The Patriots will play the New York Giants tomorrow at 4:25 pm EST on CBS.
Brady Vs Eli, Pats Vs Giants, and old rivalries come together once again for another showdown.
The Giants have gotten the better of the Patriots in some close battles the last three times these two have met, so the Pats are looking to break that trend this go around.
Tom Brady was different when he played the Giants the last time, he saw ghosts, he wasn’t very accurate when he would throw on the run and he did not move around the pocket very well. 2015 Tom Brady can move around the pocket like a Yoda pocket master, he’s way more accurate on the run, and he doesn’t get rocked anymore no matter how many times he gets hit. Simply put, he’s a lot better now than he was in 2012.
All that being said, the game plan for the Patriots will be to throw the football on the 31st ranked passing defense of the Giants. They will look to protect Brady with hopefully good OL play and quick passes, but also with Brady’s pocket awareness. If Brady isn’t under constant pressure they will pass all over the defense. The number two thing they will do is run the football against the 22nd ranked rush defense. They will be balanced, but I can see the Pats leaning toward throwing a little more in this game than they did against the Redskins.
The Giants will try to pressure Tom Brady, but simply applying pressure is no longer enough, you have to actually sack him in order to stop him. Tom Brady will avoid the rush and he will need to as the Giants will look to blitz a lot.
The Patriots number one priority on defense will be to stop Odell Beckham Jr. He is the best wide out on their team without a doubt, so if they can take him away, they have to feel good about their chances. Butler will most likely be matched up against him and alone on an island for most of the game, unless he can’t handle that by himself. Logan Ryan will try to slow down Ruben Randle, a very good and a very big number two WR. I’m sure he will have safety help, but if he and Butler can slow down the number one and two targets, they will do wonders for the defense.
This goes with the number one priority for the Patriots, aside from playing great coverage, they will apply pressure. They will blitz Eli a lot considering he’s not a running QB and hope to get to him to help the secondary out. The DL and secondary’s success will go hand-in-hand in this game. Also, I expect to see a linebacker not named Hightower spying Shane Vereen and Jennings as both are capable pass-catchers, who Eli loves to throw quickly too, to avoid the pressure. If the Pats can play good coverage, pressure the QB, and spy the running backs they will be okay on defense.
The Giants will throw a lot in this game and mix in a little run with several different running backs, so the Pats have to make it a point early to stop the running game to go ahead and take it out of the mix because the Giants have depth. The Giants will rely a lot on the pass and quick passes to help Eli against the pressure, so the Patriots have to take away the running backs in the passing game and get to Eli quickly and often in order to help their secondary out. They also have to get off the field on third downs.