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mesaSteeler
01-20-2011, 07:53 PM
NFL Championship Sunday
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Greenbay 17, Chicago 16
Sunday, Jan. 23

3 p.m. ET (FOX) NFC CHAMPIONSHIP: No. 6 Green Bay Packers at No. 2 Chicago Bears

You were expecting an air show? Doubt it. In September at Soldier Field, Chicago beat Green Bay 20-17. Three weeks ago at Lambeau, Green Bay won, 10-3. Two games, four offensive touchdowns. (Devin Hester scored on a punt return in the first game.)

The biggest factor here could well be pressure on the quarterback. Can Green Bay tackles Chad Clifton and rookie Bryan Bulaga be stout enough (and quick enough to shut down the edge) against Chicago ends Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije to give Aaron Rodgers time to make plays? Can the eternally shaky Bear front hold out Clay Matthews outside and B.J. Raji and Desmond Bishop inside so Jay Cutler can prosper? Chicago offensive line coach Mike Tice knows he has to tighten things up this week after his group allowed six Pack sacks on Jan. 2, and I expect offensive coordinator Mike Martz to call many more quick timing routes for Jay Cutler. That will put pressure on the Packers linebackers to clog the short and intermediate lanes, which I think they're well-equipped to do.

I think the Bears will try to run more than the 18 and 20 carries they had in the previous two meetings with Green Bay, in part because they know they can be efficient at it, and in part because the weather might require it. But that's where James Starks comes in. He has to give Green Bay the breathing room it needs to not be over-reliant on Aaron Rodgers. Remember, the Bears know how to play Rodgers. They held him to two touchdown throws in eight quarters, and I don't expect it to be much different Sunday afternoon. Starks has as much a chance to be the Green Bay hero in this one as Rodgers, and if it's Rodgers, I think it'll be by throwing to the tight ends and short possession stuff to Donald Driver. I say it comes down to a two-minute-warning game in a championship game for the ages.



6:30 p.m. ET (CBS) AFC CHAMPIONSHIP: No. 6 New York Jets at No. 2 Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers 23, Jets 17

Odd game when the Jets won 22-17 in December. Pittsburgh was missing Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller (though if Polamalu is as invisible in this game as he was last week against the Ravens, his presence won't matter); the biggest play of the day was a safety by Jason Taylor that made the Steelers have to score a touchdown rather than a field goal when they stalled as time ran out at the New York 10-yard line. The Jets had the best rushing day against Pittsburgh of any team in football this season -- 27 carries, 106 yards -- which tells how incredibly well the Steelers played the run all year. Imagine the best game any team had running the ball against Pittsburgh ... and the Jets averaged 3.9 yards per carry doing it. You can be sure Dick LeBeau has harped on not letting the Jets be able to run it to extend offensive drives in this game. The Steelers would be happy to put this game solely on Mark Sanchez's shoulders, and that's what they'll try to do.

I'll tell you who the rematch sets up perfectly for: Ben Roethlisberger. Though he's never said it, I've always thought Roethlisberger has felt dissed by those who: a.) didn't vote him MVP of the Super Bowl two years ago; and b.) don't include him in the Brady-Manning-Brees discussion of the best quarterbacks currently playing, despite his two Super Bowl wins at such a young age. I think this game comes down to Ben Roethlisberger making enough plays to his young triumverate of speed receivers -- Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. It says here Sanders is who everyone will be talking about come late Sunday night. The Jets will take away one or two of the wideouts (throwing Hines Ward into the mix) but not all of them, and I think Sanders, more and more becoming one of Big Ben's faves, will break away late to be the difference.

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austinfrench76
01-20-2011, 09:21 PM
Nice call Pete!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Merchant
01-20-2011, 10:57 PM
Didn't King predict a Packers/Steelers Super Bowl before the season started? This guy could end up looking like a genius.

chitownpit
01-20-2011, 11:16 PM
Yea, just finshed watching AFC playbook and breaking down how we
use 5 wideouts to negate the great corners they have, i just think with
Heath and Hines and Sanders taking the middle of the field is too much
for any defense in this leauge to deal with right now. Ben is locked in and
playing at a tremendous level right now . Would like to see a lot more
of the 'muddle huddle' Ben has done a terrific job calling his own plays
this year. This also puts tons of pressure on them to call there own defensive
plays on the field. Also we have looked great running out of the 5 wide set with
him calling the plays. Sanders should have another great playoff game.

SteelKnight
01-20-2011, 11:54 PM
Yeah...let's just use 4 WR and see how good Wilson and the 4th CB is or Wilson and one of the safeties.

I too have liked the bond Ben is developing with Sanders.

I'm still annoyed with Peter for running his mouth:
1. On Tomlin's challenge -which was the right thing to do
2. Dissing Mendy

MikeHaullace
01-21-2011, 12:09 AM
Yea, just finshed watching AFC playbook and breaking down how we
use 5 wideouts to negate the great corners they have, i just think with
Heath and Hines and Sanders taking the middle of the field is too much
for any defense in this leauge to deal with right now. Ben is locked in and
playing at a tremendous level right now . Would like to see a lot more
of the 'muddle huddle' Ben has done a terrific job calling his own plays
this year. This also puts tons of pressure on them to call there own defensive
plays on the field. Also we have looked great running out of the 5 wide set with
him calling the plays. Sanders should have another great playoff game.

This is exactly what I am hoping for come Sunday.

Start this game off like they did against Indy in '06. I just can't, no matter how hard I try, convince myself that the Jets' interior defense can cover any combination of 3 inside. I think every single pass play, you should have either Wallace, Brown, or Sanders going deep. And rotate that, in a static order.

Stupid Madden. I feel like wutchymuhcallit. :banging:

43Hitman
01-21-2011, 12:15 AM
Miller is going to murder them over the middle. They can't handle stacked receivers and Revis the Bevis has trouble in zone. They were showing in playbook tonight how exposed Revis was when forced to play zone.

ricardisimo
01-21-2011, 01:02 AM
Am I the only one who thinks Rashard is going to have a great game?

caseyviator
01-21-2011, 09:03 AM
i love this stuff bottom line we have to many reciever for their dbs and lbs....we match up better so we should win'


37-23 a technical blowout is what i call this....i like this term a techNICAL blOWOUT!!!

BEN PLAYS GREAT
HUGE RUNNIN DAY FROM MENDY AND MOORE N redmAN
150 YDS RUNNIN BETWEEN THEM

375 YD RECIEVING BETWEEN THE RECIEVERS

BIG D 2 INTS 1 FUMBLE RECOVERY
5 SACKS TODAY

1 DEFENSIVE TD FOR TROY

JETS CAN RUN CANT PASS JUST RUN N HIDE FROM ALL THE BULLETS FLYIN
THEY DO GET A SPECIAL TEAMS TD AND ONE TD FROM A TURNOVER WE GIVE THEM IN OUR END OF THE FIELD

I BROKE THIS GAME DOWN LAST WEEK AGAINST THE RAVENS AND I SAID STEELERS WOULD WIN
30-13 CLOSE SO HOPE IM AS CLOSE THIS WEEK


GO GO suPER STeelers
37-23
ive never since watchin the steelers since 76 when i was 10 have ever had such a good feelin about winnin a game this week.. funnY TO,, LAST WEek i felt almosT AS POSITIVE WE WERE GONNA WIN AS i do this week.

grward
01-21-2011, 09:33 AM
i love this stuff bottom line we have to many reciever for their dbs and lbs....we match up better so we should win'


37-23 a technical blowout is what i call this....i like this term a techNICAL blOWOUT!!!

BEN PLAYS GREAT
HUGE RUNNIN DAY FROM MENDY AND MOORE N redmAN
150 YDS RUNNIN BETWEEN THEM

375 YD RECIEVING BETWEEN THE RECIEVERS

BIG D 2 INTS 1 FUMBLE RECOVERY
5 SACKS TODAY

1 DEFENSIVE TD FOR TROY

JETS CAN RUN CANT PASS JUST RUN N HIDE FROM ALL THE BULLETS FLYIN
THEY DO GET A SPECIAL TEAMS TD AND ONE TD FROM A TURNOVER WE GIVE THEM IN OUR END OF THE FIELD

I BROKE THIS GAME DOWN LAST WEEK AGAINST THE RAVENS AND I SAID STEELERS WOULD WIN
30-13 CLOSE SO HOPE IM AS CLOSE THIS WEEK


GO GO suPER STeelers
37-23
ive never since watchin the steelers since 76 when i was 10 have ever had such a good feelin about winnin a game this week.. funnY TO,, LAST WEek i felt almosT AS POSITIVE WE WERE GONNA WIN AS i do this week.

I love your excitement and positive attitude. When I read stuff like this I get more psyched than I already am!!

But what's up with your shift key? Is it broken? LOL! It seems to come and go quite a bit! :flap:

Pac
01-21-2011, 09:53 AM
Peter King is a disgusting fat body who has always hated the Jets. I'd be worried if he picked us to be quite honest.

He had us losing to Indy and getting worked by the Pats. He sucks at life.

fer522
01-21-2011, 09:58 AM
what's up with your shift key? Is it broken? LOL! It seems to come and go quite a bit!


:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

NYC_Steeler
01-21-2011, 10:57 AM
i love this stuff bottom line we have to many reciever for their dbs and lbs....we match up better so we should win'


37-23 a technical blowout is what i call this....i like this term a techNICAL blOWOUT!!!

BEN PLAYS GREAT
HUGE RUNNIN DAY FROM MENDY AND MOORE N redmAN
150 YDS RUNNIN BETWEEN THEM

375 YD RECIEVING BETWEEN THE RECIEVERS

BIG D 2 INTS 1 FUMBLE RECOVERY
5 SACKS TODAY

1 DEFENSIVE TD FOR TROY

JETS CAN RUN CANT PASS JUST RUN N HIDE FROM ALL THE BULLETS FLYIN
THEY DO GET A SPECIAL TEAMS TD AND ONE TD FROM A TURNOVER WE GIVE THEM IN OUR END OF THE FIELD

I BROKE THIS GAME DOWN LAST WEEK AGAINST THE RAVENS AND I SAID STEELERS WOULD WIN
30-13 CLOSE SO HOPE IM AS CLOSE THIS WEEK


GO GO suPER STeelers
37-23
ive never since watchin the steelers since 76 when i was 10 have ever had such a good feelin about winnin a game this week.. funnY TO,, LAST WEek i felt almosT AS POSITIVE WE WERE GONNA WIN AS i do this week.

I love your enthusiasm, but what's with the 23 points for the Jets? They were only able to score 13 points last time and that was without Troy (the other 9 points are an anomaly - kickof return and a safety - not happening again). If anything, I don't see the Jets scoring more than 13 points this time. Our defense will remember what happened last time and the fact they didn't go after Sanchez that much spells doom and gloom for the Jets. If Sanchez isn't in a fetal position by the end of the 3rd quarter, then the defense didn't do their job.

To be honest, I'm looking for the D to go after Sanchez HARD - as in knock him out of the game hard. I'm sick of the nonsense the idiots in the NY media are spewing about how great a QB he is and how well he played in the 1st game against the Steelers - esp that moron Gary Myers who's saying the Jets will win it all. I want the Steelers to beat the Jets so bad, that Gary Myers will retire and go into hiding. Idiot.

NYC_Steeler
01-21-2011, 11:02 AM
Peter King is a disgusting fat body who has always hated the Jets. I'd be worried if he picked us to be quite honest.

He had us losing to Indy and getting worked by the Pats. He sucks at life.

Dude, everybody had the Colts and Pats beating the Jets - it wasn't just him. After being beaten by 42 points, do you honestly think anyone would've picked the Jets to beat the Pats? Pete's been pretty good with his picks - he's a very astute analyst.

DanRooney
01-21-2011, 11:04 AM
Dude, everybody had the Colts and Pats beating the Jets - it wasn't just him. After being beaten by 42 points, do you honestly think anyone would've picked the Jets to beat the Pats? Pete's been pretty good with his picks - he's a very astute analyst.

If you had Trent Gree...err Peyton Manning winning in the playoffs, you are brainwashed by the media. Manning is the single most overrated quarterback in the history of the sport. He cannot beat quality teams when it matters.

ricardisimo
01-21-2011, 11:48 AM
If you had Trent Gree...err Peyton Manning winning in the playoffs, you are brainwashed by the media. Manning is the single most overrated quarterback in the history of the sport. He cannot beat quality teams when it matters.
Let's drop the hyperbole. He did beat good Raven and Patriot teams en route to a SB victory. And they have been a double-digit victory team for seven or eight years straight, playing in a strong division, often very strong. He's a great QB, and a first-ballot HoFer. Anyone who claims otherwise needs to pass the spliff along.

43Hitman
01-21-2011, 11:52 AM
I can't wait to see the Shock and Awe campaign we put on them on Sunday. I'm so pumped for this game!

Pac
01-21-2011, 12:37 PM
I can't wait to see the Shock and Awe campaign we put on them on Sunday. I'm so pumped for this game!

haha... you guys are funny.

Mendenhall up the middle for a 3 yard gain ain't exactly shocking or aweing anybody.

SteelCityMom
01-21-2011, 12:39 PM
haha... you guys are funny.

Mendenhall up the middle for a 3 yard gain ain't exactly shocking or aweing anybody.

Unless it's for a TD, like the two goal to go TDs he had against the Ravens D. :wink02:

43Hitman
01-21-2011, 12:52 PM
haha... you guys are funny.

Mendenhall up the middle for a 3 yard gain ain't exactly shocking or aweing anybody.

Who said anything about offense? I was talking about how shocked Dirty is going to be and how awed your coaching staff is going to be when we shut you down.

Pac
01-21-2011, 12:59 PM
Who said anything about offense? I was talking about how shocked Dirty is going to be and how awed your coaching staff is going to be when we shut you down.

I appreciate the enthusiasm brother but yall are about to be Sanchized... don't go throwin' batteries at the flight boys when they're doing the airplane during the post game celebration.

MattsMe
01-23-2011, 07:01 PM
Am I the only one who thinks Rashard is going to have a great game?

Not now you're not. Good call.

NYC_Steeler
01-23-2011, 08:55 PM
I appreciate the enthusiasm brother but yall are about to be Sanchized... don't go throwin' batteries at the flight boys when they're doing the airplane during the post game celebration.

Say what?!!

scsteeler
01-23-2011, 09:50 PM
Yeah...let's just use 4 WR and see how good Wilson and the 4th CB is or Wilson and one of the safeties.

I too have liked the bond Ben is developing with Sanders.

I'm still annoyed with Peter for running his mouth:
1. On Tomlin's challenge -which was the right thing to do
2. Dissing Mendy

Yes he was late to Sanders on the Play that was and INT. I really think Antonio Brown is starting to become a clutch guy for Ben.