Found January 27, 2012 on
This Given Sunday:
The New England Patriots have Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and a 15-3 record. They are back in a Super Bowl rematch with the New York Giants. Therefore, they must be as strong as ever. Right? Wrong.
This installment of the Patriots dynasty has been built on an extremely weak foundation compared to their Super Bowl seasons past. Their 2011 schedule featured only three teams that made this year's playoffs -- the Giants, Steelers, and Broncos -- and they lost two of those games. And frankly, beating Tim Tebow's Broncos doesn't have quite the cachet that it used to. Not even the second time.
So their one quality win on the year came last week against the Baltimore Ravens, a game in which Brady "sucked," by his own admission. A game that they barely escaped. This lack of schedule strength is in marked contrast to their past Super Bowl runs:
2007: The 16-0 Pats faced six playoff teams -- the Chargers, Cowboys, Redskins, Colts, Steelers and Giants -- and faced a...
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Super Bowl XLVI remains just under two weeks away but it is rather clear that one man will be a resounding loser in the court of public opinion in the days, weeks, and months to follow the festivities in Indianapolis.
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New York's defense has labeled Tom Brady as New England's "head dog." As for the bite, the Giants say they have one for him.
According to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s father, Gordie Gronkowski told WIVB TV in New York that his son has a high ankle sprain. He said that he isn’t sure the grade of the sprain, but he will play through the pain during next week’s Super Bowl.
Do you hear that yelling? That’s Patriots head coach Bill Belichick letting out...
There is an oft-repeated story about Tom Brady’s rookie season in New England. Brady was about to introduce himself to owner Robert Kraft when Kraft beat him to the punch. Brady’s response: “Drafting me was the best decision this franchise has ever made.” Brady made a similar promise to Kraft in the wake of the AFC…
A championship team needs great players. The Patriots and Giants this season have plenty, from Tom Brady...
The last time the Giants tangled with the Patriot, Tom Brady tossed two touchdown passes. Both went to tight ends, which is no great surprise.
Rob Gronkowski caught eight passes for 101 yards and Aaron Hernandez caught four for 35. Both found their way into the end zone. The Giants...
We're still 10 days away from the last game of the 2011 NFL season. The Patriots and Giants won't leave for Indianapolis until Sunday at the earliest, and many of this week's story lines have revolved around Super Bowl XLII, when the Giants upset the then undefeated Patriots, and the teams' matchup earlier this year, also a New York victory.
Unlike that matchup...
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1. Rob Gronkowski NE, 23 years old
Gronk will smash anything in his way with his special blend of size and speed. As long as Tom Brady is at QB, Gronk will be at the top of the heap.
2. Jimmy Graham NO, 25 years old
This freakish talent has only scratched the surface of his talent and as long as Brees is around the sky is the limit.
3. Vernon Davis SF...