Sunday, February 05, 2006

Super Bowl Prediction

Pittsburgh 34

There it is. That’s the final score. I just saved you some time, you can thank me later if you want. You don’t even need to watch the game now. What you want to know why that’s the final score? Really? You don't trust me? Ok, fine.

Here is the game breakdown before it happens.

Both have great defenses. The Seahawks have over 50 sacks this year and no single player in the double digits. They have stopped the run and the pass and nearly killed a couple quarterbacks this season, but they aren’t as good or balanced as the Steelers.

The Steelers are going to blitz from every position and ever direction. The Steelers D will get to Hasslebeck at least 2 times today, and that is going to throw the veteran QB off in his first ever Super Sunday.

With Troy Polamalu in the secondary and pressure on the QB, there will be a defensive score when Polamalu picks one off.

Remember, Defense wins championships.

Here is how the Steelers will win offensively. First, Jerome Bettis is home for his last game. If you don’t think that is going to give him an uncanny rush, then you haven’t ever played a sport before. That will give you an amazing balance between the pseudo-full back in Bettis and the lightening speed of Willie Parker.

Once the running game opens up, that is the beginning of the end. Ben Roethlisburger will manage the game to perfection—hooking up with Parker, Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El, and the rest of the receiving corps. The ability to run AND pass in the Super Bowl doesn't happen often, and when it does those are the legendary teams.

Now, don’t think that the Seahawks will just sit and watch. They won’t. Shaun Alexander will make the long and short yardage plays in the first half until the Steelers shut him down. He has convereted 20 of 21 3rd and 1's and 4th and 1's. He knows how to get short yardage.

Darrell Jackson will make some stellar plays at some key times on offence and Marcus Trufant will stay in some faces at corner and Lofa Tatupu will make some key hits on defense.

I just don’t see it being enough. They don't have the same depth sideline to sideline or on the bench that the Steelers have.

It’ll be fun to watch, but the Steelers are going to wins. So there it is… my neck… it’s a little exposed. Your turn.


At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Nick said...

I'm with ya, Matt. But don't overlook the fact that the Seahawks had the most potent offense in the league this season, as well as the rushing champion, who, coincidentally, also broke the NFL record this year for touchdowns scored. Seattle's defense also gets way overlooked.

Don't get me wrong, Pittsburgh is a great team and I love watching them. The story about THE BUS is a nice one, and I am a fan of Roethlisberger as the youngest qb ever to win a Super Bowl, his overall record is insane. And to think he came out of Miami of OH.

But, while if the Steelers win and it's more sexy and all, I'm still stoked. But I gotta say living in Longhorn Land, I can think of another championship game in which the victor was hardly mentioned as even having a chance. ;)


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