The New England Patriots host the New York Giants on Thursday night looking to stay perfect after a 5-0 start. Here is what to expect…
Seasons so far
The Giants (2-3) kicked off the season without any real energy, stumbling to losses in Dallas and at home against Buffalo with 38-year-old Eli Manning at the helm. Before Week Three’s visit to Tampa Bay, rookie Daniel Jones was named the quarterback starter and he has changed the complexion of the team.
Jones had a four-touchdown performance as they beat the Bucs 32-31, and followed up it up with a 24-3 win over Washington on his home debut. However, New York were beaten handily 28-10 by the Minnesota Vikings last week.
The Super Bowl champion Patriots (5-0) have started in dominant form, winning four games against Pittsburgh, Miami, New York (Jets) and Washington with ease and scraping a tough 16-10 win in Buffalo.
New England have a massive plus-121 point differential already, 51 better than the team in second (49ers, plus-70). They have scored the second-most points (155) and conceded the fewest (34). Bill Belichick’s team looks unstoppable.
Players to watch
In Daniel Jones‘ tremendous debut, he showed why the Giants spent the sixth overall pick on the former Duke QB in this year’s NFL Draft. However, his passing yards (336-225-182) and passer rating (112.7-78.0-65.9) have dropped in each game.
Now, Jones faces the league’s best passing defense (only 160.4 yards per game allowed, zero touchdowns allowed, 11 interceptions forced, 44.0 passer rating against). How will he handle it?
He will be helped by the return of 2018 Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley – if he is able to make a miraculously quick return from a high ankle sprain suffered in Week Three. However, he has said “I do not know if I am playing on Thursday night” as he attempts to recover in time.
Against the Redskins on Sunday, Tom Brady reached 71,923 career passing yards, passing Brett Favre for the third-most of any player in NFL history. He’s now just 18 yards shy of Peyton Manning in second. Brady has thrown 10 touchdowns and just two picks, and at 42 years old, the six-time Super Bowl winner is playing some of his best football.