Some of you may have heard, but there's a big football game going on tomorrow night in Indiana. The New England Patriots and New York Giants will square off in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII. I'll be pulling for the Pats, and here are three reasons why I think they will win it all.
Bill Belichick/Tom Brady
Belichick proved once again why he's a superb head coach in 2011 by adapting his game plan to the changing league around him; ditching his emphasis on defense and focusing that energy on creating one of the most devastating air attacks since Desert Storm. He may not have a soul or a sense of style, but there's no denying that he's one of the smartest football coaches around. As for his golden boy quarterback (who wasn't at his best against Baltimore) the dude is a two-time Super Bowl MVP and should be in top form tomorrow night. No one is more reliable than Brady when the lights shine the brightest, and I expect him to notch his usual 300+ yards and two or three touchdowns even if the most dangerous weapon at his disposal, the incomparable Rob Gronkowski, isn't 100 percent healthy. The defending NFL MVP won't be intimidated by the hostile crowd (almost entirely Colts and Giants fans) and will rise to the occasion as he always does, unless he forgets his cleats at home and has to play the game in man-uggs.
The Giants aren't this good
They were 9-7, people, and they got this far because they caught all the breaks and got hot at the right time. The two week layoff should have cooled off some of their momentum (if you believe in such things), and I feel like Peyton Manning's little brother has really overachieved this season. I expect he and his team to come crashing back to Earth a little bit. Granted, the Patriots didn't beat a team over .500 last season so they haven't been challenged much, but throughout the year they were among the elite NFL teams and found themselves on everyone's short list of likely Super Bowl contenders. I don't think you could say the same things about New York, who have the look of a team that's in over its head (smilar to this year's Denver Broncos team, but replace Tim Tebow with a top QB). Giants fans could be due for a reality check.
Eli Manning and his boys murdered New England's perfect season four years ago, and they've been talking a lot of smack over the past two weeks. They're a cocky bunch due for a big slice of humble pie. The time has come for the Pats to get their revenge.
Predicted score; New England 24, New York 17