Super Bowl 46 is a extremely interesting rematch of Super Bowl 42 between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. Although both teams are very different than they were four years ago, the cornerstones of each team remain intact. For the Patriots, Tom Brady continues to play at an Elite level while his coach Bill Belichick is more than capable of drawing up an excellent game-plan. For the Giants, their defensive line is just as potent as it was in Super Bowl 42 while Eli Manning has actually become a significantly better quarterback than he was in the first matchup.
Both offensives units are strong for very different reasons. The Giants stretch the field with three extremely capable receivers in Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, and Mario Manningham. Throw in an improved running game and Manning has all the weapons he needs to orchestrate a solid Super Bowl performance. Unlike the 2007 season the Patriots do not stretch the field vertically but rather attack you over the middle with TE’s Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez and WR Wes Welker. Brady is very efficient but if the injury to Gronkowski allows the defense to play single coverage on him the Patriot’s offense will be handicapped.
The key to this game is the New York Giants pass-rush. If they can put pressure on Tom Brady, thereby limiting New England’s time of possession, Manning and the Giants offense will be able to keep the game close. Ultimately I expect the Giants to win this game 31-27.