It’s tantalizing to contend a New York Giants possess a tip part to violence a New England Patriots. After all, a Giants degraded a Patriots in Super Bowls 42 and 46, holding a Pats to a sum 31 points in both contests. But when a dual teams compare adult on Sunday, design a diversion to go utterly differently.
Unlike in Super Bowl 42, a final time a Giants had a possibility to diminish a Patriots’ dreams of an undefeated season, New York doesn’t seem to have a defensive manpower to stop Tom Brady. Eight years ago, a Giants brought down a hostile quarterback some-more than any other group in a game. This season, they’re final in a joining in sacks.
The biggest reason for that, of course, is personnel. In 2007, a Giants’ vaunted defensive line consisted of destiny Hall of Famer Michael Strahan, Fred Robbins, Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka. That’s a sheer disproportion from this year, in that an radically one-handed Jason Pierre-Paul is a Giants’ many dangerous pass-rushing threat.
Overall, a Giants have been incompetent to reconstruct their defense. The section has declined opposite a house in each poignant difficulty over a final 8 seasons.
— Sean Leahy (@leahysean) November 11, 2015
Injuries have played a purpose in a Giants’ defensive uselessness this year. Pierre-Paul’s fireworks collision kept him sidelined for a initial 8 weeks, star cornerback Prince Amukamara has missed a month with a ripped pectoral flesh and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins was recently added to a IR. But injuries impact each team, only demeanour during a Patriots, who played final Sunday’s diversion opposite Washington with their fourth left tackle of a season.
The Pats have a abyss to cover for their starters when they go down and a Giants do not. Just dual weeks ago, a short-handed G-Men surrendered 52 points to Drew Brees and a New Orleans Saints. Considering a Patriots have scored some-more points than any other group in a league, Brady could put adult a curved series during a Meadowlands on Sunday.
The Giants’ offense isn’t as manly as New England’s, though it’s dangerous in a possess right. Eli Manning is safeguarding a round improved than he ever has in his career, throwing 19 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. His 96.9 QB rating is also a tip it’s ever been.
Though a Giants’ offense is third in sum points, it’s comparatively one-dimensional. If Odell Beckham Jr. can’t get going, Manning doesn’t have a lot of delegate options to gaunt on. Expect a Patriots to hang No. 1 dilemma Malcolm Butler on Beckham Jr. with a lot of reserve assistance over a tip from Devin McCourty for a generation of a contest. Bill Belichick prides himself on holding divided his opponents’ best weapons, and that’s what he’ll expected aim to do with Beckham Jr. He has a players to do it, too, as this immature Patriots’ invulnerability is entrance into a own.
Belichick has comparison a defensive actor with his initial collect of a breeze in 6 of a final 7 years, and roughly all of those players have grown into stars. Chandler Jones leads a joining in sacks, linebacker Jamie Collins is arguably one of a many versatile linebackers in a diversion and Devin McCourty is a long-lived Pro Bowler. The Patriots’ offense gets a infancy of attention, and justly so, though a invulnerability is proof to be a estimable co-star.
Given how a Giants close down a Patriots in Super Bowls 42 and 46, it’s easy to envision that story will repeat itself. But a law is, this is a vastly opposite Giants group than those dual squads. On Sunday, don’t design a Patriots to be hold underneath 20 points again. In fact, it’s some-more expected they’ll obscure their sum points sum from those dual Super Bowl defeats.