The SuperBowl is gonna be a great game, regardless of who wins.
Im pulling for the Cardinals. Other than because of being a fan of Warner, Fitz, and Bertrand Berry: Im pulling for the Cards because right now the Cards are, in a way, an improbable story and I wanna see it end on a good note.
This game, IMO, will hinge on the Cardinals offesive line. Can the Cards O-line stop the different schemes of the Steelers. If the O-line can stop the Steelers from penetrating into the pack field, the Cardinals will be able to run enough to keep the Steelers Defense honest enough against the playaction and non-playaction passes.
Unlike in past games where the Cards have been able to rely solely on the pass, they will have to be able to run for decent yardage frequently to have a chance to over throw the NFL #1 Defense.
defense wins championships. don't we all know this by now?
this game reminds me a lot of the 2002 superbowl i believe it was, when tampa bay played oakland. tampa bay had one of the best defenses in the league that year and oakland had the best offense.
long and short, tampa bay completely shut down oakland and score enough points to win.
this year, the steelers enter the game with the NUMBER 1 defense in the nfl. that means they are going to win, bottom line. they will score enough points and shut down the cardinals offense.
fitzgerald having the huge nfc championship game means the steelers will double team him all day.
just look at the national championship in college football. oklahoma had scored 60 plus points in 5 straight games. well they face a top defense in florida and managed under 20 points. this just shows defense wins the big games.
steelers will take this game 24-14. i'm also giving arizona the benefit of the doubt with that score because i think warner will only have 1 td pass.
i believe the spread is 7. LOCK IT UP, the steelers will cover the spread, its the lock of the century.
remember, i'm a huge giants fan, the reason the giants won last year and scored the huge upset was their DEFENSE. they held the superpower PATRIOTS to 14 points in the superbowl and allowed their offense to only have to score 17 points to win the big game.
As I typed my response to you I was thinking of that Rams team. Dude, in all seriousness, how often does that happen? Now, stop and think about how the Cards are going up against one of the all-time best defenses.
I love the Cardinals. Arizona is my second home. However, the Steelers have and always will be "my" team. This is the best possible scenario for me. If this had been Philly, I'd be a hater. Instead, I'm a realist. The Cards won't be able to contain a balanced attack and they won't be able to run on that defense.
This has all the makings of a blow out. Even Vegas thinks so. It has been a while (Tampa Bay vs. Oakland) since we've had a snoozer. While I don't think the score will be that lopsided, it mat be one of those "3rd quarter it's over" games.
the rams case makes a semi-legit arguement, however they never played a GREAT defense, only mediocre to above average defenses.
the titans d was pretty good and so was the patriots but i dont believev either were top 3 in the league. and remember, against those d's, the GREATEST SHOW on TURF barely beat the titans remember the stretch to almost tie it, and lost to the patriots.
find me a superbowl where a top 3 defense has lost. i don't believe there ever was one, and i don't think the year will be any different. the steelers will have this one wrapped up by the 4th and run the ball to kill time the last 15 minutes. lock it up.
i can't say i'm happy your a steelers fan, because i'm a die hard giants fan.
but i'll give you this, i'm not happy the giants are out of it, because i believe we're better then all the teams in the playoffs or were better, BUT, i do think if we ended up playing the steelers in the superbowl that ya'll would have beat us. the steelers were the only team i though could beat us in the SB. so i was happy when the steelers made it because atleast i didnt have to sweat one out verse ya'll and deal with a loss.
we had already beat you the one time in the season, and thats why i think yal'l would have took us. if you had won the regualar season matchup then i would say we would be you in the superbowl.
the cardinals are very lucky the eagles did their dirty work, because if they came to NY for the championship we would have stomped them.
i will say that one thing the steelers will never HAVE, is a superbowl victory against in 18-0 team. that one goes down in history.
and the ratings for this SB will be a snoozer compared to last year.
The 2006 Chicago Bears were 3rd in the league in points against. They lost the Super Bowl. Two years earlier, the Eagles led the league and lost the Super Bowl (to the other #1 team - the offenses were the difference in that one). The Atlanta Falcons lost in 1999 with the #4 defense. In 1990, the league-leading Broncos defense was blown away by the 49ers. The "defense wins period" argument just isn't correct. That's not to say great defense doesn't help, but balance is more important. I think the Cardinals defense is better than the Steelers offense, and that's the difference in the game to me.
Hey, rcb, I really like Eli and have a lot of respect for the Giant organization. I used to love watching LT dominate back in the 80's and I think Parcells is one of the top coaches ever. I can't stand the Eagles or the Cowgirls and I'm not too keen on the Redskins. I was jumping around all over the place in excitement when the Giants won last year!
I agree with you almost everything else. As this season progressed, I became increasingly aware that the Steelers were the "team to beat". I believe that the turning point was when we came back and beat the Cowgirls. Other than our little hiccup against the Titans, we've just been dominating everyone.
The ratings will be just fine because Steeler Nation is so immense. Plus, the country is in love with Fitzgerald right now. They won't be as high as they were last year, granted, but they won't be as low as, say, a Rams vs. Patriots SB. The Cardinals may hurt the ratings a bit but, if history is any indication, the Steelers always draw huge numbers:
(AP) An estimated 90.7 million people watched the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, the largest Super Bowl audience since the Steelers last played in the title game in 1996.