Super Bowl Sunday is only a couple of days away, and I won't have done my solemn duty to the internet if my take on it isn't available for everyone to see by then.
As a lifelong Bears fan, I feel morally obligated to root against Green Bay (even though they are a damn good team this year and probably deserve to win, especially since they haven't been to the big game in a while and Ben Rapistberger already has a ring). Also, I have a huge man-crush on Troy Polamalu. Okay, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but--wait--nope, it's not. Needless to say, I use Head & Shoulders shampoo and conditioner every single day.
Hair and prejudices aside, I am super excited for this game. It's an excellent matchup this year; each team has a high-profile quarterback, a highly talented and experienced receiving corps, a solid running game, and an absolutely vicious defense, not to mention some of the best coaching in the NFL. A fast-paced, dynamic, bloodthirsty game is all but guaranteed. And as much as I'll probably hope it never ends, I have to give the Steelers the edge.
While it's true that Aaron Rodgers has been the hottest QB in the league recently, he posted a decidedly anemic 55.4 passer rating in an ugly win in the NFC Championship Game. The Steelers' defense is at least as good as Chicago's and probably even better. It's as simple as that. The Pack will probably get away with some big plays--there's really no stopping them completely--but I think Pittsburgh's defense can hold them off long enough. To really seal the deal though, the Steelers will need to establish their running game early and pound away at the clock to keep that explosive Green Bay offense off the field, because given enough chances, they can and will run up the score against anyone... and if it comes down to a shootout, Pittsburgh may not be able to keep up.
Summary: Steelers need to control the clock and keep their defense well-rested to win, and I like their chances.
What are your thoughts? Comment it up folks!!