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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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  • http://raideroutlawz.com/index.php raideroutlawzdotcom

    RONG

  • Sweep The Leg.

    Atrain125 Says:
    February 5th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    here you go for timmy’s punt return….2001 vs KC…..you all that post and talk sheeeoot were there right….yeah, that’s what I thought so….
    =================================================

    I was there. And I called in to the Bob Frantz show and talked to Tim about it personally.

    Top that!

  • http://raideroutlawz.com/index.php raideroutlawzdotcom

    ^losah

  • http://raideroutlawz.com/index.php raideroutlawzdotcom

    Gary McDonald, you’re picks are terrible. In 1972 I picked a playah by thah name of Cliff Branch, thah greatness of my picks is thah fiyah that burns brightest in this blog, GET OVAH IT!

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    I’d like to see a 0-0 triple overtime tie with lots of injuries!

  • Al Davis Supremo

    2.Sweep The Leg. Says:
    February 5th, 2011 at 11:46 pm
    Atrain125 Says:
    February 5th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    here you go for timmy’s punt return….2001 vs KC…..you all that post and talk sheeeoot were there right….yeah, that’s what I thought so….
    =================================================

    I was there. And I called in to the Bob Frantz show and talked to Tim about it personally.

    Top that!
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    I’m Big Al and I been to every game since 1963 and nobody can top that cause I’m #1, the Raidahs are gonna be restored to greatness, cause I can spend the money on any playah I want.
    I’m Big Al and I approve this message.

  • The_Sveed

    @Jerymcd I hope the Pack prove you wrong.

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

    # The Dirtee Raccoon Says:
    February 6th, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I’d like to see a 0-0 triple overtime tie with lots of injuries!

    ……….

    LOL. George Carlin, from the grave.

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

    Steelers 45, Packers 0

    Rodgers kills self Monday.

  • Al Davis Supremo

    I been to every Suppa Bowl as an owner or a spectator or a fan.

    I even shook Bo’s hand after he ran into the tunnel in the Kingdome cause I was working my way down to the field to chat with some old friends I know. But I gotta tell ya, I was there when they blasted that awful gray wart to the ground too. I was a dignitary and a guest of Seattle. The demolition of the Kingdome was a welcome sight because we had some bad memories there that left a nasty taste. Some good memories, but more bad ones. Glad to see it go.

    I’m Big Al and I approve this message.

  • Al Davis Supremo

    9.The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    February 6th, 2011 at 1:15 am
    Steelers 45, Packers 0
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    Hopefully Rogers throws six interceptions so no more Raidah holds that record.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Just find out Tim didn’t make it.Well,it’s not a shock is it?.

    Maybe he should get himself a tv gig/slot.That seems to be the way into the hall.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Packers in a close one.

  • fingers

    Pack..31… Steelers ..27..

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    “What a great signal the NFL HOF voters sent out to the kids of today, by electing Deion Sanders into the Hall, they did the same thing a few years ago when they elected Michael Irvin. However Deion, even more so was a player who epitomizes the “me first, arrogant” attitude that we are seeing so much more of in sports today. Not to mention the guy was not even a complete player as he has said “he did not get paid to tackle”. Let me throw this out there, if Deion stayed on the Falcons his entire career, and was not still in the public eye, would he be a first time HOF’er? On the other hand 3 class guys who kept their “noses clean” off the field and dominated on the field in Andre Reed and Tim Brown or Jerome Bettis will have to wait another year”.

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    Saw this on PFT.Pretty much sums up what I think.

  • Carl Weathers

    Neilb, clearly voting is based on performance and not character, or quality of. Having said that, I think the guy deserves to be there because he was just an amazing athlete that backed up his mouth with his play.

    Now having said that, if Randy Moss gets into the Hall, I will puke! A guy that quits on his team, no matter how great his numbers are, and his numbers are great, doesn’t even deserve to be allowed into the Hall as a paying customer.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Packers 27, Steelers 19

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Carl….

    If Randy Moss gets into the hall you’ll have to take away my shoelaces and belt…

  • Plunketthead

    HAPPY STUPORBOWL DAY!!!!
    SCARY IS WRONG AGAIN
    THE GREEN BUD PACKERS ARE SMOKING FAT DANK NUGETTS

    THEY WILL RUIN THE DAY FOR THE STEELTURDS AND THEIR BANDWAGON FANS

    GREEN BUDS 41
    STEELTURD UNION (NO NATION EXCEPT RAIDER NATION) 24

  • Plunketthead

    I really like Tomlin and would root for him but there are too many VL’s in Pitt.
    One of those, maybe two should be in Al’s Trophy cabinet.
    We had some great teams that were beat by Bradshaw and co and the immaculate deception

  • Plunketthead

    I cant believe the hall of fame talk has begun for that fatarse moon pie eating buffoon named sapp

  • Plunketthead

    Put him in the hall of the lame

  • TerrapinRaider

    Go Pack. I would hate to see the Squeelers win another one just to hear all this BS talk about them being the greatest franchise ..blah blah blah …more like greatest recipient “of bad calls”.

  • olinesux

    peon sanders perfected the art if slipping before attempting to make the tackle….

  • TerrapinRaider

    Here’s the question after watching some youtube clips, draft discussion etc. Who do you Really think should start at SS?

    My vote goes for Mike Mitchell. The guy is an impact player. T.Branch (ignoring this season’s complete f’k up) is a very good player, but he just doesn’t have the INSTINCTS that Mike Mitchell has. Mitchell has a nose for that ball and where to be when you watch him play. You have to keep this guy in the game. He seems to have made more impact in his relatively limited play than Branch. And the hits he brings, brings the right attitude to that defense.

  • TerrapinRaider

    And to Believe the Cabes (as was rumored) wanted that guy cut?

  • TerrapinRaider

    RoMac in his second year will be something to watch. Get the right DC in here and watch as Hue’s attitude permeates throughout the team. This defense could be ridiculously good.

    Assuming the offense remains at min even keel, all that matters is what happens on the defensive side of the ball in my book. An improvement there would sure-fire put this team in the playoffs.

  • dickv

    Terrapin Raider,

    I have seen some good things from Mike Mitchell. i recall two turnovers he had were more of being in the right place at the right time, but that goes to show he is around the ball ready to make a play.

  • dickv

    Mclain is a special player. That hit he had against Darren Sproles was one of the biggest plays in recent raiders history.

    For years I have watched Rb’s catch quick hitters out of the backfield and turn them into first downs… mclain makes that a scary prospect for all rb now.

    Mclain struggled a bit early in the year in coverage, but mid way through you could see it just clicked. I think he was injured during the Jacksonville game. I remeber watching Jones-drew catch a few passes and felt like Mclain might have gotten one or two more stops if he were playing.

  • TerrapinRaider

    That part of things I just don’t get. Branch had a awful year by many accts. Mitchell should have been starting. I know Mitchell was slowly taking time away from Branch, but imo they should have just made the move. It may have saved a game (or 2).

    But thats the thing, given the rumors about the coaches trying to cut MM34 after preseason but Al wouldn’t relent; they had be biased towards Branch – regardless of how bad he was they just would committ to MM34. Sounds like ego to me at the detriment winning games.

  • TerrapinRaider

    I rewatched that RoMac hit on Sproiles HAHA. It was soooo interesting if you look beneath the surface of the hit itself. RoMac TKO’d him!!! LOL.

    Thing is, EVERYONE, always brags about how ‘strong’ and ‘powerful’ and difficult to bring down Sproiles is as a runner. When RoMac brought the pain (literally) they all were behaving and talking like Sproiles is the VICTIM. LOL!!!!

    Like “poor little guy, gotta go up against that wolly mammoth” ..lol ….kept say ‘well, it was a clean shot’ looking to justify some reason how Sproiles got TKO’d

  • dickv

    I have a hard time understanding why the Pack is favored in this one.

    The steelers are big, mean, fast, and they just keep hitting you in the mouth. They have been here before. On top of that the Pack has absolutely zero chance of running the ball. Spread offense against the Steelers… free blitzes by Polamalu, Farrior, Timmons, & clark. James Harrison is 100% killer.

    and then you have Big Ben back there extending the play finding 6th round roookie wr for big time catches.

    Good luck Pack. I know everybody hates Ben; I know everybody hates Brett farve, and that everybody wants Aaron Rodgers to win to get Farve off his back; i know everybody shudders at the thought of the Steelers winning their 7th superbowl…. but if you have the means take the points and enjoy the Steelers win today.

  • Plunketthead

    The talking heads make a big deal out of how Wallace stretches the field with his speed.
    Sorta what we want out of DHB.

    I thought DHB was faster then Wallace?

  • dickv

    yeah the part I liked about the hit was the camera showed Rolando Mclain on the side line chuckling while sproles was laid out…like this is a grown mans game.

    All year Mclain kept saying the game was not too fast, and he proved it on that play. I

  • TerrapinRaider

    Thats what you have to do in this league though. And thats what I liked when they played the Chargers. It was this ‘we’re not goin to take this B.S. anymore’ attitude. You could tell. They were punching them in the mouth and the Chargers had no answer – they were shocked.

    You gotta bring that kinda raw bullying to the game every week. They were hitting the Chargers hard. Harder than I’ve seen in recent memory. And they won!

  • dickv

    Wallace is really fast. DHb is faster in shorts, but Wallace is faster with a football in his hands… by a wide margin. I have only seen DHb open all the cylinders once against Seattle. wallace seems to make a big play every week.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Wait a min DickV. Spreading Pitts out is actually where they are the weakest. They do not cover well. Their run defense is the best in the league, but you spread them out (which also keeps Troy P. out of the backfield) they are weakest.

    Everytime NE plays them, thats what they do – short slants, spread them out, and Pitts defense looks pretty average.

    GB is the master of slants. No team in the league does it better.

    I hope they win.

  • fingers

    # 4… Gary McDonald,…?… Everybody knows it’s ….
    Terry McDonald……

  • confucius400

    The contract of Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss voids this week, five days after the Super Bowl, making him an unrestricted free agent whenever there is a new collective bargaining agreement, according to a league source.

    Moss restructured his contract in 2009 and included a clause that said his contract will automatically void five days after Super Bowl XLV.

    The 31-year-old Moss had a career-high 93 receptions in 2010, his first season with coach Mike Shanahan. He also had fourth career 1,000-yard season (1,115) and six touchdowns

  • dickv

    That is one thing that i saw from the Raiders d this year is they had the ability to bully the opponents… especially in the AFC west.

    they tried in Pittsburg, but it seemed like the steelrs were able to take a punch and keep swinging like a real heavyweight champ.

    I think the Raiders might actually have more talent than the Steelers minus Big Ben, and Troy polamlu, but the steelers are just too tough, and mean. Even players like hines ward will litterally slug you in the middle of a play. that is the difference. The raiders need to find players like hines ward for the offensive side of the ball. They need to be tougher.

    The defense is ready: houston, desmond Bryant, mike mitchell, Mclain, Shaunassey can all play big boy football. tommy Kelly scares me because he seems like the type to get disinterested at the drop of a hat.

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

    Packers 24 Steelers 20

  • TerrapinRaider

    Look for Woodsen to have a tremendous impact as well. Pitts main faults to exploit are the OL and a weaker pass defense.

    I dont think GB cares about running the ball to be honest. They may not even try at first.

  • Sweep The Leg.

    # fingers Says:
    February 6th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    # 4… Gary McDonald,…?… Everybody knows it’s ….
    Terry McDonald……
    =============================================

    Larry Mcdouble.

  • fingers

    I’d like to see Charles Woodson get a ring… Wish it was with Oakland but it is what it is
    ..Pack 31… Steelers 27….

  • dickv

    terrapin raider… that spread offense sounds great until one of those guys Imentioned comes flying through the line unblocked and kills your QB… game over. Basically I see that approach as the equivalent of playing russian roulette… eventually that shot will come.

    time and time agian we have seen that all qb’s suck when they get hit… except big ben; he seems to keep chugging along regardless of the protection issues.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Leave my boy DHB alone. LOL. Just kiddin’. This will be a make or break year for him. He showed flashes in the season but he needs to step up year 3 for this offense to get even better. (And Campbell has to throw the damn ball his direction – goes both ways).

  • confucius400

    Sorry dhb wont even make the team this year

  • Just Fire Baby

    The one factor not to ignore is that during the press conference announcing Hue as coach, he talked about the nucleus of young talent on the team and Tyvon Branch was one of the first names out of his mouth.

    We will find out about the whole “Cable wanted to cut MM34 thing” next year, but my money is on him still being a role player again.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Its not just a spread offense I’m referencing ..its the quick hits. GB does this better than anyone in the league. They were running those quick slants with devistating effect under Farve and never skipped a beat. I don’t think blitz can get there in time if their WRs win.

    I suppose you can scheme or shift coverage somehow to compensate for that blitzer but GB is really good at this.

    NE runs the same game plan vs Pitts everytime they play and NE keeps winning. Spread them out, quick hits which keeps them out of thier base defense and out of your backfield

  • dickv

    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.