My Very Own Super Bowl Prediction
|Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers coach |
- The Arizona Cardinals have transformed themselves into a different team in the playoffs, largely due to their increased focus on running the ball. However, I don't think they are going to have any luck whatsoever running the football against the defensive line and linebacker corps that the Steelers can throw out there. The question will be whether or not the Cardinals will stay committed to the run even if it doesn't work, or if they will get pass-happy and let Warner try to win it.
- If there is any one place the Steeler defense may be vulnerable, it could very well be cornerback. I expect Warner to have a fair amount of success passing, but I also expect for Troy Polamalu to become a significant factor as the game wears on, particularly if Arizona get away from their running game.
- Arizona's defense has been remarkably good during the postseason, and I think that will probably continue. That being said, I also see Pittsburgh being able to put up a decent point total, as a healthy Willie Parker should allow the Steelers to move the ball effectively, allowing Ben Rothlisberger to simply manage the game and take a few shots on his terms.
- As always, the wild card in the game will be turnovers. If Rothlisberger goes out and has the sort of day that Jake Delhomme had against Arizona, then it's going to be a long day for Steeler fans. However, that's really the only way I see the Cardinals winning this thing. As long as the Steelers avoid self-destructing, I think they're just going to be too strong for Arizona.
Warner completes more than 55 percent of his passes, but also gets picked twice.
Rothlisberger completes slightly less than 50 percent, but does not turn the ball over. Willie Parker gets 100 yards rushing, while the 'Zona running backs combine for right around 80 total.