|New England Patriots||7||14||0||14||35|
|New York Giants||0||14||0||0||14|
So long, Eli, this is the Daniel Jones era now. May you enjoy riding the coattails of Tom and Peyton as you inspire endless arguments about the Hall of Fame. Will Jones lead the G-Men to victory? Against this Patriots defense? Not likely.
This game began with a howling wind and a matching pair of turnovers. The entire blocking unit could not save Sony Michel and convert a 3rd and 1, and then also failed to convert a 4th and 1. The Patriots defense was ready to bail out the offense some more as Jones and Brady traded interceptions. The first points came on special teams with a blocked punt caught and walked into the endzone. The Giants returned a fumble for a touchdown to make the game 14-14.
The Patriots moved the ball well most of the game, with the caveat that the Giants were another bottom five defense. The defense continued to dominate week after week, give the offense myriad opportunities, and even score sometimes too. In this game, the Patriots defense let up their first passing touchdown of the year.
The Patriots still have not quite figured out their offense. While the surface stats look great (75% completion, 330 yards, 40 minutes of possession), something under the surface is lacking. On the positive, their defense is still utterly scary to play against and mostly healthy. The Patriots head off to the Giants’ home to play against the other New Jersey football team.