New York is an amazing city. The food, the sights, the people. Anything you want to do, the Big Apple has you covered.
Unless you want to follow a successful NFL team.
The Giants are 2-3 going into Thursday night, and although the era of Daniel ‘Danny Dimes’ Jones has officially begun, it is going to take a miracle at Gillette Stadium if Big Blue are going to come away with a victory.
Star running back Saquon Barkley has been ruled out of the week six clash, as has tight end Evan Engram and receiver Sterling Shepard.
Jones went 21/38 last week in the 28-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He threw one touchdown and one interception.
If you had offered the rookie quarterback 760 yards from 109 attempts with four touchdowns and three interceptions to kick off his rookie season, he’d have taken it. Yet, he probably wouldn’t want to go into a huge televised game without three of his best options while taking on the best defence in the NFL.
Which leaves him Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, Elijhaa Penny, Jon Hilliman, Rhett Ellison and Cody Latimer – at least two of those names could be made up.
As it stands, as well as the Patriots D being pretty amazing, only two teams on average concede more yards than the Giants this season. There may be trouble ahead.
Foxborough could witness a massacre to kick off Week Six. Bill Belichick has survived the brief Antonio Brown saga, and although there are injury doubts for both Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett, that won’t matter to Tom Brady who already has 10 TDs and over 1400 yards. The GOAT doesn’t care who he is throwing the ball to.
The AFC East side are just as capable of putting points on the board with the ball as they are without. This could get very messy.
The handicap line has been set at 16.5, and you could take that at evens, but we think the Giants are in cush a state it’s worth looking at Alternative handicaps, and the Pats by at least three touchdowns sounds good to us with a bit of extra juice.
Back the Patriots to win with a 20.5 handicap at 5/4 on the Alternative Handicap.
#WhatOddsPaddy: Patriots -2.5, Tom Brady 250+ passing yards & 1+ passing TDs and Sony Michel 50+ rushing yards & 1+ TDs
Brady is going to throw the ball here. After five wins he is averaging 280 yards per game with a completion percentage of only 63.1. He still has 10 touchdowns and is playing against one of the weakest secondaries in the league.
It is very unlikely those numbers are going to drop, regardless of who lines up out wide.
Along the ground, in two out his five games, Sony Michel was held for under 20 yards, but against the Lions and the Redskins he went for 63 and 91 and has seen his carries increase.
Once the Pats get ahead, the running back will have plenty of time and attempts to put up some yards, plus he is the go-to guy when the Super Bowl champions get near the goal line.
Take the #WhatOddsPaddy specials and back Patriots -2.5, Tom Brady 250+ passing yards & 1+ passing TDs and Sony Michel 50+ rushing yards & 1+ TDs at 10/3
In five games, the Pats already have 24 sacks and three defensive touchdowns. Even good teams don’t want to take on the Patriots right now and the Giants couldn’t be in a worse spot going into TNF. Rookie QB, inexperienced receivers, playing on the road.
New England duo Devin McCourty and Jamie Collins have combined for seven interceptions this season – no other team has a player with more than two – which means 29 teams in the NFL have fewer than two members of the Pats secondary.
Belichick smells blood and his players will be coming for you. Don’t be surprised if they grab a couple more picks and take at least one all the way to the house.
Back the Pats D/ST to score an anytime touchdown at 6/4