With only a few days left until Superbowl 46, TSB’s football guys Scott (@ttlsportsblog), Chris (@HookTSB) and Connor (@CJScutts) share their thoughts for the big game. If you are looking for analysis or predictions of the commercials and/or the halftime show, you’re not going to find it here….
Giants +3 over the Patriots– It’s not an easy game to call. I’m torn between what my heart and my head tells me. My heart says the Giants are one of the luckiest teams in football (especially come playoff time) and they’re destined to win on several amazing plays (helmet catch, 99 yard touchdowns etc). My head tells me the Patriots are the superior team with a future HOF quarterback and coach who no matter what they say in interviews are definitely looking for revenge. In order to be successful at gambling or calling games, you can’t just go with one or the other. You have to use both your head and your heart. If Gronkowski’s ankle didn’t fold like a napkin against the Ravens, I’d say the Patriots are a lock. With a less than healthy Gronk the Patriots attack is far less potent which gives the slight edge to the Giants. For the first time in years I don’t have money on the game. I don’t even have a box. Take the G-Men and if you have as many friends from New York as I do, be prepared to have your Facebook and Twitter pages littered with Big Blue posts and updates for the next few days. I’ll take the Giants +3. 27-21 Giants
Case for the Patriots:
The fact that Tom Brady having two bad games in a row is virtually unheard of makes it difficult to go against the future Hall of Famer here. After admitting himself that he “sucked” in the AFC championship game, I’m sure he’ll want to go out there and impress at Lucas Oil Stadium. Also, it’s not like some of the other Pats will be without motivation either, after all they were cost the perfect season in 2007/08 at the hands of the Giants.
Case for the Giants:
Eli Manning seems to be the master of the clutch situation this year after countless 4th quarter game winning drives, and he’ll have to do it again if he wants to be recognised as an (ELI)te quarterback (I’m here all week…). I have run out of superlatives for this Giants defense. Particularly the defensive line which seems almost unstoppable at the minute. They hold the key to success for me in this game.
As mad as it sounds, with such talented players kitted up on both sidelines, it could come down to a player whose kit could still be in his locker come kickoff, in Rob Gronkowski. He has been completely dominant this year but the so-called “Patriot Killer” Bernard Pollard got his hands on him, leaving Gronk in a walking boot. If he doesn’t play, I definitely like the Giants to win this one but as his injury status conveniently points out, he is probable, meaning he will probably play…(good news pats fans). Even if he does play, it could be an injured tight end’s ankle which decided the winner of Super Bowl XLVI. I b(ELI)eve in Eli!
The Giants take home the Lombardi Trophy once again with a 24-20 win.
Screw all the hype. I’m done with Eli and the Giants. I’m not going to look at this objectively. After listening to all the Big Blue vomit these past two weeks, I have no choice but to go against them. If I have to hear about how you can’t spell “Elite” without Eli one more time, I’m going to kick a Giants fan’s teeth in. You were 9-7 this year and needed to win your final two games to make the playoffs. Last time I checked, the Pats haven’t lost since their loss to the Giants in week 8. 10 straight wins.
I don’t care about Gronk’s ankle. The dude is a warrior who chills with pornstars.
He’s the man. Belichick will have the Pats in a hurry up from the get go and will wear down the Giants front 4. And besides, when the going gets tough, we all know that Justin Tuck will just go sulking on the sidelines and act as if the game is over. I think the “Law Firm” will be a huge part of this game. Brady may throw it 45 times, but Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis will have 12-16 very effective carries.
I’ll take the Pats to win their 4th Superbowl 34-28.