The first time I did my rambling, I stayed focused on how I feel the NFL could balance the passing game and give defenses some leverage by increasing the 5-yard illegal contact cushion to 10 yards. This week, partly thanks to the lovely pill as Percocet, I will have a bunch of different thoughts here in bullet format. You'll know the meds kicked in during this post if you see the repetitive use of any keys. Here goes!
- I don't see why people think the 49ers would've been a better matchup for the Patriots. I believe the Giants have many favorable matchups against New England. Both teams feature a very good pass rush, but the Giants have capable safeties with Antrel Rolle, Kenny Phillips, and Deon Grant who can all help cover New England's TEs. The Giants could wreak havoc on New England's defense with Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, and Mario Manningham. I don't think Julian Edelman is capable enough at CB to slow down NYG. Beyond all that, a NYG/NE matchup features two of the three most hated teams by the New York Jets. It's fun to see their frustration.