they lost Strahan but added JPP, we lost nobody
I think it's far more dynamic than that. That was four years ago. Things have changed.
Things like, Harrison, Bruschi, Seymour, Thomas, Meriweather, Seau, Samuel, Vrabel, missing from the lineup.
Things like the Giants secondary improving, personnel wise.
Patriots passing game evolving... or probably devolving over that period of time...
It could be a completely different style of game. Well, at least it's not going to be 17-14. I'll put it that way.
Quote me correctly please:
Talent wise, these teams are even, with the horrible secondary of the Patriots a weakness to the strength of the Giants WR, the horrible Giants LB to the strength of the Pats TE, and the great pass rush against a great offensive line.
That is what it boils down to for me... they lost Strahan but added JPP, we lost nobody and added a RG in Waters, a RT in Vollmer or Solder, a great backup in Vollmer/Solder (I don't know who is starting now) and Cannon.
Clearly, I know the personnel on both teams and they are completely different-- I don't think a single starter from the NE DBs, Giants WRs or Pats TE's are the same. That is 9 different players, and I think 3 of the 4 Giants LB's are different.
What I was saying was that what it boils down to is the Pass rush v. Offensive line-- and of that, the Giants lost Strahan but gained JPP (younger and better)... Patriots added a RG, RT and two backups in Vollmer and Cannon. (Vollmer was a scratch today, not sure what his deal is, haven't paid attention).
and I stick with that being the key to the game. Whoever wins in the trenches wins the game.