Friday, February 1, 2008

Patriotic Super Bowl?

Super Bowl XLII is fast approaching and I think it's sure to be a good one. The Giants are 14-point underdogs but they won't look like it on Sunday night. They will play their hearts out and give it the best they've got, but so will the Patriots. The Patriots are going for 19-0 and only the second perfect season in NFL history. The other team was the 1972 Miami Dolphins. If the Pats win this one I think they will be the best team in NFL history.
Let's breakdown the Patriots' offense; here is their starters:
LG Logan Mankins
LT Matt Light
C Dan Koppen
RT Nick Kaczur
RG Stephen Neal
TE Benjamin Watson
WR Randy Moss
WR Wes Welker
WR Donte Stallworth
RB Laurence Maroney
QB Tom Brady
This offense, as we all know, is the most explosive squad in the league. Somebody who is not listed as a starter but is still a key part to this offense is backup running back Kevin Faulk. Look for him and Maroney to work the screens. Moss is one of the most dynamic receviers you'll find in this league but he hasn't seen much action in the postseason. That doesn't mean a thing because Moss is still a dangerous deep threat. Wes Welker led the Pats in receptions this year and he also broke a team single season record in that category. He usually rins slant routes up the middle. Both Moss and Welker should be double-covered most of the time. While were talking receviers, you can't forget about Stallworth, that's when he burns you. He has great speed up the sidelines. Tom Brady is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. Even though he was caught wearing a brace on his foot last week, he will play and look perfect doing it. He is so accurate. And now to the offensive line. Brady wouldn't be nearly as good without them playing soundly every game of this season. They act as a brick wall protecting Brady and they will be tough to beat.

Now to the guys who will be opposing this great offensive side; let's take a look at the Giants' defensive starters:
LE Michael Strahan
DT Barry Cofield
DT Fred Robbins
RE Osi Umenyiora
OLB Kawika Mitchell
MLB Antonia Pierce
OLB Reggie Torbor
CB Corey Webster
CB Aaron Ross
SS James Butler
FS Gibril Wilson
When you look at this New York defense, the thing that stands out is the D-line. Micheal Strahan is aging and losing speed but he can still get to the quarterback. Osi Umenyiora could be the best end in the league. Justin Tuck also comes in at defensive end and he has played well. This defense will have to cover the long pass well while also shutting down Wes Welker over the middle.

Here are the offensive starters for the Giants:
LG Rich Seubert
LT David Diel
C Shaun O'Hara
RT Kareem McKenzie
RG Chris Snee
TE Kevin Boss
WR Plaxico Burress
WR Amani Toomer
RB Brandon Jacobs
FB Madison Hedgecock
QB Eli Manning
Plaxico Burress has been outstanding for this Giant offense. The 6-5 Burress is a key target for Eli Manning and look for him to have the ball in his hands a lot. Toomer is a solid recevier who manning trusts to make those tough catches. Brandon Jacobs is a tough back who should get a ton of handoffs in Glendale. But also look for backup running back Ahmad Bradshaw to share carries with him. Bradshaw is fast out of the backfield. Eli Manning was mistake-prone during the season but has been Brady-like in the playoffs

Here's a look at the Pats' defensive starters:
LE Ty Warren
NT Vince Wilfork
RE Richard Seymour
OLB Mike Vrabel
ILB Junior Seau
ILB Tedy Bruschi
OLB Adalius Thomas
CB Asante Samuel
CB Ellis Hobbs
SS Rodney Harrison
FS James Sanders
The Pats' D is aging and they want to win this Super Bowl bad. Mike Vrabel is a tackle machine who is having a breakout year. Junior Seau and Tedy Bruschi are good but will they be able to keep up with the Giants' offense. Adalius Thomas has played well this year. One of the best cornerbacks in the league is Asante Samuel. If I'm Eli Manning, I wouldn't throw in his direction. Rodney Harrison is a herd-hitting safety who can sometimes let his emotions get the best of him.

My Prediction: Patriots 35, Giants 28

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1 comment:

  1. I'm going Pats too, except I think it's gonna be a blow out.