Once again we have John’s expert preview of the Superbowl this year, 2012. Although he doesn’t have much interest in this one (doesn’t care for either team), he’s on the ball with his commentary.
**Edited to add… I have nothing to do with the ads below. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know they were there until we looked at the post on Joe’s computer.
Without further adieu….
Super Bowl XLVI Preview
by John Vogel
This year, I must admit, we have a great match up. Super Bowl XLVI features the New England Patriots, best team in the AFC, facing the red hot New York Giants, supposedly the worst team in the NFC to enter the playoffs this season.
The Patriots (15-3) defeated Tim Tebow and this “Orange crush,” 45-10, and then the Baltimore Ravens, 23-20, in the AFC Championship. Tom Brady was one of the two quarterbacks to defeat Dan Marino’s 27 year old record for the most passing yards in a season as he tossed for 5235 yards and a 2nd career best 39 touchdowns. (His career best is an NFL record of 50 scores.) The Patriots have a reliable running back, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who in the past 3 years, has not fumbled in his NFL career. Wide receiver Wes Welker lead the NFL with an astonishing 122 catches. (The record is 143, held by Marvis Harrison, an ex-Indianapolis Colt.) Welker also had his 4th career 100 reception season (tying an NFL record held by Harrison.) Welker also took those catches and gained an AFC 2011 best 1569 yards. (The NFL record is 1848, held by ex-49er Jerry Rice.) As if that is not enough, the Patriots have 2nd year tight end Rob Gronkowski who caught 90 passes for 1327 yards, and an astonishing 17 touchdowns (4th best in NFL history, best for a tight end.) Super Bowl XXXIX MVP Deion Branch returns to the team after being a clutch receiver in Seatle. The defense though, is not impressive. It allowed 323 points this year, 10 more than last year. The net difference, although (thanks to the offense) is 193 points, which means the offense scored 513 points (all this does not include the playoffs.) Earlier this season, remember that the Giants did beat the Patriots 23-20.
As for the Giants, Eli Manning, brother of Peyton, has proved his boast correct: He is an elite NFL quarterback. Manning himself threw for 4933 yards and 29 touchdowns during the regular season, and found himself a new favorite target; second year free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz. Cruz made 82 catches for 1536 yards, an NFL 3rd best and a league high 18.7 yards per reception. Another fact is this guy wasn’t drafted. Hakeem Nicks racked up 1143 yards receiving this year as well, so this passing attack is talented. The running game flopped in the regular season, but running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs have renewed their attacks and combined for over 400 yards in the past three games. But the real strength of this team lies in the defense. Defencive linemen Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Unameria have been incredible. They have combined for 32 sacks, Jason on top with 18 of them and 80+ tackles. The linebackers were better than average, and the secondary intercepted a second NFC best 20 passes.
I expect Tom Brady to struggle through the first quarter, but get an idea of the defensive schemes, and attack all through the second half.
New England 20
New York 23
The MVP: Quarterback Eli Manning, 300+ yards
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