Posted: Wednesday January 30, 2008 12:33PM; Updated: Wednesday January 30, 2008 1:54PM
Dr. Z's Positional Breakdown
How the Patriots and Giants match up for Super Bowl XLII
Neither the Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski nor the Giants Lawrence Tynes has what you'd call a heavy leg. Gostkowski is more consistent from shorter range, but he isn't as good from 40 yards or more. Neither has kicked one 50 yards. Tynes missed two in the fourth quarter against the Packers.
Both the Pats' Chris Hanson and New York's Jeff Feagles are near the bottom in gross and net average, but Feagles is the master of the coffin corner kick inside the 10. In the warm weather he'll be even better.
Giants' Domenik Hixon has the edge over the Patriots, who have done it by committee. In the postseason, New England's punt returner, Wes Welker, has almost doubled the average of New York's R.W. McQuarters. The coverage units for both teams have been pretty decent.
TOTAL: Giants 1-0-2.
OVERALL TOTAL: Patriots 11-9-5.
Dr. Z's Pick: Giants 24, Patriots 20
Giants' biggest problem will be getting their secondary to match up with New England's multiple wideout attack. Patriots hope that their older LB unit can contain the Giants' running.