Thursday, February 3, 2011

Super Bowl Prediction

I think I am more excited for this Super Bowl than I have been since the last time my Niners made the big game. It should have huge ratings two of the league's oldest, most storied franchises battling for the trophy named for the former head coach of one of the teams.

Pittsburgh has been a regular visitor to the Super Bowl lately winning Super Bowl XL and XLIII. They have a veteran squad that knows how to handle all the potential distractions of the media hype. Green Bay hasn't been since Brett Favre quit the booze and vicodin. Aaron Rodgers has proven an able successor to No. 4 in "Titletown", and brought the Pack to Dallas to try and win their 4th Super Bowl title.

Pittsburgh is looking for their NFL leading 7th Super Bowl victory.

The line was set at Green Bay -2.5 right after the conference championships and hasn't moved. That is about right where I expect it will end up. Both squads control the game with their defenses. They are ranked 1 (Pitt) and 2 (GB) in total defense this season. Both move the ball well on offense, but as I said with the top two defenses in the league the offenses might be slowed. Both teams feature a strong corps of linebackers, who love to get to the quarterback.

The last meeting between the two teams turned into a barnburner, with the Steelers winning, 37-36, on a last-second touchdown throw by Ben Roethlisberger. If the offenses can gameplan for the solid defenses and move the ball well we could see another game like that.

I tend to think that even though they have fewer players who have been to a Super Bowl, the Packers will come out ahead in this one. I think they will just more than cover the spread.

Call it Green Bay 28 Pittsburgh 24.

Aaron Rodgers (20-33, 3 TDs no INTs) will pick up the MVP award and cause Niner fans everywhere to throw things at their televisions.

Here's hoping we have a good game. Hopefully there will be some funny commercials for the first time in several years.

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