New York Giants: 5 Bold Predictions for Game Against New England Patriots

Jeffrey Schmidt@JeffSchmidt9Correspondent IIIOctober 31, 2011

New York Giants: 5 Bold Predictions for Game Against New England Patriots

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    The New York Giants take on the New England Patriots during Week 9 of the NFL season, and I'm here to get you ready with five bold predictions.

    The Giants provided their fans with a stressful Sunday afternoon against winless Miami during Week 8, but the team will look to fix the stupid mistakes that almost cost them the game.

    With a division title in sight for the Giants, here are five bold predictions for their Week 9 contest with New England.

D.J. Ware Will Play More Than Brandon Jacobs

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    Brandon Jacobs was not a fan favorite heading into last weeks game, and he will not be one for the remainder of his tenure in a Giants uniform.

    Earlier this week, Jacobs complained to reporters that he was not involved in the offense enough, and he backed up those comments with a dropped screen pass and fumbles on his first two touches.

    The Giants are better off taking their chances with D.J. Ware than Jacobs. Jacobs brings no passion to work on Sundays, and his lackluster effort could potentially cost his team games.

Eli Manning Will Have More Touchdown Passes Than Tom Brady

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    Eli Manning has played exceptionally well this season, as he is on pace for over 4,800 yards passing and 30 touchdown passes.

    The Patriots defense has been suspect all season, especially in the passing game, as they allow a staggering 323 yards per game.

    Eli may be without Hakeem Nicks due to his hamstring injury against Miami, but Victor Cruz, Mario Manningham and Jake Ballard have proven that the can pick up the slack.

    Eli will deliver three touchdown passes to Brady's two.

The Run Defense Will Continue to Struggle

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    The Giants are atrocious when it comes to stopping the run, and this week's contest will be no different.

    Tom Brady and Wes Welker will be Perry Fewell's main area of concern which will allow BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead and Stevon Ridley to hit solid running lanes.

    However, The Giants are 4-0 this season when an opposing back runs for at least 100 yards making the defensive problems a little easier to swallow.

Jake Ballard Will Be the Giants MVP on Offense

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    Before Week 8, the strong suit of the Patriots defense was defending the tight end position. The Patriots had held opposing tight ends to just three receptions for 39 yards on average through their first six games.

    Pittsburgh changed all that, however, as Heath Miller slashed the middle of the field. He finished the game with seven receptions for 85 yards.

    I expect that Kevin Gilbride will find ways to allow Ballard to contribute in the same way that Miller had.

The Giants Win in Foxboro

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    I was not kidding when I used the word bold in my headline.

    The Giants posses a veteran offense and an overwhelming pass rush, which is the formula that can end the Patriots 31 game regular-season home winning streak.

    Eli Manning will have to play a close to perfect game while the front seven will have to get pressure on Tom Brady immediately.

    The Giants storm into Foxboro and beat the Patriots, 31-28.