Super Bowl Prediction
Posted by Andrew Zercie on January 30, 2009
On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals will compete for the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl 43 (Roman numerals are absurd). Much has been made of the Steelers being the franchise with great tradition, while the Cardinals by comparison have played in three different cities and have been considered among the worst franchises in all of sports for decades.
Many are pulling for the underdog Cardinals. They have played some great football in the playoffs and certainly have the ability to win. Kurt Warner has played much of the season at an MVP-caliber level. Larry Fitzgerald has been discovered by the mainstream media over the last month. (Where has the mainstream media been? Fitzgerald was one of the best receivers in the country as a collegian at Pitt. His early NFL career ranks among the best in league history. With the Internet, there is no such thing as an obscure top-level professional athlete anymore. Way to be behind the curve on Larry Fitzgerald.) Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston team up with Fitzgerald to give Warner three great targets to throw at. On offense, they’re a dangerous team.
The reality is that the Steelers are the more complete team though. Looking back at Super Bowl champions over the years, teams with the better defense usually win. Pittsburgh’s defense was the best in the NFL this year, and, years from now, we may look back and decide that the Steelers had one of the best defensive units in NFL history. Ben Roethlisberger is seeking his 2nd Super Bowl win before the age of 27, and could be on his way to cementing his status as one of the best QBs in league history.
Arizona doesn’t run the ball well. Kurt Warner relies on precision timing, which will likely be easily disrupted by the Steelers’ blitz packages.
To paraphrase the immortal Rick Pitino, “Rod Tidwell is not walking through that door!” I expect a long day for the Cardinals, and a defensive TD for the Steelers.