25* Giants/Pats Super Bowl ANNIHILATOR on New England -2.5
NY Giants vs. New England,
02/05/2012 18:30 EDT,
Score: 21 - 17
Point Spread: -2½/-115 New England
The New England Patriots are out for revenge in the Super Bowl. Certainly, both teams want this one as much as humanly possible. However, it's the Patriots that come into this contest with more to prove.
The Giants have beaten them the past two times they've faced one another. In both occasions, New York was able to march down the field for the game-winning touchdown with only seconds remaining. They won't be so fortunate this time around as the Patriots dominate from start to finish.
I look for New England to play at a fast pace and use the no-huddle to their advantage. This will help slow down New York's pass rush as they won't be able to make mass substitutions, which won't allow their defensive linemen to stay fresh all game. There's no question that head coach Bill Belichick will have the better game plan coming into this one, and I trust Tom Brady and company to execute it.
New England has stepped up their defense in the playoffs. The Patriots have only allowed an average of 15.0 points/game in back-to-back victories over the Broncos and Ravens. While this defense has been giving up a lot of yardage this season, they only allow 20.7 points/game. Compare that to the Giants, who give up 23.1 points/game. In the end, it's points that win you games.
The Patriots are an incredible 29-10 ATS in their last 39 games revenge a same-season loss. Belichick is a perfect 6-0 ATS revenging a same season loss against opponent as a favorite of 7 points or more as the coach of New England. That's a stretch that dates back to 2000, his first year as head coach. Also, Belichick is 17-3 ATS revenging an upset loss against opponent as a favorite as the coach of New England. Bet the Patriots Sunday.