The New England Patriots will play their second straight game against an NFC East opponent when they host the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football. It will also begin a two-week stretch for the Patriots against New York teams for the third time in team history (1990 and 2011).
The team will travel to play the New York Jets on Monday Night Football for Week 7. It will be the 13th time since 2000 that a team has played the New York teams in back-to-back weeks. Buffalo opened the year with back-to-back games against the New York teams and Miami plays back-to-back games against the Giants and Jets later in the year.
While the New England Patriots started slowly into their Week 5 meeting with the Washington Redskins and found themselves trailing for the first time in a game all season, they rebounded nicely and ultimately won in blowout fashion: the Patriots’ formidable defense returned to its shut-down levels giving up a long touchdown in the first quarter, and the offense found its mojo in the third. The result was a 33-7 blowout.
New England’s upcoming game against the New York Giants is also expected to go that way, at least if the oddsmakers and statisticians are to be believed. The reigning world champions have opened the week as enormous favorites against a Giants team that is 2-3 and relying on a rookie quarterback — first-round selection Daniel Jones — to carry an offense that has had its ups and downs.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-0) vs. NEW YORK GIANTS (2-3)
Thursday, October 10 at 8:20pm ET. Gillette Stadium
Odds: Patriots – 16.5