Super Bowl 2012 Odds: New York Giants Will Cover the Spread

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants walks off of the field after the Giants won 20-17 in overtime against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots will win this year’s Super Bowl, but the New York Giants will be close enough at the end of the game to cover the spread for all the degenerate gamblers out there.

You know who you are.

With the line currently sitting at -3 for the Patriots (courtesy, a one-point win for New England would leave New York players and fans upset. But those who took the points would be very happy.

That’s what will happen.

These two teams will be involved in a war in two Sundays and there will be no mercy from either side. This game is a continuation of the feud that started in 2008 when the Giants beat then-undefeated New England in one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.

While Tom Brady thinks about what he can do to win the game, his recent playoff struggles can be attributed to the pressure that defensive lines continue to get on him. New York is one of the best in the NFL at getting people in the face of a quarterback like Brady, and that’s why it won its previous matchup this season as well.

It’s true that the Patriots aren’t the same team when they played Giants in Week 9, but the personnel are the same. New York walked away from that game with a 24-20 victory thanks to the solid play of the offense and the stellar play of its defensive line.

As if Brady’s poor performance against the Baltimore Ravens wasn’t enough to convince you that this game will be closer than it appears, take into consideration the ridiculous numbers the defensive line put up against a better 49ers offensive line. The team sacked QB Alex Smith four times, tackled runners for losses five times, deflected five passes, and ended up hitting the 49ers field general a total of six times.

If New York can sustain that kind of pressure against the Patriots, it will not only put itself in a perfect position to cover the spread, but the Giants could win the Super Bowl outright.

As if you didn’t already know that.

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