Originally posted on Giants Football Blog  |  Last updated 11/3/11
1. Tom Brady Gee, you think? I don’t like to use my “key player” picks on someone so obvious, but when you’re facing the Patriots, it all starts with Tom Brady. The Patriots have the #2 passing attack in the NFL, and while it’s arrogant to think the Giants can shut Tom Brady down, they do have the pass rushers to slow down the high flying Patriots. You know the drill; get pressure with your front four so Brady isn’t as effective. Easier said than done, but it worked in Super Bowl 42. Brady spreads the ball around to his favorite targets, namely Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. The banged up Giants’ secondary simply can’t cover all of these weapons on every play, so the only hope they have is for the defensive line to pour the pressure on, early and often. 2. Wes Welker Again, I’m not exactly going out on a limb with this one, but Wes Welker is one of the toughest receivers to defend against in the league. The combination of Brady’s accurate arm and Welke...
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