It will be the New York Giants vs. the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN on Sunday, February 5th, 2012 in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII when the Giants shocked the then 18-0 Patriots 17-14 as 13-point underdogs.
The line is nowhere near that high this time with the Patriots currently at -3 +110, as the Giants have been bet down from the opener of New England -3 -125. However, we do see the end result being the same as four years ago, as well as a Giants’ win in New England this season, and here are three reasons why.
ODDS: OPEN: PATRIOTS -3.5 | CURRENT: PATRIOTS -3 | O/U: 55
1. Giants ability to put pressure on Tom Brady: It is no secret that the best way to beat elite quarterbacks is to bring pressure on them up the middle, and the Giants have one of the best defensive lines in football when they are fully healthy, which they are now. The Giants were able to beat Brady up in the last two meetings, and we are not only talking about sacks as Brady also had countless hurries and he simply did not look comfortable vs. a defense not afraid to hit him even after he threw the ball.
The Giants have had the most impressive defense in the playoffs this year and they are tied for the most sacks during this post-season with nine. In other words, they again figure to make Brady’s life a living hell here. And the best thing of all is that the Giants can bring that pressure without blitzing, which should limit Brady’s options downfield when he is hurried.
2. Eli Manning vs. 31st ranked Patriots pass defense: Eli Manning was quoted as saying that he was an elite quarterback before the season, and while many scoffed at that, he has certainly backed those words up this year; especially in the playoffs. It certainly helps that Manning has a great receiving corps at his disposal, as he has two receivers in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz that would be go-to guys on most teams and a third in Mario Manningham that would be a 1A or a two on many others.
That trio would be tough to defend even for good defenses, and the New England defense ranked 31st out of 32 NFL teams in both total defense and passing defense this season. Things have gotten so bad in the Patriots’ defensive backfield that they have resorted to using wide receiver Julian Edelman back there in recent weeks.
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3. Giants can run effectively to set up the pass: Now the Giants finished dead last in the NFL during the regular season in both rushing yards per game and in yards per rush, but they have improved greatly now that Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs are both healthy at the same time, which they almost never were during the regular season.
The Giants are averaging 117.3 rushing yards per game on a nice 4.2 yards per rush during the playoffs and the Patriots have not been all that solid vs. the run either this year, allowing 4.5 yards per carry. Thus, the Giants should be able to run well enough to stay out of third-and-long situations and to keep the Patriots’ defense honest.
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