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Who Will Be In The Super Bowl?
January 22, 2011 - Al Stephenson
I love to make predictions and though I am frequently wrong, it's usually because I seldom use conventional wisdom in making my picks. Tomorrow the NFL will play its conference championship games with the winners heading to Dallas for the Super Bowl. Since many of you are eagerly awaiting my prognostications, let's take a look at my thoughts. I would strongly urge you to not use any of the following information to make wagers on the games.
We'll start in Chicago where the Monsters of the Midway take on the Green Bay Packers. The Bears will bring a strong defense to the fray, but QB Jay Cutler will have to be mistake free for Chicago to have a chance. I think the Pack has the better team and I'm going with the road team in this one. Aaron Rogers has been on a roll and I don't see a letdown here. Packers win 23 to 13.
I didn't think the Jets had a reasonable chance at New England last weekend, though I figured it would be closer than the 45-3 drubbing the Pats put on them a few weeks before. Rex Ryan was running his mouth as usual and I figured that would fuel the Patriots to take no prisoners. Obviously I was as wrong as the pundits who said Seattle had no chance against New Orleans. Seattle's dream of advancing past the first round of the playoffs evaporated in Chicago and the Jets will take the same route against the Steelers.
Big Ben will escape a sure sack and make a big play that will end the Jets dream of reaching the big game. The Steelers D will give Mark Sanchez fits and unless Santonio Holmes makes some huge play (he has been known to do that) the Steelers will prevail, let's say 27-10.
The view from my seat suggests that the main logic for my picks is that I would rather see Roethlisberger go against Rogers in the Super Bowl than Sanchez versus Cutler.
Then again there's not a lot of logic in that - is there?
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