Game Time: 6:00 pm ET, Sunday, August 29, 2021
Venue: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Where to Watch: NFL Network
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Spread: Patriots -3.5, Giants +3.5; Over/Under: 35.5 points
Bet365: Spread: Patriots -3.5, Giants +3.5; Over/Under: 35.5 points
BetMGM: Spread: Patriots -3.5, Giants +3.5; Over/Under: 35.5 points
New England Patriots: 2-0 (AFC East)
New York Giants: 0-2 (NFC East)
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New England Patriots vs New York Giants Preview and Analysis
New England Patriots: won last 2
New York Giants: lost last 2
Patriots vs Giants Prediction
The New England Patriots and the New York Giants will be meeting in this final preseason week for one last contest before the regular season kicks off. The Patriots are 2-0 in their NFL preseason games so far scoring 57 total points and allowing just 13 in their 2 games. The Giants have been the complete opposite coming into this one at 0-2 during this exhibition slate scoring a total of 20 points and allowing 29 points in their 2 games. Just from the outside the Patriots have looked like the much better team of these two.
The Patriots come into this game off of a big 35-0 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in their last game on Thursday night. They also won their exhibition opener in a blow out fashion. They are still looking for a replacement for the 7 time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady. Mac Jones played a great game completing 13/19 passes for 146 yards but no touchdowns and no interceptions. Cam Newton also played well completing 8/9 passes for 103 yards and 1 touchdown. Their running game was very good as well as J.J. Taylor rushed for 93 yards on 12 carries. Rhamondre Stevenson also had a good game on the ground rushing for 66 yards on 15 carries. Sony Michel did not get a lot of work but he is no longer with the team now. The Receivers played great as a lot of them got some work in that one. Gunner Olszewski had 57 yards receiving on 4 catches and Jakobi Meyers caught 3 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. They really pushed the ball deep down the field as they had 6 different receivers average over 10 yards per catch. This is a team that has shown that they are willing to come and play to win no matter what the stage of the game is. Even their defense played very well with multiple players recording a sack and Winovich leading the way with 4 tackles and an assist.
The Giants come into this one off of a 17-13 loss to the Cleveland Browns. They also lost their first game to the New York Jets 12-7. Brian Lewerke completed 11/19 passes for 108 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception as he struggled in that game at the quarterback position. Mike Glennon was alright completing 10/13 passes for 86 yards and nothing else. Corey Clement was their best rusher and he was only able to get 30 yards on the ground while Devontae Booker picked up the 1 touchdown on 6 carries for 27 yards. None of their receivers stood out as only 1 was able to get over 50 yards receiving but 4 of their players did average over 10 yards per catch. The Giants still have a lot of work to do here. There should be some starters playing for them in this game as they get ready for the NFL season to begin but they still do not match up well against the Patriots.
These two teams have trended in opposite directions and it is easy to say the Pats are just the better team. They have more skilled pieces on their side and have shown they are willing to blow teams out even though they are just preseason games. They also have the quarterback competition going between Cam Newton and Mac Jones so they will both play with a fire burning under them to win that starting job for the next game that really matters. They have been scoring points like crazy while the Giants have struggled a lot. The Patriots will cover the point spread here in another blow out fashion style win.
Patriots Giants Prediction: Our NFL Pick for Sunday, August 29, 2021 (6:00pm ET start time) is Patriots 31 Giants 13.
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NFL Betting Trends
New England Patriots: 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
New York Giants: 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
New England Patriots: Stephon Gilmore (CB) PUP list with quadricep injury, expected to return in week 4.
New York Giants: Kenny Golladay (WR) Questionable for week 1 with a hamstring injury.
Players to Watch
New England Patriots: Cam Newton and Mac Jones are 2 players to watch here as they have both been having a great preseason so far. That starting job is still up for grabs so both will be giving a full effort out on the field. Keep an eye out for whoever can make the bigger plays and stay consistent to earn that starting position for week 1.
New York Giants: Corey Clement is one player to watch in this one as he got a majority of the carries in the last game. He will be looking to build on that performance to show he has the skill to be a number 1 running back in this league. Keep an eye on him to have a breakout game here as the offensive line could help him get the holes he needs through the opponents defensive line and break through for a big play. He has a lot of talent and will be looking to showcase it here.
"Hopefully, there will be a lot of Sunday giveaways to look forward to in the upcoming season." - Cam Newton on his tradition of giving the ball to a fan after scoring a touchdown.
"The goal going to New England next week will be to get the team as narrowed down as possible without making all the final (roster) decisions." - Joe Judge on his plans for the final preseason game against the Patriots.
New England Patriots
M. Jones (QB)
C. Newton (QB)
J.J. Taylor (RB)
R. Stevenson (RB)
G. Olszewski (WR)
J. Meyers (WR)
K. Wilkerson (WR)
K. Bourne (WR)
New York Giants
B. Lewerke (QB)
M. Glennon (QB)
C. Clement (RB)
D. Booker (RB)
R. John (WR)
D. Sills (WR)
D. Pettis (WR)
D. Willis (WR)
New England Patriots: Bill Belichick
New York Giants: Joe Judge