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SH-Rock
02-03-2011, 06:39 PM
With two of the smartest defensive minds in football and two of the best defenses in the game facing off Sunday in Texas, logic says this should be a 17-13 pitchers duel. I am not logical.
As much as I respect 3-4 brainchildren/inventors Dick LeBeau of the Steelers and Dom Capers of the Packers, I respect the quarterbacks, the speed receivers and the conditions inside a closed stadium more. The last time Aaron Rodgers played inside, in a wild-card win at Atlanta, he looked like a cross between Steve Young and Johnny Unitas. His receivers continually burned Falcons coverage. And Ben Roethlisberger, given ideal conditions, is going to use the fastest receiver corps in Steelers history to his advantage.
Part of my duties this year at the Super Bowl include being the pool reporter at Steelers practices. And on Wednesday, I saw exactly what I had seen on a hot August day in training camp and what I had seen when the Steelers beat the Ravens in the divisional playoffs three weeks ago: speed. Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown have given secondaries matchup problems down the stretch this year, and that won't change on Sunday. Same thing with Rodgers and his accomplished group of wideouts.
This is a game where I could see some defensive points scored. Look at Green Bay's defensive playmakers. Sam Shields entered the playoffs as an unknown nickelback. After starring with a two-interception performance in the NFC Championship Game, Shields now poses a legitimate matchup concern for Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians of the Steelers. Who do you try to exploit? The 2009 defensive player of the year, Charles Woodson? His $35 million running mate at cornerback, Tramon Williams? Or Shields?
On the other side, Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark are so good together in the deep secondary and around the line of scrimmage that I wouldn't be surprised after some plays one says to the other, "You complete me." What the Steelers lack in strong cornerback play, they make up for in pass-rush and safety help.
There is no question in my mind that the game will be close, and there is no question in my mind that either team could win and it wouldn't remotely be a surprise. Give me the Steelers, 33-27, just because I think Roethlisberger, the tree trunk, is better suited to take the hits the quarterbacks will take in this game and keep on ticking.


Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/02/03/super-bowl-prediction/index.html#ixzz1CwifiUMl

headymessman86
02-03-2011, 06:49 PM
Peter King and Madden '11 calling it. Good enough for me, when's the parade?

OX1947
02-03-2011, 06:49 PM
Peter King can eat Tom Brady's (bleep)....

OX1947
02-03-2011, 06:52 PM
Dude, Big Ben has been playing Ed Reed two a year for 7 years, what the hell do they think Scott Shields is going to do to him? never seen so much hype for players who have done nothing execpt for a couple games. Its like everyone forgets they had a rookie QB run up and down the field for 2 TDs on them.

And if Akers didnt have the worst day of his kicking career, they wouldnt have even been in the Super Bowl.

Neil-Still-Rules-14
02-03-2011, 06:57 PM
Dude, Big Ben has been playing Ed Reed two a year for 7 years, what the hell do they think Scott Shields is going to do to him? never seen so much hype for players who have done nothing execpt for a couple games. Its like everyone forgets they had a rookie third string QB run up and down the field for 2 TDs on them.

And if Akers didnt have the worst day of his kicking career, Mike Vick wasn't horrendous, and Atlanta wasn't completely overhyped, they wouldnt have even been in the Super Bowl.

Fixed it for you :chuckle:

LegendSteel
02-03-2011, 07:06 PM
I'm happy he picked the Steelers (twice), but Peter King can't make up his mind. At the beginning of the season he picked the Steelers and Packers with the Steelers coming out on top 35-31. Then in the playoff preview issue he changed to the Patriots. Now he's back to the Steelers with a different score. I'm going to laugh my ass off if it ends up being 35-31 Steelers.

ricardisimo
02-03-2011, 07:31 PM
Vic Carucci - Numero Uno at NFL.com - is also throwing his hat (http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story/09000d5d81e19ea8/article/steelers-are-more-complete-experienced-team-in-sbxlv?module=HP_cp2) in the Steelers' ring.

fer522
02-03-2011, 07:47 PM
Dude, Big Ben has been playing Ed Reed two a year for 7 years, what the hell do they think Scott Shields is going to do to him? never seen so much hype for players who have done nothing execpt for a couple games. Its like everyone forgets they had a rookie QB run up and down the field for 2 TDs on them.

And if Akers didnt have the worst day of his kicking career, they wouldnt have even been in the Super Bowl.

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

LVSteelersfan
02-03-2011, 08:07 PM
Dang it. How can we play the no respect card with all of these people picking the Steelers?