The Giants (1-2) travel to Foxboro to wrap up the 2015 preseason against the New England Patriots (2-1).
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Site: Gillette Stadium
TV: WNBC 4 NY: Bob Papa, Carl Banks, Howard Cross, and Bruce Beck
Radio: WFAN 660 AM and 101.9 FM: Chris Carrino, David Diehl, and Paul Dottino
Referee: Pete Morelli
The series: The Giants meet the Patriots for the 25th time in the preseason, with the Giants leading the series, 15-9. This is the 11th consecutive year the two teams have ended the preseason against one another. In the regular season, the Giants and Patriots have met nine times, with the Patriots leading the series, 5-4. The teams will meet in a regular season game on Nov. 15, 2015 at Met Life Stadium.
It never gets old...The Giants are 2-0 against the Patriots in the postseason.The Giants defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, 17-14, and Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17.
The Giants will play some starters "very little," according to head coach Tom Coughlin. This game is all about the Giants finding their identity and rounding out their 53-man roster, so get ready to watch a game of backups vs backups.
Big Blue will likely have their top three draft picks on display against the Pats. LT Ereck Flowers, S Landon Collins, and DE Owa Odighizuwa will all likely get extra reps. Coughlin is especially high on Odighizuwa, who is improving by the day.
"Well obviously he has had a chance to practice and he has had a chance to learn more in the system and look at himself on tape and his coach has been able to make the corrections with him," Coughlin said. "Again, that accumulative effect is what you are trying to accomplish in professional football even throughout the course of the entire season so he definitely has improved. There is still of course a lot of work to be done but he has improved."
Not playing for the Giants tonight...DE Robert Ayers, LB Jon Beason, Tackle Will Beatty, Safety Nat Berhe, CB Chykie Brown, K Josh Brown, LB Jonathan Casillas, WR Victor Cruz, CB Chandler Fenner, DT Cullen Jenkins and Safety Jeromy Miles.
The Giants are hoping to see DE Jason Pierre-Paul at QDTC before the the beginning of the season, but he has yet to make any statements regarding when or if he'll show. On Tuesday, he was placed on the reserve/franchise player list.
The Patriots traditionally do not play their starters, so don't expect to see QB Tom Brady out on the field. With all the season-ending injuries around the league this summer, teams are holding back their stars more than ever this week.
Head coach Bill Belichick has a history of taking on talented players that have under-performed and helped to rejuvenate their careers. This summer, he's got RB Dion Lewis, the former Pitt star who has bounced around the NFL his first three seasons.
"Dion had a good spring, he had a good offseason program, did a nice job in OTAs," Belichick said this week. "He's learned really all of our offense, all three downs, plus some stuff in the kicking game. Yeah, he's done a good job. He's picked things up well. He's been healthy for the most part other than one week there in training camp. But he's been out, he's gotten a lot of work in and that's been good for a guy who missed the season last year. He's done a good job. I like him."