I’ll be damned if I’m posting my thoughts on this game in a Steeler thread.
First things first. Thanks to a very loving wife and an awesome sister with some nice connections, I actually get to go to the Super Bowl. It’s actually a lifelong dream of mine to go see the Packers in the Super Bowl, so I am so incredibly stoked for the game, and one huge thing will get marked off my bucket list.
Now, the thing that strikes me about the game is how similar these two teams are. Great 3-4 defenses with solid big guys in the middle, a stud rush linebacker, and playmakers in the secondary. SBoth franchises have a long tradition off winning (wake me when you get to double digit championships Pittsburgh), have great owners (I like and respect the Rooney family and the people of Green Bay), and have built their current teams through the draft, street free agents, rather than high priced free agents. And both have young franchise QB’s. Luckily the Packers’ QB hasn’t raped anybody, so the Packers are ahead on that mark.
It should be an interesting game. The Steelers’ running game scares me a bit, but I love me some Dom Capers, so I think he’ll have a damn good gameplan in place to stop Mendenhall. And the Steelers’s QB’s production has really dipped in the playoffs this year, so I’m not horribly worried about him, although he’s always a threat. I think the key will be interior pressure and wrapping him up. Cullen Jenkins and BJ Raji need to abuse the Steelers O Line and contain/tackle their QB to stop him from becoming dangerous.
On the other side, the Steeler D is formidible. They bring the pressure and don’t press cover a lot, so I expect a fair amount of quick passes, slants, and screens. I also expect that Rodger’s ability to avoid the rush and make things happen with his feet will have a big influence on the outcome of the game. I do like how the Packers match up against the pass defense of the Steelers, but I don’t expect a lot of of James Starks this game.
I really would feel a lot better if we had Jermichael Finley in this game, because he could be a huge difference-maker against this defense. But water under the bridge.
All in all, it should be an interesting game. I’d love a Packer blowout, but I don’t see that happening. But the Packers will win.