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ESPN's Patriots-Giants prediction roundup

A roundup of how ESPN's analysts see Sunday’s Patriots-Giants game playing out:

PatriotsGiants* ESPNBoston.com Patriots analyst Tedy Bruschi: Giants 28, Patriots 24. This is a year when streaks have ended. The Patriots had beaten the Bills 15 straight times before losing to them in the third week of the season. Then just this past week we heard about Brady's success against the Steelers and how he "owned" them with a 6-1 record. That "streak" was snapped Sunday. Now I look ahead to this tough matchup and see a Patriots team that has won 18 straight games against NFC teams at Gillette Stadium, and wonder if that is the next streak to be snapped. I think this defense will struggle if Eli Manning plays a solid game, and that's what he's been doing lately. The Patriots' home win streak against the NFC ends.

* ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss: Patriots 26, Giants 20. I see an angry Patriots team after that loss to the Steelers. Usually an angry Patriots team is a winning Patriots team. We touched on the keys for the Patriots -- pass protection, offensive balance and tightening up on defense. I think the offense plays better than it has the last two games and rises up in those two areas, while the defense might give up yardage but continues its strong play in the red zone.

* ESPNBoston.com’s Chris Forsberg: Patriots 21, Giants 17. The Patriots simply don't lose back-to-back games in the Belichick/Brady era. After a week of extreme scrutiny, this is a big game for the defense -- most notably the corners -- and it seems imperative that this unit respond in a big way this week. Offense will have its hands full with Giants' pass rush and the defense absolutely needs to keep the score mike.

* ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Rodak: Patriots 26, Giants 17. Rebounding from a loss in Pittsburgh, the Patriots return home and get their offense reignited. The Giants defense will bring pressure in the passing game, but the Patriots counter with a strong rushing attack, with the Giants allowing 130 yards per game in that category. The Patriots defense remains a question mark, but holds on for another home victory.

* ESPN Boston Radio’s Adam Jones: Patriots 28, Giants 20. Yes, the Giants have some playmakers on offense and we all saw what their defense did to Brady in Super Bowl XLII. However, the Patriots rarely lose back-to-back games under Belichick. The last time it happened was in 2009. The guess here is it remains that way.

* ESPN Boston Radio’s Andrew Brooks: Giants 27, Patriots 24 . Last week I went with history. This week I'm throwing it all out the window. Forget about how good the Pats and Brady are at home, the Giants will win this game because they'll be able to create pressure with their front 4 and Eli Manning (albeit not in the same class as Brady) is going to be able to exploit the secondary and find the soft spots in the middle of the field. Lawrence Tynes is the difference maker.

* ESPNNewYork.com Giants reporter Ohm Youngmisuk: Patriots 31, Giants 27. The Giants' last 5 games have all gone down to the fourth quarter and I see this one playing out that way as well.

* ESPN analysts Mark Schlereth and Herm Edwards: Patriots over Giants.

* ESPN experts: Six of the eight pick the Patriots to win. Eric Allen and Seth Wickersham picked the Giants.

* Sunday Countdown: Keyshawn Johnson, Tom Jackson, Cris Carter and Mike Ditka all pick the Patriots.

* AccuScore simulations: Patriots 32, Giants 24 (on average). The Patriots won 71 percent of more than 10,000 simulations. You can simulate the game yourself here.

* Madden 12 simulation: Patriots 30, Giants 20. When you think Patriots, Tom Brady is probably the first player who comes to mind. And why not, as the Patriots passing attack is one of the elite schemes in the game today. But against the Giants, look for New England to switch things up, handing the ball to BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who rushes the rock 15 times for 74 yards and two touchdowns to help New England take down New York.

* Ken Moll, Scouts Inc. (Insider): Patriots 30, Giants 23.

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