Are you already planning your Superbowl party? Figuring out what horse to back? Well, two weeks out, the bet here is on the New York Giants!
They say déjà vu doesn't exist but the 2007....excuse me 2011....Giants might disagree. Like their 2007 predecessors, this Giants team was bruised and battered throughout the regular season and nearly missed the playoffs. But, when their defensive linemen got healthy, the team took off"¦and they haven't looked back. Four wins later, they are getting ready to battle the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC Title Game that will look more like the Thrilla in Manila than a typical NFL passing showdown. For defensive enthusiasts, it should be the highlight of the season!
So, what makes the Giants capable of taking out both the 49ers and either the New England Patriots or the Baltimore Ravens. Two things: talented defensive line depth and quarterback accuracy. Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and Jason Pierre Paul are all healthy, which spells disaster for opposing offensive lines. When on the field together, those three are nearly unblockable in tandem and will run quarterbacks to the ground all day. You only have to look at tape from the Giants-Falcons wild card game to see the evidence (warning: it's graphic).
Eli Manning, the Giants oft-criticized, always loved quarterback, is the second reason they will win the Superbowl. Manning is channeling his inner playoff road warrior and evolving into an elite quarterback right before our eyes. He may not throw for 5,000 yards in the regular season but in pressure playoff situations, I am not sure there is anyone better. If he can deliver accurate throws-particularly to his favorite target Victor Cruz-while the Giants defensive line bulldozes his counterpart, they the Giants will win it all!
For another opinion see Why the New England Patriots Will Win the Super Bowl
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