John Eisenberg: "Ravens' defense joins the...

STAFF PICKS

January 28, 2001

STAFF PICKS

John Eisenberg: "Ravens' defense joins the ranks of the greatest in NFL history." Ravens 16, Giants 10

Christian Ewell: "There will be more scoring than anyone thinks." Giants 27, Ravens 21

Glenn P. Graham: "There's only one thing super in this Super Bowl: the Ravens' punishing defense." Ravens 20, Giants 6

Jamison Hensley: "Defense of destiny secures its place in history." Ravens 16, Giants 0

Brent Jones: "QB Kerry Collins will be the difference." Giants 16, Ravens 10

Edward Lee: "Matt Stover's leg plus defense equals Super Bowl title." Ravens 16, Giants 13

Don Markus: "After playing against Minnesota's pretend defense, the Giants won't know what hit them." Ravens 14, Giants 3

Paul McMullen: "John Steadman's 1958 call still works." Ravens 23, Giants 17

Ken Murray: "The Ravens have captured lightning in a bottle." Ravens 16, Giants 6

Mike Preston: "LB Ray Lewis will play the best game of his life." Ravens 13, Giants 10

Peter Schmuck: "QB Trent Dilfer will surprise everyone with a 200-yard passing performance and special teams will contribute a touchdown." Ravens 23, Giants 10

EXPERT PICKS

Boomer Esiason, CBS Radio commentator, Maryland alumnus and former NFL quarterback: "I think for some reason the Giants got it going on with offense and defense." Giants 17, Ravens 12

Bob Golic, former Oakland Raiders defensive lineman: "Football is a game of mistakes, and when that happens, it's up to the offense to take advantage. It seems to me that the Giants are more adaptable to that." Giants 24, Ravens 17

Anthony Munoz, former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle and NFL Hall of Famer: "My heart is saying Giants, but my head says Ravens." Ravens 13, Giants 10

Bob Glauber, Newsday: "Ray Lewis was right about the shutout. He only had the wrong team." Giants 21, Ravens 0

Mike Penner, Los Angeles Times: "I just don't see either team scoring a touchdown. But I think the Dilfer factor will rear its ugly head." Giants 9, Ravens 6

Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News: "The Ravens need a big play from Shannon Sharpe and the Giants can stop that." Giants 20, Ravens 13

Will McDonough, Boston Globe: "If Kerry Collins plays well, the Giants should win." Giants 13, Ravens 10

Suzy Kolber, ESPN: "The Giants won't be able to match the intensity or unity of the Ravens' defense." Ravens 13, Giants 10

Pam Oliver, Fox-TV: "The whole game will be a defensive struggle and then it'll come down to one break." Giants 13, Ravens 10

Andrea Kremer, ESPN: "The Giants were confident against the Vikings. The Ravens aren't the Vikings on defense." Ravens 16, Giants 10

Dave Wannstedt, Miami Dolphins coach: "As a team, the Giants might have a chance to play a more balanced game, but it's a tossup." Giants 10, Ravens 7

Ron Jaworski, ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback: "I think the one player that can make things happen is Tiki Barber." Giants 23, Ravens 20

Chris Mortensen, ESPN analyst: "I think the Giants' defense is going to produce a couple turnovers to set up some field goals." Giants 16, Ravens 13

Bill Maas, Fox-TV analyst: "They [Giants] use a lot of motion and shifts and that's about the only weakness with the Ravens' defense." Giants 22, Ravens 13

Stan White, WBAL Radio analyst and former Baltimore Colts linebacker: "Better team, better defense. The Ravens will make the plays like they have been." Ravens 20, Giants 10

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