Cruz told the New York Daily News that New England is fearful of another meeting against the New York Giants.
“They don’t want to see us,” Cruz told the Daily News. “I’m sure if you ask them (they’d say) they’d play anybody, they don’t care. I’m sure they don’t want to see us. That’s for sure.”
Cruz’s logic sort of makes sense but this Giants team isn’t of 2007 or 2011 stock. They aren’t nearly as mentally tough. More talent? After Odell Beckham Jr., it’s a wash.
Seriously, if you’d ask the Patriots, I think they’d take far greater issue against playing Seattle or Dallas or even Green Bay at this point.
Of course, Cruz’s logic has an origin. The Patriots and Giants have combined to play in two memorable Super Bowls. The first and the most epic of the two meetings, Super Bowl XLII.
Unless you’ve never watched football before or were a secluded country for the last decade, you know how that ended.
Four years later, the Pats and Giants met again in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI. In a game that featured each team tossing in their lesser version from the SB XLII donnybrook, Eli Manning and Mario Manningham saved the day on a miraculous throw and catch.
How would a third meeting play out?
Probably a facsimile of their 2015 regular season battle, in which New England needed a late 54-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski for the win.
After all, these two teams barely resemble those Super Bowl teams. Plus, this time around, the Giants organization would be in fear of dealing with Odell Beckham Jr. for two weeks.
Not going to lie, just the mere thought of a third straight Giants’ Super Bowl win over the Patriots would have me tipping over a hotel bar.
Basically, I’d be Denzel Washington in the film Flight during Giants/Pats III. A bender followed by a recover to watch these teams destroy each other for 60 minutes.
The football fan in me wants it to happen. The Belichick/Brady sympathizer in me? Not so much.