Thursday, January 24, 2008

Super Bowl XLII

I will gladly take my 6-4 playoff record into the Super Bowl with another bold prediction.

New York Giants vs. New England Patroits
Sunday, Feb. 3 6:18 p.m. (FOX)
University of Phoenix Stadium,
Glendale, Arizona

I'll be honest with you, after the Giants beat the Packers last Sunday, I thought they had no chance to win the Super Bowl. Now, I'm thinking otherwise.

* The Giants come in as not only the hottest team but the hottest road team winning their last 10, yes, last 10 road games and knocking off the top two teams in the NFC.

* Eli Manning is playing like Peyton. I keep waiting for him to realized he is Eli Manning but I think this new confidence is here to stay.

* Giants defense has been playing smart and forcing the opposing QB to make mistakes.

* They keep proving everyone wrong.

The Patroits on the other hand haven't looked so great over the last six weeks and are fortunate to still be undfeated.

* The Chargers defense smartly forced Tom Brady to make mistakes. Too bad their offense could not capitalize on it.

* Did anyone tell Randy Moss that the playoffs started. The Jags and Chargers both proved you can shut down Moss if needed.

* Karma has to catch up with them. As much as they try to tell us otherwise, they did cheat. The league did slap a $250K fine on the team and a $500K fine on the man in the hoodie. They don't just do that to fun. What better way to teach the Pats a lesson, kicking them off the karma train when they can taste immortality.

With all of that said, I think the Giants D-line will give Brady fits and force him to make mistakes or at least frustrate him enough to throw off his rythmn. The Giants will challenge the Pats dinosaur LB crew to stop their one-two punch of Jacobs and Bradshaw.

I know what you are saying, the Giants have no chance. Maybe, but these two cities were part of the biggest Super Bowl upsets. Remember a guy named Joe Willy Namath with the Jets...they were 16 point dogs to the Colts. Everyone laughed when Namath said they would win. The Pats were not supposed to win their first Super Bowl against the St. Louis Rams greatest show on turf. Kurt Warner was talking dynasty prior to that game. Neither the '69 Jets or '01 Pats had any business being in the Super Bowl, but won anyway.

The Giants almost upended the Pats week 17 (falling 38-35). This time, the Giants get the last laugh as Eli Manning runs in the game winning TD as the New York football Giants end the Pats perfect season, 28-24.

Enjoy the game!

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