Pocket Doppler Prognosticators: The Super Bowl
During the NFL regular season, each Friday the 3 founding fathers of Pocket Doppler (yours truly, BigSnakeMan & Chris Richards) picked the winners of the Packers’, Sunday night & MNF games. During the Post-Season, we’ve invited favored stepson Rich to join in the fun.
Heading into the year’s final PDP, our current standings are:
Rich: 7 (2 for 2 Championship Week)
Wally: 6 (2 for 2 Championship Week)
Chris: 6 (1 for 2 Championship Week)
BigSnakeMan: 4 (1 for 2 Championship Week)
It would appear that young Master Ward would be poised for a victory in our Post-Season Version of the Pocket Doppler Prognosticators and based on his pick below, I would be entirely fine with that. Should the unthinkable happen and we end up with a tie (one guess who picked the Steelers) we’ll use the cumulative points total as the tiebreaker.
I was surprised when the oddsmakers established Green Bay as a 2.5 point favorite over Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl, especially considering that the Steelers have a vast edge in experience having been to the ‘Big Game’ for the 3rd time in the last 6 years. I suspect that the bookmakers are putting a little too much stock into the Packers playoff victory in Atlanta. All week long I’ve been leaning toward Pittsburgh in this game. But as “Picture-Gate” morphed into “Piano Bar-Gate” (and BTW, these two teams really need to work on their SB week scandals), I found myself liking the way the Packers have handled themselves in Dallas. In a contest of two such evenly matched teams, logic would dictate that Pittsburgh’s superiority in the running game on both sides of the ball should be the difference. However, if I were to invoke logic, the Packers wouldn’t be in this game in the first place. To paraphrase the halftime entertainment, I’ve got a feeling that Sunday night’s gonna be a good night for the Packers, Packers 24, Steelers 17
I said I would be picking the Packers throughout and I see no reason to change that now. Ever since Rodgers returned after his concussion, you could almost see the entire team shift into high gear. With all due respect to Pittsburgh, I think the Packers offense will be able to spread them out enough to get Rodgers some big yards in the air and James Starks will get enough carries to keep the Steelers D honest at the same time. Dom Capers will have a field day with schemes which pressure Big Ben and if Pouncey doesn’t play, BJ ‘The Freezer’ Raji will wreak havoc on the Steeler’s middle of the O-Line all day. At the end of the day, the Lombardi Trophy will be coming home with the Packers victorious over the Steelers, 28-20.
I have massive respect for the Steelers’ organization. Perhaps because in many ways they remind me of the Packers: A classic, proud, old school club that does things the right way, with a fan base that tapes their ankles before games. It’s hard to hate PIT as that would be like hating GB.
Oh, yeah: The Steelers also have a very good football team this year. They are a tough, hard-nosed unit with a QB who (off-field exploits aside) is a proven winner, a guy who more times than not finds a way to lead his team to victory even when he is not on top of his game. They have a smart, no-nonsense head coach and a group of experienced, veteran play-makers on defense.
While PIT has “been there before” the Packers, almost to a man, have not. Perhaps that will make GB hungry, but given the circus that is the Super Bowl, I think that prior “Big Game” experience will help the Steelers. Moreover, in addition to the distraction brought on by the side show elements associated with the game, I wonder if there isn’t a bit of the edge worn off the Packers after successfully facing down five straight games of back-to-the-wall, elimination football–particularly after a season spent regrouping in compensation for an injury list of Biblical proportions. In light of all of that, I suppose in some ways it would be understandable if the Packers had a little “just happy to be here” attitude. Will the urgency be there when guys like Bob McGinn are writing that this could be the first of multiple Super Bowls for the team?
I would not be surprised to see GB fall behind by 10 causing cracks to form in the dam, and then the whole thing giving way under the stress of all of the above: Talk about a lousy way to end a terrific season. But while a boatrace is not out of the question, I just can’t see the Packers doing anything but giving PIT a run for its money. It might be wishful thinking, but I see a close, hard fought game. How else could that end but with GB losing by four freakin’ points? Final Steelers over Packers, 24-20.
This is Green Bay’s year, their time to show the nation where Titletown truly lies and return the Lombardi Trophy to its rightful home. That, and I can’t and won’t vote for the (alleged) rapist. Go-Pack-Go! Packers over Steelers, 28-24