Giants vs Patriots

Giants vs Patriots:This is a change this season for Thursday Night Football games, which were previously limited to NFL Network broadcast. You no longer need the advanced cable package to catch this game.

Rookie Daniel Jones and the New York Giants will be looking to get back on track, but they face a tall task as they head into Foxborough to meet the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football. Jones lost his first game as a starter last Sunday when the Giants struggled with a running game still missing star Saquon Barkley (ankle) in a loss to the Vikings. Barkley and backup Wayne Gallman (concussion) are both out on Thursday. Meanwhile, ageless Tom Brady and the Patriots’ defense didn’t miss a beat in dismantling the Redskins, costing Jay Gruden his job. Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots are 17-point favorites in the latest Patriots vs. Giants odds, up a half-point from the opener, while the over-under for total points scored is 41.5. Before you commit to any Giants vs. Patriots picks, you need to read the NFL predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up almost $7,000 for $100 players on its top-rated NFL picks since its inception four years ago. It has nailed its recent top-rated NFL picks, entering Week 6 of the 2019 NFL schedule on a strong 23-14 run that dates back to last season. It’s also on an 85-57 roll on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. And in Week 5, it nailed the Rams (+1.5) staying within the spread against the Seahawks and the Texans (-4) covering with plenty of room to spare against the Falcons.

The model also ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch for the third year in a row on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 96 percent of CBS Sports office pool players. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, it has simulated Giants vs. Patriots on Thursday Night Football 10,000 times. We can tell you it’s leaning over, but it also says one side of the spread cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see that pick at SportsLine.

The model knows the Patriots are allowing just 6.8 points and 238.4 yards per game, and they have 11 interceptions and 24 sacks to lead both categories by four. Linebacker Jamie Collins has done a little bit of everything, with 4.5 sacks and three picks. Devin McCourty has four interceptions to lead a pass defense that allows just 160.4 yards per game. New England had six sacks last Sunday, with Dont’a Hightower, Chase Winovich and Michael Bennett making Colt McCoy’s day miserable.

New York Giants (2-3) at New England Patriots (5-0)

Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Thursday, Oct. 10, 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff

TV channel: FOX

Stream: Fox Sports Go, NFL Mobile, Yahoo Sports App

Line: Patriots by 16.5 (via BetMGM)

What’s at stake
Giants: Don’t get embarrassed. Stay healthy. Compete like heck and, as Golden Tate suggested, give themselves a chance to “shock the world.” In reality, this is not just a step up in class as the Vikings represented – this is a mammoth leap. The onus will be on Pat Shurmur and his coaches to make sure no one in the locker room gets discouraged coming out of this one. There will be plenty of games left to play, and we can’t lose sight of the fact that, for many of the players on the roster, this is a developmental season to build for the future.

Patriots: The Patriots are out of the gates about as well as they can be. They haven’t necessarily faced five heavyweights – Buffalo is the only one with a winning record – but the machine roles on.

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