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Super Bowl Preview by John
This preview is about me analyzing the Super Bowl teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. Today I am going to start with the Steelers.
The Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers enter their 8th Super Bowl, their 2nd under head coach Mike Tomlin. “Big” Ben Rothlisburger enters his 3rd Super Bowl, hoping this time he will get the MVP. In 2007, Super Bowl XLI, the Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 21-10, WR Hines Ward getting the MVP. In Super Bowl XLIII, WR Santonio Holmes received the MVP for his 7 catches for 133 yards and game winning touchdown.
For “Big Ben,” he started the season suspended for the first 5 games, but came back to average 266.7 yards a game with 3200 yards. his 97.0 passer rating finished 3rd in the AFC and 5th in the NFL.
As for key player Rashard Mendenhall, he ran for -tying 2nd place in rushing touchdowns- 13 scores and ran for a 27 carry, 121 yard performance last week against the Jets, that earned him the game ball for that game. (NOTE -To have a game ball means that the person was the MVP for that game.)
We cannot forget the unbelievable Pittsburgh defence, led by James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, James Farriar, and Troy Polamalu. Lawrence Timmons lead the team this season with 135 tackles, LaMarr Woodley tied the team with James Harrison in sacks with 10.5 and Troy Polamalu finished 2nd in the NFL with 7 interceptions. Shaun Suisham is disappointed with himself for a longest field goal of 48 yards.
And last, but not least, is Mike Wallace, the new wide receiver. Mike averages 21 yards per catch, caught a league leading 26 passes over 20 yards, 10 of those, another league leading, for over 40 yards. 80% of his 60 catches went for first downs.
Green Bay Packers
Lead by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who for the 3rd straight season threw for over 3900 yards. Green Bay has been bowl hungry, being the worst team (besides the Seattle Seahawks) to enter the playoffs at the #6 seed. They became the first NFC #6 seed to reach the Super Bowl.
Rodgers, who leads the 13 quarterbacks in the playoffs with over 800 yards passing, now hopes to gain his first Super Bowl win, and the Packers first win since 1996, when led by Brett Favre.
The running game has been hurt since day one when running back Ryan Grant went down in the first week with an injury. Since then, Green Bay has mainly used Brandon Jackson, who is unreliable when a first down is needed, only converting on 14.2% of his runs.
During the playoffs, the Packers have put their trust in rookie running back James Starks, who only played in 3 games. He has fulfilled hopes, running for 100 yards in 2 games, on at Philadelphia and another at Atlanta. Watch for James to break loose a few plays during Super Bowl VL.
Green Bay’s receiving team is lead by Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, catching a combined 20 touchdowns in the regular season. Green Bay has had some trouble holding on to the ball, fumbling 16 times, losing 8 of them.
Green Bay’s defence, lead by A.J. Hawk, Charles Woodston, and Nick Collins, have swarmed the running game. Watch for this top talent defense stop the running game and blitz Ben Roethlisburger a lot.
The final score:
Green Bay —- 17
Pittsburgh — 24
Passing leader – Aaron Rodgers
Rushing leader – Rashard Mendenhall
Receiving leader – Greg Jennings or Mike Wallace
That’s what I think. Feel free to leave comments or predictions on the comments link below. I would really like to hear your predictions. Thanks for reading!