Super Bowl Preview: Part 2

In a matter of days, the Patriots and Giants will face each other in the Super Bowl. The word super implies that the Giants and Patriots are “of the highest degree, power, etc.” The point of this game is to determine which one is more super. Superer? Superest? My point being, I can’t tell you which team is the more super of the two. But I can give you three reasons for why the Giants may be more super and three reasons for why the Patriots may be more super. Fine, I’ll give you a prediction too.

Why the Giants are more super:

1. The defensive line is amazing

The Giants defensive line is so good, it’s almost offensive. Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Chris Canty, Dave Tollefson, and Mathias Kiwanuka led the Giants to 48 sacks in the regular season. Good enough to tie for the third most in the NFL. If the Giants want to win, they need to get pressure on Tom Brady. Obviously the Giants want to win, so it’ll be up to the defensive line to get it done.

2. The Patriots have a terrible pass defense

Imagine that you and ten of your friends started a professional football team. But also imagine that one of your friends is actually really good at football and is 6-foot-2 and 325 pounds. Now imagine that your team has to play defense against the New York Giants. That must be close to how anyone on the Patriots defense other than Vince Wilfork feels. I’m not saying that Phil Simms’ Super Bowl record of 10 consecutive completions is in jeopardy, but it is. I’ll admit, it is possible that Eli Manning could have a bad game. The camera that hovers over the field during the game could fall and give him a concussion. It could happen. But it isn’t likely.

Eli is ready for the Super Bowl. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

3. The running game isn’t terrible anymore

During the regular season, the Giants running game ranked last. They had the fewest rushing yards and the fewest yards per carry. But in the postseason, the Giants rushing yards per game jumped from 89.2 to 117.3 and their yards per carry went from 3.5 to 4.2. The Giants will need Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs to have success if they want to win.

Why the Patriots are more super:

1. Aarob Gronknandez is unstoppable

If you hadn’t guessed, Aarob Gronknandez is actually two players. Aarob is a strange name, so you shouldn’t have been surprised. If you Google “Aarob,” Google asks you if you meant Aaron. Which is what you really did mean, because Aaron Hernandez is half of Aarob Gronknandez. Aaron Hernandez is also the healthy and more dangerous half. Only because Rob Gronkowski will be playing with a high ankle sprain, and that makes him less dangerous. When he is healthy, the Giants have no one that can cover Gronkowski. When he is healthy, no team can cover Gronkowski. With 17 touchdowns and 1,327 receiving yards, Gronkowski broke receiving records for tight ends. Even with Gronkowski’s injury, the Giants will struggle to cover both tight ends. In the NFC Championship, the Giants had to face a different elite tight end, Vernon Davis. They were unable to stop him. Now they have to face two tight ends that are just as good, if not better.

2. Vince Wilfork is a big man

The Patriots defense is bad. Vince Wilfork is good. Wilfork will need to be super in order to carry this defense. But Wilfork is probably pretty good at carrying things. He weighs 325 pounds. I suppose anyone can be good at carrying things, but it may be difficult for Wilfork to carry a whole NFL defense. If anyone can do it, it would be Wilfork. Did I mention that he’s 325 pounds?

Eli is ready for the Super Bowl. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

3. Eli Manning could finally regress

Yes, Eli Manning is the quarterback for the Giants. Yes, Eli Manning could be the reason the Patriots win. It has only been a month and a half since the Giants lost at home to the Washington Redskins, the same Redskins that only won two games after week five. Eli Manning has been great in the playoffs and through most of the season, but he’s still only a year removed from throwing 25 interceptions. And if you could choose between Tom Brady and Eli Manning, everyone would pick Tom Brady. It’s Tom Brady! Look at that smile!

Let’s be honest. I can’t back down now. I predicted the Giants to win the Super Bowl at the beginning of the year, and I’ll see it all the way through.

My prediction: New York 31, New England 27

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