Giants vs. Patriots: Tom Brady Needs to Get the Ball to His Playmakers

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIFebruary 4, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 01:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots answers questions from the press during a media availability session for Super Bowl XLVI at the University Place Conference Center & Hotel on February 1, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Come Super Bowl Sunday, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offense is going to be under attack by the New York Giants' suffocating defensive line.

Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora will be coming and they'll be coming hard right for Brady's hit—and New England's offensive line needs to be at its finest in order to walk away with their fourth Vince Lombardi Trophy in 10 seasons. 

To go along with protecting Brady to the best of the offensive line's ability, another thing that Brady could do that will significantly help himself is by getting the ball out of his hands as soon as possible. 

Brady is at his best when he spreads the ball. Brady's best receiver is the open receiver; not Wes Welker, not Rob Gronkowski, not Aaron Hernandez. Brady's best receiver is the open receiver.

Luckily for Brady, the open receiver is going to be a playmaker—as all of his receivers have the ability to make a play. 

Welker, Gronkowski and Hernandez will not be covered like a blanket every single play. Chances are at least one of them will be open and it's going to be Brady's job to find the open receiver. 

New York is definitely going to be coming hard, but I'm doubtful if they'll actually blitz early on considering how dominant their pass rush has been all season long. So at the start of the game, Brady and New England's offense needs to score early and often. They cannot let New York diagnose what their game plan is early on—Brady needs to get his guys going. He needs to get the ball to his playmakers.

I cannot say this often times but Brady is at his best when he throws the ball to the open receiver. New England cannot afford any mistakes from Brady's arm—he needs to be perfect and by doing so, he needs to get the ball to his playmakers. 


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