In only two days, seemingly the entire nation will gather in front of television sets for Super Bowl XLVI. With all of the talk about the mega-budget commercials, the halftime show and preparing the perfect chicken wings for the perfect watching party, it’s sometimes easy to forget there’s an actual game to be played.
This year’s contest pits Tom Brady and the New England Patriots against Eli Manning and the New York Giants. It’s a rematch of the 2008 Super Bowl, in which the Giants upset an undefeated Patriots team 17-14.
Vegas again has the Patriots as the favorite, but we decided to turn to five of our firm’s biggest sports fans to get their take on Sunday’s showdown. As you will see, some of them aren’t afraid to go against the grain.
Will "Blue Horseshoe" Lovell: Giants 21, Patriots 17
Ryan Rivera: Giants 24, Patriots 17
Jeremy Cohen: Patriots 27, Giants 23
Bob Simons: Patriots 28, Giants 24
Charles Elrod: The over.
*(Yes, this feature is usually called “Four on Friday,” but in honor of the big game, we’re bending the rules a bit and giving you five predictions.)