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Bet Super Bowl Online – Taking A Look At The Offenses For Super Bowl XLVI

Posted by Stan Simmons on 2/1/2012 5:21:38 PM
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Online betting players have been treated to one of the best offensive seasons in the history of the league, but only two will take the field in Indianapolis on Sunday. Here is a look at how the offenses of the New England Patriots and New York Giants line up.

Quarterbacks

Chances are, you’ll have Tom Brady over Eli Manning in your all-time pantheon of quarterbacks, but Manning has a huge chance to cut into Brady’s “lead” and he could step out of brother Peyton’s shadow (well, not totally) with another Super Bowl win. You could argue that Manning has played better than Brady in the postseason as he has been solid in wins over Atlanta, Green Bay and San Francisco, outplaying Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith. Brady was very good against Denver, but regressed against Baltimore, and he had the luxury of playing both of his games at home, while Manning was on the road for his last two games.

Quarterback play is usually a major factor in deciding a Super Bowl winner, although they’ll need help from the rest of the offense. This is much closer than anyone would have expected, and the slight edge probably goes to Brady….but you can make a very good argument for Manning, who could win the Super Bowl at the house that his brother built.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

The Giants obviously have the edge at receiver with Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham, who would probably be the No.1 receiver in New England. The Patriots trot out Wes Welker and Deion Branch, but those two are perfect for the New England system, but regardless, they don’t need to be the stars of the system as tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez present matchup problems all over the field. The Patriots have even taken to lining up Hernandez at running back to make up for their backfield issues, but he is also a massive threat in the passing game and may be even more important as Gronkowski’s high-ankle sprain will be a talking point this week.

The Giants aren’t slouches at tight end as well with Jake Ballard, but he is battling an ailing knee and could be used more as a decoy. This is a draw as both teams have the personnel for what they like to do, so there is really no right answer as to who has the edge. The Giants like big plays, while the Patriots like to check-down your defense to death. It’ll be on the opposing defenses to find ways to control them.

Running Backs

Based on potential, most NFL betting players would believe that the Giants have the edge and with Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs in the backfield, they should have a big advantage. However, the duo hasn’t performed that well all season and while they have come through at points over the last six weeks, they were shut down in San Francisco (to be fair, the 49ers had the No.1 run defense in the league) and it caused Manning to throw 58 times, taking a number of big hits in the process. The Patriots have a committee coming out of the backfield, led by BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but you could also get Stevan Ridley, Danny Woodhead and even Hernandez running the ball. Both teams really only run the ball to get the play-action game going.

If we had to wager on a 100-yard rusher for this game, it would probably be either of the Giants’ running backs, but the Patriots just aim to move the chains and don’t depend on it like New York does. The slight edge goes to the Giants because of what they can be, but the advantage isn’t as great as it should be.

Offensive Line

The Giants’ offensive line struggled badly against the 49ers, and they’ll need to be much better in the Super Bowl to open up holes for the running game, which is something that they didn’t really do all season. The Patriots’ passing game is predicated on quick passes and timing, but they’ll have their hands full against the fierce New York front four, which has taken over games over the last six weeks. You can try to focus on New York end Jason Pierre-Paul, but what about the rest of the line? The Patriots got a huge season from end Mark Anderson, who had his first double-digit sack season since his rookie year in Chicago in 2006, and they’ll need him to have a huge game to pressure Manning.

Again, this is a close matchup to watch, and the Giants may use Ballard more in blocking schemes since he is playing hurt, so we’re going to give the edge to the Patriots, and this could be the difference in how you make your sports betting picks.

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