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Thursday night's Giants vs. Patriots matchup will look pretty different than the two Super Bowls they played earlier this decade, as the Patriots come in as 16.5-point home favorites with a fairly pedestrian 41.5-point total on FanDuel Sportsbook as of Wednesday night. The Giants come in following a 28-10 home loss to the Vikings, though that was preceded by victories over Tampa Bay and Washington that saw them score a combined 56 points. However, a plethora of injuries to some of their most important players could have them desperate to reach the 10.5-point team total.
On that front, superstar running back Saquon Barkley ($9,200) will not play because of a high ankle sprain, while backup running back Wayne Gallman ($6,400) suffered a concussion this past weekend and has been ruled out as well. It only gets worse from there, as tight end Evan Engram ($7,200), who leads the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, suffered an MCL sprain during last weekend's loss to the Vikings and has been ruled out, and top wide receiver Sterling Shepard ($6,600), who leads the team in air yards by a considerable margin despite playing just four games, is out with a concussion. The Patriots are also dealing with a few injuries, but nothing remotely close to the issues the Giants are facing.
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