3.) Christian Benford
Coming back from injury in Week 5, Benford was targeted 8 times against the Giants (a season-high for him) and allowed 7 catches for 66 yards. On the season, he has allowed 16 catches for 214 yards but no touchdowns.
In Week 6, it was the first time this season where he did not allow double digit receiving yards per reception he allowed. He will need to improve on getting those numbers down, in which he goes up against a Patriots’ receiving core that outside of wideout Kendrick Bourne has well-underperformed.
If Benford is lined up against Bourne, he is going up against a receiver that has been targeted 44 times for 28 catches and 307 yards. There is no doubt that Bourne is going to get the ball at some point, but if Benford is able to stick with Bourne and not allow separation, it is going to be a long day for the New England offense.