New York Giants will take on New England Patriots in the preseason Week 3 at MetLife Stadium. The home side still searches for the first victory in the preseason, as they lost against New York Jets and Cleveland Browns. On the other hand, the visitors head to this clash after booking two wins against Washington Football Team and Philadelphia Eagles.
The Giants had a disappointing campaign in 2020, as they couldn’t do better than a 6-10 record. Although it was a slight improvement compared to the NFL 2019 season when they won just four times, the Giants need to do much better if they want to secure a playoff spot. The Patriots also failed to go to the latter stages of the 2020 campaign, as they had a 7-9 record. One year earlier, they had an excellent 12-4 score in the regular season, but they were already stopped in the playoffs’ eighth-finals.
New York Giants – Are they capable of recording the first preseason win?
This is the last chance for the hosts to bounce back and win for the first time in the preseason. Week 1 saw them losing against the Jets, while they suffered a 17-13 defeat a week later against Cleveland Browns. The Giants rested most of the starters in order to keep them healthy and give their best shot in the regular season. Brian Lewerke went 11-19 for 108 yards, a TD, and one interception against the Browns, while Mike Glennon threw for 86 yards on 10-13. Corey Clement was a major figure in the Giants’ rushing attack with nine carries for 30 yards. Devontae Booker also contributed with a touchdown and 27 rushing yards.
Devante Downs and Rodarius Williams led the Giants’ defense with seven total tackles each, with the latter one having six solo tackles. Ohane Ximines and Carter Coughlin logged one tackle each, while Ryan Anderson and Raymond Johnson III combined for a joint sack.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Devontae Booker, C.J. Board, Dante Pettis, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram, Cullen Gillaspia, Nate Solder, Kenny Wiggins, Brett Heggie, Ted Larsen, Nate Solder
Expected Line-Up (Defense): B.J Hill, Danny Shelton, Raymond Johnson III, Ifeadi Odengibo, Devante Downs, Reggie Ragland, Oshane Ximines, Josh Jackson, Jabrill Peppers, Logan Ryan, Darnay Holmes
Quarter Back: Mike Glennon
Kicker: Graham Gano
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New England Patriots – Can they end the preseason without suffering a defeat?
The Patriots enjoy this preseason, as they already logged two victories. After beating Washington Football Team in Week 1, they dismantled the Eagles with a 35-0 win last week. The away side looks to build on that game and complete the preseason in a winning fashion. New England’s rookie QB Mac Jones tossed for 146 yards on 13-19, and Cam Newton went for 103 yards on 8-9 and a TD. The Patriots looked for a balanced rushing attack against the eagles, and their six players combined for a total of 44 carries. JJ Taylor led the way for the Patriots with 93 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Rhamondre Stevenson logged 15 carries for 66 yards and two scores.
Gunner Olszewski had four grabs with 57 receiving yards, and Jakobi Meyers added 56 receiving yards and a score. Ja’Shaun Bentley led the Pats’ defense with six total tackles, while Harvey Langi and Chase Winovich logged five total tackles each and a sack. Langi also added an interception, as well as Adrian Colbert.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Damien Harris, Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, Jonnu Smith, Jakob Johnson, Isaiah Wynn, Mike Onwenu, Ted Karras, Shaq Mason, Trent Brown
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Deatrich Wise Jr., Lawrence Guy, Davon Godchaux, Henry Anderson, Matt Judon, Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, J.C. Jackson, Adrian Phillips, Devin McCourty, Jalen Mills
Quarter Back: Cam Newton
Kicker: Nick Folk
Expert Pick #1 – Patriots to win ML @-167
There are a lot of open questions for the Pats, and they need to find answers before the regular season starts. Therefore, I expect them to field the majority of the starting lineup on both sides. The hosts should keep their run going, and I believe they will book another victory. I’ll take the Patriots ML as the major pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Patriots -3.5 @-110
While the Pats should give plenty of playing time for the starters, the Giants will look to preserve theirs and keep them clear from injuries. They will likely keep them off the field again, and the Patriots should get an advantage. I’m backing the Pats to cover the spread as the first alternative bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Patriots to win by 13-18 @+600
The away side enjoyed its latest display, and they want to build on it on Sunday evening. They could put another excellent defensive performance, and the odds for a comfortable win look very attractive for me. As my third tip, I’m backing the Patriots to beat the Giants by a 13-18 margin.