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Super Bowl XLV Breakdown and Prediction

By Dave Bruning

The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers have weathered the competition and earned the right to meet on the frozen tundra of Cowboys Stadium in Super Bowl XLV. Aside from the unusual wintry weather to hit the Dallas area this week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the football fans in general have to be pleased and excited about the match up featuring two the league’s most storied franchises.

Pittsburgh sports a 6-1 record in the Super Bowl and has won the most titles in the modern era. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is seeking his 3rd title and head coach Mike Tomlin is trying to win his second before the age of 40, an unprecedented feat.

Green Bay has a 3-1 record in the Super Bowl. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy are seeking their first title and in the process re-establishing Green Bay as an elite franchise. A victory would also finally allow Brett Favre to fade into the background.

These teams are well-matched. I am anticipating an exciting, well-played game. In my previous previews, I have picked the Packers correctly through each round and the Steelers incorrectly through each round; something has to give. With that in mind this is how I see the game unfolding.

Pittsburgh has stopped the run all season. Green Bay has played most of the season without a rushing attack. I expect Pittsburgh to shut down the run. No team is better equipped to abandon the run and attack a defense with their passing attack than the Packers. The Green Bay wide receivers have a definite advantage over the Steelers secondary. I expect Rodgers to throw the ball almost 50 times. Rodgers is also very elusive in the pocket, and this will be pivotal in avoiding the elaborate blitz schemes of Pittsburgh. His ability to avoid sacks will also set Rodgers up to make a couple of big plays down field.

Pittsburgh will counter with a more balanced attack. Running back Rashard Mendenhall will need to have a big game for the Steelers. Green Bay’s run defense has been stout and I think will limit the effectiveness of the Steelers running game. The Packers secondary is playing extremely well. I think Roethlisberger will struggle against the Packer defense overall. The Steelers offensive line has been ravaged by injuries. They will struggle to protect Big Ben. Packers linebacker Clay Mathews should have won NFL defensive player of the year over Steelers safety Troy Polamalu. Polamalu is a great player, but he did miss two games and I don’t believe he is 100% healthy. I like Mathews to have a big game and show why he should have won the defensive player of the year.

I think the edge at the coaching position goes to Tomlin. There is so much to like about him. He speaks with candor, treats his players like men and respects his opponents. McCarthy is also solid, but lacks Tomlin’s big game experience. This could be the edge that swings the pendulum in Pittsburgh’s favor.

The Packer offense is built for the fast turf of Cowboys Stadium. Green Bay dismantled Atlanta in the Georgia Dome, where the Falcons and Matt Ryan had basically been unbeatable. I also believe in the karma of Brett Favre. Nothing would put a cherry on top of his horrible season like a Green Bay Super Bowl victory. Pittsburgh has never fully found their rhythm after Roethlisberger served his 4-game suspension. It is a credit to their players and organization that they made the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLV is Aaron Rodgers’ coronation as a truly elite NFL quarterback. I like Rodgers to lead Green Bay to a thoroughly entertaining 30-23 victory over the rugged Pittsburgh Steelers.

posted 2/3/11

1 comment:

  1. Final score 31-25. Damn this kid knows what he is talking about

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