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06:55  11 october  2019
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The Patriots defeated the Giants 35-14 in every single way you could imagine on Thursday.

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New England scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in the win. And while Tom Brady wasn't brilliant, he did more than enough to keep the Patriots undefeated on the year.

Rookie Daniel Jones made some good plays, but oh he had his struggles too.

Read about all that and more in our three takeaways.

Three takeaways from Patriots' win over the Giants

Giants defense did all it could

The Giants' defense is not New York's calling card this season as it ranks 30th in yards allowed per game, but that unit did everything it possibly could in this game.

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New York tallied a touchdown after a fumble recovery on a sack, put plenty of pressure on Tom Brady and even had an early fourth-down stop following another stop on 3rd and 1 that made a big statement for the suspect unit early in the game.

But it didn't matter what this defense did much as the special teams gave up a touchdown in the first quarter and a fumble was returned by the Patriots for a TD in the fourth quarter as well. In addition to that, the Patriots got another short field off of a bad Daniel Jones interception in the second quarter.

This defense played catchup admirably throughout this game but New England was playing with a stacked deck in the scoring department.

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For most of the game, the Patriots didn't look like the Patriots — especially against a team they had beaten 28 times with Tom Brady under center. Both New England and Buffalo combined for just 12 points through three quarters, all of which were field goals.

The Eagles came away with an easy victory in a battle to stay out of the bottom of the NFC East. Philadelphia, playing without its star running back and a depleted secondary, put together a 34-13 win over the Giants on Thursday. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had one of his best performances of

There's a reason the Patriots dominate rookies

With the defeat of Jones and the Giants, Bill Belichick is now 12-0 against rookies at Gillette Stadium and it was infinitely clear why Thursday. First of all, New England is tough to play in, but the Patriots also brought the pressure throughout the game and confused the rookie QB on multiple occasions which resulted in interceptions.

Take Jones' third interception for example. This is normally a simple read as it's a corner route where the QB is supposed to decipher whether the corner drops or stays with the wide receiver going underneath. But because the Patriots dropped the safety while also letting Stephon Gilmore slip back, Jones read the safety and looked to assume Gilmore stayed up in Cover 2. But that's not what happened when Jones threw the corner as Gilmore was waiting there for it.

The zone defenses messed with Jones throughout the night and when he got stuck thinking too much he was either hit on the arm to force an interception, or pressured into a sack. The interception he simply waited too long to throw the ball away and it cost him.

Belichick knows how to humble and up-and-coming rookie and that's exactly what he did Thursday as Jones finished 15-of-31 passing for 161 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

A remarkable achievement on both sides

While Jones did have his struggles as are clearly noted above, he also did something that no quarterback had done this season yet against the Patriots — he threw a touchdown pass.

It was a little bit fluky as a corner fell down right after the reception, but it was dropped into the bucket nicely and Golden Tate went on to score a 64-yard touchdown.

It was a very nice play by the Giants, but this also can't be failed to mention that the Patriots didn't give up a touchdown pass until Week 6. Holy cow. Yes, they have faced some bad teams with bad quarterback play so far this season, that cannot be overlooked, but still. That is almost impossible to do in today's NFL.

Congrats Jones for pulling that off against what is proving to be a formidable defense in New England.

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