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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works in the pocket against the Washington Redskins during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Landover, Md.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) works in the pocket against the Washington Redskins during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Landover, Md. |Patrick Semansky | Associated Press
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Thursday Night Football: Greg Frank picks Giants vs Patriots — will Tom Brady come out fast or slow?

Greg Frank

Greg Frank

Giants (+17) @ Patriots (41.5)

Pick: Patriots 1st Half -10

Any time I like a big favorite, I’ll always play them with a derivative as opposed to the full game. Remember, when betting a side, you want to avoid your interests drifting too far away from the team’s interests. To cover a big number for the full game, you usually have to dominate the entire game anyway, so I like to play the favorite laying a shorter number in a shorter game period. Bill Belichick and company will most likely look to get in and get out in this one and considering the Patriots offense has not been a well-oiled machine and they’ve been winning by hefty margins thanks to their defense, I believe the backdoor might be open for the Giants on Thursday night. Last week, New England come out slow against Washington at FedEx Field and the Redskins actually held a 7-6 lead after the first quarter. At halftime, Washington was very much in the game trailing just 12-7. While the Patriots ran away with the game in the second half, I think they’ll be looking to get off to a much quicker start offensively on home against big blue. Throw in the Giants are down Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram and Sterling Shephard and I don’t know how they score here against an elite defense. I’d be on the under, but the number has gotten away from me a bit as the total has already been bet down a couple points, which is enough to veer away and take the Patriots to lead by double digits after 30 minutes.

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