NFL: Patriots Lean on Defense, Running Game in win Over New York Giants

The New England Patriots‘ offense might be human after all. The defense is still extraordinary.

The Patriots rode a strong defense to blow out the New York Giants in a laughable 35-14 victory on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Gillette Stadium.

New England (6-0) Tom Brady might be the best ever, but in this game he settled for an 88.90 passer rating on 31-of-41 passing for 334 yards. He didn’t record a touchdown and threw one interception. Brady also lost a fumble that the Giants’ Markus Golden return for a 42-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14-14 less than five minutes before halftime.

However, Brandon Bolden blocked a punt that Chase Winovich returned for a six-yard touchdowns near the end of the first quarter, and Kyle Van Noy recovered a fumble and returned it 22 yards for score with 8:33 left in the game.

The Patriots put up a total DVS (Defensive Value Score, a proprietary score that factors in tackles for loss, sacks, and turnovers) of 4.5, compared to 0.22 for New York Giants. New England held New York (2-4) to juts 213 yards of offense and one touchdown, a 64-yard Daniel Jones to Golden Tate connection with 6:05 to go in the second quarter.

With the passing game not producing touchdowns, the Patriots turned to the running game. The ever-young Brady plowed into the end zone just before halftime to put New England ahead 21-14 at intermission.

Another one-yard Brady sneak late in the fourth quarter capped the scoring in the game, and Bolden’s one-yard scoring run midway through the second quarter gave the Patriots a 14-0 lead. New England ran the ball 34 times for 114 yards and three touchdowns in the game.