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mesaSteeler
10-24-2009, 10:35 PM
Week 7 N.F.L. Matchups
By Mike Tanier
Minnesota Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers
http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/23/week-7-nfl-matchups/#more-23875
Vikings (6-0) at Steelers (4-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Line: Steelers by 4

This may be the greatest Vikings team ever assembled, better than the 1998 flash-in-the-pan that finished 15-1, better than the 1970s conference powerhouse that this team so closely resembles. The 1973-75 Vikings were led by an old daredevil quarterback (then Fran Tarkenton, now Brett Favre), a stalwart defensive line (the Purple People Eaters then, the law firm of Allen, Williams and Williams now), and a two-headed running game (Chuck Foreman and Ed Marinaro then, Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor running circles round them now). In 1974, the Vikings went 10-4, forced 42 turnovers and netted 4,611 yards of total offense, which is more than three miles when you adjust for inflation. They beat the Cardinals and Rams en route to Super Bowl IX, which they lost to the Steelers.

It’s easy to overlook the Steelers as they go about their business. The Colts and Broncos have better records, but the Steelers are experienced marathoners more likely to peak in January than October. Rashard Mendenhall’s emergence has rebalanced their offense, and Troy Polamalu’s return more than offsets the loss of defensive end Aaron Smith. The Steelers are pressuring quarterbacks again — 17 sacks after a slow start — and while they are still having some problems with turnovers and special teams mistakes, their offense is good enough to overcome the miscues. Ben Roethlisberger has no reason envy Favre in their first-ever meeting. Favre has a higher passer rating right now, but Big Ben has twice as many Super Bowl rings.

More than a rematch of Super Bowl IX, this may be a preview of Super Bowl XLIV.

Angus Burgher
10-25-2009, 12:15 AM
More than a rematch of Super Bowl IX, this may be a preview of Super Bowl XLIV.

Let's hope so!

Galax Steeler
10-25-2009, 05:57 AM
Lets just hope our defense can slow Peterson and get to Farve. If this happens then we will win the game.