With the Super Bowl only a little more than 24 hours away, let’s take a look at some of the key match ups for Sunday’s game.

Patriots Offense vs. Giants Defense- This match up is going to be all about how the offensive line can hold up versus the likes of Umenyiora and Tuck. Everyone wants to talk about how bad the Patriots Defense is, but everyone seems to have forgotten that the Giants wasn’t far ahead in the rankings. If the O line can give Brady some time he should be able to throw against the Giants secondary. If Gronkowski ankle is fine, which it probably is, look for him to get the ball early. This should set up Welker and Branch for some passes. Also, look for Hernandez to line up all over the field as Belichick tries to catch the Giants off guard.

With the Giants weak secondary, I’m going with Ochocinco to have a breakout game. He’s been very focused during the week. Look for him to make a big statement after the unfortunate passing of his father a couple of weeks ago.

Advantage- Patriots

Giants Offense vs. Patriots Defense

Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham. This is the Giants offense. Ahmad Bradshaw is still somewhat of a threat, but Brandon Jacobs probably won’t be a factor  due to the fact that he likes to run up the middle. For the Giants to win they must have similar success as the Patriots Offense. Eli Manning has to be able to get it Cruz and Nicks. If the Patriots put a safety over the top, then look for Manningham to get the ball thrown to him. Look for McCourty to play safety over the top on Cruz, and Chung to play over Nicks. If the Patriots D can step up in the big situations like they have been and force field goals, the Giants are going to be in trouble. Look for Mark Anderson to get to Eli like San Francisco did.

Advantage- Giants by an inch

Outcome- This one could be close or a blow out in either direction. If the Patriots D from the past two weeks shows up then I have to give it to the Patriots. Like I said, score could be separated by one point or 20, I don’t really know. My gut says 31-24 Patriots.

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