As the Giants(2-3) prepare to travel to Foxboro to battle the world champion and undefeated New England Patriots(5-0) on Thursday night, they know that not many are giving them a chance, including Vegas, who has the Patriots as 16.5-point favorites.
While the Patriots are an excellent football team, Giants WR Golden Tate said the team wouldn’t be intimidated by New England.
“I don’t think we have a locker room full of fanboys,” Tate said on Monday. “I think we understand we’re all in the NFL; we’re going out there to do a job. We’ve all played in big games, I think, at some point, and it’s a big one because it’s the next one on our schedule, but I don’t think we need to put too much pressure on ourselves.
“I think we need to keep our emotions in check—I don’t think we want to get too high, we don’t want to get too low—just live in the moment, enjoy having the opportunity to go play in a very hostile environment against a great team, and go out there and shock the world. It’s as simple as that.”
Over the years, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been hard on rookie quarterbacks, and the Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones is a guy who has had a lot of success this season, but playing the vaunted Patriots’ defense won’t be easy for Jones.
“I think they’ve been a good defense for a long time,” Jones said. “I don’t know—probably rookies and all other quarterbacks—they’ve been a good defense, they can play well against anyone. I think like I said, we’re excited for the opportunity, we’re excited for the challenge, and I think we’ll be prepared and confident going in.”
New England has the number one ranked defense in football and is only allowing 6.8 points per game, which means that Jones could have a rough night.
The Giants probably won’t win on Thursday; however, this is the NFL, and on any given Sunday or in this case, Thursday, anything can happen. But, no matter what happens, these are the games that will help Jones’ development as a quarterback in the NFL.