Super Bowl XLVII: Niners 4-Point Favorites

The San Francisco 49ers are the early favorites to win Super Bowl XLVII this Sunday in New Orleans over the Baltimore Ravens. The line opened yesterday at 5 points and has since been bet down to 4 . The over/under has held steady at 49.

Our friends at tell us that 65% of the action is leaning towards Baltimore right now.

The trends are as contrasting as you can get:

The 49ers are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.
The Ravens are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 playoff games and are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.

Ravens OU….
Under is 4-0 in last 4 games on fieldturf.
Under is 4-1 in last 5 games overall.
Under is 4-1 in last 5 playoff games.

49ers OU…..
Over is 6-0 in last 6 games overall.
Over is 4-0 in last 4 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
Over is 4-0 in last 4 games following a S.U. win.

The Super Bowl is being played on fieldturf in the SuperDome this year. This will be the sixth dome game of the year for the 49ers, including last week’s game in Atlanta. They are 3-2 in those games. The Ravens have not played any indoor games this season.

Giants Listed at 20-1 to Win 2014 Super Bowl

The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino SuperBook have listed the odds for next year’s Super Bowl which will be held right here at MetLife Stadium.

The Patriots are the favorites (as usual) at 6-1 followed by the 49ers (8-1), Broncos (8-1), Packers (10-1) and Seahawks (10-1).

The Cowboys and Redskins are both listed at 30-1. The Eagles and Jets are way down the list at 50-1.


“Road to XLVI” Out Today on DVD, Blu-Ray

New York Giants: Road to XLVI, the latest release from NFL Films and Vivendi Entertainment, will be available in stores and online beginning today.

It is a four-disc set outlining the the Blue’s four postseason games: the WildCard win over Atlanta; the dethroning of the Packers at Lambeau Field; the thrilling NFC Championship OT win in San Francisco and the comeback victory over the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

If you or your Dad are a Giant fan, there is no better gift for Father’s Day. The Giants’ latest Super Bowl run was most exciting – and unlikely – in years and should be cherished. This box set will do it.

From NFL Films and Vivendi Entertainment:

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Adrien Robinson Has Huge Upside

The NFL’s three most prolific passing offenses last season belonged to the New Orleans Saints (334.2 ypg), New England Patriots (317.8 ypg) and Green Bay Packers (307.8 ypg). There are a number of reasons why these offenses were so good last season, chief among them sound offensive line play, explosive receivers, schematic superiority and quarterback mastery.

It also helps when you have tight ends who—to put it rather bluntly but completely accurately—are dominant in every sense of the word.

Blocking was long held as the primary duty of most NFL tight ends. That couldn’t be farther from the truth in today’s league, where explosive catch-and-run capabilities are a must for any TE in an above-average offensive system. The plodding, block-first TEs of old have morphed into the receiving threats of incalculable effectiveness littered about today’s elite pass offenses.

Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Jermichael Finley exemplify this new breed of alpha-male tight end, players with both the strength to run over defensive backs and the speed to evade linebackers. It’s almost unfair really, the way these players confound opposing defensive coordinators with their otherworldly brute force and athleticism.

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NFC East Offseason: taking a look at every team’s best move

After an offseason marked by injury woes, rumors of Tom Coughlin’s not-so-secure job security, a contractual dispute with Osi Umenyiora and another nondescript, trademark Jerry Reese free agency period, the Giants shocked most preseason prognosticators in 2011 by winning the NFC East with a 9-7 record.

The “Dream team” Philadelphia Eagles were everyone’s preseason darlings, bolstered by the additions of highly-coveted cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers Cromartie, defensive linemen Cullen Jenkins and Jason Babin, and running back Ronnie Brown, among others. The Cowboys, meanwhile, were the trendy pick for a second place finish and a wildcard playoff spot, a belief grounded mostly in the hopes that Jason Garrett, in his first full year as head coach, could push the right buttons and harness that team’s big-time potential into a deep playoff run—that he could, you know, do everything that Wade Phillips couldn’t do.

None of that proved to be true, as we all now know. Ironically, it was the Rex Grossman/John Beck-led Redskins that gave Big Blue the most trouble last season. The Giants won three out of four against Dallas and Philadelphia, in no small part because of their well-thought-out—albeit quite unpopular—offseason blue print. The old adage “Super Bowls aren’t won in March” never rang more true than for the 2011 Giants, who watched several key contributors from their Super Bowl XLII championship squad walk—including Steve Smith and Kevin Boss—and appeared to fall short of atoning for those losses.

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Giants Draft: How do the new guys fit in?

With the 77th installment of the NFL draft now officially in the books, seven new faces—excluding UDFA’s—join the defending Super Bowl champs hoping to accomplish the same feat in 2012. While all of the Giants’ draft picks can’t be pegged as surefire starters in the fall, they are sure to have an impact over the next five months as roster sizes are cut from 90 to 53.

Here’s how the newest class of rookies fit in:

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Should the Giants Trade Osi Umenyiora Before Training Camp?

One of the main preseason storylines for the Giants last year was Osi Umenyiora’s contract situation and resultant holdout. Osi, who had two years left on the 7-year, $41 million deal he signed in 2005, insisted that in April 2008, Jerry Reese promised him either a new contract or a trade, a claim that he took to court in Brady v. NFL—the then-decertified player union’s antitrust suit against the League.

Osi never got his new deal, but he put his issues aside and was a key contributor in Big Blue’s Super Bowl run—especially in the postseason, where he recorded 3.5 sacks. Everything was copacetic: Osi, criticized in training camp for his “selfishness” and ill-timed knee surgery, had disregarded his contractual issues and played 13 games of Pro-Bowl caliber football. More importantly, he got a ring out of it.

Just two months later, the post-Super Bowl feel good period is over and Osi’s contractual issues have resurfaced.

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Salary Cap Dilemma: Can Giants keep Nicks and Cruz beyond 2013?

Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz were virtually unguardable last season, combining for 2,728 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns—that’s more than half of Eli’s 4,933 passing yards and 29 passing touchdowns. Needless to say, losing either of these two receivers would be a big blow to the Giants’ pass-heavy offense, a potential nightmare scenario for a team whose Super Bowl run was so dependent on its dynamic passing game.

But as the post-Super Bowl feel-good period comes to a close and Big Blue begins its quest at defending its title, it seems possible—even likely—that either Nicks or Cruz will be sporting another uniform in the future.

Cruz, a free agent after this season, will earn a measly $540,000 in base salary in 2012, well below market value for a receiver of his caliber. Although he has scoffed at the notion that he would holdout this season, Cruz wants a new deal, and in all likelihood, he will get a new deal—whether that’s with the Giants or with another team remains to be seen. If there is no extension in place before the start of free agency next March, there’s a strong chance that Big Blue will be outbid for its salsa-dancing receiver.

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