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On Thursday night the Giants head to New England to face the undefeated Patriots and they are huge 16.5-point underdogs with a total sitting at 44.5.

Even on Monday the public has really backed the Patriots, as they opened as a 10-point favorite and are now a 16.5-point favorite.

The Giants had their modest two-game winning streak snapped in their last game where their offense fell flat in a 28-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

In their last game the Patriots stayed in the ranks of the unbeaten with an easy 33-7 road win over the Washington Redskins.

These two teams have not met since the 2015 season.

The Giants have covered the spread in their last five games facing the Patriots, which included their two Super Bowl wins against them.

Bad All-Around Game

In their loss to the Vikings the Giants had a bad all-around game, as they were outgained 490 yards to 211 yards and only rushed for 64 yards.

Daniel Jones was 21/38 for 182 yards with a TD and an INT and was sacked four times only averaging 4.8 yards per completion. Since his first start in the big comeback win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jones has not looked great in the last two games where he has two TD and three INT.

In the loss to the Vikings Jonathan Hilliman led the team with only 20 rushing yards averaging a weak 2.2 yards per carry. Saquon Barkley was shut down for the game even after working out on the sidelines and he is listed as inactive and the team could really use him in the lineup.

Not only is Barkley out but in the loss to Minnesota backup RB Wayne Gallman suffered a concussion and he is listed as questionable for Thursday’s game.

The Giants have a tall task moving the ball on a New England defense that only gave up seven points in their last game and ranks first in the league in pass defense and 4th in run defense.

Sluggish Start in Dominating Win   

In their blowout win over the Redskins the Pats got off to a slow start, but then turned it on both sides of the ball. They outscored the Skins 21-0 in the 2nd half and for the game outgained them 442 yards to 220 yards.

Tom Brady had a big game passing for 348 yards with three TD and one INT but was sacked four times. Julian Edelman led the team with 110 receiving yards and also had a TD.

With the offense sluggish in the beginning of the game the team ran the ball and ran well to the tune of 130 yards and Sony Michel had his best game of the season with 91 rushing yards averaging a legit 5.7 yards per carry.

The Giants’ defense was exposed in the bad loss to Minnesota and they only rank 24th in the league against the run and 28th against the pass.

The Patriots are the last remaining team in the AFC that is unbeaten but are they that good. Yeah, it is the Pats but two of their wins came against winless teams, two came against teams that currently have two combined wins, and their only win over a team with a winning record was the Bills and they only beat them 16-10.

Our Prediction

Not only are the Giants 8-1 ATS in their last nine road games but they are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a double-digit loss at home.

The Patriots are 4-1 ATS in their last five Thursday night games and they are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 home games.

Not the easiest call in this one with the Pats giving so many points. I think they will win this game pretty easily but also think that Barkley will play and give his team a boost. On Thursday night the Giants will not get embarrassed and while they will not win, they will cover the huge spread.

PICK: Giants +16.5

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