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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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Comments

Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:48 pm
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

Were only gonna score 17?!? HAHAHA...Wait wherehave I heard that before?oh yeah, Brady B*tch with his uggs



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:48 pm
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

Of course you don't see it your making silly comments and contradicting yourself. You're also making things up, since no one said the pats are not consistent. I believe the comment was the giants are playiingmore consistent football right now. Trying to defend your Green Bay comment is silly and now you've made yourself look even less creditable. The KC game had nothing to do with their defense since They only allowed 19 points. It was the offense that did not click that game. Bad example, also the packers defense down the stretch allowed 16, 19, 21 and, 41 in their final game while the Pats allowed 27, 23, 24 and 21. Since you brought it up, the Packers last game was not a must win and most of their defense starters were sitting in the second half whereas the Pats had to win their last game...another awful attempt at making a point. In the conference title the Giants beat the better team (according to record) but youll go against yourself and say a 12-4 team is better than a 13-3 team..the Giants on the road the Pats at home....so if the Ravens at 12-; can be better then a team at 13-3 according to you then the Giants can be better than the Pats despite going 9-7. Another outlandish claim by you that's goes against your whole argument. Lest you leave out the 15-1 team. And you do make the Pats sound worse your too dumb to see it..your claiming the Giants are an awful regular season team but they beat the Pats at home..and your Pats could not beat a team with a winning record during the regular season so what does that say about your team..still not following at how bad you're making them look....you admitted they beat only one good team to get in the SB whereas the Giants beat three. You've answered your own question meatball...the Giants are in the SB..your question has no relevance. But you cannot answer why the Pats lost to the Giants during the regular season. Your last comments are filled with contradictions I am beginning to realize that your not that bright and filled with resentment,mi guess because the 10-6 Giants beat your 18-0 Pats in 2007. Oh look another example at how your argument means nothing. The regular season means nothing..what have you done lately? Giants beat two teams on the road combine 28-4 the Pats beat beat two teams combine 20-12 ...its very clear who has had to play more consistent football to get into the SB.



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:43 pm
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

PATS 41 GIANTS 17




Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:42 pm
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

This guy is brilliant, talking about the Giants 32nd ranked rushing offense. LOL, CLOWN
You mean the same "32 ranked" rush offense that outgained New England IN New England WITHOUT AHMAD BRADSHAW

That offense?

The one that teabagged the Patriots on their home turf?

Yeah
 

CLOWN



Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:39 pm
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

The giants got outscored by their opponents this season, this is true and the patriots lost to them? Howd that happen? POOR ARGUMENT ALERT.  Ive watched every snap of the giants season this year and its real simple. They play uninterested,uninspired, lazy football against bad teams but play extremely well against good teams (save the saints game)



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:39 pm
 

Belichick Two week thing

Yeah, give me two weeks to get the videotape analyzed and there is no way Ill lose twice in a row....

lol

Brady is going to take an ass whupping and he knows it.  Make no mistake this will be a hell of a game...but You cant throw the ball when you are getting planted. 

The Cheatriot era is OVER






Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:34 pm
 

GIANTS WIN GIANTS WIN

Regular season rankings dont mean a thing because both teams are balling out..I just think the giants are balling harder and with the Gronk injury I think itsa wrap. We dont have to pressure Brady to win (only sacked him 1 time in the reg. season meeting) its just an added bonus. THEY HAVE NO ANSWER for our recievers and all though Ive been Bradshaw/Jacobs biggest critic they are running the ball better, still not great but better and getting the big yards when it matters most. People blame the GB win on the dropped passes but dont forget how many times Rodgers had to take flight because he had no one open to throw to. 
   I love how people keep saying Bellichik doesnt lose with two weeks to prepare like the 08 superbowl was played 3 days after the conference championship games. Bottom line, we have the hotter, more complete team, Patriots didnt beat a team that finished above 500 until Baltimore and Lee Evans gave that one to them. I expect Brady to repeat is average play (hes not god ya know)

I like the giants BIG. GIANTS 34 PATRIOTS 20 with NE getting a garbage td late. GO BIG BLUE, ALL IN, IN ELI WE TRUST, CRUZZZZZ CONTROL



Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:22 pm
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

A repeat , A GIANTS WIN !



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:21 pm
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

4th quarter running game, where the Patriots wont be able to stop the Giants, and Yards after the Catch, where Nicks, Cruz ,and Manningham will dominate over all of the NE receivers (including the TE's). 
This guy is brilliant, talking about the Giants 32nd ranked rushing offense. LOL, CLOWN



Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:14 pm
 

CBSSports.com's Super Bowl XLVI predictions

FYI: The stats noted in my previous comment are for the post season. Regular season YAC, Welker #1, Gronkowski #4, Cruz #6, Hernandez #9. No other Giants or Pats are in the top 20.


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