Patriots vs Giants: Super Bowl Positional Breakdown

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Super Bowl. That's right. Super Bowl.

NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed

I’ve been concentrating so much on the “Draft” portion on this site recently, I’ve almost neglected the “NEPatriots” portion.

Well, that’s all going to change in the next few days because I am going to get myself and everyone else completely prepped for Super Bowl XLVI.

Today I’m going to break down the offensive positions for these two teams as explicitly as possible.

STARTING QUARTERBACK
Patriots: Tom Brady
Giants: Eli Manning

Tom Brady is among the best two or three QBs of all time and Eli Manning is only considered “Eli-te” by one out of every 32 fan bases in the NFL.

Advantage: Patriots

BACKUP QUARTERBACK
Patriots: Brian Hoyer
Giants: David Carr

One QB was the first overall pick in the 2002 draft, and the other went undrafted. One QB has 79 career starts and one has zero. One QB has 2,264 career passing attempts and the other has 43 career passing attempts. What does this all mean? Sometimes things don’t make any sense.

Advantage: Patriots

BELLCOW RUNNING BACK
Patriots: BenJarvus Green-Ellis
Giants: Ahmad Bradshaw

I love the Lawfirm, and his firm anti-fumbling stance is one of the greatest things you could want from a running back, but Ahmad Bradshaw is the far more dangerous, explosive player. Before the AFC Championship game, Green-Ellis hadn’t averaged more than 3.8 yards per carry since Week 11 against the Chiefs.

Advantage: Giants

THIRD DOWN BACK
Patriots: Danny Woodhead
Giants: Danny Ware

Who ever would have known that Woodhead would become such an important player for the Patriots when he was brought over from the Jets? I think we all expected him to come in for one week, help with the game plan and be shipped out on his way. Well, now he’s one of the most important pieces in the Patriots no huddle attack.

Advantage: Patriots

RUNNING BACK DEPTH
Patriots: Kevin Faulk, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, (Aaron Hernandez)
Giants: Brandon Jacobs, Da’Rel Scott

This one is pretty close, I’m assuming Ridley will be active this week after not suiting up against the Ravens. Although Hernandez’ inclusion almost turned the tide for me between Jacobs’ slight resurgence this year and the fact that Ridley’s fumbling problems kept him out against the Ravens…

Advantage: Giants

FULLBACK
Patriots: Lousaka Polite
Giants: Henry Hynoski

To be honest, I’m not really sure why the Patriots even have a fullback on their roster.

Advantage: Giants

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Tags: Game Preview, Super Bowl, Tom Brady

6 Responses to “Patriots vs Giants: Super Bowl Positional Breakdown”

  1. TD says:

    I’m looking to see if Ridley is active and plays; the ‘Gints can be run on, he just does not have the ball security the Law Firm has.

    • Dan says:

      I’m not overly concerned with Ridley…not a huge issue in this game, and these games are just 4 quick quarters…biggest stage possible, and the kid lost the ball in his last 2 games dressed (recovering one I believe). I just don’t think BB takes that risk when he can use BJGE and Woodhead.
      Let the kid come back next year with full confidence and work on it…gain some strength and know that he contributed in a big way this year.
      Maybe they’ll use Vareen on a few snaps….this kid is special…wait and see.

  2. qwerty says:

    >To be honest, I’m not really sure why the Patriots even have a fullback on their roster.

    the reason is …

    When he played for previous teams, he was over 95% on 3rd and 1.

    • TD says:

      He was brought in when there were injury issues on the OLine; Mankins-knee, Vollmer-foot/back, Revolving door at Center, Cannon-coming off treatments.

      Solder had to play OT, did not have a big TE and they needed another OT or FB for their big package on run plays.

      With all the OT’s healthy now, he may not even be active. Polite should go play the lottery after being called up at end of season for a team getting in the Big Game!

  3. HakeemtheMachine says:

    Funny how this superior advantage couldnt help u in your own building even though the Giants were missing Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw.The Pats are the product of a weak AFC. Giants 34 Pats 20






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