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Giants vs. Patriots Key Matchups


WIDE RECEIVER: Victor Cruz or Wes Welker?
With at least five receptions in every game, Welker leads the NFL with 57 and is second in yards with 824 while hauling in a team-high six touchdowns. Cruz, meanwhile, has caught 28 balls for nearly 500 yards and four scores. Cruz has gone for at least 90 yards in four games this season, including 99 on seven catches last week.

TIGHT END: Jake Ballard or Rob Gronkowski?

Ballard, who continues to turn heads, has 19 receptions for 328 yards and two touchdowns. He has caught at least three passes in the last four games and is averaging 17.3 yards per catch. Meanwhile, this season has been all about the prolific tight ends for New England, who uses them more than any team in the NFL. Leading the way is Gronkowski with 36 receptions, 495 yards and five touchdowns.

QUARTERBACK: Eli Manning or Tom Brady?
A lot has been made about comparing the two, and the numbers don't hold any bias. Each QB brings a 5-2 record into the meeting, and Eli Manning leads the fourth-best passing offense (287.6 YDS/G) while Tom Brady and the Patriots are second with more than 320 yards a game.

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