Who will win the rematch between the Giants and Patriots in this year’s Superbowl? Here at B&T, we don’t really care because the Jags aren’t in it and nobody from the AFC South is contesting for the title either.
But below I’ll detail why the Patriots will triumph over the Giants, even with “Elite Eli” throwing the ball for Big Blue.
And it isn’t just because Tom Coughlin failed to get the Jags to the big game in his numerous seasons as the head coach in Jacksonville.
There are five reasons the Patriots will triumph tonight, follow the jump to find out why I speak the truth.
Reason 1) Bill Belichick
- Tom Coughlin is a great coach in his own right. He understands the game and knows how to motivate his team. However, the Patriots have for the years and years under Belichick operated in the most professional manner. The team is disciplined, the plays are executed in the most measured and calculated way, and Belichick is always looking to improve. Cutting Tiquan Underwood the day before the Superbowl is an example of Belichick always looking for an advantage against his opponents, even the night before the biggest game of the season.
Reason 2) Tom Brady
- This game probably won’t become a shootout. Even with the high powered offense of the Patriots and the improved skill of Eli Manning, I see the “duel” between the quarterbacks coming down to efficiency. The Patriots are simply more efficient. Tom Brady consistently proves that he doesn’t just step up in big moments, he steps up every day and every play to bring his team to victory (even if that’s willing his team to victory). Tom Brady is more mature than back in 2007 when the Giants defense did just enough to limit his receivers and his ability to march down the field.
Reason 3) Vince Wilfork vs Giants Offensive Line
Vince Wilfork, the Patriots’ big nose tackle is a dominant play maker. He consistently collapses the interior of the pocket and will wreak havoc on the Giants line. The offensive line from New York is well respected and has played very very well all season, but Vince Wilfork is the true difference maker. Look for the big man to force Eli Manning into some bad situations and free up plays for the defensive ends, linebackers, and defensive backs.
Reason 4) The Patriots Want Ring Number 4
- Nobody on the Patriots says that they want to bring Bill and Tom their fourth ring, but look for the team to want it. There has been focus on the Manning Family vs Brady. There has been a focus on defeating Bill Belichick like he is the Galactic Empire. But really the Giants just want another ring. The Patriots want to cement themselves in history. It’s far more powerful a motivator than they let on, but I guarantee they’re hungry. Look for them to perform to the best of their ability to get what they want: the fourth ring.
Reason 5) Offense Wins Championships
- While I’ve outlined numerous times why defense wins championships, and I believe it to be a general NFL rule, the Patriots’ high powered offense is just too high powered. Being able to slow them down will not translate into stopping them from putting points on the board. I love run first offenses and stop the run defense. The Giants have an offense and defense that can do that. But it won’t stop Tom Brady and co. It was recently predicted that Chad Ochocinco may have a big game. But that doesn’t matter so much as Tom Brady’s multitude of receivers who can step up and play. Look for Tom Brady to spread it around to running backs, Wes Welker, the wide receivers, Gronk, Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker, and Wes Welkek (think I’ve said it enough?)
Final Prediction: Patriots 28, Giants 17.
But hey, even if I’m wrong, it’ll be a good game.
Enjoy the Superbowl!
– Luke N. Sims