Patriots Look to Maintain Dominance with Quick Thursday Turnaround vs. NYG

FOXBOROUGH, MA– This past Sunday, the Patriots handled the Washington Redskins by a final score of 33-7. Despite a great win, New England has to move on and forget as they have a quick turnaround this Thursday night against the New York Giants.

“Not much to like other than you get a couple days off after the game so that’s just about it,” said DB Jason McCourty on Monday. McCourty alluded to the fact that there is a lot of mental preparation that goes into Thursday night games and went on to say “You just don’t have enough physical time to go out there and practice, especially for us older guys.”

Most of the Patriots and the entire NFL have been known to dislike the annual Thursday night games. With the very short three-day turnaround time, teams that play on Thursday night definitely have a disadvantage when it comes to rest and preparation.

“The game will be on us before we know it so we just have to prepare and get ready for this football team [the Giants]. We Just have to prepare our bodies more. [Thursday night games] are only once a year so you just have the mindset to go out there and give it all for your teammates,” said CB Stephon Gilmore.

However, some Patriots players are totally fine with playing on a short week.

“I like anything playing football. This is an interesting aspect of being a professional football player… it’s exciting,” said C Ted Karras.

New England will be put to the test during a late-night Thursday game as they face Daniel Jones and the high powered Giants offense. The Patriots defense will need to limit rookie QB Daniel Jones, RB Saquon Barkley WR Sterling Shepherd, and newly activated WR Golden Tate (suspension). “He can make all the throws, has a lot of talented receivers around him and a running back too, so he’s a good player and has a good future,” said Gilmore when asked about Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones It’ll be one of the first true tests for this dominant, top-ranked Patriots defense that has only allowed six points per game within the first five games. Even though it’s a short week and an inter-conference foe, the advantage still has to be given to the Patriots during Thursday night’s primetime matchup. The Patriots are 13-6 on Thursday night games, 11-1 when Tom Brady is the starting quarterback.

[Thumbnail photo via Scott Taetsch/Getty Images]

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