Patriots vs Giants: Super Bowl Positional Breakdown

SLOT RECEIVER
Patriots: Wes Welker
Giants: Victor Cruz

It’s debatable that we’re looking at the best two slot receivers in the NFL in this game. What’s not debatable is that Welker is clearly the best.

Advantage: Patriots

WIDE RECEIVERS
Patriots: Deion Branch, Aaron Hernandez
Giants: Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham

This might be the Giants biggest offensive advantage over the Pats. I love Hernandez, but he holds more value as a tight end, and Branch might be on his last legs as a viable starting receiver. On the other hand, Nicks is a constant deep threat and Manningham is an underrated third target in New York’s passing game.

Advantage: Giants

WIDE RECEIVER DEPTH
Patriots: Julian Edelman, Chad Ochocinco, Matthew Slater, Tiquan Underwood
Giants: Ramses Barden, Jerrel Jernigan, Devin Thomas

The Patriots have a CB, a reality/social media start, a FS and an early 90s rapper as their four back-up WRs. And I don’t trust Brady throwing to a single one of them. Still though, the Patriots experience in their WR depth is an asset.

Advantage: Patriots

TIGHT END
Patriots: Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Nate Solder
Giants: Jake Ballard, Travis Beckum, Bear Pascoe

Sure, Ballard is a good player, even though he’s slower than molasses in January, but the Patriots have the best TE in the game and a top five TE in the game, oh and perhaps the best run blocking third TE in the game since he’s a starting-caliber tackle. This one isn’t even close, even with the Gronkle.

Advantage: Patriots

LEFT TACKLE
Patriots: Matt Light
Giants: David Diehl

Matt Light is still one of the most consistent and best LTs in the game… and David Diehl started out the season playing LG for a reason.

Advantage: Patriots

LEFT GUARD
Patriots: Logan Mankins
Giants: Kevin Boothe

This might be a good time to just say that the Giants offensive line really sucks. Like, every single one of them. In almost every aspect of the game.

Advantage: Patriots

CENTER
Patriots: Dan Connolly (to the best of our knowledge)
Giants: David Baas

According to Pro Football Focus, David Baas was the 29th best center in the league this year with a -8.9 rating in 695 snaps (ratings are cumulative). Connolly was 27th with a -5.0 in 784 snaps.

Advantage: Patriots

RIGHT GUARD
Patriots: Brian Waters
Giants: Chris Snee

Patriots. Patriots have the advantage. It’s definitely the Patriots. No doubt. Patriots. Patriots. Patriots. No explanation needed, it’s just the Patriots.

Advantage: Patriots

RIGHT TACKLE
Patriots: Nate Solder/Sebastian Vollmer
Giants: Kareem McKenzie

It’s really crazy how incredibly bad the entire Giants offensive line has been this season. McKenzie was the 65th best tackle in the NFL this season according to Pro Football Focus. Vollmer’s been better than Solder this year, but I might trust Solder more at this point in the season since he’s more fresh. Either way, the Patriots have four tackles on their roster better than the Giants starting two.

Advantage: Patriots

OFFENSIVE LINE DEPTH
Patriots: Marcus Cannon, Nick McDonald, Donald Thomas, Ryan Wendell, Nate Solder/Sebastian Vollmer
Giants: James Brewer, Jim Cordle, Mitch Petrus, Tony Ugoh

This is the reason the Patriots probably have the best offensive line in the league. I would be confident playing any one of the guys listed above. Here are their ratings according to Pro Football Focus: .1, .5, .3, 5.1, 1.0/8.4. They’ve all played significant snaps this season and they’ve all proven they can get the job done. For the Giants, only Petrus got significant snaps, and, you guessed it, he was bad.

Advantage: Patriots

So far the Patriots lead 12-4, but something tells me that might get a little closer tomorrow when we do the same thing with the two team’s defenses.

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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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