Posts Tagged ‘Aaron Rodgers

05
Feb
11

Super Bowl 45: A Preview

As I write this post, I am sitting at O’Hare International Airport awaiting my flight to Pittsburgh for the big game. So yes, up front, I’m taking the Steelers to win tomorrow (and feel that I’m remaining as unbiased as possible in that selection). I’ve taken the past two weeks off this sports blog for two reasons: 1)  to try to wrap my head around what is sure to be a legendary Super Bowl and 2) I’ve also started another pr blog with some friends of mine which has required a little more attention (Ok shameless self promotion complete.) Let’s let’s get right down to it:

Steelers 24-20 over the Green Bay Packers.

I’m going to go with Pittsburgh for a few reasons. The first being that this team has experience and has worked together through adversity at various times throughout the year. They scraped together a 3-1 record in their first four wins, had an amazing comeback against the Ravens twice and scooted their way to a 12-4 record. And true, it wasn’t always pretty. The defense has, much like any other year, been the glue that has held the Steelers together–headed by AP Defensive Player of the Year Troy Polamalu. But with a defense like this, you don’t need your offense scoring 30 points a game.

I think that the Steelers will benefit from their multiple offensive weapons–Mendenhall (who has developed into a work-horse for team), Wallace (who is the fastest receiver in the NFL), Ward and Miller (who make huge plays in the clutch–if not as often as they used to) are the usual suspects, but the Steelers have done a great job of incorporating rookies Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders into the mix. These two additions to the offense have proven that they can make the big plays when necessary in play-off games and give Ben two more weapons to utilize on offense–it’s impossible to cover EVERYBODY that Ben may be able to get the ball off to. That is, if he decides to hand the ball off at all. Ben has become an increasingly mobile quarterback (a necessity since our O-line is depleted) and has no problem scrambling for first downs.

And yes, Green Bay is a good team. Aaron Rodgers is a good QB, Clay Matthews is a beast, Tramon Williams is clutch and Jordy Nelson has been on fire lately. In my opinion, the Steelers have a player that matches toe for toe with every one of them (Roethlisberger, Polamalu, Clark and Miller) not to mention Harrison, Woodley, and Wallace. Yes, I worry about our pass protection and our secondary–and Aaron Rodgers has an ungodly amount of 20+ yard completions this post-season. I mean really it’s ridiculous. And yes, I’m slightly uncomfortable about the state of our offensive line–especially with the loss of key center Maurkice Pouncey. But I’m not scared of the Packers in the slightest. I think they are an absolutely beatable team. They beat up on NFC fools and let’s not forget that they couldn’t exactly close out the NFC Championship against a third string QB in Chicago. The ONLY difference in that game was an understandable pick six by an unexpecting BJ Raji to preserve the lead. The Packers struggled against a Bears defense that is similar to Pittsburgh–except that Pittsburgh’s is better. Yes, I expect them to get burned once by the long-ball but I also expect defensive genius Dick Lebeau to be able to adjust.

Roethlisberger has Super Bowl experience and is a proven leader for his team (if you want my personal take on him in general, check out a great read on 15 Minutes Blog that features a variety of blogger opinions on the subject) and is unlikely to choke–in fact, I expect this to be his best Super Bowl performance to date (and God help us if it’s worse than his first Super Bowl performance.) I don’t think Aaron Rodgers will choke either–but expect nerves to get to him the first quarter before he settles down.

Let’s not forget either that everyone is picking the sexy pick of the Packers, which undoubtedly adds fuel to the fire. No one ever gives Pittsburgh its due–and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Of the 45 analysts at ESPN, 32 picked the Packers to win tomorrow. Lil Wayne puts out ‘Green and Yellow’ a song aimed squarely at Pittsburgh and the Packers are favored by 2.5 in Vegas.  See the Steelers have that extra drive to play for now–much like they did in ’09 and ’06 and they’re going to be fired up beyond belief wanting to prove the haters wrong–haven’t people learned yet that its Ben who is proven himself time and time again in the clutch–NOT Aaron?  Personally, I’d never bet on the Steelers to lose a game, being a fan aside, more often than not, they manage to find a way to get it done (in the final two minutes to give you a heart attack). Again, I don’t think this is a blow out by any means on either side–both teams can win the game and the victor will need to put together a damn near perfect ball-game to do so. But I give the Steelers the edge because I think their defense will allow for at least seven points off turnovers and that will be the difference in the game.

Who do you have tomorrow—and why??

It’s gonna be fun to watch (except for the Black Eyed Peas at halftime) so everybody enjoy the game and, of course, HERE WE GO STEELERS!! ❤



09
Sep
10

whose ready for some freaking football?? :-)

This morning, we woke up and our heart was much like the Grinch’s … it grew three times its normal size. Why you ask? Because today marks the kickoff of the 2010 NFL Football season 😀 With Laura prepping to make the trek to Columbus this weekend for the Miami/Ohio State game (tough “real world” gig, huh?) I’m posting our quick and dirty picks for both NFL Conferences, as well as our Super Bowl prediction.

AFC EastNew York Jets-I really like this team. Granted, being featured on “Hard Knocks,” I’ve gotten the chance to become more familiar with them, but I think the team just has an intangible factor. Sanchez will improve on his rookie season performance and the addition of my boy, Santonio Holmes to the Coles/Cotchery/Edwards situation should help open up the passing game, which is a necessity since the running game took a hit with the departure of  Thomas Jones. However, with the Revis situation under control and Cromartie around, the Jets should be poised to make the Superbowl. Just for the record, the last rookie QB to lead a team to a loss in the AFC Championship game and won the Super Bowl the next season? His name? Ben Roethlisberger.

AFC  North-Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m absolutely biased, 100%. Best case scenario, Dixon leads us to a 3-1 record before Roethlisberger steps in.  I’m not too worried though, the Steelers always have been, and always will be a team built on defense. (The Steel Curtain if you will). With a healthy Polamalu, our defense is one of , if not the best in the league. Baltimore has made some solid moves this post season and with the Housmanzadeh pick up should give us a run for our money, but Flacco is not a Super Bowl QB, he just isn’t. The Owens/OchoCinco ego battle will overtake the Bengals and …well, Cleveland is still the “mistake by the lake.” 😉

AFC West-San Diego Chargers-As much as I want to pick the Broncos for my twinny, I just can’t. The solid team always suffers a collapse of epic proportions at the end of the season. Wither, Dumervil and White are out for the season, paired with a bruised Moreno and Buckhalter. I think the team is in too many shambles to win the division. Looking at the rest of the division, the Chargers pretty much have a clear path. Although I positively despise Philip Rivers and all of those idiots that say he’s the best QB out of his draft class…you know, having never even gotten to a Super Bowl.

AFC South-Indianapolis Colts-For obvious reasons, duh.

NFC East-New York Giants-the NFC East is the hardest division in football. Every team is always competitive and the regular season  champion is never decided until week 16. I won’t front, I hate the Philadelphia Eagles with EVERY FIBER OF MY BEING but I think it was a GREAT decision to release McNabb (I’ve been saying since I was 16 that the Eagles would NEVER win a Super Bowl with him…and was right :)) but I just don’t see a successful run. Dallas looked meh in the preseason, with only what appears to be a solid defense. Romo has never proven himself, so we can’t put much stock in him anymore until he does. The Redskins have drama with Haynesworth and Shanahan already, which doesn’t bode well for the season (how on earth they’re gonna bench someone they invested that amount of money in is beyond me) and well, they picked up McNabb, whose over the hill and already starting with his injury shit. (Why does Donovan eat Chunky Soup from a cup? Cause he chokes every time he gets near a bowl. BOOM.) So that leaves us with the Giants, Brandon Jacobs lost 25 lbs in the off-season and faster and stronger than ever. Bradshaw is healthy and jumping out of the backfield like a rocket and Eli is passing well.

NFC North-Green Bay Packers-Rodgers is maturing into quite the lovely quarterback and although the Packers have had a very under the radar off-season, I think this is the year when Green Bay will beat the Vikings TWICE (Finally!)  I’m not a fan of Favre. I try to refuse to weigh in, because I don’t want to give that jag any of my attention, but he is NOT going to win another Super Bowl. He just isn’t. He doesn’t have it left in him. And of course, we all know that Favre is coming back next year, like he’ll really quit one year shy of the all time record for playing seasons and other milestones he’ll be on the cusp of. I think this comeback will be met with the same results of every other comeback, NOT WINNING THE SUPERBOWL.

NFC West-San Francisco 49ers-I’m excited to see what Singletary can do with this team. I admire the way he came in and CLEANED HOUSE last season. Smith, Gore and Crabtree will handle the offense. Justin Smith, Takeo Spikes and Patrick Willis will anchor a middling defense and that will be good enough to win the division. Sorry Arizona, I applaud you kicking Leinhart to the curb, but Derek Anderson isn’t going to take you very far…just ask the Browns.

NFC South-New Orleans Saints-Although Brees is on the cover of Madden 2011, the Saints are poised to make another great run to the Super Bowl. I’d really like to the Falcons tear this division up, as for some reason, I’m such a fan of Matt Ryan, but the Saints just have too many weapons to contain …. right Indy?

Super Bowl Prediction: New York Jets vs. Green Bay Packers. Winner? Jets.

We know you have thoughts and we’re always up for a good debate (Laura would like me to go on record saying she “would never have picked some of those teams.” So let’s hear it!

–Sam




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