Intriguing Game-Week Nine
Patriots (8-0) at Giants (5-4)
Patriots: For the just the second time in franchise history, the Patriots are off to an 8-0 start. If you compare the 2007 offense with this years offense, the numbers are almost identical to one another. Brady is as sharp now as he was eight years ago and he’s played with a very big chip on his shoulder. This week, the Patriots received some very unfortunate news that they will be without Dion Lewis for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL and this is a huge loss for that Patriots offense because he was their Mr. Everything. When Gronk and Edelman are locked up down the field, Dion was Brady solid third option and he ran the ball in between the tackles, caught it in the flat and he was an excellent blocker. It’ll be tough to replace that versatility, but the next man has to step up. They are aiming for second 9-0 start in franchise history and they’ll be facing a team who they know very well.
Giants: Right now in a very unpredictable NFC East where pretty much all four teams are still alive for the division, this is the favorite and I’m not too confident in saying that because they’ve been so up and down all year. I was anxious to see what defense would show up last week in Tampa Bay after giving up 52 points to the Saints in a shootout. Eli has had a very productive year and Odell has shown no signs of slowing down or the usual sophomore slump. What really impressed me last week was the impact that Jason Pierre-Paul had on a Giants defense that’s had such a difficult time applying any pressure on the quarterback. JPP didn’t get to Jameis Winston, but he did more than enough to fluster him and make him move around and the hand didn’t even seem to bother him. To stay in first place, they’ll have to go through a team who they play extremely tough.
Prediction: Whenever these two match up, it’s always a memorable game. The finale in 2007 where we saw the Patriots become the first team in NFL history to go 16-0 then a few weeks later, the Giants stunned the world and beat the Patriots in Super Bowl 42. In 2011, the Giants handed New England a rare home loss and in February of 2012, they beat the Patriots in Super Bowl 46 and I truly feel that if Gronk were healthy, the Patriots win that game. The biggest key for the Giants will be to get as much pressure on Brady as possible. For the Patriots, they have to take away Odell and Shane Vereen who they know all too well. I like the Giants to win this one. Giants 31 Patriots 28.