New England Patriots at New York Giants - 9/1/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New England Patriots (13-5) at New York Giants (6-10)
NFL Football: Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm (MetLife Stadium)
The Line: New York Giants -2 -- Over/Under: 40.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Giants and New England Patriots look to extend their preseason success when the two rivals meet up in New York on Thursday night.
The Patriots play in their final tune up game before the start of the regular season as they take on an old foe in the Giants at Met Life Stadium and after a win last week they will be out for an encore in hopes of generating some momentum heading into next week’s show down with the Arizona Cardinals. New England is expected to be a Super Bowl contender once again this season but that can all hinge on how well Jimmy Garrapolo plays in the four games Tom Brady will be sidelined and while there are differing opinions on how well the reserve will do in Brady’s stead they have a pretty decent chance at going 3-1 if they can elevate the rest of their team game. New England is coming off a road win last week and will likely send their first and second team units out for extended periods here and that could be a very good sign for those leaning on the Pats in this game.
The Giants meanwhile are one of the more polarizing teams in most circles this preseason as they did a big overhaul in the offseason but thoughts on whether or not they are a playoff team continue to be debated as we inch closer to opening weekend. New York still has Eli Manning behind center and while he is often scrutinized he does have two Super Bowl rings and that is way more clout than most pivots in this league have even if his game is starting to regress a little. Manning will also have the explosive and athletic Odell Beckham at his disposal and if not for anything else he will be very fun to watch this season whether it be in a winning fashion or otherwise.
New England is 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games, played to the UNDER in five of the last seven meetings with the Giants, and to the OVER in 53 of their last 76 on turf while the Giants are 4-0 ATS in their last four Thursday games and have played OVER in eight of their last nine on turf. This seems like a platform for the Pats to get Brady some snaps as he will be out for four weeks hereafter and while the home side should stay competitive I like the Pats to get the win and cover.