Super Bowl Predictions 2012: New England Patriots Won't Stop Giants' WR Trio

Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIJanuary 25, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  (L-R) Mario Manningham #82, Hakeem Nicks #88 and Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants walk back ot the sideline in the fourth quarter after Manningham scored a 17-yard touchdown against the af during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick better start figuring out a good defensive scheme for the Super Bowl right now because if he doesn't, the New York Giants' wide receiver tandem is going to tear them up on championship Sunday.

With quarterback Eli Manning leading the way, the Giants have quite possibly the best three sum of wide receivers in the entire league. With Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham coming in as expected studs, surprise standout Victor Cruz has made this receiving corps ridiculously dangerous.

That isn't even mentioning tight end Jake Ballard, who had 604 receiving yards this season. He has been a little more quiet with just 11 yards per game thus far, but he can contribute at any time.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Ge
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

This season, Manning threw for 4,933 yards, which was over 900 yards better than his previous career best. If that isn't a sign that this offense is moving on all cylinders, I don't know what is.

Both Cruz and Nicks had over 1,000 receiving yards this season, while Manningham had just 523. He only played in 12 games, as he was sidelined with a knee injury on and off throughout the season.

While he hasn't been a consistent big-play threat, he is still able to make things happen at any time. During this postseason, he has had a touchdown reception in each of the Giants' three games, so it is clear that he is still a huge part of this offense even if his numbers on the ground are not huge.

The Patriots have a very weak pass defense, as they have been allowing 293.9 yards per game through the air. That is all good for this Giants offense, that heavily relies on these three receivers to make things happen on the offensive side of the ball.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants makes a catch against Dashon Goldson #38 of 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

Nicks has been the stud so far this postseason, putting up 335 yards and four touchdowns through three games. His contributions have definitely gone up due to the increased coverage on Cruz, but as teams have learned, this team can find an answer from anywhere.

Cruz has 244 yards through three games, but he has yet to score. 

All three guys have the elusiveness to get free, and they could certainly make big plays against this weak secondary that they will be facing.

The Patriots will have their hands full in just trying to slow down all three, if even two or one. The Giants just have too many options, and if any of them were to break free, the team has a chance to score at will.

While they did keep their opponent's score low on Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco was still able to throw for 306 yards.

Considering the way this Giants offense runs, one can only imagine that they would be able to put up numbers that are at least similar, if not better than that.

It will be up to guys like Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, Partrick Chung, James Ihedigobo and wide receiver-turned-cornerback Julian Edelman.

None of these guys have been that great for the Patriots secondary, as it shows through the numbers.

Perhaps a different defense will show up at this year's Super Bowl, but for now it looks as if the Giants receivers should be running all over the field next Sunday.