I like it to be the Green Bay Packers vs. the New England Patrtiots. Green Bay looks like they might finally have a running game and played ATL on the road all the way to wire in the regular season. New England is impossible to beat at home so that alone should get them to the Super Bowl.
As to who will win the Super Bowl? Well, on a neutral field in DAL where GB fans will travel well, I might actually give GB a slight edge in a dome-type field. They played NE to the wire with their backup QB and I am just not that impressed by the NE pass rush. With enough time, the Packers pass attack can beat any team in the league.
I agree, good answer.
I am a volunteer for pre-game activities the week of the Super Bowl here.
What a shame that the NFL does not release more tickets to the general public (we were told they only release 1% of tickets). 56% of attendees are corporate decision-makers, so being a host city is more about show-casing your business climate than anything else.
The average, rabid, die-hard fan of a particular team playing in the Super Bowl will be watching at home.
I guess, for most of the attendees, it's just "pick a side to cheer for." Though I'll have to admit, when I was home watching that Super Bowl between the Patriots and Giants, I was jumping up and down and cheering wildly when the Giants overtook the Patriots. I'm not a Giants fan, but I do like the underdog making a splash! If it's an exciting Super Bowl, I guess the stadium does get a little wild.
I think this will be one of those years where a wildcard team steals the show, but I must say that this has been one of those years where I've followed football the least, I guess between all the fines for stupid reasons and players being crybabies it's hard to enjoy what is becoming less and less of a warrior sport
Here's my full playoff and Super Bowl prediction (I wanted to get this out there now so I can eat my words gradually as we get closer to the Super Bowl):
I think Baltimore is the strongest of the wild card teams, but they've got some trouble ahead of them. The Jets were actually fortunate to get a wild card game against the Colts instead of the Chiefs. That means they'll be playing indoors (Sanchez is awful in poor weather) and they won't be playing in Kansas City, where the Chiefs lost their only home game this season on Sunday in a meaningless game after they had already clinched. So instead of the Jets, the Chiefs will host the Ravens, who finished with 2 more wins than them in the regular season. That should be a really good game. I think Colts and Chiefs win next week, but they'll both lose the following week to the Steelers and Patriots.
The NFC is a bit more complicated, because every team seems so determined to be mediocre. The Seahawks get to host a playoff game against a team that won 4 more games than them in the regular season. I saw how the Seahawks played last night at home in a must-win game against a team with a losing record, and I wasn't impressed. They'll do much worse against the Saints. The Packers are at the Eagles. The Eagles are almost as bad at home as the Packers are on the road. I'll pick the Packers to win it thanks to a Clay Matthews Jr. forced fumble on Michael Vick. In the following week, the Saints will dismantle the Bears in Chicago while the Packers will stun the Falcons at the Georgia Dome.
In the AFC championship game, I'll take the Patriots over the Steelers. The Pats have just been too darn consistent down the stretch. The Saints will win a close game in New Orleans to repeat as NFC champions. In the Super Bowl, the Patriots and Saints will play close in the first half, but the Patriots will pull away in the third quarter and win by 14.
The Colts are being overlooked (as they were in 2006). I wouldn't call them favorites, but they have the following in their favor:
4 game winning streak - accomplished by doing 2 things very well that the experts said they could not do at all; run and stop the run.
Finally they're getting somewhat healthy. The biggest remaining injury problem is that 3/4 of their starters in the secondary are still out, along with linebacker Clint Session. The second, third and in one case fourth stringers are improving each week, the corners have been very strong against the run. Safety Antoine Bethea is one of the surest tacklers in the game.
They have the best pass-rushing ends in the NFL in Freeney and Mathis which means they rarely have to blitz.
Their ground game is now a 4 headed monster with Addai, Brown, Hart, and Rhodes.
Remember, they were one errant throw away from beating the Patriots on their home field; closer than any other team has been since mid season.
There is no other AFC team the Patriots fear as much as the Colts.
The only thing making me a little apprehensive about the Colts is their inability to dominate their opponents, even the weaker ones. They enter the playoffs with a 4-game winning streak, but those 4 wins were by a total of just 20 points, and none of those games were against teams going to the playoffs. Since that close game against the Colts, the Patriots have outscored their opponents (including 3 teams going to the playoffs) 229 to 71.
The Colts had a couple really good wins against good teams in the first half (10 point win over the Chiefs and an absolutely dominating 24 point win over the Giants in week 2), but those have been absent in the second half.
They were close in some of their losses against some good teams, but they were also close in some of their wins against some bad teams. With a little better luck they could have been 13-3 or even 14-2, but with just a little worse luck they could have also easily been 6-10.
With a 4-4 road record, I'm not confident in the Colts should they find themselves in the second or third week of the playoffs.
The New England Patriots. Tom Brady has had an MVP year with only 4 interceptions. Belichick has done an amzing job getting this team to improve from game 1 to game 16.
It is only natural to say New England but this is a year that is up for grabs. The Pats are hot but so is Pittsburgh. When they last played, Pittsburgh didn't play good ball. The Saints go to Seattle. They will move on. You can't count out the Colts. Manning has the experience but he is missing a cast of playmakers. Chicago and Green Bay have a shot. The Jets were the best team at the start of the season. This year will be a toss up. It will be decided by offense this year. If you look, most these teams are the top defenses in the NFL. It will be an AFC team, either New England or Pittsburgh. The AFC is too tough.
The word for the Superbowl 2011 is "New" - so the team with that word in their name will be up against each other!
I still like Steelers to win though...
The wildcards can upset, who knows.
I go for Brady and the Pats. The Saints and Colts are gone. Seattle goes no further. Wildcards are the worse playoff games to predict. They upset someone every year. It's just history repeating itself, with the Saints. Phily is on a downslide and so is Baltimore. The Ravens will take Kansas City, they have a better defense and offense, slightly. The Chiefs are tough at home. Green Bay beat Phily, earlier in the season. Phily will be ready this time. When Vick came in to the game, he was the backup. He soon became the starter. Its all up to Vick or Rogers. Turnovers will decide this game. It will be cold in Phily, probably a slight advantage to the Packers.
Its going to be between the two best teams in the NFL throughout the season. Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons. Patriots will take it all unless of course the Jets surprise them in the upcoming divisional playoff game which they can.
The Jets beat them earlier, but I think the Patriots are a better team now, a lot better. But like you said, anything can happen in the NFL. Look at this weekend. The two teams in the big dance last year are gone in the same weekend. As far as the NFC, I like Atlanta and Green Bay.
Three of the four teams I picked for the conference championships in the preseason are still alive.
Patriots are going to win the Superbowl (I wished Eagles, but they... %^&*(*&^%$#@ hmmm).
The only team capable of beating the Pats are the Steelers. Year in and year out, they are in the mix. They have a shot, but New England is at home. Here, they are tough.
Nice picture prettydarkhorse! Don't think he is having a good day here.
care to back that poor old rex statement up?
Or did you mean poor old Belichick? Amazing how a picture says a thousand words! And this picture was taken before half time, it didnt get better for him, now did it.
(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
And the New York Jets take one more step towards a trip to Dallas.
Jan 16, 2011; Foxboro, MA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) celebrates a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE
So much for my Seahawks prediction. As long as the Pats have been bounced out I am happy.
Packer at Bears
packers offense has all the momentum going into this game. but Bears have a similar style defense than ATL and PHI. 4-3 aggressive Defenses with athletic D-ends( Abraham, Cole, and now Peppers.)
the packers struggled on special teams, so Hester could be the factor. but i dont trust Cutler against that red hot defense.
J.E.T.S. vs Steelers
Two hard nose 3-4's, tough to call i like big ben over sanchez, thats the main factor to me here. pit 17-13
Packers vs Steelers
At this stage, I'll take the Steelers, although I'm pulling for the jets to play the Packers. Packers are just so hot right now. Can't pick against them, even the the Bears have a championship caliber defense.
I think it will be GB and Pitt, but I think Pitt's defense will be too much for Rodgers, he'll choke on the big stage.
PITT AND GREEN BAY.. I keep coming back here every week, changing my picks. Packers win the SuperBowl! Maybe Pittsburgh, either one. lol No, Packers
by Kevin 7 years ago
Who will win the superbowl? The Green Bay Packers or the Pittsburgh Steelers?
by Ren Chin 8 years ago
would be a fantastic QB showdown...
by Paul Edmondson 8 years ago
I have the Colts winning big. 30 - 17.
by matsplat15 8 years ago
who is going to win the big game
by Sinclair Miller III 5 years ago
I wrote a Hub about the two teams that can challenge the Miami Heat in the East a while back. Before the 27-game winning streak, the Miami Heat lost to the Indiana Pacers and the streak ended against the Chicago Bulls. Does anyone think different?
by AskAshlie3433 7 years ago
Where would you rank his performance among the greatest playoff performances of the past?
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