Patriots: Ranking the 2019 regular season opponents
15. New York Giants (HOME)
The Patriots and the Giants really don’t like each other.
It goes beyond the whole Boston/New York sports rivalry thing; ask any Patriots fan which Super Bowl loss they could have back, and most will tell you Super Bowl XLII against the Giants. Chowderheads everywhere blame Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin, and the New York Football Giants for quashing their dreams of a perfect 19-0 season.
While the G-Men got the best of the Pats in two separate Super Bowls, not much has gone right for Big Blue since then. Manning’s status as a starting quarterback in the NFL seems to be a matter of daily debate, and there isn’t really a whole lot to like about the rest of the roster around him, either, with two notable exceptions.
Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkly was a bright spot on an otherwise-moribund Giants offense. All Barkley did was rack up over 2,000 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns in his first pro season. Indeed, the sky’s the limit for this electrifying player out of Penn State.
Ditto for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr… but with a major caveat. Beckham oozes talent and potential, has game-breaking speed, and arguably possesses the best hands in the entire NFL. He’s also a basket-case more prone to hurting himself in an ill-advised temper tantrum on the sideline than an opposing secondary.
Until and unless this team finds a better quarterback though – or until Tom Brady invites Manning to his personal Fountain of Youth – the Giants remain a disaster on and off the field.