Good morning, New York Giants fans!
Rookie QBs vs. the Patriots
Daniel Jones will be making his fourth career start on Thursday. Per the Giants PR Department, since Bill Belichick became coach of the Patriots, New England is 18-5 against rookie quarterbacks. That includes a home record of…11-0.
About that Patriots’ defense
New England is giving up just 6.8 points per game. Here is Giants coach Pat Shurmur on why:
“They have all of the elements of what makes for a dominating defense,” Shurmur said. “They’re very sturdy against the run. When you drop back to pass, they get pressure, whether they’re rushing with four or they choose to pressure. Then in the backend, they can play man-to-man coverage or in the case of zone, they do a good job of eliminating the big play. They have all of those elements, and that’s why they’ve had success.”
About the Giants’ defense
The Giants are 30th in the league in yards and 24th in points allowed.
“We need to play more like we did two weeks ago [vs. Washington] than we did last week,” Shurmur said. “Two weeks ago, I think we had three explosive plays. Last week, we had many more. It just comes down to all of the fundamentals of playing good defense. You have to be in the right spot. When a ball carrier or a route runner shows up and he has the ball in his hands, you have to tackle him. Everybody has to cover down properly, and when they choose to pass, you have to get pressure. Obviously, when they choose to run the ball, it’s a team thing. You have to win your gap, which means you have to defeat the block, win your gap and then run to the ball. Those are just all team concepts that we just have to all do more like we did two weeks ago and less like we did last week.”
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