I’ve already previewed the game from all possible angles on paper, so there’s no use repeating myself. I’ll keep this short and sweet/sour: I’m taking the Steelers.
I’m taking the Steelers because I think experience is very important at the Super Bowl. Teams like the Patriots and Steelers are used to going through weeks like these, and they come out successful more often than not. This week was nothing new for Pittsburgh, and they’ll be better off because of it.
I’m taking the Steelers because I think they have the best linebacker corps in the NFL, and one of the best defences in NFL history. I love red-hot Aaron Rodgers and the streaking Green Bay offence, but a two-week lull might have killed their momentum. You don’t know what you’re going to get from the greener (pun) Packers, while Pittsburgh is more of a sure thing.
I’m taking the Steelers because I think backup centre Doug Legursky is good enough to hold it down in place of the injured Maurkice Pouncey. Pittsburgh’s offensive line isn’t its strong point, anyway, and I like Ben Roethlisberger’s ability to escape pressure.
I’m taking the Steelers because they have the better running game and the better tight end. These teams are eerily similar at a lot of spots, but running back and tight end are not examples of that. Rashard Mendenhall is far better than James Starks, and Mendenhall gets to go up against a defence that surrendered 4.7 yards per rush this year. Starks is forced to work against one of the top five front sevens in NFL history, Aaron Smith or no Aaron Smith. Not having Jermichael Finley hasn’t killed the Packers this season, but a healthy Heath Miller drastically lifts the entire Pittsburgh offence.
I’m taking the Steelers in a close game because neither of these teams gets blown out, ever. Neither has lost by more than 13 points in two years. The Packers haven’t trailed by more than a touchdown all season (seriously).
I’m taking the Steelers by a field goal in what might be one of the best Super Bowl games we’ve ever had. And I’m even starting to think a humble Canadian could be the difference.
Prediction: Steelers 20, Packers 17
MVP: Ben Roethlisberger
GLS in the playoffs: 9-1 (9-1 against the spread)