Giants vs. Patriots: 4 Worst Starters of Super Bowl XLVI

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 29, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 1:   Sterling Moore #29 of the New England Patriots celebrates his touchdown, which followed his interception, against the Buffalo Bills in the second half at Gillette Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants and the New England Patriots may be in the Super Bowl—but that does not mean that they're perfect. 

They may be the best of the best right now, but they certainly have their flaws. 

With that being said, let's take a look at the four worst starters of Super Bowl XLVI. 

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22:  Torrey Smith #82 of the Baltimore Ravens breaks a tackle by  Sterling Moore #29 of the New England Patriots to score a touchdown in the third quarter during their AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in
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Sterling Moore, DB New England Patriots

Sterling Moore may have been the hero in the AFC Championship as he knocked the ball out of Lee Evans' hands at the last second, but don't let that fool you—he simply isn't that great. Perhaps he got lucky and was in the right place at the right time.

Moore is one of New England's weakest links to their 31st-ranked defense in the NFL

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 22:  Kareem McKenzie #67 of the New York Giants in action during their pre season game on August 22, 2011 at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Kareem McKenzie, RT New York Giants

The two biggest flaws in the New York Giants offensive attack is their run game and their pass protection—and some of that blame falls on Kareem McKenzie, New York's starting right tackle. 

McKenzie has started in all 16 games this season for the Giants but has allowed a whopping 6.5 sacks. 


FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos makes a reception against Kyle Arrington #24 of the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Ph
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Kyle Arrington, CB New England Patriots

Kyle Arrington may lead the Patriots in interceptions, as he's recorded seven this season—but let's put this into perspective. 

Arrington either is able to get an interception or he is beat badly. 

For a cornerback to record a whopping 88 tackles, that simply means that quarterbacks are always throwing his way because the man that he is covering is always open. 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  David Diehl #66 of the New York Giants celebrates on 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 Francisc
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David Diehl, LT New York Giants

One of New York's biggest flaws on their offense is their pass protection, as Eli Manning had been beaten up all season long. He was sacked a total of 28 times. 

A team's starting left tackle should be the team's best pass protector as he's protecting the quarterback's blindside—that's not the case for the Giants.

The team's starting left tackle David Diehl has allowed 6.5 sacks this season and could be a problem heading into Super Bowl XLVI against New England's pass-rush. 


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