New York Giants: 3 bold predictions for Week 6 vs. the Patriots
The New York Giants are desperate for another win this season, but they’ll have a tough time getting one in Week 6 against the New England Patriots. The Giants currently boast a 2-4 record while the Patriots remain unbeaten with a 5-0 record.
This season has been quite the rollercoaster ride for Giants fans. It all began with Eli Manning being named the starter, and the team struggled to win in the first two weeks of the season.
After falling to 0-2, Pat Shurmur was prompted to start Daniel Jones in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since then, New York has won two out of the three games that they’ve played with Jones as the starter.
However, the rookie signal-caller hasn’t faced a defense as tough as the Patriots this season. Heading into the game on Thursday night, the Giants are being projected to lose by 16.5-17 points in most sportsbooks.
With that being said, here are three bold predictions for the Giants in Week 6 versus the Patriots on Thursday Night Football.
3. Daniel Jones Will Throw for 300 Yards
The game between the Giants and Patriots was already expected to be a blowout in favor of New England. To make matters worse, though, New York will be playing without Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram.
Thus, leaving Daniel Jones to look for Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, and Cody Latimer in the offense. Considering that this game could get out of hand early, the rookie quarterback could be the first quarterback to throw for 300 yards against the Patriots this season.
The closest anyone had gotten to 300 yards passing versus the Patriots this year is when Ben Roethlisberger threw for 276 yards in Week 1. Altogether, New England has surrendered just 161 passing yards per game this season (best in the NFL).
2. The Giants Will Have a Receiver That Eclipses 100 Yards
Due to Bill Belichick’s defense being able to shut down opposing passing attacks, not many wide receivers have had success against them this season. The best game from a receiver that’s faced New England this season came in Week 1 as well.
In Week 1, JuJu Smith-Schuster managed to catch six passes for 78 yards. Considering how talented and deep the Patriots secondary is, that performance could make a solid case for Smith-Schuster to make it into the Hall of Fame.
All jokes aside, when facing the Patriots, receivers disappear and are nowhere to be found. Among the boldest of bold predictions, the Giants will have a receiver that has over 100 receiving yards in Week 6 despite being severely shorthanded.
1. The Giants Will Score a Passing Touchdown
In a league where offenses are pass-oriented, it shouldn’t be bold to predict that an NFL offense will throw for a touchdown against an NFL defense. However, when speaking about this Patriots defense, it is bold to envision someone completing a touchdown pass against them.
Over the course of the first five weeks of the season, New England’s defense is the only defense in the NFL who has yet to allow a passing touchdown. Even though the Patriots will roll through New York en route to a 6-0 record, the depleted Giants offense will score the first passing touchdown against the Patriots this season.
Rookie quarterbacks haven’t fared well in Foxborough ever since Belichick took over in New England. In 11 games where the Patriots have faced a rookie under center, those quarterbacks have thrown for just eight touchdowns and 21 interceptions.
On Thursday night, Jones will increase the touchdown totals for that insane statistic to nine. It may come in a loss, but at least New York can have the consolation prize of being the first team to score a passing touchdown versus the Patriots in 2019, right?