Patriots: Wes Welker
Giants: Victor Cruz
It’s debatable that we’re looking at the best two slot receivers in the NFL in this game. What’s not debatable is that Welker is clearly the best.
Patriots: Deion Branch, Aaron Hernandez
Giants: Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham
This might be the Giants biggest offensive advantage over the Pats. I love Hernandez, but he holds more value as a tight end, and Branch might be on his last legs as a viable starting receiver. On the other hand, Nicks is a constant deep threat and Manningham is an underrated third target in New York’s passing game.
WIDE RECEIVER DEPTH
Patriots: Julian Edelman, Chad Ochocinco, Matthew Slater, Tiquan Underwood
Giants: Ramses Barden, Jerrel Jernigan, Devin Thomas
The Patriots have a CB, a reality/social media start, a FS and an early 90s rapper as their four back-up WRs. And I don’t trust Brady throwing to a single one of them. Still though, the Patriots experience in their WR depth is an asset.
Patriots: Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Nate Solder
Giants: Jake Ballard, Travis Beckum, Bear Pascoe
Sure, Ballard is a good player, even though he’s slower than molasses in January, but the Patriots have the best TE in the game and a top five TE in the game, oh and perhaps the best run blocking third TE in the game since he’s a starting-caliber tackle. This one isn’t even close, even with the Gronkle.
Patriots: Matt Light
Giants: David Diehl
Matt Light is still one of the most consistent and best LTs in the game… and David Diehl started out the season playing LG for a reason.
Patriots: Logan Mankins
Giants: Kevin Boothe
This might be a good time to just say that the Giants offensive line really sucks. Like, every single one of them. In almost every aspect of the game.
Patriots: Dan Connolly (to the best of our knowledge)
Giants: David Baas
According to Pro Football Focus, David Baas was the 29th best center in the league this year with a -8.9 rating in 695 snaps (ratings are cumulative). Connolly was 27th with a -5.0 in 784 snaps.
Patriots: Brian Waters
Giants: Chris Snee
Patriots. Patriots have the advantage. It’s definitely the Patriots. No doubt. Patriots. Patriots. Patriots. No explanation needed, it’s just the Patriots.
Patriots: Nate Solder/Sebastian Vollmer
Giants: Kareem McKenzie
It’s really crazy how incredibly bad the entire Giants offensive line has been this season. McKenzie was the 65th best tackle in the NFL this season according to Pro Football Focus. Vollmer’s been better than Solder this year, but I might trust Solder more at this point in the season since he’s more fresh. Either way, the Patriots have four tackles on their roster better than the Giants starting two.
OFFENSIVE LINE DEPTH
Patriots: Marcus Cannon, Nick McDonald, Donald Thomas, Ryan Wendell, Nate Solder/Sebastian Vollmer
Giants: James Brewer, Jim Cordle, Mitch Petrus, Tony Ugoh
This is the reason the Patriots probably have the best offensive line in the league. I would be confident playing any one of the guys listed above. Here are their ratings according to Pro Football Focus: .1, .5, .3, 5.1, 1.0/8.4. They’ve all played significant snaps this season and they’ve all proven they can get the job done. For the Giants, only Petrus got significant snaps, and, you guessed it, he was bad.
So far the Patriots lead 12-4, but something tells me that might get a little closer tomorrow when we do the same thing with the two team’s defenses.