Monday: Defensive Line/Linebackers Advantage: Giants
Wednesday: Special Teams Advantage: Patriots
Wednesday: Defensive Backs Advantage: Push
Thursday: Running Backs/ Offensive Line RB Advantage: Giants; O-Line Advantage: Patriots
Today: Quarterbacks Advantage:Patriots
Today: Wide Receivers/Tight Ends WR Advantage: Giants; TE Advantage: Patriots, Overall TE/WR Advantage: Patriots
Sunday: Game Predictions
First, we will look at the New York Giants. The Giants come in sporting the best wide receiver tandem in the league with Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham. They are also bolstered by rookie tight end Jake Ballard. Nicks and Cruz stand out as Manning’s go to targets. Cruz set the franchise record for receiving yards this season 1,536. He is certainly a big play receiver who can break one lose at any time. Nicks is a physical 6’1’’ 208 lbs receiver who has a pair of the largest hands on the east coast. These two are going to give the Patriots secondary fits. If the Patriots spend too much time focused on Cruz and Nicks, Manningham could break lose for a big game. Ballard is also capable of contributing on the offensive side as he reeled in 38 balls for 604 yards and 4 touchdowns. Eli Manning has some weapons here.
When it comes down to it, you need to pick your poison. Gronk is not healthy and the Giants receivers are healthy. However, Gronk will play and he could have an impact on the game. Regardless of whether he is going to be as agile as he normally is, the Giants defense must prepare for him and that will open up Welker and Hernandez. The tight ends of the Patriots are incredibly versatile and Belichick constantly changes looks. That, combined with their skill set, I give the edge to the Patriots.
Wide Receiver Advantage: Giants
Tight End Advantage: Patriots
Overall TE/WR Advantage: Patriots
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