The New England Patriots (8-0) visit the New York Giants (5-4) on Sunday in a Week 10 clash.
The Patriots are an NFL-best 41-15 in the month of November since 2001, which is good for a .732 winning percentage. Tom Brady is 12-2 all-time against the NFC East. The Giants lead the all-time series with the Pats 6-5 with three consecutive wins dating back to Super Bowl XLII.
Here's a short breakdown of what to expect as well as a prediction:
Game: Week 10 vs. New England
Last season: Did not play
Last meeting: Giants won, 21-17, on Feb. 5, 2012 (Super Bowl XLVI)
How the Giants will win: The Giants defense needs to figure out how to generate a pass rush. The Giants have failed to register one sack over the last two weeks, allowing Drew Brees to torch them and Jameis Winston to have success. If they give Tom Brady a clean pocket, what will he do? Jason Pierre-Paul played more than half of the snaps last week at Tampa in his season debut, meaning he could be in line for even more playing time Sunday and - potentially - more production. However, it's on Steve Spagnuolo to dial up the right blitzes to get penetration in the Patriots' backfield and force Brady into making some errant throws.
How the Patriots will win: The Patriots need one of their running backs to break through for a strong game. Dion Lewis is out for the year with a torn ACL, so it'll be on one of the many backfield contributors to step up in his stead. We already know what the Patriots' aerial attack can do, but complemented with a solid run game or screen game, they become that much more dangerous. It could be LeGarrette Blount rushing for 100 yards or James White catching six balls out of the backfield. Either way, the Patriots thrive when they involve their running backs in major ways.
How the Giants will lose: The Giants have rushed for more than 100 yards twice in the past three games, but if they fail to do it Sunday they're going to find themselves in a shootout with the top offense in the NFL. The Giants need a steady, productive running game that will allow them to control the clock and convert makeable third downs. If the Giants put themselves in numerous passing-down situations and third-and-longs, the Patriots' front seven will get after them and get their offense back on the field. The Giants must combat that with a steady rushing attack.
How the Patriots will lose: The Patriots have successfully bottled up opposing offense's No. 1 receivers, but are about to see Odell Beckham Jr. On paper, the New England secondary appears to be one of the biggest weak spots on the defense. However, they have played exceptional, good for the eighth-best passing defense, according to Football Outsiders. The secondary has only had one poor performance - in Week 1 against the Steelers - when Antonio Brown and Co. gashed them for a season-high 330 passing yards. Manning and Beckham are capable of a similar performance.
Prediction: Patriots 41, Giants 30
Why: The Patriots are on a tear, and unfortunately, this Giants team doesn't have the means to slow them down. The Giants lack a solid running game, rush defense or pass rush, three crucial elements necessary to giving New England a run for its money. Brady has too many weapons in the passing game and in the backfield to exploit the Giants defense and whatever it throws at him. Defensively, the Pats' front seven has a distinct advantage over the patchwork Giants offensive line and a very inconsistent running game. The odds are stacked against the Giants.