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THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-0) V NEW YORK GIANTS (2-3)

Week 6 of the NFL’s 100th season kicks off on Thursday, October 10 with the NFL100 Game of the Week, as the New York Giants travel to Gillette Stadium to visit the unbeaten New England Patriots in a remat​​ch of Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.

The Giants won both Super Bowls, including a 17-14 victory on February 3, 2008, to hand the Patriots their only loss of the 2007 season. Overall, New York and New England meet for the 11th time in the regular season, with the Patriots holding the all-time series advantage, 6-4, including edging the Giants, 27-26, in the last meeting in 2015. Quarterback TOM BRADY threw for 334 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

In Week 5, New England defeated Washington, 33-7, to improve to 5-0, their best start since 2015. Overall, it marks the fourth time the Patriots have started 5-0 under head coach BILL BELICHICK (2004, 2007, 2015). In the victory over the Redskins, Brady passed for 348 yards with three touchdowns, and wide receiver JULIAN EDELMAN had eight catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. Brady surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (71,838) for the third-most career passing yards in NFL history. With 18 passing yards against New York, Brady will surpass PEYTON MANNING (71,940) for second place on the all-time list.

New England has given up 34 total points through its first five games of the season, the fewest points allowed through a team’s first five games since the 2005 Indianapolis Colts (29 points) and the fifth-fewest since 1970. Linebacker JAMIE COLLINS registered a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery in last week’s win. Collins is the only player in the league this season with at least four sacks (four) and multiple interceptions (three). Safety DEVIN McCOURTY’s four interceptions lead the NFL and he became the first player in franchise history with an interception in each of his team’s first four games of a season. Rookie defensive lineman CHASE WINOVICH aims for his third game in a row with a sack and leads all rookies in sacks (four) through Week 5. New York Giants rookie quarterback DANIEL JONES enters Week 6 tied for second-most total touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) among rookie quarterbacks. In his only career road start in Week 3, Jones became the first rookie with at least 300 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a single game since 1970. Running back SAQUON BARKLEY looks to return to the field on Thursday night. He has eight touchdowns (five rushing, three receiving) and has averaged 114 scrimmage yards in 10 career road games. Since entering the league in 2018, Barkley ranks third among all players with 2,339 scrimmage yards. Tight end EVAN ENGRAM aims for his third consecutive road game with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown. Through five weeks of the season, Engram ranks second among tight ends in receiving yards (373) and third in receptions (33). Since entering the league in 2012, cornerback JANORIS JENKINS is one of six players with at least 20 interceptions (20) and multiple sacks (two).

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