Posted on: January 28, 2009 4:03 pm

My official Super Bowl XLIII prediction

It seems to me that the run game is the forgotten key to this game. I expect the <span style="color: #618bb5;">Cardinals to be absolutely shut down in the run game and the <span style="color: #618bb5;">Steelers to dominate with <span style="color: #276098;">Willie Parker. Parker has been healthy down the stretch and running very well. Baltimore held him down pretty well but there are only two defenses like that in football and the other one wears Black and Gold (no not the <span style="color: #618bb5;">Saints!), the Cardinals will not stop them. I expect Pittsburgh to out rush Arizona by more than 100 yards, thus even if Fitzgerald or Boldin go off the Steelers still win something like 31-17. Here is a nice stat line for the game:

<span style="color: #276098;">Ben Roethlisberger 17-26 204 yds 1 TD 0 INT

Willie Parker 26 carries 142 yds 2 TDs

<span style="color: #276098;">Hines Ward 5 rec 62 yds 1 TD

<span style="color: #276098;">Kurt Warner 24-42 285 yards 2 TD 2 INT sacked 5 times

Edgerrin James 11 carries 27 yards

<span style="color: #276098;">Larry Fitzgerald 9 rec 134 yards 1 TD

Steelers 31 Cardinals 17

MVP Willie Parker

Everyone keeps talking about Larry Fitzgerald being the key to this game. I think he will have a good game, I have no fantasy that the Steelers can shut down top wide outs for the full game, I mean they can, they have done it before but the rules are set up for defenses to lose this match up. But the fact is if you control the run game on both sides of the ball a WR can't win you a game. That is the Steelers philosophy and has been since about 1969. If you go back to pass over 40 times a game verse this team you will get yourself two (maybe three on your best day) TDs a game but you will also give up 5-10 combined turn overs and sacks and if you can't run the ball to counter act that, you will lose the game.

here are the Steelers this season verse the leagues best WRs (or atleast the best they have played against)

Week 1 <span style="color: #276098;">Andre Johnson 11 rec 112 ydds 0 TD Steelers 38 <span style="color: #618bb5;">Texans 17

Week 2 <span style="color: #276098;">Braylon edwards 3 rec 32 yds 0 TD Steelers 10 <span style="color: #618bb5;">Browns 6

Week 7 <span style="color: #276098;">Chad Johnson 8 rec 52 yds 1 TD, TJ Houshmandzadeh 8 rec 58 yds 0 TD Steelers 38 <span style="color: #618bb5;">bengals 10

Week 9 <span style="color: #276098;">Santana Moss 2 rec 14 yards 0 TD Steelers 23 <span style="color: #618bb5;">Redskins 6

Week 10 Reggie Wayne<span style="color: #276098;"> 6 rec 114 1 TD Steelers 20 Colts<span style="color: #618bb5;"> 24 (the Steelers only manage 55 yards rushing)

Week 12 TJ Houshmandzadeh 4 rec 20 yds Steelers 27 Bengals 10

Week 13 Randy Moss 4 rec 45 yds Wes Welker<span style="color: #276098;"> 4 rec 30 yds Steelers 33 Patriots<span style="color: #618bb5;"> 10

Week 14 T Owens 3 rec 32 yards 1 TD Steelers 20 Cowboys<span style="color: #618bb5;"> 13

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Posted on: January 19, 2009 12:52 am

How sweet it is when your team goes all the way.

  I am a life time Steelers fan and I am very excited tonight. I started really watching football when I was 9 in 1985, the Steelers stunk at that time. I remember watching them lose 51-0 in the mud verse the Browns in the late 80's, I remember all those championship game losses in the 90's and of course the Neil Odonnell Super Bowl verse the Cowboys. The SB XL win was excellent but I have to admit that all the crap that was said about the officiating took a little of the luster off of it. But this year, this will validate it. Two Super Bowl appearences in 4 years, this is a team with a Championship defense and a Championship QB. Another SB will help build Hall Of Fame resumes for some of these Steelers. Hines Ward getting closer all the time to being a lock for the hall, now Roethlisberger and Polamalu have good chances at getting there if they continue to be healthy. It will be an exciting couple of weeks here in Pittsburgh, black and gold will be covering every window and billboard this week.

There are a ton of interesting Pittsburgh-Cardinal connections.

Ken Whisenhunt - HC - Former offensive coordinator

Russ Grimm - Offensive Line Coack/AHC - Same with Steelers

Teryl Austin - DB Coach - Born near Pittsburgh, played at Pitt

John Lott - Strength and conditioning coach - Played for the Steelers in 1987

Mike Miller - WR coach - Born in Pittsburgh, Steelers Assistant 99-03, Robert Morris assistant 97-99

Matt Raich - Defensive Assistant - born near Pittsburgh, former assistant with Steelers and at Robert Morris

Kevin Spencer - ST Coach - Steelers ST Coach 02-06

Brian St. Pierre - QB- Former Steeler

Sean Morey - WR - Former Steeler

Jerame Tuman - TE- Former Steeler

Clark Haggans - LB - Former Steeler

Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Former Pitt player

Gerald Hayes - LB - Former Pitt player

The Cardinals and Steelers once joined forces for a season in the 40's during WWII, they were known as the Pitt-Cards.



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