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CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:00 am
Edited on: February 4, 2012 11:18 am
 

Super Bowl XLVI Preview: Will the Patriots get revenge this time around or will the Giants continue their run to another title?

Gregg Doyel

I've never felt so good about a pick in my life, because I've never seen anything as rock-solid as the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. The Giants have already beaten the Patriots this season, at New England, and they did it despite the unavailability of leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw and 1,000-yard receiver Hakeem Nicks. Plus, the Patriots weren't playing that game with receivers Julian Edelman and Matthew Slater forced to play key roles at defensive back, as will be the case Sunday.  

Forget what Vegas is saying. Everyone else is saying the Patriots will lose ... which is why I feel 100 percent certain that the Patriots will win. When everybody's convinced they're right, I'm convinced they're wrong. History shows people just aren't that smart.

Final score: It'll be a slugfest, but the Patriots will win 42-38.

Mike Freeman

Initially, I thought the Giants would actually beat the Patriots handily. Eli Manning would look at the Patriots defense, lick his chops, and light that defense on fire. Tom Brady would get harassed, an injured Gronk would be controlled, and Wes Welker would have a solid though not dominating day. It was all shaping up to a healthy Giants victory.

Then at the beginning of this week the Giants started chirping. And chirping. And chirping some more. It was a jab-fest for them with the team’s main message being they could get to Tom Brady both physically and mentally.

Normally, as Tom Coughlin would say, talk is cheap but this is Brady who thrives on talk and doubters. I’ve seen it happen with Brady on more than a few occasions. Not to mention the Patriots are on a revenge tour. I think the Giants would have been better served shutting the hell up. I know they are talkers. I know the Giants thrive on emotion and yapping but don’t pull on SuperBrady’s cape.

The Giants will still win but their mouths just turned this game from a comfortable win for them into one of the tightest Super Bowls ever.

Final score: Giants, 28-27

Clark Judge

I’ll take the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, and here’s why: Because they’re more balanced than New England, they’re hot, they’re confident and they have the pass rush to flummox the usually unflappable Tom Brady.

Oh, yeah, they also won their last two vs. the Patriots – including a 24-20 defeat this season.

But it’s that pass rush that convinces me. The Giants can bring pressure with their defensive line, allowing everyone else to drop into coverage, and if you don’t think that will affect Brady you weren’t watching the Giants shred Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Brady struggled in his last two starts vs. New York. He was sacked seven times, hit on countless other occasions and had more turnovers (4) than touchdown passes (3). He also lost both games. That counts for something, and I say it counts for a Giants’ victory.

Final score: Giants, 24-17

Pete Prisco

Quarterback and pass rush.  

That's the key to winning in the NFL these days. Get a great thrower and have a lot of guys to knock down the other team's thrower. The New England Patriots have the great passer in Tom Brady, but they lack the great pass rushers. The New York Giants have a very good passer in Eli Manning, but they have a lot of pass rushers.

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That's why the New York Giants will win Super Bowl XLVI. This time, unlike the last time they played in a Super Bowl, the Giants aren't huge underdogs. What I can't figure out is this: Why they aren't they favored.

The Giants are the better team. 

It's a tribute to Brady that the Patriots are here, but in watching him play the Giants in the past, he isn't the same Brady when he faces that the New York defense. Like I wrote this week, the Giants seem to be in his head. In the Giants' victory this season in Foxboro, Mass., Brady looked ordinary.  

That's the big edge for the Giants. They have the pass rushers. They don't fear Brady. They rattle him. That's why the Giants will beat the Patriots again in a Super Bowl. 

The NFL is all about quarterback and pass rushers -- and the Giants will show on Sunday. 

Final score: Giants, 31-24

Paul Dehner

Forget Gronkowski's ankle. Forget Aaron Hernandez. The defining story line of Super Bowl XLVI will be how the Patriots offensive line handles the intense Giants pass rush. Recent history of all New York's opponents on their postseason run insists that's more of a fleeting wish than a likelihood. The Giants have pounded every quarterback in their way into submission and eventual defeat. Tony Romo was sacked six times, Matt Ryan twice, Aaron Rodgers four times and Alex Smith three. The opponent didn't matter.

Tom Brady's only the next in line. When Brady can't throw, the Pats don't go. The Giants front four is coming and there isn't too much Brady can do about it. Jason Pierre-Paul and the rest of the Giants own the rare ability to disrupt timing -- the ultimate equalizer in the new, pass-happy NFL. They'll do it again on Sunday. That's the reason they'll loft the trophy.

Final score: Giants, 21-17

Alex Raskin

Another scoreless first half — like the one the New England Patriots and New York Giants had back in Week 9 — is improbable, but another defensive battle isn’t. Everyone is rightfully talking about each team’s respective high-powered offense. However, this game will be won on the defensive side of the ball and the Giants are up to the challenge.

New York has forced and recovered five fumbles in the postseason and the secondary has played significantly better since the Week 15 loss to the Washington Redskins. Throw in the Giants’ reliable linebackers and fearsome pass rush, and the advantage swings heavily in favor of the NFC Champions.

The Patriots’ defense intercepts passes and buckles down in the red zone, but the Giants’ big-play offense has a way around that. Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham allow quarterback Eli Manning to throw touchdown passes from anywhere on the field by going over or underneath opposing coverages.

Final score: Giants, 24-16

Will Brinson

It absolutely terrifies me that everyone -- and I mean everyone -- is on the Giants bandwagon. Eighty-five percent of the public money is on the Giants. Almost everyone at CBS is picking the Giants. Everyone outside of Boston is picking the Giants. It makes sense, because New York's front four is going to get pressure on Brady.

The Patriots best offensive weapon, Rob Gronkowski, is going to be limited. And how are the Patriots going to defend Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham? Not with Julian Edelman playing defensive back. Of course, the problem with all this is that the entire world's betting against the combination of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. That's somewhat illogical. Two things are going to make this a very close game: Gronk's ankle forcing him to stay in and block and Vince Wilfork turning into an animal for the second straight game. (Wilfork's my darkhorse for MVP.) In the end, though, it's going to come down to who has the ball last and I think it ends up being Eli.

Final score: Giants, 27-21

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Josh Katzowitz

Seems to me like the buzz this week in Indianapolis is how the Giants will beat the Patriots for the second time this season. And for reasons I’m having a hard time explaining, I don’t think that will happen. Give New England coach Bill Belichick two weeks to figure out how to beat the Giants, and I think he does it.

Obviously, New York has some solid advantages. The Giants front four will provide plenty of issues for the Patriots as they try to keep Tom Brady untouched. Eli Manning shouldn’t have a problem picking on New England’s secondary. And assuming Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski isn’t 100 percent effective, New England’s offense will be a little less versatile.

So, really, the Giants should win.

But I can’t pull the trigger on predicting them to do so. And I don’t know why. Which, I guess, isn’t much of answer why I’m picking the Patriots to win. I just kinda think they will.

Final score: Patriots, 24-22

Ryan Wilson

It's hard to believe that Vegas has had New England as the favorites for nearly two weeks now because almost everybody likes New York. Never mind that Giants have issues in the secondary and Tom Brady is a future Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl winner, New York's front four somehow makes up for all that.

Four years ago, the Pats came into this game undefeated and unstoppable. The Giants' pass rush changed all that. And that's what happened this season, in Week 9, when the two teams met. We get the feeling that New England won't be able to protect Brady on Sunday either.

Meanwhile, Eli Manning is playing the best football of his career even without much of a running game behind him. The Patriots' defense has been better in recent weeks but they still struggle in both phases. And that's bad news if Brady isn't his usual self.

Final score: Giants, 24-21

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Since: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:29 pm
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

so tired of hearing how great the giants are..they're a lousy 9-7 team who had 2 playoff games handed to them by fumbling bumbling opponents



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:25 pm
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

Sure the Giants are more balanced. Your masking the fact that the pats offenses came in one game against a bad team. And, your contradicting yourself again. To you the regular season means nothing in terms of the Giants vs Pats game but you site everything under the sun during the regular season. All the while your making your Pats look worse by doing so and you can't even see it. For all of the Giants flaws during the regular season they still beat the Pats at home. You down play a defending super bowl champion going 15-1 as playing bad defense the same defense the Pats were playing ..bad but that defeats your point so you leave it out. Silly...just silly. And yes you can discount the entire season because it's how your playing now that matters just see the 2007 season. So you continue to contradict yourself and in addition your making the pats look worse. The Pats beat one good team to get into the SB the agents went on the road beating the defending SB champs and the Best defensive team in the NFC which both teams combined for a record of 28-4. But that means nothing to you because the Giants went 9-7 during the regular season and beat your Pats in a game your discounting...see how silly you're sounding?



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:20 pm
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

just IMO

Yes it is just IMO, another mans opinion one that played with Montana, Steve Yound he seems to dsagree with you, well him and almost every other former NFL player who is now a commentator. If you think Brady is carried buy Bill B your mind is going. The guy does not even coach offense, he is the defensive Coordinator. The Pats are in the SB with 31st ranked defense, Brady ahs been in the SB 5 out of 10 years he was the starter. Brady won 16 games in the regular season with the same team that Cassell won 11 with and Cassell ended up being an NFL starter and still is. Some teams have Matt Cassell as a backup some teams have Curtis Painter. One team was 10-6 the year before Peyton got hurt and Brady was 16-0,  I think the situations were a bit different. 1 team may have been tanking a good portion of the season, they did not make any effort to get a better QB.



Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:12 pm
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

I'm glad most of the experts at CBSSORTSLINE picked the Giants. During the regular season they showed how lame they were. Experts, that's a oxi moron. Go Pats.


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Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:09 pm
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Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:09 pm
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

And yes, going into the this game, based on playoff performance the giants are the more balanced team.


More balanced how, as far as playoff stats go, no, the giants are not more balanced. Total offense - the Pats were ranked 2nd and and the Giants 4th and flip those rankings for defense the Giants 2nd and the Pats 4th.

Bradys Playoff passer Rating is better than ELI's, this year. 

See the Pats only had 2 games in the playoffs because they were better in the regular season.

Contradiction
One game in the regular season means nothing but to discount the entire regular season is a joke. There is a bit of difference between 1 game sample and 16 game sample.

What happened not too many weeks ago when the Giants thought there backs were against the wall and had all there big guns for the last game against the REDSKINS and they got smashed in the mouth.

As far as the win against GB, i think alot of people saw that coming because GB had been playing terrible, especially on defense and they had a ton of injuries. Just like the win the Pats had over the Ravens the Giants win over the 49ers could have gone either way.

Yeah I think it will be a good game, I just like to poke and prod and say the Pats will blow them out when I hear stupid comments like Brady is not a class athlete who gives the ultimate respect to every team and player he faces including Eli and the Giants.



Since: Nov 26, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:08 pm
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

HEY BEER BELLY WE ARE TALKING FOOTBALL HERE KEEP UR SEXUAL FANTASY TO YOURSELF IDIOT
PATS STILL GOING TO WIN  !!!!!!!!



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:02 pm
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

Why do most people think the Giants will win? forget the 9-7 record and focus on the playoffs!. The Giants are 3-0 in the playoffs, with 2 road wins against very good teams, and a very convincing win at home against a very good passing Atlanta team. In the process, they have given up an average of 13 points per game, (and if you remember, 7 of the Packers points came late in the game when the outcome was no longer in doubt) while scoring an average of 27 per game. So, in the playoffs (the only season that really matters when you come right down to it), both their offensive and defensive performances are greatly improved over the regular season. So yes, they are hot when being hot really matters. I'm not taking anything away from the Patriots - I think they will make it a game. But in the Superbowl, when the chips are down, the team with the better defense is generally the team that wins. And at this point, I would say the Giants defense if markedly better than that of the Patriots.



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:52 pm
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

Don't actively play golf...  like to follow it.  But I understand your confusion.

Unemployed blue collar worker.  There goes the elite label.

There is a way to lose and not like doing so, but with showing class and being complimentary of your opponent.

Prickly was a word chosen to get around CBS censors.  Just an observation at that, from an impression.  He may be a really nice guy.  And you're right about thugs in the NFL.  For this NFL fan, I'd just appreciate at the team leadership level a more sportsmanlike demeanor that I didn't see after he/Pats whipped our butts three weeks ago (not talking about having to play the second half and try to twiddle your thumbs while the clock runs out so as to not run up the score -- talking after the game).

Basically my issue is that Brady (appears to) believes his own press.  For those who evalauate overall place in the game of football based on hand jewelery, that flies.  For the rest of us, he's a lucky guy playing for a talented coach in a class organization at the right time -- who doesn't happen to be among the ten best QBs in the game all-time, the best right now even, let alone being compared to Montana.  Just a opinion.  Even if the Patriots win tomorrow, even if he's named MVP, that won't change my mind on this.  Again, just IMO.  Some people point to Patriots with Cassel rather than Brady versus the Colts without Peyton.  A valid argument, but not the only one.

Maybe he really humbly feels lucky to have his teammates and knows his place.  Just seems a little "entitled."

In any case...  good luck.  Hope it's a good game.  As said, close with some special plays is best.  But, wanting a bad day for Brady, I'd enjoy a blow-out as well.  Seriously...  sincerely... enjoy the game.



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:52 pm
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

I've been hearing the last two weeks that Brady wants revenge against the Giants.  As a Giants fan, I hope he does want revenge, because I've seen how well he does when seeking revenge
The GIANTS 29th ranked Pass defense, The Ravens 4th, hmmmmmm. scary giants defense oh no. There defense is as bad as the Pats. They gave up more points and ELI cannot hold Bradys jock.


People who say they hate the type of player Brady is are idiots, the guy is 1st class on and off the field. People get on him because he had a Baby out of wedlock, how many of you guys waited to have until you were married. She found out she was pregnant after they brole up. I guess he suppose to Marry even though he doesnt want to.  People who say they hate Brady and Woods just hate greatness, Brady has been in the SUPERBOWL 5/10 season where he has been the starte, thats half, all the haters are just jealous.



ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP IN BOSTON, this is not getting old.


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