… then they’d be like every other team left in the NFL playoffs with their flying mascots, but they don’t. That’s okay, as of the time of this article 70% of America are picking the Steelers in the Super Bowl and 40% have them winning it. As for this black and gold journalist, why the heck wouldn’t I agree?
Here’s my pick right now, somebody from Pennsylvania will win this Super Bowl. Defenses win championships, it’s been discussed ad naseum (even in only the first four posts on this site) so this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone following so far, but an offense will have to score once or twice… right? Only one thing stands in the way of a “ring for the other thumb” in my opinion, and that’s the hated Ravens from Baltimore. After two hard fought, extremely close games, I’m predicting this one to be a little more one-sided.
With the emergence of a healthy Willie Parker last week the Steelers seemed to have peaked at the right time and now will make a push to be more balanced then the two previous meetings in which they threw the ball much more than anticipated, weather permitting of course. On the other side of the ball you have to be extremely impressed with the play of Joe Flacco, rookie quarterback out of Delaware, not to mention the also over-discussed Ravens defense and the difficult task of beating the same team three times within the same season.
Still, I think the difference in this game will be the ability, or lack thereof, for Pittsburgh to establish a running game and whether or not either defense scores a touchdown. If neither “D” puts points on the board and the men of steel can run it, I look for a 14-17 point Pittsburgh victory. If not, time for the third barn-burner in as many tries and either team could win it, with the Steelers just slightly more than a coin-flip favorite in my mind.
Regardless of the outcome, I will personally guarantee that at least one helmet or two will get knocked off and it will be a very good thing the players aren’t mic’d up for this one or else it wouldn’t be family appropriate. Two teams built around running the football, solid quarterback play and great defense (best two in the league statistically speaking this year defensively) will put on yet another textbook lesson on how to hit and hate this weekend. Sit back, enjoy, and keep the women and small children who might get scared easily away from the screen.
My apologies to Les Miles.