Superbowl XLIII

Everybody seems to think this game is Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals’ offense against Troy Polamalu, James Harrison and the vaunted Steelers’ defense. This game, however, will be decided by how well Arizona’s defense matches up against Pittsburgh’s offense.

The Steelers’ best opportunity will come in the first quarter. I expect AZ to key on Pittsburgh’s running game, and have eight in the box early on. Roethlisberger should have an opportunity to take a big shot downfield on the first or second play from scrimmage, much the way Bradshaw took advantage of the Rams’ defense in Superbowl XIV.

Two things the Steelers’ should have learned watching the NFC Championship game are (1) Warner gets rid of the ball quickly. They need to pressure him, but disguised coverages will be the real key. And (2) Fitzgerald’s gonna get his. No matter what you do.

The Cardinals need to keep in mind that Polamalu will also get his, and he is everywhere. I look for the Steelers to use five d-backs to try to contain Fitz, Boldin, and Breaston (all of whom have 1,000+ receiving yards this season). But Warner has the greatest gift a QB can have — a short memory, and he won’t let an errant throw or interception get into his head, or ruin his killer fantasy numbers.

I know this is gonna piss off a couple of you, but…
Steelers 19 Cardinals 23

Hey, Ken Whisenhunt is 1-0 against his former employer.

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2 Responses to “Superbowl XLIII”

  1. Okay Dave Mac, you can comment now. I expected to hear from you sooner, but I can understand if you didn’t wanna jinx the Steelers. But I really thought I had it nailed, right up until the last 2 minutes or so.

  2. I’ll get get flamed for what I say.I do not wanna watch the Colts, even though I grew up in Texas. What