Super Bowl 2012 Odds: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN, will be the site for one of the most anticipated rematches in Super Bowl history, as the New York Giants [+3] try to go 2-0 on the Super Bowl 2012 odds favorites New England Patriots [-3]. It’s almost hard to believe that as well as the Giants have been playing, they’re still listed as the underdogs in this matchup.
The last time these teams met dates back to Super Bowl XLII, when the Patriots were also listed as the favorites over the Giants. With constant pressure on Tom Brady, the Giants defense was able to disrupt New England’s high-powered offense, holding them to 14 points in the game. The OVER/UNDER for this one is set at a combined total of 54 points.
Despite the fact that the Giants defense isn’t what it once was, and although statistically this team wasn’t all that great defensively, New York possesses one compelling element. The combination of Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora and Chris Canty is as good as anyone when it comes to applying pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
As we’ve seen throughout his career, especially against the Baltimore Ravens pass-rush, if there is a weakness to Tom Brady it is his inability to be as efficient under pressure. Without a doubt, this will be Tom Coughlin’s game plan against a guy that is trying to join Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks in history to win four Super Bowl rings. You can bet that Coughlin will have his guys believing that there’s no way the Patriots offensive line can keep them from getting to Brady.
“Everybody wants to talk about how rough he is, how unforgiving he is, how the reins are pulled back pretty tight, but playing for him is golden for me,” said Justin Tuck of the Giants, referring to his head coach. “You know exactly what to expect.”
From the Patriots perspective, there’s something to smile about. All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski was finally seen on the field, with his teammates at practice today. This was the first time in almost two weeks that “The Gronk” was seen taking snaps, as the Patriots staff races against time.
According to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Gronkowski wasn’t 100 percent but was able to participate on a limited basis.
“He did some things. He didn’t do everything,” said Belichick. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow. I think that will be the big key — how he responds to this today.”
His playing status for the Super Bowl is going to come down to how well his ankle responds tomorrow morning. Gronkowski has expressed his desire to play in this game, but with these types of injuries it will be hard to imagine that he could have a huge impact on this game.
“It was good. It was fine,” Belichick added. “We’ll see where he is tomorrow — whether that set him back, whether it didn’t and whether he’s able to continue to progress on a daily basis. But it was a good test for him, too, at least. At least he was out here and did some things to see how it feels. We’ll see how it goes.”
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