NFL Thoughts Super Bowl Edition

Rodgers is trying to win his first title.

Big Ben looks to become a 3 time champion.

My personal nightmare is about to play out before my very eyes.  It comes true Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday, when the Packers and the Steelers play Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas at Cowboys Stadium.  Yes Cowboys Stadium!!  The sight of these two teams playing for it all in Jerry Jones’ new palace is disheartening, downright depressing.

This ranks third on my nightmare scenario list.  Redskins-Steelers and 49ers-Steelers are the top 2.  Giants-Steelers and Eagles-Steelers round out the top 5.  It’s bad enough that Pittsburgh has 6 Super Bowl titles, more than any other team.  They will be playing in their 8th Super Bowl which will tie the Cowboys for the most appearances all time, with a chance to win their 7th.

Green Bay has 12 championships, most all time.  Thankfully, most of those are NFL championships from back in the day, before the Super Bowl existed as we know it.  They have won 3 Super Bowls.  We all remember the images of young, innocent, gunslinger Favre from 1997 beating New England in the Superdome.  A far cry from the old, worn out, full of drama Favre we know today.

As for the game, Rodgers and Roethlesberger will play the biggest part.  But I like the matchup at defensive coordinator.  Dick LeBeau and Dom Capers worked together on the Steelers staff in the 90′s.  LeBeau is a Hall of Famer, Capers probably should be.  A win Sunday would definitely help his case for being in Canton.  Can you zone blitz a zone blitz team?  We’ll find out.  Both men run the 3-4 zone blitz defense.  Pittsburgh and Green Bay ranked 1-2 in rushing defense and scoring defense.  Both are top 5 in total defense.

If both run defenses show up, the pressure will sit squarely on the quarterbacks’ shoulders.  Left tackle Chad Clifton knows James Harrison is lurking, he can’t let his guard down for a second.  B. J. Raji will be facing either an injured Maurkice Pouncey or backup center Doug Legursky.  He should dominate the middle of the line of scrimmage either way.

The Packers are deep at wide receiver with Donald Driver, James Jones, and Greg Jennings, while the Steelers have the burner Mike Wallace, and the crafty Hines Ward who will command some attention.  The quarterback that makes the fewest mistakes  and the defense that makes the most plays will win the game.  Pretty simple, but easier said than done.  It should be another close, exciting, entertaining Super Bowl.  I’m going with the Packers 27-23.

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