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Patriots to trip up against Giants yet again? Get NFL Thursday Night Football tips

Leigh Copson 8 Oct 2019
Tom Brady (credit:Cal Sport Media/SIPA USA/PA Images)

New York Giants at New England Patriots predictions for Thursday Night Football in Week 6 of the 2019 NFL season. The New York Giants have seemingly had New England’s number over the past decade, but can we really expect Daniel Jones & Co. to shock the unbeaten defending Super Bowl champions on Thursday night? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

New York Giants at New England Patriots (Friday 01:20 BST)

New England did not roll over Washington as expected last weekend, and even trailed to a Steven Sims 65-yard rushing touchdown early on, but a 14-point third-quarter surge broke the Redskins’ resistance and the Patriots closed out a 33-7 victory that extended their perfect start to the season to five games. That 100% mark means they are now a game ahead of Kansas City in the race for the number one seeding in the AFC and Tom Brady & Co. will be determined to maintain that position, and their perfect record, with a sixth consecutive victory on Thursday Night Football. But could they come unstuck against a team who has seemingly had their number in recent years?

New England are 1-3 in their last four meetings with the New York Giants, with two of those defeats famously coming in Super Bowls, and although that victory did come in their most recent encounter, it was hardly a walk in the park for Bill Belichick’s men. The Patriots trailed at half-time in that one and appeared to be headed for defeat when Josh Brown converted a 29-yard field goal with little under two minutes remaining, but ultimately New York had given the visitors enough time to snatch the victory and that is exactly what they did when Stephen Gostkowski booted in a 54-yard field goal with just one second remaining on the clock. So has that last-gasp winner exorcised some demons and destroyed the apparent hoodoo that the Giants had over the Patriots?

That remains to be seen, but what we do know is that we can compare these two franchises at present there is only one winner. While New England are flying, the Giants are undergoing a major transition at 2-3. The Eli Manning Era is now officially over and through his first four games the two-time Super Bowl winner’s successor, Daniel Jones, has shown promising signs of what could come with him at the controls. Jones has been a little sloppy in recent weeks, tossing three interceptions in his last two games, but he was excellent in the surprise week three win at Tampa Bay and he  was also able to lead New York to a division win over Washington despite throwing a couple of picks. He appears to have a bright future in the NFL, but right now he is not ready for a primetime game up at Foxborough, especially with star running back Saquon Barkley set to sit this one out due to an ankle injury.

With the exception of the victory up at Buffalo, New England have had no issues putting points on the board so far this season, scoring 30 or more in four of their five games, and as strong as that output has been what has been even more impressive has been the play of the defense, which ranks first in points allowed, first in yards allowed per play, first in turnovers and second in yards allowed (leaders San Francisco have played a game less). Okay, so the list of opponents faced has hardly been challenging – they have a combined record of 5-18 – but you can only beat what is put in front of you and that is what the Patriots have done to pretty devastating effect.

The Giants are hardly a stellar outfit either, so you when you consider that four of New England’s five victories so far have come via at least 16 points you have to like the chances of Brady & Co. rolling over a Giants defense that ranks 31st in yards given up and 25th in points allowed. They have been appalling against the pass, ranking 30th in yards allowed and 25th in touchdowns allowed, so you have to expect Brady will pick them apart as his team rack up the points and cruise to victory. Jones may have his moments here, but ultimately he is not ready for the Patriots just yet, especially under the bright lights at Foxborough, and he does not have the tools around him to give him a better chance of springing an upset. New England should run away with this one and win by at least a couple of touchdowns.

And speaking of Jones, his difficulties in protecting the football through his first four appearances could also result in a few turnovers here. The rookie QB has three interceptions and three fumbles to his name so far and against a New England defense that has been racking up takeaways this season, there is a very good chance that this Thursday night encounter will produce either two or three turnovers before time expires.

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