POORE'S PICKS: Super Bowl XLII

Jim Poore thinks concern over Tom Brady's ankle injury was overblown, and it looks like he may be right. Poore makes his Super Bowl pick against the spread. Can the Patriots high-powered offense score like they did against the Giants in Week 17? Will it be enough to cover the spread? Get inside to find out.

Finally, it's here. Well almost. We still have a couple of more days until Super Bowl XLII, but the hype has been enough for three Super Bowls. It is almost totally corporate now, and the ticket prices are higher than ever. It will only be a matter of time before everyday fans won't even be able to attend because of the corporate sponsorships. And the two week layoff really is too much, but that is something that has been discussed every year. Of course the NFL wants it that way, as more hype and money can get poured in.

As for the game itself, I think it will be pretty good. But I have been known to be wrong before ( ok more than once ) but I am hearing more and more people think the Giants can be pretty competitive, and I happen to agree. I will also say I might be paying more attention to Paula Abdul at halftime as opposed to the game. But hey, we all have our priorities.

New England Patriots 13 1/2 New York Giants
It does look like Tom Brady will be playing, but there really were never any doubts. Quite frankly, I was getting a little tired of the pictures and the stories regarding his ankle. As if there wasn't enough hype already.

The Giants seem pretty confident, but they should be. I don't believe any team has ever said they were going to lose the game. But they are playing very well ( or were before the break ) and Eli Manning is the key. He does not have a turnover in the playoffs, but that is likely to change this weekend.

I think the Giants will be able to score, but whether they can score enough points to win is a big question. The Patriots will score, and possibly a lot. The two defenses will be in the spotlight. I think the Giants defense, at least right now, is the better of the two. But the New England offense can easily make up for the team's defensive liabilities, as they have all year. Some people are thinking of a New England blowout, but I just don't see it. I won't be surprised if they win by 40 points, but I don't think they will. I do however think they will win the game. I think the Giants will be able to keep it fairly close, but Tom Brady will lead a time consuming drive in the middle of the fourth quarter to put the game away.

I like New England to win, but I do think New York can cover the points.

Super Bowl XLII
New England Patriots 36-24


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) tapes his right ankle as the team stretches football practice begins at Sun Devil Stadium on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, Ariz., Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 30, 2008. The Patriots will play the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 3. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)


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