Bears Gab Editor Russ Loede’s Super Bowl XLII Prediction

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Super Bowl XXV Remix anyone?  I see lots of similiarities between this Super Bowl and that of SB XXV (except no Scott Norwood rewind – Part II the Sequel), so it’s fair to make the comparison.  I feel this showdown in Glendale, Arizona is destined to be a classic.  The “mighty” undefeated New England Patriots led by the best coach, quarterback, and wide receiver in the league squaring off against some “cinderella” road warriors that have been through so much adversity, rising up to the ocassion and challenge by responding to pull out three road postseason victories en route to the Super Bowl – your team on a “mission” to prove all the critics wrong, the New York Giants.  There is no doubt in my mind this will be a close contest for 60 competitve minutes, an ultimate battle that will come down to who plays better in the 2nd half (mainly, the 3rd quarter), who is more efficient in the red zone (difference between getting 7 and 3 is tremendous), and who controls the clock (Pats will win everytime in a shootout, NY has the edge in the run department) and has the football more.  Like I said in my five keys for the Giants to win, the time of possession factor is huge and will be a big issue Sunday.  Look for the Giants to run the ball at will against NE and for Plaxico Burress to reach double digits in catches.  Expect Bradshaw/Jacobs to team together to form a dynamic 1-2 punch that will eclipse 200 rush yards.

Can NE’s defense keep up with NY’s Weapons?  Another thing I consider is that coach Coughlin’s squad will be able to score plenty against Belichick’s 3-4 defensive unit.  NE’s cornerbacks are undersized, their LB’s are not that quick in pursuit of the ballcarrier, with the exception of Adalius Thomas, and NY offers two game-changing backs in Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs.  I like the chances NY has on defense against NE’s OL with the three sack artist DE set on the DL with Tuck, Strahan, and Osi Umeniyora.   At times this trio can be unstoppable and will be too much for NE to handle.  NY has an improving secondary with Ross and Madison getting healthier and I think they found a good lockdown CB in the former LSU Bayou Bengal Corey Webster.  NY’s eyes and attention have to be fully focused on #81 Randy Moss and I think they have the CB’s that have the speed to keep up with his wheels and the toughness to play physical and use bump and run coverage.  Just let Wes Welker go for 8-9 receptions, not Moss.  NY needs to do what NE did to STL back in Super Bowl XXXVI, they have to jam and get in the faces of Moss, Welker, Stallworth, and Watson.  I really believe the Giants have enough to stop NE when they have the pigskin.

Another Comeback Victory for the Giants?  The Wild Card NY “football” Giants will triumph over the undefeated NE Patriots and complete one of the biggest sports upsets of all-time.  NY will win the battle in the trenches on both sides of the ball (line of scrimmage), they will outplay the Pats thanks to a solid defensive performance (Pierce will be a difference maker) and a balanced offensive attack lead by a potent rushing game that will be clicking on all cylinders, and they will make NE play it close, something they are not so used to and work them on defense, eating up the clock and holding on to the football.  The Giants have more than enough to play better than NE and be the best team Sunday, coming out on top victorious in the Super Bowl!  A culmination of many things will have to come into play in order for this upset to happen and I like the Giants opportunity to shock the world, though not themselves.  I have the Giants Super Bowl Champions by the final outcome of:  31-26 G-Men. Marshall’s own, the 7th round draftee Ahmad Bradshaw, will be named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLII.  The Formula of Bradshaw + Jacobs + Burress + 3 Pass Rushing DE’s + Strong Secondary = A Result and All-Around Effort that the Big Apple will be happy with as they see their Giants hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy! 

2008 Super Bowl Champions:  New York Giants         


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