A Totally Biased Mail-Bag: The New England Patriots will win the Superbowl if they ________

In what could be deemed our first true mail bag, Travis takes to Social Media to try and decipher the Superbowl with a little help from his friends (mostly enemies)!

In my second article profiling the upcoming Superbowl, I decided that I would trust some of my football loving friends to help me out a bit. Below, you will find the sentence above, except the blank space is promptly filled in with some vital information. Although not certain, the items listed below are things that will almost undoubtedly give Tom Brady his 4th Superbowl ring.

A big thank you to everyone who responded, and I hope you enjoy seeing your name in lights. And by lights, I mean on a small time website with no true following. Hey, we’re trying people!

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Name: Benny Nadeau, Team: Green Bay Packers, Current Location: Well, Limburg

The New England Patriots will win the Superbowl if they… protect Tom Brady.

Trav: I definitely agree with this one Benny. In the previous Superbowl, Brady had been sacked nine times all season, and the G-Men got to him five times in that contest. This year, it’s a lot different. The Pats have been exposed for an incredible 32 sacks, which is very un-Patriot like. However, this might not affect the game as much as everyone thinks. In the three games that the Patriots have lost this season, they allowed no sacks to the Bills, three to the Steelers, and two to the Giants. Even in the nail-biter of an AFC title game, the Ravens only got to Brady one time.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not disagreeing here, I’m just saying, with this group of Pats, they can still lose, even if Brady hits the ground only once or twice.

Shamus Foley, Patriots, Portland, ME

The New England Patriots will win the Superbowl if they… find the tight ends.

Trav: This one is pretty simple to decipher. Against the Ravens, Brady had 12 completions, for 153 yards, and no TD’s to Gronknandez/Hernankowski [still trying to decide which one I like more]. As we saw, they barely won the game. Against the Broncos however, they connected 14 times, for 200 yards and four scores. Against the G-Men in week 9, Hernankowski [Ding ding ding we have a winner!], had 12 receptions for 136 yards and 2 TD’s.

It’s inevitable that these two are going to get the ball, especially since the Giants don’t have any really large corners. The trouble will come with keeping them out of the endzone. If Hernankowski can make it rain/spike the ball, once or twice, it could slip from the Giants fingers.

If Brady finds himself on the ground, like in SBXLII, it could be a long day for the Pats

Lance Bell, Packers, South Portland, ME

The New England Patriots will win the Superbowl if they… control the Giants pass rush.

Trav: Ahhh, unlike Benny, Uncle Lance goes with the ever powerful “control” the pass rush. Totally, 100 percent agree with this. Although the Giants might not need the sack numbers, they will definitely need the pressure. Against the Niners, the Giants only had 3 sacks, and 6 QB hits, but flushed Alex Smith out of the pocket multiple times. Brady can move around, but not nearly as quickly as Smith. If the Giants rattle Manning, it changed the game. If Brady has enough time to check out Giselle’s latest fashion shoot while he dances [horribly] in the pocket, the Patriots will claim another victim.

Marco Schooley, Patriots, Middletown, CT

The New England Patriots will win the Superbowl if they don’t allow the New York receivers to make big plays.

Trav: If the Giants strike quickly, it could deflate any buzz the Pats have, and would do so rather quickly. Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks have been stretching the field to incredible proportions the last few weeks, and it will be tough for the Patriots far below average secondary to slow them down. Although, it might not mean certain death. Nicks had a 68 yarder against Washington, a Giants loss, and Cruz nabbed a 68 yard bomb against Seattle, another loss.

Of course, Cruz also had a 99 yarder against the Jets, which was the play that sparked an otherwise putrid offense, and then he came back with a 74 yarder in the regular season finale against the Cowboys. But I agree Marco, the Pats need to limit big plays. You know what they all say, with every play an offense runs, there only about one thing that can go right, and about ten that could go wrong. More plays, more opportunities for a defense.

Jordan Rogers, Patriots, Portland, ME

The New England Patriots will win the Superbowl if they run the ball well.

Trav: Ahhhh. The wildcard that people are failing to bring up. The G-Men rank 19th in the NFL against the run, allowing opposing offenses to net about  121 yards per game on the ground. However, the Patriots are 20th in rushing, gaining only 110 yards per game on the ground. While these numbers appear to suggest that the running matchup might be a wash, I like to think it will actually matter a good amount, and set the tone for the entire game. These are two of the many ways it could play out.

Giants Play The Pass: This is what the Ravens did. They essentially played the LB’s deeper, with a CB and safety on a TE, and tried to make Brady beat them. Unfortunately, Brady sucked, and they still lost. Why? Because Green-Ellis averaged 4.5 yards per rush. If the Giants allow the run game to get going, they’re toast.

Giants Play The Pass, But Stop The Run: This is what I like to call, Plan X. Why? Because it sounds cool, alright? If the Giants drop the LB’s underneath, in an effort to stop the TE’s, they would need the front four to stop the run. If you clog holes, and force some 2nd and 10’s, or 3rd and 8’s, the defense can pin their ears back and get after Brady. I expect them to play two LB’s a bit deeper, with Chase Blackburn playing a bit closer, and forcing him to react quickly. If the Pats can’t run, and the Giants don’t fear the play action, the Pats are toast.

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Thanks to everyone who answered, and for those of you who are not represented, I got a plethora of the same answer, which can be expected, since at this point, everyone knows both of these teams so well.

Make sure you check back tomorrow, for the New York Giants edition!

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