Super Bowl 2012 Picks
February 3, 2012 by staff
Super Bowl 2012 Picks, Aaron Rodgers didn’t make the Super Bowl. Drew Brees didn’t make it. Ray Lewis, Patrick Willis, Arian Foster and Tim Tebow didn’t make it. But guess who did? You. This is it, the last game, the last bet of the year, the last time to talk football in the office and second-guess bad calls and poor officiating.
So go get a bunch of chicken wings and a football-shaped cake, settle in and enjoy the last NFL game for a long time. This isn’t their Super Bowl. It’s our Super Bowl.
To determine a pick for the biggest game of the year, I consulted a bevy of sources. Responses were split, understandably, in a game Vegas expects to be tight. Before we get any further, remember that I’ve been on fire in these NFL Playoffs, going 7-3 to this point. (Sorry, had to dap myself). Proceed with caution, but bet with confidence.
New York Giants vs. New England Patriots (-2.5): It’s been almost two weeks of incessant Super Bowl hype, so I will spare the details of this Super Bowl rematch four years ago. The stars from both teams remain, Eli Manning and Tom Brady, as do the coaches, Tom Coughlin and Bill Belichick. Beyond that, drawing many similarities to the first game is a stretch.
The differences far outweigh similarities in this one, regardless of what regurgitated radio hosts may be telling you. Yes, the Giants come into the game with a poor regular season record and on a hot streak, but this Giants team won the NFC East and hosted a playoff game.
More importantly, though, is how the Patriots come into this game. Four years ago, the Patriots were villians, bullies who posted preposterous offensive numbers and had a opportunistic defense capable of making big plays. Tom Brady went deep relentlessly to Randy Moss, the two combining for one of the most dominant offensive seasons in NFL history.
This Patriots team has little, if any, vertical presence. Brady will beat you in chunks of yardage, hitting Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez in stride on underneath routes. Hernandez, Gronkowski and Welker then have the opportunity to gain yards after the catch, but the passes are fast and pinpoint accurate.
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