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Weather Could Impact Giants vs Patriots NFL Week 6 Thursday Night Football Game

By David Hayes
Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots
Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots / Bernie Nunez/Getty Images

With the way things have lined up for the NFL Week 6's "Thursday Night Football" matchup between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, weather might prove the only thing that can get can get in the heavily-favored Patriots' way.

With reports of periodical rain and winds that could reach upward of 30-40 mph gusts projected overhead of Foxborough, Massachusetts, throughout Thursday night, a 16.5-point favorite in New England, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, could find itself in a tougher battle with the elements than its lackluster opponent.

The forecast for any inclement weather will, of course, affect both teams under the lights at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night, but that doesn't necessarily mean it will affect them both equally.

Poor conditions with rain usually leads to a heavier lean on the rushing attack for an offense, but considering the Giants are likely without both their RB1 Saquon Barkley and RB2 Wayne Gallman heading into Thursday's game, that creates an even more challenging environment for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones to pick up the slack on the road for New York.

However, unfortunately for Jones and the Giants, the Pats' defense currently ranks first in the NFL in points per game (6.8), passing yards per game (160.4), QB rating (44.0), sacks (24), QB hits (39), sack percentage (11.8) and interceptions (11).

That puts New York in quite the bind, having to base its attack on a rookie QB playing in poor conditions against the NFL's best defense or trusting in third-string back Elijhaa Penny and his 46 career rushing attempts for 179 total yards and two scores at the NFL level.

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