I think we all know that these aren’t the 2007 Giants. Sure there are a good portion of holdovers. And they both rallied late to get into the playoffs. But be sure, this team isn’t coming into this Super Bowl under the radar, despite what they tell the media.
That’s fine. It should be that way. It’s because the Giants are the best team remaining, just like they were the second they knocked off the defending champion.
It’s ok to be a bit confident. It’s ok to think that this year’s Giants team is more like the Packers squad that rolled into Dallas last season and won the title. Just like Green Bay last season, the Giants head into the game as the popular pick thanks to an explosive offense and a dangerous defense. Rightfully so.
This group, throughout all of their struggles this year, has shown a knack for showing up in the big games this season. Eight days from today should be no different. The Giants have a chance to turn in their best showing of the season. They proved their versatility with the win in the San Fran slugfest, but will be more than happy to return to the ideal conditions in Lucas Oil. As I said earlier in the week, pick your poison Bill. You have to think they will take their chances and do what they have to do in putting pressure on Eli. He has proven that he will kill you if you sit back and let him have his choice of options.
As was said last week, we don’t see how the pass rush doesn’t show up for every game at this point. They did just that in San Francisco. If they can show up in this one then the Pats will be in big, big trouble. Here’s why: after two weeks of facing quarterbacks who are fleet of foot, the Giants get Brady, who doesn’t have that threat. This will allow them to break their rush lanes a little bit more because the threat of the run isn’t there.
The formula is simple in this one. Take away the aura of BB and this is a matchup that we should be looking forward to... The Giants just need to deliver 60 minutes!!!
I have taken a back seat to try and think through this season.
There are several key themes for me the first of which is the level of play in the NFL. I,for one,find it amusing that so many jump on a band wagon that that has clearly devolved over the years.
The level of play in the N.F.L.,the importance of injuries(or not),the politics of pro football,the fact that the "best" teams have all given up so many points and the inconsistency of every team each week has me troubled and frankly a little bored.
As many are now raving I would argue that this Giant team is similar to the one that beat the Patriots last time. I would also argue that this Patriots team is significantly less able than the one that was unbeaten.
Tom Brady had a big time slump this year and you don't know what you will get on a week to week basis. The surrounding cast save a few is significantly less talented.
The Giants have had an interesting season and I would be wrong to skip the "amazing year had by JPP,Eli,Cruz and the guy they plucked off the street to play MLB which he didn't do very well before but is this year's David Tyree.
I would argue that the key to the run that brought us to the top was Fewell finally abandoning the Tampa-Two on most plays and playing "press",pressure defense just like Spags did last time around. It has worked remarkably well. The Giants are playing to the talent they have and the talent says "pressure".
Someone rattled Fewells cage and he paid attention. The Jet game turned out to be the turning point this year as just a week earlier the Giants were miserable in a must win game.
So,here we are again and honestly,no one can pick this game with conviction. The one sure thing is that the Giants will get one of two final picks in every round of the draft and T.C. along with his crew of merry men will be here forever.