This isn’t exactly the Super Bowl rematch fans hoped for as backups from both teams will fuel the excitement Wednesday night on the NFL Network. Bill Belichick has never been a head coach eager to risk injury for reps during the preseason. He sat a dozen starters in Week 2 against the Eagles and we expect the same number, or more, to be inactive here in the finale.
Belichick said he won’t make a decision on the playing rotation until later in the week but we’ll just tell you right now that Brady and Co. won’t be on the field. Belichick didn’t want to expose his franchise player to the Philly defensive line and New York’s is just as aggressive, even the backups. Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer will handle the quarterbacking load. Start your Offshore Betting action on the Michigan State.
The other reason we don’t anticipate the regulars playing is because of New England’s unique preseason schedule. The Pats played last Monday against the Eagles, flew to Tampa the next day, held two joint practices with the Bucs before playing them Friday and then flew home Saturday. This Wednesday night matchup will be their third game in 10 days.
The Pats haven’t looked explosive during their exhibition outings but the gameplan has been quite basic. They haven’t dialed up any deep balls and they’ve been experimenting with different protection schemes.
One player worth watching Wednesday is Jeff Demps. The silver-medal track star signed with New England after the Olympics. He made his NFL debut against Tampa Bay and totaled 41 yards on three carries.
The same injury bug that swept through the Giants’ preseason in 2011 is back. It first claimed starting cornerback Terrell Thomas with a strained ACL. Then it hit rookie corner Jayron Hosley with a case of turf toe. Finally, in Friday’s preseason outing against the Bears, Prince Amukamara was carted off with a high-ankle sprain.
Amukamara had taken over the starting role for Thomas opposite of Corey Webster. If he’s not ready to roll by the opener then deep reserve Bruce Johnson is expected to replace.
But none of that information means much for this matchup, we’re just prepping you for Week 1 against the Cowboys.
Much like the Patriots, New York will field starting lineups consisting of primarily backups Wednesday. Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and all of the other key parts of this squad won’t be on the field here.
Hakeem Nicks is just now working himself back into practice after breaking his foot during minicamp so he won’t be available, even though he’s lobbied to play. Ahmad Bradshaw didn’t dress in the 20-17 loss to Chicago last week because of a bruised hand and he won’t play against New England. Check the Offshore Betting Odds for the Boise State Broncos.
David Wilson started at tailback Friday and looked great, toting the rock five times for 49 yards. We expect Wilson to steadily steal carries away from Bradshaw as the season wears on.
The Giants defensive line is pretty deep so the backups should be able to generate some pressure on Hoyer and Mallett. The second- and third-team offense needs to be better however. Those units were shutout in the second half last week, compiling fewer than 100 total yards.
SBG Global opened the spread for this Wednesday game at -2.5 in favor of the Giants.
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