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The Point After

Steelers will win tonight … no, Packers … no … well …

GS: Okay, John. We've been in Dallas so long we could run for office. Or for Oklahoma. Whichever is warmer. Have you figured out who is going to win this game yet?

JR: Can I have another 12 hours before I answer? I truly think this is going to be one of the most competitive Super Bowls we've seen. I began the week leaning toward Pittsburgh, changed my mind and jumped on the Green Bay bandwagon, and now I'm waffling like an IHOP. What do you think?

GS: If you're going to waffle, shouldn't it be at the Waffle House? Anyway, I was listening to a couple of guys trying to break down the game, and in the end, they came to the conclusion that you couldn't do it. This game will be decided by special teams or by a turnover. Also, they decided that Martina McBride sings a mean version of Summer of '69. Wait. That was us.

JR: I think what finally made me swing toward the Green Bay side was hearing some former players and coaches talk about Pittsburgh's vulnerability in the secondary. No one seems to think the Steelers have enough good DBs to cover Green Bay's five-wide sets. Of course, the tricky part is keeping Aaron Rodgers upright. I would assume the Steelers will call their first blitz while the coin is still in the air.

GS: I agree the Packers will make some plays through the air. That receiving corps is very, very good. But I just don't know if Green Bay can get anything done on the ground at all. Not many people have run against the Steelers in the past decade. It's good that the Packers can pass; but it's not good if that's all they can do.

JR: What about Pittsburgh playing without Maurkice Pouncey? I'm sure Doug Legursky would look pretty scary as a bouncer in a bar, but I have a feeling the Packers might attack a guy who has never before started an NFL game at center.

GS: Granted, it can't help the Steelers to play without someone who has played as well as Pouncey. But I don't think a team missing its center is quite the same as missing a quarterback or a running game. The Steelers can give Legursky help. If the Steelers lose, and they might, it won't be because of their play at center.

JR: Okay, you've been very good at telling me what isn't going to happen. Now explain to me how the game actually will play out.

GS: I think you get a conservative first quarter, a cautious second quarter, a curious third quarter and a fantastic final quarter. I think the Packers will make enough big plays to keep it close. I think Troy Polamalu picks off a pass at the goal line to preserve a 23-20 Steelers win. I think James Harrison will be the MVP, and when Roger Goodell tries to give him the trophy, he puts Goodell in a sleeper hold. Also, there might be overtime.

JR: Here's what I think: Neither of us has a clue. So let's do the one thing that always seems to work for us. Let's go eat.

Steelers will win tonight … no, Packers … no … well … 02/05/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:49pm]
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