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Thoughts on the ‘Big Game’

06 Feb

After two weeks of preparing, and many hours of coverage on ESPN later, the Super Bowl is finally about to be played in one of the grandest, and most expensive stadiums in the league, in Dallas, Texas.

Over the last two weeks, everyone and their mom have voiced their opinions. From bars, to dorm rooms, to even grocery stores, fans have weighed in on who they thought will win the ‘big-game in big-D’.

Now it’s my turn.

Being a Broncos fan, I haven’t had a lot to look forward too. But ever since the beginning of the season, I have been a fan of the Green Bay Packers in the NFC. Aaron Rodgers has played ‘lights-out’ this season (and no, i don’t mean the multiple concussions). Rodgers has taken the offense on his back, without a significant running game since Ryan Grant was injured the first the first game of the season, and was put on IR shortly after.

The Green Bay defense has been playing lights-out as well. Second-year linebacker Clay Matthews has been the heart of the defense. Charles Woodson has been the veteran-cornerstone in a young rookie secondary, they have controlled the air all season.

Their opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, are very similar.

Ben Roesthlisberger, the Steelers quarterback, has been the leader of the Steelers, even during his four-game suspension to start the season. As the norm in Pittsburgh, they have had a strong running game, a tough defense, and a clutch quarterback that has brought them back in the final minutes of a game to get the ‘W’.

So, by these standards, they game should end in a 3-3, or 6-6 tie.

But of course, that can’t happen.

My prediction: Green Bay 34- Pittsburgh 30.

You just can’t bet against the Packers right now. They are the definition of  “on-a-roll” through these playoffs.

First, they go into Philly and tame the high-octane offense of Mike Vick, Lesean McCoy, and the receiving-tandum of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. The next week, they go into Atlanta, and just straight-up embarrass the Falcons at home. Two weeks ago, they went into Chicago and beat the Bears (with and without Jay Cutler).

They are riding an emotional-high, and you just can’t play with that.

The Steelers have played two physical games, against the Ravens and Jets, to win the AFC. It could take a real physical toll on the team.

So there you have it. My prediction: green Bay 34- Pittsburgh 30.

Watch the Super Bowl at 6:30 on FOX, and look for my post-game comments after the game.

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