My colleague Tom Sorensen says in this column that the favored New England Patriots will indeed beat the N.Y. Giants Sunday in the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
Sorry, Tom, I don't buy it. Or, to be fair, I buy part of it. We both think the Giants will score 27 points. But you pick them to lose, 33-27. And I pick them to win, 27-23.
Tom's reasoning is that Tom Brady is the better quarterback and will win the game for the Pats, but I don't think he's playing better than Eli Manning right now. For his career, certainly. Brady is a surefire hall of famer. Manning needs to win this game to get into that conversation.
But I believe the Giants' defense is better. They've traveled a tougher road to get to Indianapolis and Tom Coughlin knows how to beat Bill Belichick, as evidenced by the amazing upset four years ago of the 18-0 Pats.
This New England team has a pair of great tight ends and it will score some points, but so will the Giants against that patchwork New England D. I think Green Bay is actually a better team than New England, and the Giants already beat the Packers.
So give me the underdog Giants. Like Tom, I picked both the Giants and New England to win in the championship games on our website. This time, though, we differ -- it's going to be the Giants by four.