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It’s the Steelers, 23-17

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, February 5th, 2011 at 11:36 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Haven’t received an e-mail for a couple of months now reminding me of how badly I flubbed last year’s Super Bowl prediction.

I had the Colts winning, in large part because the New Orleans Saints had stopped scoring defensive touchdowns as they were earlier in the season and they certainly weren’t going to get one against Indianapolis and Peyton Manning.

The logic seemed sound enough, until Tracy Porter jumped a Manning pass and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown with 3:12 to play to put the Colts away and send the Big Easy into ecstasy with a 31-17 win.

This year, I’m taking the Steelers, for reasons explained in this link as well as in Sunday’s Bay Area News Group papers.

It’s my contention that the four-game suspension incurred by Ben Roethlisberger was ultimately a benefit, reminding the Steelers of their true identity during a 3-1 start.

Columnist Monte Poole, on the other hand, likes Green Bay and imagines Bill Walsh at the helm, directing a quick-throwing West Coast offense against the Pittsburgh defense.

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  • confucius400

    read my lips dhb wont make the team this year

  • Just Fire Baby

    If Woodson wins the Super Bowl today, I think he may go down as one of the greatest football players ever.

    You look at his resume and it is amazing.

    True freshmen at Michigan, all-America Freshman team, eventual National Champion and Heisman trophy winner, 3-0 against Ohio State, and tons of huge plays in the national championship game.

    Defensive ROY, multiple time pro bowler with Oakland, goes to the Pack and won defesnsive player of the year, again multiple pro bowls and maybe super bowl champion.

    First ballot HOF, and I would put him as one of the best 50 players ever to play the game, when you consider both pro and college.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Ironically, to knock GB off of those quick slants you need to run man-2-man bump in run coverage. LOL.

    You have to knock their timing off.

    But Steeler don’t run man-2-man …LOL …its laughable because that defense get sooooo much flax in here but its what you need to stop an offense like GBs. LOL.

    JMHO.

  • dickv

    terrpin,

    i beleive you need to be able to run the ball to win in the NFL/ superbowls. New England’s soft batched offense has failed them in three straight playoff games and Brady has looked bad three straight times because he has gotten a beating.

    Teams figure that gimmick crap out. You give the steelers defense two weeks to game plan for that spread/ no run game, and they will kill it.

  • Just Fire Baby

    DHB neutralizes all his speed with his inability to catch the ball fluidly on the run.

    Almost all of his catches last year were with him stopped, facing the QB. He literally almost turned into a possession WR last year.

    When he is running you get the AZ first play fiasco, and the Jax end of the game drop.

  • dickv

    Confucious does dHb have an option bonus do this offseason? Because outside of some crazy fat bonus that Al has to pay him, he will be a Raider for the next 4 seasons. He has already been given a big bag of money… now Al is going to play the waiting game to see if he pays off… maybe even to the dismay of hue Jackson.

  • confucius400

    DHB wont make the team this year if you dont believe me ask the nfl sports writer at the top of the page that Jerry Macguire guy.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Al has a long history of giving up on guys he drafted in the 1st round after only a couple of years.

    Fabian Washington, Jamarcus, John Clay, Tyler Brayton, Marinovich, etc.

    Wouldn’t suprise me at all if DHB went to 4th on the depth chart next year and waived the year after.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Nah. I think they will run it. NE ran it, after they softened Pitts up with the pass. They didn’t try to run it first and then pass but pass and then run.

    I watched that NE game and they made that same Pitts defense look pretty average. They kept hitting them with short accurate passes, then they started to run on occassion out of the shot gun.

    Something’s tellin’ me you have money on this one?

    I still hope GB wins. Just can’t stand Pitts talk anymore.

  • dickv

    just so we are all clear… DHB is not a good player; may never be. Just saying get used to him. Al had to relent on Jamarcus cuz of the Purple drank and he was fat. He had to cut his losses and move on. DHB is a hard worker who keeps his nose clean. He will be a Raider for the Next 4 years ( remainder of his rookie contract)… He will get snaps in most games over the next four years. I just hopes he makes a play every once in a while

  • dickv

    Fabian Washington, Jamarcus, John Clay, Tyler Brayton, Marinovich… never heard of clay.

    Tyler was never the same after the steriod incident. Fabian had trouble with law/ domestic violence beating his wife. Jamarcus and Marijuanavich were both drug addicts.

    DHb is a hard working young man who got paid too much $; he never caught the ball with his hands in his whole football career until a few games late in 2010. That Al’s fault for paying him; drafting him that high… he will be in Oakland.

  • confucius400

    dickv Says:
    February 6th, 2011 at 9:01 am
    Confucious does dHb have an option bonus do this offseason? Because outside of some crazy fat bonus that Al has to pay him, he will be a Raider for the next 4 seasons. He has already been given a big bag of money… now Al is going to play the waiting game to see if he pays off… maybe even to the dismay of hue Jackson.
    ……………..al gave a big bag of money too jawalrus and where is he now ? on a shrimpin boat in louisianna drinking gallons of the purple!

  • dickv

    Terrapin,

    I didn’t bet on the game. I wish i had $100 to spare I would have been all over the 2.5-3 points.

    The pack is a good team. They are better than our raiders. It just seems like EveryBody wants them to win, and is seeing all these scenarios that will have them victorious this afternoon. Just think Pitt will find a way to win, and i’m baffled that they are the under dog.

  • dickv

    ……………..al gave a big bag of money too jawalrus and where is he now ? on a shrimpin boat in louisianna drinking gallons of the purple!

    Jamarcus was fat, lazy, and had a drug problem.

    DHB will be a Raider for the foresseable future. Lets all hope he starts making plays

  • confucius400

    anybody wants too make a bet ? i bet a quarter dhb dont make the team!

  • confucius400

    dickv Says:
    February 6th, 2011 at 9:14 am
    ……………..al gave a big bag of money too jawalrus and where is he now ? on a shrimpin boat in louisianna drinking gallons of the purple!

    Jamarcus was fat, lazy, and had a drug problem
    ………………..dhb is fast,stupid and has lobster hands.

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    Trade DHB and our 3rd for Larry Fitz.!

  • Carl Weathers

    Pitt is the dog because Green Bay knocked off Vicks high scoring Eagles, #1 Atlanta & #2 Chicago, all on the road. Pitt won both games, on shotty Heinz field aginst a Baltimore( they choked) and the Jets and Sanchez.

    Packers win with a couple of late scores to pull away, 31 – 13.

  • confucius400

    Pitt sucks Green Bay sucks i think i will watch sanford & son instead!

  • confucius400

    Deep down, Phil Simms must know his son Matt Simms is not a very good quarterback. Or perhaps he’s just an overly protective father.

    Whatever the story is, the patriarch of the Simms family allegedly threatened to hit ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard over comments he made on-air during the season about Matt being one of the worst quarterbacks in the SEC, according to Howard’s Twitter feed. Both are in Dallas for the Super Bowl.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    # Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 6th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    If Woodson wins the Super Bowl today, I think he may go down as one of the greatest football players ever.

    You look at his resume and it is amazing.

    True freshmen at Michigan, all-America Freshman team, eventual National Champion and Heisman trophy winner, 3-0 against Ohio State, and tons of huge plays in the national championship game.

    Defensive ROY, multiple time pro bowler with Oakland, goes to the Pack and won defesnsive player of the year, again multiple pro bowls and maybe super bowl champion.

    First ballot HOF, and I would put him as one of the best 50 players ever to play the game, when you consider both pro and college.

    ………….

    Win or lose today, this is all true.

    Al Davis screwed up royally with Woodson. Yeah, yeah, I know. He wanted to leave anyway. He didn’t work hard when he was here. Where have we heard this before?

  • carolina_coaster

    Pack 27
    Steelers 24

  • confucius400

    AL Davis does not screw up period!!!

  • confucius400

    AL Davis does not screw up period Raiders senior executive John Herrera

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Dickv,

    JaMarcus is a great player. Get over it.

  • olinesux

    al davis for president

  • confucius400

    I cant stand whats his name ..? Green Bays Owner

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    Al Davis to play the leading role in the remake of
    “Oh, God”. Replaces the the late George Burns!

  • confucius400

    they were talking about replacing al davis on mount rushmore with ronald regan so al went out and bought his own mountain!

  • confucius400

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    February 6th, 2011 at 9:41 am
    Dickv,

    JaMarcus is a great player. Get over it.
    …………………JaMarcus WHO?

  • confucius400

    Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis said he cut former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell last spring because he felt the club could no longer fight personal problems for its players.

  • confucius400

    NEW POST

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    Should be a great game.

    Most people expect that GB will spread out Pitt’s D and be able to move the ball with their quick passing game, seem’s like a pretty good idea….except that Tomlin and LeBeau have had 2 weeks to prepare for such a gameplan, they will have an answer for it.

    Of course, that doesn’t mean whatever Tomlin-LeBeau come up with will definitely work.

    My guess is it will (work) to a degree, they won’t completely shut down Rodgers but even if GB moves the ball between the 20′s, they still have to get in the End Zone and that’s where they might be in trouble.

    The Pats did spread out Pitt and kicked their butt, but NE also ran for 103 yards that day, the most allowed by them all year, so there was some balance from NE which prevented Pitt from going all-out after Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski had a great day.

    I don’t think GB will run for a 100 yards today and they don’t have a big, fast, strong TE like Gronkowski to throw to.

    In last year’s meeting, Pitt won 37-36, but GB had a great day from TE Jermichael Finley, 9 catches and a TD, he’s not around this time and Polamalu didn’t play in that game.

    Now how about Pitt spreading out GB?.

    Ward, Wallace, Sanders and Brown are dangerous too, Packers CB Tramon Williams is great, but C-Wood is no longer playing CB full-time, he’s moved around so he’s shadowing WR’s anymore, at least not all the game and nickel CB Sam Shields is a player, but he’s a rookie who has been playing the positions for 2 years (used to be a WR).

    Add TE Heath Miller who can stay in-line so they have 6 blockers or go out in short routes and a big, fast do it all RB like Rashard Mendenhall who can run and it seems like an offense just a dangerous as GB’s if not more due to the threat of the run.

    In fact, I think Pitt’s TE and RB are vastly superior to GB’s, Heat Miller and Rashard Mendenhall might be they key to this game.

    Miller can catch and is a great blocker, if he’s on Clay Matthews, it’s close to an even matchup and Rashard Mendenhall just ran all over the NYJ defense, the best in the league outside of Pitt and that was with C Doug Legursky playing most of the game.

    I’ve watched GB many times this year, on offense they tend to play in spurts, they look unstopabble on a couple of drives and then look real bad for a few series and their Defense does not look like a dominating unit to me, they’re good but they seem to be lacking something, a killer instinct maybe.

    Because of what I just said, GB ends up letting opponets hang around in most games and when you’re facing Big Ben and it remains a close game by the 4th quarter, your chances are not very good.

    I think Pitt needs to focus on taking Matthews out of the game, outside of him the Pack don’t have any dominant pass rushers, meanwhile GB has to deal with both James Harrison and Lamarr Woodley.

    In the end, Rashard Mendenhall is the MVP, he runs well, helps Pitt deliver TD’s in the red zone and keep Rodgers in the bench just enough to diminish his impact, with Big Ben finishing the Pack in the 4th quarter.

    Pitt 24, GB 20.

  • imaquaman

    # dickv Says:
    February 6th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    to DHb defense. I rember back in 2006 i was going on before the season to some buddies how tired i was of Nnamdi. I thought he was decent, and was a round the football on some plays, but the bottom line is he made zero picks in 3 full seasons in the NFL. I thought the Raiders should have traded im that offseason… man was i wrong.

    We have to take a wait and see approach with DHB; Al loves his scholarship players, and every once in a while they pay big dividends. DHB was decent this past year. I can’t remeber being disgusted with him last year. I rememebr one drop, but I remember several big drops by Murphy.

    DHB needs to keep improving the way he did this year, and be ready for when JC throws him the ball.
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    i agree ,but i had ginen up on him.he shouldnt be starting ,but he does need game time to get better.up until a couple days ago i just couldnt figure out why he was still on the roster ,then i looked up tim browns stats and couldnt believe what i saw for his first 5 years ,very subpar,very very subpar ,even with his injury .and we all know how that turned out .i need to be more understanding on some things .but i still think if we are going to win more than 8 games next year we have to get some veteran leadership at the wide out spot ,otherwise we just dont have the people to do much better

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    Is this guy ever right with a prediction?

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