I'm going to equivocate a bit, but it's my blog, right?
You don't have to be a football genius to figure out that the key matchup of the game is the Patriots' offensive line vs. the Giants' defensive front. A key corollary to that is the question of whether the Patriots' receivers will have time to get open. And a key to that is whether Gronkowski is healthy.
So with all that in mind, I offer the following cop-out:
- If Brady has time and can neutralize the Giants' rush, the Patriots win 27-20.
- If the Giants get to Brady consistently and throw him out of his rhythm, they win 23-20.
I'm really torn as to which is more likely.