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2012 Super Bowl Predictions

by Scott Burgess on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

The Giants are preparing to face the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, Sunday Feb 5th, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. They met four years ago in the 2007 Super Bowl with the Giants winning 17-14. NFL oddsmakers have the Patriots as -3 point favorites to win the 2012 Super Bowl over the Giants with the over/under set at 55 points. Be sure to make your New York Giants vs New England Patriots 2012 Super Bowl Predictions early.

The Giants defense has to get in the face of Patriots QB Tom Brady or it’s over. Brady was 28 for 49 for 342 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in their November loss. He was sacked twice. It got so bad for Brady that he reacted to phantom pressure, RE Jason Pierre-Paul responded, “Yeah, he was. Yeah, he was reacting to pressure that didn’t exist and he was just throwing the ball places that there wasn’t a receiver there. So imagine us just getting there even faster and we’re actually doing our jobs and getting there and getting hits on him.” With the Patriots’ explosive offense and the Giants’ questionable D, it doesn’t take a gridiron genius to figure out that one key to the game for the Giants will be keeping the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands with a ground game that sets the physical tempo and tone by converting on third down, devouring the clock and scoring TDs instead of field goals once inside the red zone.

The Giants will try to maintain a balanced approach and try to run as effectively as they can. When it comes right down to it, though, the Giants have to get big plays in the passing game from Eli Manning and that terrific group of wide receivers.

The Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be consulting with the medical staff about his ankle, but he says he knows his body best, he knows how it feels, so he’ll take the lead on deciding whether he’s ready or not. “You listen to the trainer’s advice, but it is how I feel,” he said. “It’s my body. I know how I feel the best. I know how I move the best, feel the best.” Gronkowski is so big and so tough to cover that he often is bracketed with a person dedicated to covering him underneath and another trying to prevent him from going deep. If Gronk can’t be Gronk, Wes Welker knows more will fall upon him.

Even if not 100 percent their offense has many other weapons to pick from. Tom Brady and the Patriots have been leaning heavily on Welker for five years. He has caught 554 passes for 6,105 yards in those five seasons and has allowed the Patriots’ offense to reach the extremes of success. The combination of Welker’s inside game from the slot to match up with Randy Moss’ deep speed gave Brady the edge in a perfect 2007 season until the Patriots lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl. With Welker their offense has become more complicated for defenses

Recent Trends to Consider:
Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in New England.
Giants are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Underdog is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
Giants are 7-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Giants are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.
Giants are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Giants are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 playoff games as an underdog.
Giants are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 playoff games.
Patriots are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 playoff games as a favorite.
Patriots are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 playoff games.

2012 Super Bowl: New York Giants vs New England Patriots
When: Sunday, Feb 5th, 2011 6:30 PM EST
Pick: Patriots -3

Point-Spreads recommends you make your 2012 Super Bowl Predictions before the 2012 Super Bowl game kicks-off.

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