Giants are battered and haven't found their groove & The Patriots are a team distracted by Brady Drama. With such uncertainty be sure to review our NFL picks before making yours.
What We Know About The Coaches
Tom Coughlin of the Giants is 25-23 in the preseason and 1-2 this year after his team lost to the New York Jets last week.
Bill Belichick of the Patriots is 36-29 in the preseason and 2-1 this year after his team beat the Carolina Panthers last week.
New England has been scrambling to win games late. The Patriots, though, should sit Tom Brady, which makes it hard to identify coaching as too much of a factor in this game. A lot of Belichick’s greatness comes from his ability to work so well with Brady as a team. This is even.
Eli Manning was generally very solid last week against the Jets, but he did throw a pick-six late in the first half. Manning finished 12 of 16 passing, but if he commits huge mistakes like that one in the regular season, the Giants will continue to have problems.
Yet, Manning doesn’t need and won’t get much if any work in this game. This is for Ryan Nassib to play and sharpen up his skills before the real thing starts in a couple of weeks.
Tom Brady has had a forgettable preseason, but no one is seriously concerned about how well he’s playing right now. He’s been distracted by the ongoing DeflateGate scandal and its legal issues. If Brady plays in the opener (due to a judge making a favorable decision in Brady’s battle with the NFL – that decision should come very soon, one way or the other), the Patriots will be very happy.
Meanwhile, though, backup Jimmy Garoppolo continues to play well after his first preseason game was a bust. Garoppolo did extremely well a week earlier against New Orleans, and he was 13 of 17 passing against Carolina. Garoppolo’s play gives New England another second-half edge, as has been the case the past few weeks.
Team Depth & Rotations
The Giants are dealing with several injury concerns, mindful that pass rusher Jason Pierre Paul was already out of the picture with the hand injury he suffered much earlier this summer. Defensive end Robert Ayers injured an ankle and tendon before last week’s game against the New York Jets. Rookie offensive lineman Bobby Hart and safety Josh Gordy also got hurt. Victor Cruz is out with a calf. It’s really no wonder the Giants are struggling – they face a lot of roster deficits right now, review our NFL odds to see if the Giants will cover the spread.
Patriots will be without backup fullback James Devlin, injured last week. Beyond that, there were no significant injuries to this team in week three of the preseason. The Patriots won’t play Brady in game four, but they’re in generally sound shape as far as the infirmary report goes. New England has a clear edge here.
Outlook & Pick
The Patriots are getting such good play from Jimmy Garoppolo in the preseason that they figure to be able to make a rally in the second half, at least if they need one, against the heavily injured Giants, NFL pick is for Patriots.
Free NFL Pick: Patriots -1 (-110) at BetOnline