Can Eli be kryptonite Again?
In the interest of full disclosure we have to mention that we are a lifetime Giant fan and that the title of this piece was supposed to be “Is Eli kryptonite to Tom Brady?”, but that would be stealing something we read somewhere else.
Sometimes certain teams just can’t beat other teams. The Giants can’t beat the Eagles for instance, the Redskins have the Eagles number and Skins can’t beat the Giants. Tom Coughlin is 5-1 lifetime against Bill Belichick including of course the 2 Super Bowl wins. Every 4 years the Giants liked to beat the Pats in the Regular season then beat them in the Big Game. They have won 3 straight including winning in Foxboro 4 years ago. The last and only time that Belichick has beaten Coughlin was when the Pats were 15-0 in the last game of the regular season in 2007, but even in that game the Giants had late game lead and it took a bomb to Randy Moss to pull that out.
When I said to a friend of mine before the Super Bowl that year, that they have to hit Brady, he said “No they have to sack him”. They did sack him and they won the game as 14 point dog. Osi Umenyiora said to Michael Strahan before the same game that we have to get to Brady and Strahan replied “tell me something that I don’t know”. Osi replied with “No Michael, if we can’t get to Brady we are gonna lose this game.
Which brings us to the next point; the Giants pass rush is terrible this year. They have only 9 sacks, but we love the way their 7 and a half fingered player responded to the criticism of their defense and the 52 pts that they gave up to New Orleans two weeks ago. He replied, “I wasn’t playing that day”. If JPP can get double teamed by the Pats patch work offensive line, then that will help the other pass rushers get the job done. The Patriots are missing four offensive line starters and had to use a TE at tackle a few weeks ago.
The thing about sacks is that teams can run the ball when they are ahead, and usually must pass when they are down. The Giants need to get off to fast start, and this is something that they do very well. Remember the Eagle game in which they dominated the game for the first 10 minutes then fell apart. That game was a little different although it was big game. The Giants were a 2.5-point dog at America’s Bookie, this time they are a 7 point dog. Eli and the Giants always cover when they are not supposed to, remember going into Buffalo a few week ago as 5.5 point dog and they dominated the game, and you could even bring up the opening Dallas game that they dominated till the end. They also total out played Green Bay on Sunday Night Football a few years ago, in a similar spot. As a big favorite they get lazy, case in point was the Niner game a few weeks ago.
It’s not very professional but some teams and players play better as Dogs, the Giants are that way. They Patriots are the opposite. They are bullies and like to run up the score. Only 15% of the public is taking the Giants and the 7 points, we are one of those people. Be on the side of good and bet the home dog tomorrow, don’t be on the foolish dark side.
America’s Bookie will have to pay me well tomorrow when the Giants cover. We also hooked the game up with the Bills money line Thursday, but that’s something else. Take the Giants +7 and maybe take a flyer on the moneyline as well +290. Final score Giants 31 Patriots 27. Enjoy the game guys.
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