(My PC is on the fritz today so I’m reusing an older image from the preseason… )

The last time these two teams faced off, well, you know the story. No reason to bring up the past, the Patriots play the 5-2 New York Giants in a game of which defense can last the longest.

On offense the Giants aren’t particularly scary with Ashmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks out with injuries. Eli Manning and Victor Cruz having been rocking it all season long, but other than Cruz and Mario Manningham, Eli has no weapons. The defense is banged up in the secondary, but their line is scary. Jason Pierre-Paul has 8.5 sacks on the year and is one of those guys you have to always account for.

The Patriots offense should get back in the swing of things today. Stevan Ridley will get his chance to carve up the Giants and Welker will get a lot of touches today with the Giants blitz attack. The Patriots defense will have Ron Brace back, but I’m not sure that matters. The secondary excluding Kyle Arrington is absolute crap, but they are playing Eli Manning today so who knows…

Honestly this game is a battle of two teams who look almost identical; crappy defenses and pass happy offenses. The deciding factor in this game is turnovers and who runs the ball best.

Game Info:

  • Played at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts
  • Starts at 4:15 ETS
  • On FOX

Pats Injury Report and Inactives:

  • Dane Fletcher
  • Jermaine Cunningham
  • Ryan Mallett
  • Kevin Faulk
  • Taylor Price
  • Donald Thomas
  • Shaun Ellis

Key Matchups:

  • Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck vs Pats Offensive Line
    • Pierre-Paul has 8.5 sacks on the season and is out to prove his doubters wrong. He is one of those guys you have to account for every play. The Pats line has been playing awful lately and Tom Brady has been sacked 14 times this year
  • Giants Offensive Live vs Vince Wilfork and Andre Carter
    • The Giants will be without their starting center. Carter is finally showing up and Wilfork is Wilfork
  • Corey Webster vs Welker/Gronk
    • Whoever covers these two will have a rough day. The Patriots offense is out for blood after the awful showing against Pittsburgh and teams have a hard time covering Welker and Gronk on a normal day

Questions:

  • Will Tom Brady be sacked more than two times?
  • Does Brandon Jacobs have a career resurgent day?
  • How does the Patriots as a team respond to the loss last week?
  • Does Eli Manning light up the secondary?

Predictions:

  • Patriots offense has a big day
  • Vince Wilfork has a sack
  • Eli Manning looks flustered all day
  • Tom Brady is sacked twice
  • Patriots 38, Giants 24
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