03 February 2011

Super Slugfest, Super Bowl Style



Can Clay Matthews stop the Steelers?
In every sport there are those teams that everyone dreads to play, they know are the more physical teams, the more prepared, the most seasoned, or the most versatile team.  This year, the NFL is bringing two of these titans to the table for the Super Bowl.  In what could shape up to be one of the best Super Bowls in recent years, there will be two teams taking the field that are both very strong on offense, but both are defense orientated teams.  Pittsburgh brings in an “old school” style defense that will hit you, hit you, and hit you again.  Right when you think the hits are going to stop, you get hit again.  Their defense is known around the league for how hard they hit, how they hit, and the ferociousness of their hits.  Green Bay brings in the “working man’s” defense, led behind last year’s NFL defensive player of the year, Charles Woodson, the Packers are no slack on defense either.  All-Pro Clay Matthews is one of the league’s best at stopping the ball, whether it’s a runner, receiver, or the quarterback.

Will the Steelers add number 7?
Pittsburgh is not in unfamiliar waters with the Super Bowl, having won 2 in the last six years already, and having several guys who are going for their third ring together.  This is the same team that before the season started were told they couldn’t win without Ben Roethlisberger, and went on to prove critics wrong.  With a season filled of news surrounding James Harrison and his bone rattling hits, the Steelers have managed to run through the playoffs enroute to a date with the Packers.

The Packers come in as the team with no experience, nothing to pull from other than history, and yet, no one is doubting their right to be there.  Green Bay comes in, being led by a gunslinging quarterback who silences every team in his way- no, it’s not Brett Favre, it’s Aaron Rodgers.  Displaying his borrowed signature championship belt move, Rodgers is firing on all cylinders as he leads the Packers in to Dallas for their date with history.




Green Bay once had cheerleaders












Things you won’t see in this game…. Jerome Bettis busting through the line or Brett Favre running down the field with his finger held high.  You also will not see any cheerleaders on the sidelines, as these two teams neither have cheerleaders, giving us the first Super Bowl in the 45 year history to put two teams without cheerleaders on the field.
The long forgotten Steelerettes










WHAT TO WATCH FOR: 

The Packers need to get to Big Ben
For Green Bay to be successful on defense, they will have to keep Ben Roethlisberger in the pocket and not let him get out and run.  The Steelers are going to look to find Mike Wallace deep down field, so the Packers will have to be able to match up one on one with their defense keeping guys like AJ Hawk and Matthews free to spying on the Big Ben.  On offense, Rodgers has been deadly lately, connecting on almost every pass he throws, and keeping them in places where only his guys can catch them.  Rodgers can beat you with his legs too, if you let him.  Look for him to get out and run when needed, and watch for his pin point passing has he drops passes in places where the defense can’t get them.  Don’t expect to Rodgers force many passes, instead he’ll find the open man, or he’ll throw it away.



Can Ben join the list of QBs to win 3 Super Bowls?
On Pittsburgh’s side of the ball, watch for Roethlisberger to use the running game from Mendenhall to set up passes down the field.  Big Ben will scramble as needed to help get free, which is when he is at his best.  Green Bay will bring different looks to try and force him to make mistakes, but Roethlisberger is poised in the pocket and will be patient.  On defense, watch for the Steelers to mix up their calls and show disguises to Rodgers since he’s one of the best at picking up defenses on the line.  Watch for Harrison to get lose and unload on Rodgers in the backfield if he’s not blocked at all times, and if Rodgers doesn’t pick him up at the line on every play.



The game will come down to the play of the quarterbacks and their ability to read the defenses.  Roethlisberger has been saved a few games this season by his defense, but in this game, that won’t be enough.  Watch for a slug fest out the gate, as each team battles for field position before they punt.  It will be a low scoring first half of football, which will favor the Steelers going in to the second half.  In the third quarters Aaron Rodgers will take the game by the reigns and settle in to a groove, leading the Packers in to the lead and win.
Aaron Rodgers has been flying high as of late,
watch for him to continue in the Super Bowl.

Green Bay           24
Pittsburgh            20

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