My preaseason picks were right about these two teams being in the Super Bowl. I took the Packers then, but will I take them now? These are two of my favorite teams in the league. I am rooting for the Packers because I want the man with the best start to an NFL career that also has the highest QB Rating in history (98.4), to win his first Super Bowl title. This game is going to be about the defenses more than it is about hair and quarterbacks.
Maurkice Pouncey is overrated, but he was still the Steelers’ best player on the offensive line- although Chris Kemoeatu is close. Pouncey is more than likely out, which puts in Dan Legursky. Legursky will get destroyed by BJ Raji in the middle. He was awful against the Jets because he is an awful player. I really don’t get why ESPN AFC North NFL Nation blogger James Walker things he did a good job and is a capable backup. Part of that is because Walker is a pretty bad blogger himself.
Anyway, the two tackles- Jonathan Scott and Flozell Adams- are actually worse than Chad Clifton and Bryan Bulaga. Yup, they are really that terrible. Cullen Jenkins and Clay Matthews especially should have fun with these guys. The good thing for Pittsburgh is that Ben Roethlisberger is extremely difficult to bring down. As great as Mike Wallace is, I think this secondary holds the receivers in check. Although I do think that Wallace is able to bring in a dagger or two. Overall, I do like Green Bay’s corners and Nick Collins in coverage.
Rashard Mendenhall is a solid running back, and he should do a solid job today. I really don’t expect anything special out of him. I think he has the potential to really suck in this game. Heath Miller has the best chance of making an impact today. His blocking will be crucial for Pittsburgh, and he has the best chance of making plays with his hands. The Packers’ linebackers are liabilities in coverage. They need to incorporate Miller as much as they can.
Josh Sitton should be able to keep Casey Hampton honest on the interior, but the Packers’ tackles are going to get obliterated by James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley. Those two combine for the best edge rushing tandem in the NFL. Woodley is the best postseason pass rusher in history. He has the longest consecutive games streak of recording a sack-6- with 10 sacks in that 6 game span.
Aaron Rodgers has great legs and is able to escape pressure well, but Woodley and Harrison aren’t as slow as Bierrman and Abraham. Abraham isn’t slow, but he doesn’t compares to the incredible speed of Harrison and Woodley. Brett Keisel should be able to cause some damage. The Packers are never, ever going to be able to run it on these guys. James Starks stinks, but Farrior, Timmons, Hampton, and Aaron Smith certainly don’t. If Smith plays, the Steelers will have one of the best run defending ends playing. If not, well, the Pack still won’t get anything on the ground.
Troy Polamalu needs to play coverage on a receiver. Ryan Clark needs to be the ballhawk. Against the potency of Green Bay’s spread offense, the Steelers will have to bring in as many capable cover guys as they can. Clark isn’t a capable coverage guy, and they also need one safety playing the role of the ballhawk. Bryant McFadden is going to get burned badly by James Jones. I think Greg Jennings wins the battle against Ike Taylor, but Rodgers will be throwing it at the much worse and nicked up McFadden. Expect Jones to have a nice day.
Ike Taylor is a great corner who is the only good coverage corner on Pittsburgh- William Gay is absolutely dreadful as well- so everyone throws it at the other corners. I think Jennings should get some catches, but don’t expect him to be as potent as he usually is. I think that the Steelers will limit the Packers’ offense, but I don’t know if they can stop Rodgers. I don’t like the Steelers’ offense’s matchup in this game. I feel like taking the Steelers, but I think the Packers are going to take this game in a close one.
Prediction: 17 Packers 16 Steelers MVP: 1. Clay Matthews 2. LaMarr Woodley 3. BJ Raji