The New England Patriots moved to 6-0 on the season after taking down the New York Giants 35-14 on Thursday Night Football, but it was hardly the blowout that the spread and many experts predicted.
New York was able to hang in with the Patriots for the bulk of the game as Tom Brady and the offense struggled to find their footing all night. Really, it was the defense and special teams that proved to be the difference in this latest win as they accounted for 14 points directly off turnovers.
The dagger came late in the fourth quarter when Kyle Van Noy picked up a Giants fumble and took it 22-yards for the touchdown. Giants quarterback Daniel Jones showed flashes in this game, but he did have his fair share of miscues. He finished with 161 yards, a touchdown, and three interceptions. Brady, meanwhile, was not much better as he was inconsistent overall, but did finish with 334 yards through the air and was able to rush for two touchdowns.
Daniel Jones didn’t have starting running back Saquon Barkley, starting tight end Evan Engram, starting wide receiver Sterling Shepard and No. 2 running back Wayne Gallman going into this one. The lack of productive skill players was too much for the Giants’ rookie quarterback to overcome, and he made plenty of mistakes with three interceptions.