As part of my annual preview of the Super Bowl, I present to you links to team-specific sites for their breakdown of the big game. It’s best that I link to Giants and Patriots blogs because they probably have watched their respective teams play from preseason game 1, whereas I’ve been inundated with painful Seattle Seahawks games.
New York Giants
– Madden ’12 predicts the Giants to beat the Patriots. The famed EA video game has correctly predicted 6 of the last 8 Super Bowl winners. Of course, one of those incorrect simulations was Super Bowl XLII between these two teams back in 2008. Ominous sign?
– Ultimate NYG breaks down the dogma of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. One of the debating points is the inside run vs. outside run playcalling vs. San Francisco.
– G-Men HQ writes on New York’s journey to the Super Bowl, dating back from their ugly loss to the Washington Redskins that dropped them to 7-7.
– Big Blue View asks how the Giants will be able to recover New England’s amazing TE duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. With a little luck, maybe they don’t need to face Gronkowski.
– Lastly, an interesting look at blitz tendencies and overall pass rushing numbers from The Fifth Down.
New England Patriots
– How hard is it to beat the Tom Brady-led Patriots twice in one season? Pats Pulpit has some stunning numbers of Brady’s performances in these rematches.
Foxboro Blog lists the ten MVPs…Most Valuable Patriots that is! He may not be a Patriot, but Billy Cundiff and Lee Evans should’ve made this list.
– Sean Rollins looks at what could perhaps be the most important matchup of Super Bowl XLVI. The answer may surprise you.
– Finally, WR Tiquan Underwood had his team’s logo shaved on the back of his head. Not only does the logo look um….a little bit like a reptilian head, but the flat-top takes me back to the 1990s.
Oh, and just one more thing. Have you ever wondered how the business of football works? This IBM infographic shows you some intriguing statistics and costs of the USA’s favorite sport.
That’s it for the annual Super Links special. Thursday begins our team discussion leading up to our first ever Super Bowl live-blog.