Patriots vs. Giants: 5 Questions Plaguing the Injury-Riddled Giants

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October 10, 2019 7:54 PM UTC

No one expects the New York Giants to give the New England Patriots much of a challenge tonight on Thursday Night Football. Even if the Giants were healthy, the Patriots would outclass them in just about every aspect of the game. But the Giants have…

No one expects the New York Giants to give the New England Patriots much of a challenge tonight on Thursday Night Football. Even if the Giants were healthy, the Patriots would outclass them in just about every aspect of the game. But the Giants have upset the Patriots in the past. What’s to say they can’t do it again?

With several key players ruled out for the Giants, including Saquon Barley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, and Evan Engram, it will take a supernatural event for the Giants to win. It might take a small miracle for the Giants just to cover the gaping 17-point spread. But miracles happen in sports all the time.

Here are five questions the Giants must answer if they hope to upset Tom Brady and the unbeaten Patriots.

1. Who is Daniel Jones even going to throw to?

Daniel Jones is an upgrade over Eli Manning, but he needs some help at receiver. | Source: Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

With Shepard and Engram out, Daniel Jones is going to have to lean hard on Golden Tate, Cody Latimer, and Darius Slayton. So, the rookie quarterback will have a few good (but far from great) receivers to work with.

But they will have the difficult task of facing the defense ranked first against the pass, first in sacks, first in passing touchdowns allowed, and—well, it is safe to say the Patriots defense is the best in the league so far.

An offense needs to be well-rounded to beat a defense like that.

2. But do they have a run game that can help out?

With Saquon Barkley still out, the answer is easy—no. Even if Wayne Gallman were healthy, the answer would be no. A rookie out of Rutgers, Jonathan Hillman, will get the bulk of the carries against a defense that has allowed only two rushing touchdowns the entire season (and just 78 rushing yards per game).

But the odds have been stacked against the Giants versus the Patriots before. The Giants found a way to overcome them then. However, with all the issues they have on offense, they may need their defense to pull through for them this time.

3. Can the Giants defense stop Tom Brady?

Will the Giants defense be able to stop Tom Brady? | Source: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Just slowing down Brady may not be enough; they may need to stop him. That is, of course, something few have ever been able to do—and it requires a dominant pass rush. The Giants are tied for 12th in the league in sacks with 13 so far this season, so their pass rush is far from dominant.

It’s been hard to get to Brady this year, anyway. He’s only been sacked eight times and hit 23 times in five games.

4. Can New York keep the Patriots running backs from going wild?

New England is on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to rushing yards (99.0 yards/game), but seven of the Patriots’ 16 touchdowns this year have come on the ground.

New York has struggled against the run (130.0 yards per game allowed) this season, so the Patriots may look to grind out the clock.

5. How in the world can the Giants win this game?

What we have here is one team (the Giants) that is not very good at anything, even when it has a healthy roster (which it doesn’t). In the other team (the Patriots), there is the most dominant defense in the league partnered up with an incredibly efficient offense. So can the Giants win this game?


It would take an upset of epic proportions for the Giants to pull this one out, and there is no reason to think that it could happen.

Kick-off is at 8:20 pm ET and will be broadcast by NFL Network, Fox, and Amazon Prime.

This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

Last modified: January 10, 2020 3:32 PM UTC

Travis Pulver @FatManWriting

Travis graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, with a master's in Political Science. Prior to that, he attended IU Purdue in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science and earned his first degree at Texas A & M in Galveston, TX, a BS in Maritime Administration. You can contact him on Twitter at @FatManWriting. Over the last few years, Travis has worked for several news-oriented sites that focused on sports, especially football, baseball, basketball, and to a lesser extent, boxing and MMA. Having grown up in the football-crazed state of Texas, football is his first love. According to his mother, he was more excited to watch NFL and college games as a baby than Sesame Street or Mickey Mouse. His passion for sports quickly spread to baseball (favorite team is the Houston Astros), basketball, and track and field as a kid. It wasn’t until his college years that he discovered the tremendous game of rugby. He currently lives in the United States in Indiana (is a basketball fan but hates going to the Indy 500) with his wife and two adorable kids.

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