A question could be asked with week four of the NFL season edging closer: Could there be a Giants and Patriots rematch in Super Bowl 50? Well if we look at the two teams and the talent both possess, I would say yes. The New England Patriots are poised to go 16-0 this season with the flawless play of quarterback Tom Brady and the tough team he has surrounding him in Gronk, Edelman, and breakout running back Dion Lewis. Brady leads the NFL in passing yards with 1112 yards passing through the first three weeks. He also has 9 touchdown passes, but is one of only three starting quarterbacks in the league with no interceptions through week three. Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning are the other two.
Manning and the Giants had a rough start to the season. They started off the season 0-2 due to one reason: time management. Big Blue had terrible time management the first two weeks of the season and their opponents capitalized on that. Week 3 Manning and the Giants had a great performance to take down their NFC East rival, the Redskins, who had beaten a tough Rams team the week before. The Giants have the biggest opportunity to take their division. The Cowboys (lead NFC East) are without starting quarterback Tony Romo for at least two months with a broken collarbone. In addition, they are also going without star receiver Dez Bryant (led the league in 2014 in receiving touchdowns with 16) until Week 7 at the very least. The Eagles (tied for 21st in the league for points per game) are having issues on offense and are not much of a threat to the Giants. The same goes with the Washington Redskins, who the Giants defeated at MetLife Stadium in week three. The Giants are poised to have a comeback year and possibly go all the way. They just need to make the playoffs.
Everyone knows about Eli’s playoff excellence. When Eli reaches the playoffs, he wins games. There is no doubt that Eli is one of the best postseason quarterbacks in the game. He has a playoff record of 8-3 and a road playoff record of 5-1. When he and the Giants make it past the Wild Card game, they are nearly unstoppable. Manning holds a 6-1 record for non-Wild Card games in the playoffs. He has a 2-0 record in the Super Bowl with two Super Bowl MVP awards. These wins were both against the heavily favored, undefeated Patriots led by Tom Brady in 2007 and then again to the Patriots in 2011. Manning and the Giants can do it again against the Patriots in Super Bowl 50. One more Super Bowl ring for Manning and Coughlin could make them a lock in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
All the Giants need to do is make good decisions and stay healthy. Eli Manning has the longest active streak for most consecutive starts by an NFL player and he never gets injured. He has a strong receiving core with Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz coming back from a hamstring injury, and Rueben Randle. Another help to the Giants receiving core was the pickup of former Patriots running back, Shane Vereen. The defense is looking decent under the coordination of Steve Spagnuolo, the defensive coordinator for the Giants when they won the Super Bowl back in 2007. The Giants have the tools to make it, they just need to know how to use them. The Patriots will most likely make it. They are unstoppable and superior to all the other AFC teams.
It will be interesting to see how this season plays out for the two teams.
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