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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
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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: Jan 17, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:53 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

This is probably an easier opponent for the Giants than either of their previous 2 games.  They have shown they can beat the NFL MVP and top ranked offense, as well as the NFL's best defensive team.  Both wins, by the way, were on the road.  The Giants do not get phased by reputations, labels or hype. Their mental approach is sound.  The game boils down to matchups, and the Giants have two matchup advantages with their pass rush and wide receivers for which the Patriots don't have a convincing answer.  THE Giants should win the game.  The question is will the Giants put all phases of the game together over 4 quarters to make this a blowout.  My guess: Giants 27 Patriots 17, though I would not be surprised to see the Giants win by more.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:58 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

These are the same people who predicted the patriots blowing out the giants 4 years ago.  They are just trying to make amends by picking the giants and trying to make the patriots mad.  All of these writers want the patriots to win they are the most beloved media team.  Pats roll this one up big though 42-21.....



Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:46 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

SURPISE.............SUPER BOWL MVP............CHAD OCHOCINCO===3 TDS



Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:43 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

FIRST OFF=FREEMAN YOUR SUCH AN IDIOT. YOU MAKE A GOOD POINT THEN DROP THE BALL LIKE U ALWAYS DO.

THE THING IS A DEFENSE CAN SHOW UP IN A ONE GAME PLAYOFF AND PLAY OVER THERE HEADS. THAT'S WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN, THE PATS D SHOWS UP AND BRADY DOES THE  REST. END OF STORY.  PATS 38-30===GARBABE PTS. IN THE END FOR GIANTS. CAUSING THE ANNOUCERS TO SAY THAT OLD SAYING. "WELL U KNOW THIS GAME REALLY WASN'T AS CLOSE AS THE SCORE INDICATES"



Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:38 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

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Well your post doesn't lack for entertaining material lol. I actually agree with you partially, ESPECIALLY on points 1 and 3. By virtue of what they have accomplished the Patriots are definitely not in the league of the Packers or the 49ers, whom the Giants have already beaten on consecutive weekends on the road.

To date the Patriots have played 18 games. Only 4 of their opponents had winning records (Steelers, Giants, Ravens, while the Broncos entered the divisional playoff game in Foxboro at 9-8). If you take out 8-8 Denver, whom the Patriots beat twice, New England has only played against equal or comparable competition 3 TIMES this season, and they are 1-2.

Tom Brady sure is an all time great. That said, all he's done this season is beat up on 8-8 teams or worse. Those 8-8 teams include the Chargers, Raiders, Jets, Cowboys, and Eagles; all of which took turns in being massive disappointments at times this past season. Throw in the Broncos, an extremely limited team that started 1-4, and it doesn't really help the case.

There's nothing WRONG with "beating the teams you are supposed to beat". But there IS something RIGHT with the New York Giants for being battle tested. True, the Giants went 0-3 in the regular season vs. San Francisco, Green Bay, and New Orleans. But they came back in the playoffs and avenged two of those three losses after hammering a 10 win Atlanta team.

Furthermore, you are right where you point out that these Patriots resemble the Colts. There is no balance on the offense. For Brady and Belichick and all their greatness there is a reason why they haven't hoisted the Lombardi trophy since January of 2005. It is INDEED a one man show with Tom Brady. They have entirely forsaken the concept of mixing in the run.

Running the ball isn't about having a star player who gets 6.0 yards a carry. It's about balance. The Packers didn't even have Ryan Grant during last season's Super Bowl run. The Steelers in 2008 were in the bottom third in the NFL in rushing yards per attempt and rushing yards per game. It is well documented that this year's Giants are completely inept at running the football. That said, you stick with it even when it's not working. If you don't you risk becoming too predictable.




Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:55 am
 

Bert's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

These are quick not-so-scientific "whys" this year's New York Giants will near absolute certainty defeat the New England Patriots this Sunday:

1.) The G-men have beaten two teams in the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers who IMO were far better teams than New England Patriots of 2011. 

2.) The ghost of the start of New England's post-season ignobility started in the this city when the Colts Manning defeated New England back in 2006/2007 season. The next year they went nearly undefeated based off of the anger from the SpyGate. That ended when they lost to the New York Giants Manning. Some have spoken of a revenge factor, as if football player needed motivation to play a Super Bowl. But that comes off to multi-layered ghost of two Manning losses signalling the end of the Patriots dynasty of the 2000's.

3.)  As the New England Patriots have evolved during their Brady era, the team has become more and more like the early 2000 Colts. Long gone is their balance and stud players in the defensive side of the ball. Despite some masterful disguises by what I would agree is the best NFL coach today in Bill Bellichick, the star players on the defensive side of the ball have been aging and/or declining. On Offense, beside the year the Brady and Moss/Welker had, the team have been more and more of a one player show in Tom Brady. This have showed itself in the Pats defeats to teams that have gotten better while they have become far more one dimensional.

4.) In New England's three previous Super Bowl wins, they defeated animal logo mascot teams (Rams, Panthers, and Eagles). They lost to that non-animal mascot team in the Giants.

5.) Lastly, a CRAZY "liberal" thinking conspiracy one… New England only won their Super Bowls during the time that George W. Bush was President of the U.S. (that off year was when two Pirate teams played each other: Raiders and Buccanneers). We all felt great about the new America's team winning (well the news made it seem so.) Then right before the last game for the Patriots to claim an undefeated season for the ages, the party crashes down by the Giants (Wall Street). Fast forward to today, the Bush era is over... everyone questioning our resolve and power. New England is a weaker team but full of resolve. Now they face those same Giants who are now much more powerful (like Wall Street after the bail out given to them, the Giants fell apart and now are stronger than before).

yeah, that point #5 is insane. Stratch that one. 



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:46 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

Don't disappear on Monday after your prediction fails!!!!



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:33 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

You may have forgotten, but he set a Super Bowl record for receptions in the 2003 Super Bowl against Carolina, then came back the next year and broke his own record against Philadelphia;
Sorry but it bothers me when facts are made up, how could he break his own record when rice already had 11 for 215ys in 88. He tiedit against Philly 

Whats funny about Jerry rice is during the Patriots media day rice was interviewed and asked about Gronk and he said that Gronk will have tough time playing because he said he played with a high ankle sprain in 88 and when he said it he made it sound like he sucked becae of it and he did not mention his stats. I said to myself that sux until I read his stats of 215 yds recieving on 11 receptions. It must have ben real hurt.



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:23 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

1.Receptions: 39.
2.Yards receiving: 589.
3.Touchdown receptions: 8.
4.All-purpose yards: 604.
5.Receptions in a single game: 11.
6.Yards receiving in a single game: 215
by the way, those are just his Superbowl records



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:21 am
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

Patriots happen to have probably the greatest Super Bowl receiver of all time in Deion Branch
I LOVE THE PATS MORE THAN MOST BUT COME ON, ever heard f Jerry Rice 4 SB appearances 8 TD's

1.Receptions: 39.
2.Yards receiving: 589.
3.Touchdown receptions: 8.
4.All-purpose yards: 604.
5.Receptions in a single game: 11.
6.Yards receiving in a single game: 215.


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