Game Preview: Giants vs. Patriots

The New York Giants take on the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium at 4:25 ET in Week 10.

Game Info

November 15, 2015

MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ

Will be televised on CBS at 4:25 p.m. ET

Radio channels: Sirius-TBA, Internet-TBA, XM- TBA

as well as other local affiliate stations

 

CBS Broadcast

Play-by-play Jim Nantz, color commentator Phil Simms, sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson

 

Radio Broadcast

Play-by-play Bob Papa, color commentator Carl Banks, sideline reporter Howard Cross

 

New York Giants:

 2015 preseason record: 2-2

2015 regular season record: 5-4

 

2015 Regular Season Leaders:

Passing: Eli Manning 224 for 340 (65.9 completion %) 2,339 yards 19 TD, 6 INT

Rushing: Rashad Jennings 94 rushes for 364 yards, 1 TD

Receiving: Odell Beckham jr. 59 receptions for 759 yards, 7 TD

 

New England Patriots:

2014 regular season record: 12-4 and Super bowl Champs

2015 preseason record: 2-2

2015 regular season record: 8-0

 

2015 Regular Season Leaders:

Passing: Tom Brady 225 for 328 (68.6 completion %) 2,709 yards 22 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: LeGarrette Blount 98 rushes for 447 yards, 5 TD

Receiving: Julian Edelman 57 receptions for 639 yards, 7 TD

 

Results of the previous 3 meetings:

 (Super Bowl) February 5th, 2012: (Neutral site) Giants win 21-17

November 6th, 2011: (AWAY) Giants win 24-20

(Super Bowl) February 3rd, 2008: (Neutral site) Giants win 17-14

 

 

Key Matchups

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski vs. Giants LB’s

It is likely going to be a team effort to contain Gronkowski. Rookie safety Landon Collins has shown that pass coverage may not be his forte. It is likely that the Giants will shade someone over to his side in an effort to mitigate the damage he is able to do.

 

Patriots CB Malcolm Butler vs. Giants WR Odell Beckham jr.

 

Like I mentioned above, in years past OBJ likely would’ve gone up against Revis or Aqib Talib. This time he is going up against Super bowl hero Malcolm Butler. Butler will likely get some help in an effort to not let the Giants’ best player beat them, but this matchup could be very important to the game.

 

Patriots OT’s Sebastian Vollmer and Marcus Cannon vs. Giants DE’s Jason Pierre-Paul and Damontre Moore

 

This matchup could get even more interesting as both of the tackles for the Patriots have been dealing with injuries and have struggled to get on the practice field. If that is the case, look for Cameron Fleming to play at left tackle. JPP is back for his second game of the year, and the Giants will likely try to get after Tom Brady in an attempt to reenact their formula that has proven to work. DC Steve Spagnuolo will try to make Brady uncomfortable in the pocket, and if the Giants can get pressure on the outside it will change the scope of the contest.   

 

Interesting Notes and Key Facts:

 Tom Brady has a 4-2 record in the Super bowl and his only two losses have come at the hands of the New York Giants.

 

Giants RB Shane Vereen spent his first four seasons as a New England Patriot before signing with the Giants in the offseason.

 

The Patriots are first in the NFL in points per game at 34.3 per game. The Giants will need to figure out a way to limit the Patriots scoring. The Giants have only scored more than 34 points a game once this season, in a loss to the New Orleans Saints.

 

Since 2007, the Patriots have had three winning streaks of over ten games. The Giants have ended both of the other two streaks in their Super Bowl victories.  They have a chance to end their third streak of over 10 this weekend.

 

Last weekend, in his return, JPP played in 47 of 64 (73%) snaps against the Bucs. 


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