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Did the better team win the game on Sunday?
When your team can (i) run the ball, (ii) stop the run, and (iii) rush the passer … amazing things can happen on a football field.
There were 5 crucial plays in this game which went the way of the New York Giants and, in large part, determined the eventual outcome:
4 featured outstanding deeds by individual members of the Giants …
1. Ahmad Bradshaw’s ‘fumble recovery’ … instead of a created turnover for New England;
2. Ahmad Bradshaw’s ‘batted ball’ … instead of a created turnover for New England;
3. Eli Manning’s ‘miracle sack escape’, on the game-winning drive;
4. David Tyree’s ‘miracle catch’ … holding on to the ball with one hand only, squeezed against the top of his helmut – despite a ‘valiant effort’ by Rodney Harrison to break-up the pivotal play – on the game-winning drive;
1 featured a vital ‘Opportunity Lost’ by an individual member of the Patriots …
1. Asante Samuel’s ‘failed interception’ attempt, that went right through his two hands, on the game-winning drive by New York.
In the end, the ‘Sporting Gods’ failed to smile on the Patriots, this day, handing them a cruel defeat … 1 play short of accomplishing their Dream … whilest staring into the grizzled face of ‘pro sports history’.
What a terrific ballgame!
Three days prior to kick-off, the ‘side number’ for this game looks pretty accurate to me … NE -12.5
e.g. if it’s -14.5 or more, I’m all over the G-men, going for their 11th consecutive cover on the road; if it’s -12 or lower, anytime prior to kick-off, I’m gonna have to hit the Pats, hard; and, if it stays between -12.5 and -14, that’s a very dicey call, either way, from where I’m perched, right now … i.e. in the catbird’s seat, +27.7 units on the NFL season to-date.
How have the Giants been able to mask their apparent weaknesses in the Defensive Secondary, against each of the Bays, in their playoff victories?
IMO, the ‘uncomplicated’ answer is … their Front 7, right now, is as good (read, as … super athletic, physical and fierce) as any group in the league, today, anchored by Strahan and propelled by young’ns Umenyiora, Tuck & Torbor (etc.) … as is their Running Game with the tandem backs combo, Bradshaw (speed) & Jacobs (power).
While I can see several different scenarios unfolding in this game … the one which gives me the most pause to tread lightly in assessing this match-up, right now, is the still uncertainty involved with that protective boot Tom Brady was wearing (unexpectedly?) last week, and the effect his injury has had on the amount of reps he’s taken, since then, with his usual ‘Gang of Marauders on Offense’ (i.e. re: the cohesiveness of their ‘spread’ & ‘hurry-up’ passing attack vs the Giants pass rush and their situational subs).
IMO, if Tom Brady is completely healthy, and in his customary rhythm with Moss, Welker, Faulk & Co., I don’t see New England scoring less than 35 pts in this game … which should be enough to win and get the cover, if the number stays where it’s at today (-12.5) and the Giants’ Special Teams don’t return any kicks for TDs …
but, if his timing is thrown off, by his inactivity since the Chargers’ game, even just a little bit, then there’s every possibility for the G-Men’s Front 7 to hold down the fort again, like they did against the respective Bays …
in which case …
it will then fall, once more, at the feet of the Pats’ veteran Defensive Unit, led by Bruschi, Vrabel, Seymour, Harrison and (my 2nd favourite defensive player in NFL history, Mr. Junior) ‘Old Man’ Seau … to play the type of “tough, physical, smash-mouth” football, they are capable of, in the Red Zone, as though this was, in fact, the FINAL GAME of their pro careers! …. hmmmmmm???
… and, thereby, avoid the (cruel?) hand-of-fate which befell the St. Louis Rams, Feb 3, 2002 (6 years ago, to the day) when, as very healthy 14-pt favorites, they succumbed to an upstart team, led by an inexperienced QB, who completed 16 of 27 passes that day – for 145 yards with 1 TD – and marched his team down the field for the game winning score, while being named Super Bowl MVP.
Which way will things play out this Sunday?
IMO, this group of Patriots will only go as far as Tom Brady’s health & Junior Seau’s heart can take them.
In the end, will it be enough?
Only (Father) time can truly tell … but, right now, it seems to me as though Destiny is calling out their names, Here & Now.
There are 4 playoff matchups scheduled for this weekend, with the following wagering lines:
Sat Jan 12 2008
GREEN BAY -9 Seattle
NEW ENGLAND -13.5 Jacksonville
Sun Jan 13 2008
INDIANAPOLIS -9.5 San Diego
DALLAS -7.5 NY Giants
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When starting out a new venture, like this, working out the kinks can be somewhat confusing. Nevertheless, it’s important to make sure that there’s as much congruence as possible between anything which appears in this blog and the information I’ve put forth at:
With this in mind, a couple of “Housekeeping” matters need to be attended to, in the aftermath of NFL – Week 4.
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NFL – Monday Night games are 1 unit each
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Free/Other Picks for Week 1 documented at BETTORSWORLD.com neglected to include BUF +3.0 and MIN -3.0 (W), two selections which were, in fact, released prior to kick-off that weekend.
As a result, current “records” should be as follows, at this point in the season:
For those referencing my selections at BETTORSWORLD.com, please accept my apologies for any confusion these initial mix-ups may have caused.
Yesterday was a giant hit in the NFL, coming home with our 4th consecutive GAME OF THE WEEK (GOTW) winner, GREEN BAY -1.5, together with a 5-2 mark for our OTHER/FREE PICKS.
Heading towards this evening’s Monday Night Special, CINCINNATI vs New England, here’s where things stand right now:
* Documented at BETTORSWORLD.com
A nice start, thus far, to the 2007-2008 NFL regular season.
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