Super Bowl Predictions 2012: Updated Odds on Giants vs. Patriots

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IJanuary 23, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 06:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants calls out the play in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots on November 6, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 24-20.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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There's no question that the 2012 NFL playoffs have been something to remember, and Las Vegas sports books are extremely excited to see a rematch between the New England Patriots and New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5.

Cantor Gaming established the Patriots as three-point neutral-site favorites and the total opened at 53, but early action has clearly landed on the "over," with the number currently sitting at 54.5.

The national sports media's main storyline over the next two weeks will be centered around Patriots quarterback Tom Brady playing with double revenge against the NFC champions, while professional sports handicappers will be quick to point out the Giants' road to Lucas Oil Stadium.

Giants signal-caller Eli Manning had to go through the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers, while Brady faced the overachieving Denver Broncos and escaped with a win over the Baltimore Ravens.

I've established the Patriots as one-point favorites, clearly placing me on the underdog Giants.

New York tallied a surprising 24-20 win over New England as nine-point road underdogs on Nov. 6, but lost the statistical battle by 77 yards.

A lot of emphasis in handicapping this affair will be focused on the result of Super Bowl XLII, as the Giants walked away with a 17-14 win as 12.5-point underdogs inside University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Giants outgained the Patriots by 64 yards in that game, but will be missing David Tyree's super-glued helmet.

I'm taking the New York Football Giants anyways.

Pick: New York Giants (+3.5)

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