1. The Patriots are dealing with quarterback struggles
One of the Patriots' most significant weaknesses that the Giants' defense will look to expose on Sunday is their uncertainty at the quarterback position. New England head coach Bill Belichick has told all three Patriots signal-callers on the roster to be ready to start against the Giants, but it is still unclear who will get the nod from the eight-time Super Bowl champion.
Two weeks ago, before the Patriots bye week, Belichick benched starting quarterback Mac Jones for the final drive of New England's 10-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Germany in favor of backup Bailey Zappe. Now, the Pats have a tough decision to make vs. Big Blue.
Jones was the Patriots' 2021 first-round selection after a successful career at Alabama; however, many fans have been vocal with their frustrations about the quarterback since his arrival in New England. Through the last 10 games, Jones has thrown 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, leading the team to a disappointing 2-8 record.
When he was asked if he was starting Sunday against the Giants, Jones was unsure and stated that the decision would be out of his control. Jones made it clear that he would focus on controlling his attitude and effort and that he was thankful to be an NFL quarterback.
If Belichick moves in a different direction than his starter, we can expect to see second-year backup Zappe or third-string quarterback Will Grier. Both will be ready on Sunday if the Patriots coaching staff calls their numbers.
For now, the Giants' defense will look to expose the Pats quarterback concerns on Sunday and make Belichick go to his bench. We'll see which defensive playmakers end up balling out Sunday for the G-Men. Still, we can expect the Giants to bring a lot of energy after a dominating win last week in Washington and in front of their home crowd.