Can Sunday, February 6 and Super Bowl XLV come soon enough? I am already tired of all the talk and hype surrounding this football game! I am ready for some football and the actual game to take place. I hate the extra week off between the Super Bowl. I would love to see it played the week after NFC and AFC Conference championships, myself. Oh well, it is what it is.
I will break down the Super Bowl here shortly but I want to comment on the Pro Bowl which was played last Sunday. The NFC was up 42-0 in this football game. The NFC ended up winning, 55- 41, over the AFC. What a joke! It is truly apparent the players don’t want to play real football at the Pro Bowl game. I say, no problem, and just eliminate the game totally. I personally would rather watch players accept an award and watch highlight clips of the players’ exceptional plays over the previous season. The NFL needs to adopt an awards program similar to the Oscars or Golden Globes. The NFL shouldn’t make us fans watch pitiful football like the Pro Bowl anymore. Case closed!
Okay let’s get down to some real football and break down Super Bowl XVL.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are making Super Bowl appearance number eight and the Green Bay Packers are making Super Bowl appearance number five. Those appearances by the two teams means they have been in over 25 percent of all the total Super Bowls. Pretty impressive, if you ask me. Let’s face it, fans, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the model franchise of the NFL. The Steelers have big name players leave for various reasons and they don’t panic, they just replace them. Pittsburgh never misses a beat year in and year out. The Rooney family should be commended as an organization of stability and winning football games.
Oh, and by the way, Pittsburgh’s record in Super Bowls is a solid 6-1. The lone loss was to Dallas, which of course is the Super Bowl I attended. I must be bad luck for the Steelers. I am not attending Super Bowl XLV, so that is good news for Pittsburgh.
The Green Bay Packers hold a 3-1 Super Bowl record. The Packers actually won the first two Super Bowls ever played under legendary coach Vince Lombardi. In the late 90s Brett Favre won his first Super Bowl—and only Super Bowl—with the Packers. Brett got another chance, but lost to John Elway and Denver the very next year. The bottom line is, when these two teams make the Super Bowl game, they win the Lombardi Trophy. However, someone will lose this coming Sunday, and who will be the loser?
Super Bowl experience sides with the Steelers, as 13 players are in search of their third Super Bowl rings. The Packers have one player with a ring and that is John Kuhn. Ironically, he got the ring while being on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad. I guess if experience counts for anything, the Steelers should be your team of choice on Sunday. The quarterback play will be under the microscope on Sunday. Ben Rothlisberger completed 61 percent of his passes for 3,200 yards and had a 17/5 touchdown to interception ratio. Aaron Rodgers completed 65 percent for 3,922 yards and a 28/11 touchdown to interception ratio. The statistic edge goes to Rodgers, but Big Ben has two rings. I call this an even draw.
Defensively, Pittsburgh’s run defense is out of this world allowing only 62 yards a game. Wow, is that impressive! Green Bay allows 114 yards a game rushing. I think the Steelers will pound Rashard Mendenhall at the Packers’ "D". He pounded the Jets in the AFC title game. James Starks has been running the ball for the Packers effectively late in the season. He won’t against Pittsburgh; trust me on that one! I look for the Packers to display a lot of fivewide sets with James Jones, Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, Nelson Jordy and TE Donald Lee. If Aaron Rodgers is on like he has been, the Pittsburgh defensive backs will be extremely busy. I don’t think Maurkice Pouncy will play at center and Doug Legursky will be the center for Pittsburgh. Pitt will miss Pouncy. Troy Polamalu will be active and he needs to be to stop Aaron Rodgers. Super Bowl favorites are 2-6 in the last eight Super Bowls. I am 5-1 in my last six super Bowl predictions. Prediction drum roll please: Cheese me Please 23 and SteelCity 20. Send me your prediction, I would love to read it.