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Five bold predictions for this week

Updated: November 1, 2011, 11:47 AM ET
By Adam Jones | ESPNBoston.com

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1) Bruins shake things up

We're one-eighth of the way through the season and the Bruins have six points. Six. I know Peter Chiarelli said he didn't want to tinker with the roster, but how much longer can this go on? It doesn't necessarily have to be a trade, though given the Bruins' depth at center that would make sense. It can come in the form of a demotion or even a firing. Remember, Montreal has responded well since firing assistant coach Perry Pearn last week. All I know is they have to do something and I believe they will before they take the ice on Tuesday night.

2) We'll find out more about Bodden's release

All's quiet on the Leigh Bodden front. For now. Given the heat that Bill Belichick is taking for Sunday's loss in Pittsburgh (deservedly so), I'd expect some info to leak out on why Bodden was released late last week. Was he a bad teammate? Was he openly questioning the coaching staff? Was he not working hard enough to get back on the practice field? It's all guess work at this point, but I'm assuming the Patriots take a page out of the Red Sox playbook by giving a select member of the media the answer.

3) Patriots' defense rebounds

On paper, the Giants seem like a bad matchup for the Patriots. They are fourth in the NFL in passing offense, while the Patriots rank dead last against the pass. Specifically, Hakeem Nicks is the type of receiver that has given the Patriots (and Devin McCourty) problems this season. However, I still think it's all about the quarterback and I just can't see Eli Manning coming into Foxborough and making winning plays against this Patriots defense. Call it more of a hunch than anything else, but I think the Patriots defense rebounds after a rough day in Pittsburgh.

4) Green-Ellis seizes feature role

With the return of Kevin Faulk, BenJarvus Green-Ellis saw his role greatly reduced against the Steelers. He carried just five times for nine yards and was on the field for a grand total of 13 plays. Expect that to change this week. The Giants are giving up 130 rushing yards per game, which ranks 28th in the NFL. After the Patriots' underwhelming offensive performance Sunday in Pittsburgh, I'd expect them to seek more balance against the Giants. If they do, Green-Ellis will be the go-to guy.

5) Patriots 28, Giants 20

Yes, the Giants have some playmakers on offense and we all saw what their defense did to Tom Brady in Super Bowl 42. However, the Patriots rarely lose back-to-back games under Bill Belichick. The last time it happened was in 2009. The guess here is it remains that way.

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