Originally posted by Seitse
You all make laugh. Every week people are making the bold prediction that THIS is the week when the Patriots will win again and the statements end with phrases like "mark my words" and "you heard it here first".
Start out by naming one sport where a fan is able to be 100% objective and thus steal all the pre-match fun.
It's really not all that hard to be objective in analyzing the upcoming Superbowl game. I realize that these prediction threads are just for the fun of it and don't need to be taken to seriously but I still find them amusing because, for the most part, the predictions against the Patriots since the playoffs started has been based solely on wishful thinking. People throughout these playoffs have picked the Pats to lose simply because they want them to lose, not because it is a smart prediction, and I find that interesting.
Here's my attempt at an objective view of the coming game:
The Patriots are better than the Giants in most phases of the game including Quarterback, Receiving corp., Offensive Line, and Special Teams. The defenses of both teams are roughly equal. The Giants are #1 in the league at QB pressure and the Pats are #2. The Patriots lack speed at linebacker but more than make up for that in experience and overall toughness. Both secondaries can be exploited.
By all accounts it appears the Patriots should win this game since they're offense is substantially more explosive than the Giants however the Giants to have some strengths that they can use to exploit the Patriots.
#1 They've got two big and skilled receivers (Toomer and Burress) that will match up well against the Pats small cornerbacks. Combine that with the fact that their Quarterback has shown a lot of progress this year and you have to think the Giants will be able to pass the ball.
#2 Pressure - more than any other team the Giants are capable of bringing pressure to the QB and that is essential when going up against Brady. Their secondary and LB's cannot possibly cover all of the Pats receivers. However, if they can bring pressure consistently for the entire game they have a chance to make some critical stops.
So the Giants do have a chance to win this game but I wouldn't bet money on them straight up (maybe with the spread yes). Giants will score some points but I don't think it will be enough. Final score 38-27 New England.