I’m not going to go into any detailed analysis here–we’ve all seen, read, and heard enough about how these two teams match up in the last two weeks, and nothing I would say here would be any different than what most other people are saying.
However, just to get my two cents in, I think the Giants have a puncher’s chance to win this game. Simply put, here are my keys to a Giant victory:
- Don’t turn the ball over and create turnovers. Easier said than done, but if you make the Pats earn their possessions–either by stopping you or (better yet) getting the ball back after you score, you are giving yourself a chance. Giving them the ball in an easy scoring position will kill you.
- Play-action passes early. I’d love to see Eli Manning hit Plaxico Burress deep off of a play-action pass during their first possession.
- Run the ball up the middle. The Pat linebackers (Junior Seau, Ted Bruschi, Mike Vrabel) are older guys, and they may not be able to handle the physical punishment for 60 minutes if they’re getting run into by the Giant o-line and Brandon Jacobs.
- Make Tom Brady scramble. Whether he has a bum ankle or not, Brady will not make you forget Fran Tarkenton. He’s lethal if he can step up into the pocket, but you may be able to force him into a bad throw if you make him run outside the hash marks.
I think the Giants will keep it close–I’m looking at a 31-21 Pats victory, with a late score by New England. Of course, I would love to be wrong, and I’m going to root as hard as I’ve ever had for Big Blue.