Well, after two weeks of unbearable hype, we’re finally here. With all of the non-stop, non-football chatter, I almost forget there’s a game this weekend. A rather big game, actually. So who’s going to win? The Wiz thinks there will be a Patriots party on Sunday night. Me? Not so much.
Here’s why the Giants will be hoisting the Lombardi trophy for the second time in four years when the clock strikes zero on the NFL season: DEE-FENSE. The Giants have one, the Pats don’t.
New England doesn’t even have 11 defensive starters. One of their defensive backs is wide receiver Julian Edelman. Playing a mediocre wide receiver on defense may work against Denver’s option offense and Baltimore’s “Throw It Deep Once A Quarter” offense, but against the Giants? Not so much. Eli Manning has been the hottest quarterback in the playoffs this year and he has three standout wide receivers. Who will Edelman cover? Hakeem Nicks? Mario Manningham? Gulp, Victor Cruz? Good luck with that, Julian.
Then there’s the Giants defense. All pass rush and collapsing pockets and batted balls. Nothing bothers a star QB more than constant pressure. The Giants can irritate Tom Brady with only four pass rushers. It’s a recipe that’s worked twice for them against Brady and the Pats – once earlier this season, in New England, in the Pats last lost of the season and one other time…when was that again? Oh, right, Super Bowl XLII. With Brady’s biggest safety valve, Rob Gronkowski, at half-speed with a high ankle sprain, don’t expect Brady to ever establish a rhythm.
For me, Saturday night will be spent preparing snacks (like my famous 14-layer bean dip) for my Super Bowl party. For Tom Brady and Julian Edelman, Saturday night will be spent tossing and turning with nightmares of the Giants.
Book it now: Big Blue will win it all.