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Paul Zimmerman
January 28, 1991
The tough Giants' D, led by Lawrence Taylor, faces Jim Kelly and a Bills' offense that may be too hot to handle in an all—Empire State Super Bowl XXV
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January 28, 1991

New York, New York

The tough Giants' D, led by Lawrence Taylor, faces Jim Kelly and a Bills' offense that may be too hot to handle in an all—Empire State Super Bowl XXV

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If there was one disturbing factor in the Bills' blowout of the Raiders, it was that in the early going, when it was still a game, LA. quarterback Jay Schroeder was getting a lot of time to scan the field and throw. Too much time. His problem was reading the coverage and delivering to the right person.

The Giants' Jeff Hostetler didn't have that luxury when he faced the Bills in December, after Phil Simms went down with a severely sprained right arch. He didn't have any luxuries at all. He came in cold. He hadn't taken the snaps in practice. The Giants could score only three points while he was running things, but the game wasn't a true test. Buffalo was still fighting for a division title. The Giants had already clinched theirs. The edge was off.

Hostetler showed a lot of courage against the 49ers on Sunday, coming back from a scary shot on his left knee by Jim Burt to march his team down the field for the winning score. Going into the game, the jury was out on Hostetler, who had started only four regular-season games in a seven-year pro career, but he showed poise under postseason pressure and the ability to read a defense and deliver the ball to the right man. Plus, he can run.

Parcells's offensive concept is interesting. He'll open a game by pounding an opponent that looks soft against the run, often loading up with two or three tight ends. But against a team with a good run-defense scheme, he'll throw early, to get the other guys pass-conscious and take some of the zip out of their legs. Then he'll come back with the heavy stuff.

It's a sound, low-risk offense, backed up by an even sounder defense. Will that be enough to harness the Buffalo whirlwind that scored 95 points in two playoff games? I don't think so. We'll go with the hot team. The pick: Bills 24, Giants 17.

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