Wednesday, February 1, 2012
#2 Can the Giants pass rush get to Tom Brady like they did in Super Bowl XLII?
The Giants have a similar pass rush to that of the Super Bowl 42 champions; Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora are still both there, and they have Jason Pierre-Paul now instead of Michael Strahan. The key to winning that Super Bowl was getting sacks and pressuring Tom Brady, and it will be no different now. The Giants have recorded nine sacks this postseason, with 3.5 coming from Umenyiora. It’s no secret that putting pressure on Brady changes the way he plays, but the question is how much pressure the Giants will have to put on Brady in order to beat him. Brady will certainly be making throws and scoring points on a weaker New York secondary, so the key is to get to him before the receivers get open. New England has a pretty good offensive line, so the Giants’ pass rush will surely have to rely on their cornerbacks and safeties to give them enough time to get to the quarterback. The Giants must hit early, often, and hard. They will probably need to record at least four or five sacks on Brady to truly take him out of his game.