Odds, Picks and Predictions
- The New York Giants were 6-11 against the run line last season.
- The New England Patriots were 10-8 against the run line last year.
- The Giants were 3-6 against the run line when playing on the road.
- The Patriots were 5-4 against the run line when playing at their home field.
- New England was 3-3 against the run line as an underdog last year.
- New York was 0-1 against the run line as a favorite last season.
The New England Patriots prepare to host the New York Giants on Thursday in both teams’ preseason opener.
The Patriots feature a fairly young team with good potential. New England enjoyed a competitive 2021 campaign that saw them sneak into the postseason with a 10-7 record. Mac Jones is continuing to make positive strides forward, and New England will aim to take care of business in this game.
Meanwhile, the Giants are hoping to rebound from a difficult 4-13 season. Their 4-13 record was the second worst mark in the NFC. The Giants will have extra motivation to get their year off to a good start following last season’s abysmal performance.
The kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST on Thursday, August 11th, at Gillette Stadium in New England, MA.
New York Giants at New England Patriots Odds
Betting on preseason games can prove to be difficult. You never know how the offenses are going to perform. There is always a possibility that they are fired up and ready to roll, but there is also a chance that both offenses may still be figuring things out.
And the exact same narrative can be applied to both defenses.
So betting on the over/under can prove to be somewhat of a guessing game. However, I like taking the under on the total. Neither of these offenses is extremely explosive.
And I could see this contest turning into a low-scoring affair.
But which team should you place your bets on? Can the Patriots upset the odds at home? Or will New York get the job done in New England?
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New York Giants Preview
The Giants will play their first game under new coach Brian Daboll. He will get a solid amount of practice as head coach during the preseason. This is the time for him to figure out what does and does not work.
The Giants are expected to take this game as seriously as a team can in the preseason. Daboll wants his players to receive plenty of live reps and not take them for granted. As a result, I fully expect New York to come out firing on Thursday.
New York is expected to start their main lineup as well. Although they won’t play the entire game, their starters are the reason for the Giants being favored in this game.
It isn’t confirmed that every starter will be in the lineup. But for the most part, the Giants will roll with their starters.
This should lead to a decent offensive output. And if the defense can limit the Patriots’ offense, New York will have an opportunity to cover this spread.
However, this was a New York team that finished 31st in points per game a season ago. So even at their best, this is an offense with a lot left to be desired.
It will be interesting to see how they fare in this contest.
New England Patriots Preview
For the Patriots, it is unclear what Bill Belichick’s plan of attack will be. However, Belichick has dealt with many preseasons and doesn’t have anything to prove. So while Daboll may actually care about the end result of this game, Belichick probably won’t even look at the final score.
For the Patriots veteran coach, it will simply be about seeing his young players get opportunities. He wants to scout his team and see what their strengths and weaknesses are.
As competitive as he is, a win or loss won’t sway his decision-making in the preseason.
If Mac Jones doesn’t play, Brian Hoyer and Bailey Zappe will get opportunities.
Zappe is an intriguing young option for New England. He’s a QB with a big arm who could make some plays on Thursday.
However, Hoyer is a steady veteran who won’t be fazed by a preseason contest. Both of these QBs may be in line for impressive performances if they receive playing time.
And the Patriots’ defense, which made huge strides last season, will make life difficult in New York. The Patriots finished second in points surrendered per game in 2021. They feature a defensive unit that makes plays and causes havoc.
There aren’t many injuries to discuss for either of these teams so far. However, there are a few worth mentioning.
For the Patriots, tight end Devin Asiasi is questionable for Week 1. Running back, James White is targeting a Week 2 return as he recovers from a hip ailment. Andrew Stueber has no timetable and has an undisclosed ailment.
But overall, New England is healthy and ready to go. They will aim to keep it that way through the preseason.
For the Giants, Kadarius Toney is questionable for Week 1 against Tennessee. The talented receiver is dealing with a hamstring injury.
Tight end Andre Miller is also questionable for Week 1 due to a wrist injury. Receiver Sterling Shepherd is targeting a Week 1 return for the Giants.
Other players questionable for Week 1 include Antonio Williams, Korey Cunningham, Dane Belton, and Ricky Seals-Jones.
New York Giants at New England Patriots Picks and Predictions
This should be an exciting and competitive game. The 2.5-point spread supports that narrative.
However, go ahead and take a chance on the Patriots as home underdogs. Their crowd should help guide them to a victory with their energy.
Roll with the New England Patriots +2.5 in this Thursday night football game.