NFC Super Bowl Scout's Take
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They're the underdog to be sure, but you can't dismiss the Giants' chances after watching them go into Dallas and Green Bay and do what they did. They're on such a nice run, and they're playing really good, solid football right now. That Packers game went into overtime, but New York didn't just eke out a win. They really dominated the game in many ways.
Something that probably got overlooked in the win at Green Bay was how much of a difference in the game it made for New York to hold the Packers receivers without much YAC (yards after the catch) yardage. Other than the
On offense for New York, you're going to see a lot of
The Giants passing game right now is just Manning to
Defensively, the Giants are hoping the Patriots keep it simple with two-receiver sets, but that's not likely. I expect New England to spread them out, and that's going to be tough for New York's defense to handle. The Giants have done a great job with their front eight, having a safety come down and help fill against the run. If you can get linebackers
For the Giants defense to work against the Patriots, they've got to get a legitimate pass rush with their four front guys. Most of the pressure we've seen the past few weeks from them has been from their down linemen, with support from their linebackers too. But against New England's passing game, getting rush from their front four is so important.