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The Point After

Distance between teams not so Super

GS: I'm not saying the teams are far apart, but John Wayne never covered as much of Texas as we did Monday. I think the teams were closer when they were in Green Bay and Pittsburgh.

JR: Yeah, the Steelers are in Fort Worth, the Packers are in Irving and the game will be in Arlington. The only things in Dallas are the NFL headquarters and 1,374 Tex-Mex restaurants. Speaking of Cowboys Stadium, did you see the stat that Aaron Rodgers has a 111.5 passer rating in indoor stadiums since 2008? Because of their passing attack, will the Packers have an advantage with the roof closed Sunday?

GS: So, what was Vince Lombardi's record in the air-conditioning? That strikes me as one of those silly stats that really doesn't mean a lot. After all, Rodgers has played in Detroit every year, which is a multiplier of any stat you want to mention. But I do like those receivers when they aren't playing on crappy turf like at Soldier Field.

JR: The controlled environment has seemed to help in the postseason. He had a 136.8 rating in the Georgia Dome and an 87.1 combined at Philadelphia and Chicago. Of course, that would probably be true for most QBs in domed stadiums, but the Green Bay offense sort of favors receivers running here and there. Tell me this: If you were a GM and they were free agents, would you chase Rodgers or Ben Roethlisberger?

GS: Good question. I like both of them. But I'm going to say Rodgers. I just think a franchise can go to sleep easier knowing there aren't going to be any big headlines waiting for them. Also, there is this: Rodgers probably has a little more to do with the average Packers win than Roethlisberger does with the average Steelers win. You?

JR: I would agree with everything you said. And, still, I might lean toward Roethlisberger. As stat-happy as I am, there's just something about a quarterback who makes plays when it matters. And I've seen Roethlisberger do that more than Rodgers. I'm not saying Rodgers isn't capable of being that guy Sunday; I've just seen more of Big Ben.

GS: You and the police.

JR: That was totally unfair. I wanted to be the cruel one today. Anyway, we're in a pretty good stretch of Super Bowl quarterbacks. Drew Brees, Tom Brady, the Manning brothers, Kurt Warner. Sure beats the days of Rex Grossman, Jake Delhomme, Kerry Collins and Chris Chandler.

GS: Ah, yes. The Dilfer Gang. Don't you miss them so? I think the Super Bowl has proved you can get here and maybe even win it once. But it's a lot more fun to watch when teams have heard about the forward pass, isn't it?

JR: Absolutely. In my book, it's second only to wardrobe malfunctions.

Distance between teams not so Super

01/31/11 [Last modified: Monday, January 31, 2011 10:23pm]
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