Steve Balestrieri

October 10, 2019 at 11:00 am ET


The Patriots are again dwelling in Gillette Stadium to face the New York Giants. With the quick week to organize, the sport plans for both workforce will most likely be restricted so it comes right down to execution. Thursday night time video games are typically sloppier than their Sunday counterparts, so limiting errors whereas making an attempt to drive some errors in your opponents are at all times an enormous key, much more so than on Sunday.

Listed below are our Patriots gamers to observe this week because the Patriots attempt to enhance to 6-Zero on the season in opposition to the Giants. 

James White: 

The Patriots, as we identified in our key matchups piece, will little question attempt to goal the Giants linebackers within the passing recreation by placing them in protection in opposition to the working backs. And their most important weapon in that regard continues to be James White. 

White is unbelievable out of the backfield and preserving the sticks shifting and when the protection needs to drop again and play protection, he has at all times been in a position to make the most of his alternatives within the working recreation. 

We search for White to play an enormous position this week within the offensive recreation plan, going through a protection that has struggled to cease the run or the cross, White on the sector is the sort of versatile chess piece which can hold the protection guessing.

Jamie Collins:

The Patriots linebackers are having a unbelievable season. Dont’a Hightower has dubbed them “the Boogeymen” and Collins has match the invoice [no pun intended], as the highest Boogeyman for opponents to face. Collins is having a unbelievable second stint with the Patriots. He’s been disruptive, has carried out an amazing job of setting the sting, getting after the quarterback and dropping into protection. 

Each week evidently we’re singing the praises of one of many linebackers after a recreation. Two weeks in the past it was Kyle Van Noy, who was the defensive participant of the week. Final week it was Hightower who gave the impression to be in all places in disrupting the Redskins offense. This week, it’s Collins’ flip. 

With the Giants lacking three of their high offensive chess items on this recreation, it should permit Invoice Belichick and Jerod Mayo to offer Collins extra alternatives to disrupt the move of the Giants offense. And we count on him to just do that. 

Julian Edelman:

Invoice Belichick mentioned this week that Edelman is “one of the vital aggressive gamers I’ve ever coached.” Tom Brady took it one step farther heaping large reward on the powerful but banged-up large receiver. 

“He’s among the finest gamers within the historical past of the franchise,” Brady mentioned in a radio interview on Monday. “Once you consider a number of the nice receivers we’ve had, Julian is true up there on the high. So that you’ve received to get him the ball, and he’s making plenty of yards with it in his palms. We put loads on Julian. Julian’s a really good participant. Very powerful. He’s mentally, bodily powerful. What he’s gone by way of the previous few weeks along with his harm after which nonetheless simply laying it on the road — you see even on that catch-and-run there within the third quarter, him sort of diving over the pile. He’s an unbelievable participant, an unbelievable teammate, and the extra we get him the ball, the higher it’s for our offense.”

Edelman is questionable for this recreation as his chest/rib harm has been very painful, he’s been wincing each time he will get off the turf. However It might be folly to depend him out of this nationally televised recreation. He is aware of how invaluable he’s to this offense. He’s the one matchup nightmare that the Giants may have a tough time overlaying tonight. 

Jonathan Jones:

Jones appears to be lastly be getting his due as one of many excellent slot corners within the NFL. The Patriots rewarded him with a 3-year extension this summer season price round $21 million {dollars}. Together with Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, the Patriots have one of many deepest and most gifted cornerback teams within the league.

Jones may even see plenty of Golden Tate this week. With Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram out this week, Tate would be the go-to man for Daniel Jones and the Giants passing recreation. And the G-men could transfer Tate within the slot to maintain him away from Stephon Gilmore and provides Tate extra choices to interrupt on the ball. 

This guarantees to be an amazing matchup between the 2. Tate is an achieved veteran who has been in lots of massive video games. The second won’t ever be an excessive amount of for him and as he acknowledged this week, the Giants aren’t intimidated by the second. 

Matt LaCosse: 

LaCosse was a bit extra concerned within the offense final week, he solely caught a single cross for 22 yards and has solely caught three passes on the season, however he’s been banged up and now that he’s wholesome, the Patriots are hoping that he will be extra productive within the passing recreation. He did present up properly within the working recreation, and simply had his greatest recreation of the season in that regard. He made a key block in springing Sony Michel for his 14-yard landing run. That’s the kind of play the workforce wants persistently.

The deal with LaCosse and Ryan Izzo will likely be a lot nearer now that the workforce has determined to launch veteran Ben Watson. Watson was thought-about to be the principle TE goal as soon as his suspension was over. Now he’s gone and there the main target will likely be on these two, TEs to get it carried out. Particularly on LaCosse who is taken into account the higher receiver of the 2. 

We’ll see if Josh McDaniels tries to get LaCosse extra concerned within the passing recreation this week. With WR Phillip Dorsett out with a hamstring harm, it will be a primary alternative for him to start to carve out a job for himself.   


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