Super Bowl Preview by John 2011 Edition

My apologies to John as this is very late.  He had it done last week and I am just getting around to typing it in now.  Please feel free to leave a comment as he would love to hear from you.

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.

***Predictions****

The final score:

Green Bay —-  17
Pittsburgh —  24

Passing leader – Aaron Rodgers
Rushing leader – Rashard Mendenhall
Receiving leader – Greg Jennings or Mike Wallace

Summery

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!

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11 Responses to “Super Bowl Preview by John 2011 Edition”

  1. kycath Says:

    John, I have to admit that it might as well be in Greek for my poor sports-challenged brain. The part where you predict the Steelers winning, though? That I get – and I’m with you!

    Nice write up.

    Ms. Jenn in Kentucky

  2. JD Vogel Says:

    Hi John.

    Excellent analysis for this Super – Duper of a SuperBowl.

    Your prediction is well supported with facts but as The jingle says, “Pittsburgs going to the Super Bowl,” and yes they are…. as will Green Bay… They’re not only going to the SuperBowl…. they’re going to win… GB 38 – PB 27

  3. AWeigle Says:

    Nice work, John. I especially like your prediction that the Steelers will win. As much as I like Rodgers’ story, I have to concur, since so many of the Packers are at the big game for the first time, and I believe their nerves will get the better of them. By the way – it’s Pittsburgh – with an h.

  4. Joe Zellner Says:

    Good analysis, John — I agree with you on all counts. As a Pittsburgh expatriate and lifelong Steelers fan, I hope you’re right!

  5. Maryellen Says:

    I thought this was a great analysis. Very thorough. However I beleive the Pack is going to take this game.

  6. Ms. Marilyn Says:

    Good morning my dear,
    I first of all want to tell you how much I miss you and your family. Have you noticed I sent snow down your way:)
    I enjoyed reading your SB preview, but I have sad news for you:( The Packers are going to beat the shoes off of the Steelers!!!~ Maybe even their helmets!
    Not sure of the score, but GO GREEN!
    PS. Would you write me and tell me who won – still don’t have a TV 🙂

  7. Aunt Mary Lou Says:

    Hey John,

    Great summary! I, too, hope your prediction is right on the money! My West Virginia friends are always happy when we root for the Steelers, too!

  8. Aunt Sue Says:

    Great pre-game story, John! I, too, hope you’re right. I always root for the city I’ve visited and I’ve been to Pittsburgh twice, but never to Green Bay. Enjoy the game and I’m looking forward to your post-game report!
    God bless you and enjoy the game.

  9. Fr. Michael Harrington Says:

    John, that was a fine analysis. I have finally gotten over the fact that the New England Patriots are not in the Super Bowl. Well, everybody has a bad game once in a while.

    I think this Super Bowl will be a good game. I’m voting for Green Bay. I like the fact that their coach is such a strong Catholic. They have a Catholic Priest Chaplain whose duties have been increased from Game Day Masses to Training Camp Masses, Holy Day of Obligation Masses, A Draft day Mass, Baptismal Preparation, Confirmation preparation, and counseling.

    I predict 27-24 Green Bay.
    See you soon.

  10. Laura Louise Says:

    Hi John!

    GREAT post as always. And so helpful for me, since I still don’t follow the football. I’d love to read a follow-up post by you as soon as possible after the game. That way, I won’t be completely lost when people talk about it at work.

    I love your writing style, by the way – you write better than a typical college student – seriously. I’m super impressed. KEEP IT UP!!!

    Love,
    Cousin Laura

  11. Jenny Says:

    Wow, I wish I had read this before the game. Very thorough. I’m a new follower from Catholic Mothers Online…come by for a visit and return the favor.

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