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Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Thoughts

It’s a Super Bowl edition of Halftime Thoughts, as the Pats are leading 10-9.

A really nice first drive that didn’t end anywhere for the Giants, their offense looks pretty good. Not great, but they can definitely move the ball. Run game actually looks really good. Eli has a decent amount of time. Nothing explosive yet, but moving the ball in a good fashion. They are having success with the tight ends and the fullbacks. Even with Beckum out, they have plenty of weapons in the middle of the field and in the flat. Cruz has been good on third downs, but nothing really down the field, other than a nice play by Nicks. Nothing explosive yet. There’s nothing crazy, so far. But, Eli has been terrific so far. The line has been decent. Again, nothing really terrific, but they haven’t done anything to hurt themselves. Need to keep pushing the pace and get some scores.

The safety was nice, that’s for sure. But the defense has been okay. Really good in the run game. The pass game is where they are struggling. Simple underneath routes. Welker, Hernandez, Woodhead. Woodhead with the TD. The last drive of the half, going almost 99 yards, that’s not good. Too many things underneath, too many short things. When Brady has time, he finds guys underneath. More pressure is needed, for sure. Brady, on that last drive especially, looked really good. Pats are coming on.

Special teams has been really, really good. Steve Weatherford is just an incredible punter, and has been able to pin guys. Coverage has been good. No real test for Tynes yet.

There’s been a bit of sloppiness. Obviously, the safety. Two too many men penalties. Various other penalties. No turnovers, although Cruz got lucky with his almost fumble. First halves of Super Bowls tend to be a bit sloppy, mostly due to nerves. Second half will be a bit more settled.

The Giants are in a good position, but they have to take it up to the next level. Too many series start out nicely, but don’t finish anywhere. Finishing will be the key for the second half. Convert these nice drives into scores, whether it’s field goals or TDs. As for the defense, more pressure would be nice. Keep the run game where it is, and try to jam Welker a bit more often. I think the Pats have taken it up a notch, especially on that last drive. The pass game is starting to pick up; Hernandez and Welker are making plays. Woodhead with the TD. The Giants have kind of stalled a bit; they need to pick things up, because the Pats are starting to look dangerous. There’s time, but something has to happen soon.

 


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