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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: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:32 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

The giants won on a last minute td in the nov.9 game a game in which the patriot defense did not have linebacker brandon spikes and eugene chung one of the hardest hitters in the league. Pats win in a Cakewalk 45-17



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:30 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

-How did the Giants lose to the Redskins TWICE!?  I rest my case. New England 27-17?.............yep that's all the evidence you need...so if your using that logic then how did the Giants go into GB and SF and win? Oh yeah, the Pats lost to the Bills and the Giants...I guess all thing are equal again. Love these silly post that are the basic for determining why a team is better...this is the same logic being applied by NE Dominance. For all of those looking to the regular season you can forget it..if it meant anything the Giants would have lost a long time ago....all that matters is how each team is playing right now.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 7:53 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

NE... One other point on your stupidity....you dismiss the Pats losing to the Giants during the regular season but base whole argument on regular season stats. CONTRADICTION!!!.....also, it's clear that regular season numbers mean nothing come playoff time...see 2007



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 7:48 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

NE....your an idiot plain and simple...I was actually making fun of you and your logic but its clear your too stupid to realize it...you were the one saying that a 9-7 team can be better than a 13-3 team...just how dumb are you? As for the Packers, AGAIN YOU said their defense sucked and sited the Chiefs and Lions games as examples...the defense p,ayed well against the chiefs as it was the offense that sucked and you can re-read the point on the Lions...by compassion the Packers defense, which is what you said, were not playing any better or worse down the stretch than the Pats..if you think otherwise prove that the defense was playing worse. You can't respond to my other points because you'll look foolish doing so..just look at how easily you were confused over your own comments....LMAO..please bring something better to the table then saying the 12-4 Ravens were better than the 13-3 9ers.



Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 7:46 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

If you want to base your pick on how teams performed in the regular season, how about the the fact that the combined record of teams the Pats beat in said time period was 66-94 and they lost to every team they played that finished above .500.  Yeah, they had a real challenge getting into the playoffs this year...  Giants front four will eat Brady alive and Manning will scorch a very weak secondary.  It will still be a battle but the Giants will prevail.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 6:59 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

how  did the patsies lose to the Giants twice?I rest my case.
Giants 31
Patsies 10



Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 6:31 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

-How did the Giants lose to the Redskins TWICE!?  I rest my case. New England 27-17



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:23 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

For me it's simply a matter of which team I dislike the least, in this case it's the Giants mainly because of my intense dislike of BB!
However, the pundits seem to have put the kaibosh on the Giants so in all likelyhood the Pats will win, but being as I reside in the UK and with no team this year worth staying up until 03:30/04:00 I will record the game and delete if the wrong team wins!
Fickle? Moi?
Therefore I will watch all the preamble, NFL Countdown etc, set the record button on the good old BBC and have a fairly early night, I certainly won't stay up to see that old slapper Madonna prance around in next to nothing at half-time, at your age dear you ought to keep your clothes on!
Apologies for Mr Grumpy again, 5 inches of snow overnight and here in the SE of England it means chaos big-time!



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:04 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

I just checked my last post spelling was bad!!!!! Thought I typed it ok should have looked at it befotre I sent it good thing I'm not job hunting lol 



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:45 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

Too many people hate this team hate that team I dont hate any team I'm a big Cowboy fan and love it when Washington plays the Cowboys thats the fun of it all just like in yestervear the KC -Oakland games were fun to watch. I have no idea who wins tonights game I only hope it's a good one close and some fun plays happen. Only think I can pick out of the matchup is Tom Brady has to be sharper in this game He didn't play very well in the Ravens game. With that said they still won but the Giants can score and if Brady is off again the Giants win. I won't give a score because anything can happen thats why they play the game. The over hype overkill is almost over Are you ready for Football    Food for thought whoever wins the drum corp international finals in Aug. in Indy should be the halftime show at the super bowl next year do away with the present format. So lets say the Blue Devils win at finals in Aug. any past and present corp members should be invited to be the halftime show with a massive sound just think about 30-40 snare drums 300 pluse horns dammm whgat a sound andd a true sound not liped synked !!! sorry Madona I like you but but the true blue devils sound would have by far a much better impact and the rest of the world can see just how far drum corp has come with our youth. By the way I was never in drum corp I like yes moody blues Pink floys Annie Haslam is the best pure siner on this planet lives in Ardmore pa now But ther is something about that Blue Devils power sound that gets to me and most of you reading this don't even know who they are and don't care but if you were on the 50 yard line with that Devils sound in your face youd change your mind I was in Indy sec 109 and will be there  this summer sec 109 get my face blasted off When the storm hit that took out the stage at the fairin Indy we were getting blasted by Carolina Crown and Phantom Regiment We were in Lucas oil stadium dry and that concet should have been held up we were in a tornado watch .That was a brainless act at the fair I was at that fair in 2010 ver nice around the horse race track     ok i'm ready for a great game tonight is it kickoff time yet?


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