Super Bowl 2011 Guarantee: The Team with Yellow Pants Will Win

NC Nighthawk@NC Nighthawk (my Xbox gamertag)Analyst IFebruary 5, 2011

Yes, the color of both teams’ pants is yellow. I don’t care if they call yellow, gold. The New Orleans Saints wear gold.

At least it is not Oregon Duck bright yellow. The Green Bay Packers’ shade is close to mustard yellow.

I like both uniforms, especially the helmets, symbolizing an NFL consistency of two storied franchises over several decades.

So the “G” on the Packers helmet stands for “Greatness” and not “Green Bay?”

The Steelers are so focused on football, they only have time for a helmet emblem on one side.

In this match up between two storied franchises, the Steelers will be seeking their record seventh Super Bowl win, and the Packers their fourth.

Throw out the one time when quarterback Neil O’Donnell was involved, and the Steelers are 6-0 in the NFL championship game.

Of all Super Bowls, this year’s match up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers, offers no obvious logical and definitive selection to win the game. There is no favorite and there is no underdog.

We can develop many cases and reasons why each team will win.

If I’m not mistaken, technically, the Packers are 2 1/2 point favorites to win.

If I’m not mistaken, the Steelers won the “official” Madden NFL 11 version and prediction of Super Bowl XLV.

I hear talk about the Steelers’ being much more Super Bowl-experienced. That may matter in terms of ordering tickets for family and friends and dealing with the distractions at the Super Bowl site.

Maybe, the more inexperienced team has more pregame jitters – or maybe not. That is also not a relevant factor. After the kickoff and a couple of hard hits, throw Super Bowl experience out the window.

Didn’t we just witness this a year ago when the New Orleans Saints “upset” the Indianapolis Colts?

Remember when the New England Patriots went “18 and oh-oh” and were defeated by the New York Giants?

**it happens.

That is why they play the game.

This Super Bowl is unique and different for me – there is no very logical favorite to pick.

Will the Steelers win ring No. 7 out of 8 visits or will the Packers bring home the trophy named after their legendary coach, giving them 4 rings out of 5 trips?

With the ice storm and snow in Dallas this week, if the Packers prevail, will their fans call this game “Ice Bowl II?” I doubt it, but I like the joke. 

WTF? Did the Dallas area local governments spread sand, which improves traction, rather than salt, which lowers water’s freezing point so it stays liquid longer?

Even in the great state of North Carolina, salt is used to pre-treat highways and roads before a snow or ice storm arrives.

On the serious side, I pray that the people injured from the falling ice from the dome are feeling well and recover ASAP.

I heard on sports talk radio that this ice storm has cost the Dallas area a little over $100 million of their expected revenue from the Super Bowl. You know – canceled golf events, less shopping at malls, canceled air flights, etc.

Thankfully, this weather should have no effect on the game itself.

Green Bay's offense is led by 6'2", 225 lb. QB Aaron Rodgers, who is both very accurate and reasonably mobile in the pocket.  He is protected by a solid offensive line and has several talented receivers.

The Packers run game is a little suspect, but rookie James Starks has gotten the job done when they have called his number throughout the playoffs.

Defense is where the Packers really shine, and their aggressive shut-down cornerbacks allow the LBs and defensive line to really focus on stopping the run and getting to the opposing quarterback.

A lot of credit for the Packer's success this season goes to head coach Mike McCarthy.  McCarthy had a tough task because the Packers placed 15 players on injured reserve this season. FIFTEEN!

The Steelers are led on offense by Big Ben Roethlisberger, at 6'5" and 245 lbs.  

Roethlisberger was suspended for the first four games this year, but his numbers were very impressive in the last 12 regular season games, where he threw 17 TDs and had only 5 interceptions.

Coach Mike Tomlin hopes that Big Ben does not have to throw the ball too much, as the Steelers offensive game plan is run first, pass second.

The Steelers are a little thin at WR, but they have a solid offensive line and a big, bruising running back in Rashard Mendenhall.

Both defenses are so very similar with 3-4 schemes and with players who can rush the quarterback, make solid open field tackles, and cover wide receivers tightly.

The fact that Ben Roethlisberger consistently find ways to help his team win, along with my opinion that the Steelers have the league’s best defense, tilts this match up towards Pittsburgh.

However, I have the utmost respect for the Packers defense as well.  They are the main reason Green Bay beat the Bears for the NFC Title.

Perhaps the Steeler’s secondary is more vulnerable. I expect the Packers’ offense to spread their attack out with 4 and 5 wide receiver sets.

After two weeks of studying game tape and preparation, I expect Green Bay’s quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, to read the Steel Curtain’s zone blitz and make accurate passes in the climate-controlled environment of the dome (the roof will be closed) in Dallas.

When Rodgers took a helmet to helmet shot from Julius Peppers in the NFC Championship Game, he was not the same. If James Harrison or one of the other Pittsburgh defenders get to him and he takes a helmet or forearm in the helmet, it would change the game and Pittsburgh would gain advantage.

If Rodgers has time, he produces points – advantage Green Bay.

The Steelers will have a tough time matching up against Rodgers and the Packers’ rotation of receivers, but they have played teams better in every other phase of the game and came out ahead.

The Packers, in contrast, have not seen an opponent in the playoffs with as good a front seven as Pittsburgh’s, with all due respect to the Chicago Bears defensive front seven.

If they can manage to get pressure on Rodgers and hurry him more than they had on any other team these playoffs, the Steelers will have a good chance to end some Packers drives very quickly, and give the ball back to Roethlisberger and their methodical offense.

The Steelers almost always find a way to win a Super Bowl.  They are the most successful NFL franchise in the Super Bowl era.

A Pittsburgh victory would give Mike Tomlin, only the third Steelers’ coach since 1969,  two titles in his first four seasons as head coach, tying Joe Gibbs' achievement with the Washington Redskins.

Does a third Super Bowl trophy in six years make this Pittsburgh team a dynasty? It does not matter and the Steelers do not care.  They just want to win.

But are the Packers a team “more hungry” for this particular win?

This game is almost a perfect match up.

Roethlisberger has a veteran advantage, having won two Super Bowls in the past.

However, Rodgers is sure to utilize his skills as a long passer to pick apart the Steelers’ defense.

It will likely be both a close, hard-hitting battle with the Steelers showing how they can run the ball and the Packers showing how they can throw the ball.

This game is so complex and difficult to prognostic due to unexpected surprises and developments in this game—including turnovers, field position, significant special teams plays, penalties, and other referee decisions (spotting the ball, reviews, etc.).

I like and respect both teams. Both have great NFL traditions and legends. Both franchises have excellent fans, although the Steeler Nation travels better.

I’m rooting for the Steelers, but a Packers victory would also be great to witness.

Don’t you just love wacky, creative predictions for the Super Bowl?

Cody, a coati, at the Fort Worth Zoo picks a Green Bay Packers football over a Pittsburgh Steelers football as he picked the Super Bowl champion at the Fort Worth, Texas, on January 25, 2011.

The footballs were filled with night crawlers, grapes and berries, but the coati, a Texas native, only picked the treats from the NFC team.

One New York marketing firm projects the Steelers a heavy favorite based on a higher number of web searches for team merchandise, a method it says has held true the last two years.

Regardless of any prognostications and predictions,  I can guarantee that the team with yellow/gold pants will win.

That is my lock of the week.

Enjoy the game!

Are you ready for some football?


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