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Super Bowl Preview

Posted By Norm Duhamel On Feb 1 2011 @ 1:43 pm In Buffalo Bills | No Comments

The week before the Super Bowl in the early 90′s were very exciting times for me and other Bills fans. Nowadays it brings me sadness because I know the football season is over and it’s another 8 months till it starts up again.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Super Bowl Sunday, the 10 hour pre-game, the snacks and the beer. It’s a chance for the NFL to showcase their best 2 teams to duel it out for the title of World Champion.

There is a good chance that there will be a lockout next year therefore I hope this Super Bowl will end in triple overtime on a 98 yard interception for a touchdown with a final score of 50-44.  I just hope it’s a close one, I don’t want a defensive battle or an offensive shootout but just a mix of both keeping us entertained till the clock read zeros.

I’m familiarized with both of these Super Bowl teams, as Buffalo played them this year, losing to Green Bay and to Pittsburgh. Buffalo was only one Stevie Johnson catch away from beating Pittsburgh…but please let’s not rehash that disaster. It’s hard to give any team the edge. After a quick look at the season stats on nfl.com [1] both teams were only separated by a few positions in most categories on both sides of the ball. For example:

Green Bay Packers 9th
Pittsburgh Steelers 14th

Green Bay Packers 5th
Pittsburgh Steelers 2nd

One stat that could be a huge factor was that despite Green Bay losing 6 games this year they never trailed by more than 7 points in any game this year. This feat has not been accomplished since the NFL-AFL merger until this year. Being the QB that he is, Aaron Rodgers should be able to handle catching up from a larger deficit as well. Rodgers has 6 touchdowns and a passer rating of 109.2 this postseason and if the Packers end up winning this game there will be no doubt that it will be because of him.

I don’t believe that the defense wins games but with the 2nd ranked Pittsburgh Steelers it’s hard not to say that it could happen this Super Bowl. Quarterbacking the Steelers D is James Harrison. If he can stay away from illegal hits and concentrate more on returning interceptions for touchdowns I think they could put Aaron Rodgers on the ground and keep the Packers offense on the sidelines. Here’s another look at the longest play in NFL history from Harrison.

Get the oxygen! [2]

I’ll take the Packers since I picked them to go to the Super Bowl before the season started. Rodgers will be MVP and in the end the Bills will still be my favorite team.

Packers 35
Steelers 21

I’ve created an online Super Bowl Pool for all my readers. Please fill out and I will send the winner a special prize. It’s only 10 questions and will only take a few minutes to complete.

Super Bowl Pool [3]

Cheers and enjoy the game.

P.S. My wife has stopped saying PFFFTT to Aaron Rodgers, she is becoming a believer… actually admitting that she might have been wrong!?!?!

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[1] nfl.com: http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats offensiveStatisticCategory=TOTAL_YARDS&archive=false&seasonType=REG&defensiveStatisticCategory=null&d-447263-o=2&conference=null&d-447263-s=TIME_OF_POSS_SECONDS_PER_GAME_AVG&d-447263-n=1&season=2010&qualified=true&Submit=Go&tabSeq=2&role=TM&d-447263-p=1

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