really can’t see the Giants staying close in this game much less win it. Brady will probably throw it over 40 times again and if the Giants can’t get any pressure on him, this will be a blowout.
Pick: Patriots -7