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Morning links: Super Bowl Sunday

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 6, 2011 at 8:46 am with 26 Comments »
February 6, 2011 8:46 am

Besides the Seattle Seahawks playing in this afternoon’s game, you really couldn’t ask for a better matchup. Pittsburgh and Green Bay have talented defenses that stop the run and get after the quarterback. And they have two of the best signal callers in the game in Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger, who are both capable of leading their team down the field for the game-winning score in the final moments of the game.

So who do you like? For me, it’s comes down to Pittsburgh’s ability to control the clock with running back Rashard Mendenhall, which helps them set up the play-action pass. And I just think Pittsburgh has a little more juice on defense. So I’m picking the Steelers by a field goal, 30-27.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune likes the Packers by a field goal.

John Czarnecki of Fox Sports breaks down the game here.

Check out predictions from NFL Network analysts and celebrities here.

Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network offers 10 things to look for in today’s game.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com catches up with Matt Hasselbeck, who says he’s picking the Packers in the Super Bowl.

John McGrath of The News Tribune says that Cortez Kennedy did not get snubbed in Saturday’s Hall of Fame voting, he just was eclipsed by more impressive candidates.

ESPN’s Mike Sando, one of 44 Hall of Fame voters, takes a closer look at the finalists with ties to the NFC West.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Rocky Seto is out as UCLA’s defensive coordinator, and the Bruins will continue their search. So it appears that Seto will remains with the Seahawks as the team’s assistant secondary coach.

Hasselbeck talks to KJR’s Dave Mahler and Hugh Millen from Dallas in this audio link.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post talks to Jim Mora about why he did not accept the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator position.

Judy Batista of the New York Times gives a nice rundown of league commissioner Roger Goodell’s state of the league press conference.

Richard Dietsch of Sports Illustrated argues for moving the Super Bowl to Saturday.

Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post discusses what teams do to prepare for the scouting combine in a couple weeks.

Seattle Seahawks running back Justin Forsett was down in Dallas working radio row this week. He talks with Yard Barker in the video below.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    I’m taking the Packers. Big, fast teams generally beat big, slower teams (no energy to break the whole game down, now). This is a hell of a matchup though, no question. So I took the Packers and gave the 2.5 points (also took the over, 45). But for fun (and to hedge my bets) I took Pitts -7 at +400 on a prop.

    It’s too bad matchups like this are interrupted by a half-time show that ends up making it flow like 2 separate games.

  2. I took GB -14.5 at +425 in the event they can blow the game open and hold it. But I also took any team wins by exactly 3 points (+350) and the game goes to overtime (+625) in addition to others.

  3. Speaking of 2 separate matchups, also went with first half ends in a tie for +500.

  4. Seems nearly everyone is picking this to be a high scoring game with 25+ points on both sides. But when you really look at the defenses, everything points to a much lower scoring game. I’m thinking 20 to 16 Packers. MAYBE 23 to 16.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Just looking at the Ds, one would think it ought to be low scoring but as you point out, most are taking the over. Vegas is currently running 76% to the over.

    Pab – I too have a ton of props. One of the best part of the Super Bowl.

  6. Turnovers by the defense could set up a bunch of cheap scores. Steelers playoff games have featured 3 defensive TDs in just 2 games. The Packers have had 2 in their 3 games.

  7. I’d like to see how well GBs ZBS does against PIT, especially GB’s LG Daryn Colledge. He was a RFA last season and will be UFA this March(?) I guess, that is, if they can come up with a new CBA. He was nearly let go at the end of ’09 but came back to claim the starting LG position. This should be a good game to display ZBS vs man-blocking system.

  8. Just a guess but I’d bet there isn’t one reader that is around as many Stealer fans as I. If so, you must live in the burgh. I work with them, drink with them – nearby sports bar manager is Stealers. Bad thing is we all don our teams regularly and some on a daily basis. There is nothing worse than a blow hard Stealer fan when XL is again brought up. And it happens all the time when people see Seahawk and Stealers garb together in a close vicinity.

    This is a Green Bay must win!
    Raise my glass for SANITY!
    SBXL Calls

  9. bkcollins15 says:

    Just saw jerome bettis talking on the pregame….. I can’t stand him, talking about the super bowl against the hawks.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I hope that Greenbay wins. I would love to see Rodgers put that final nail into Brett Favres coffin, and at the same time put a few nails into Rottenbergers!

    However I expect the game will probably end up something like the way it did when Pittsburgh played Miami this season. A phantom call or none call.

    It just wouldn’t be right for the NFL to name Vick comeback player of the year and not have Roethlisberger be the Superbowl MVP.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    “It just wouldn’t be right for the NFL to name Vick comeback player of the year and not have Roethlisberger be the Superbowl MVP.”

    Isn’t that the truth…

  12. STL has to play GB next season, right? SEA plays CHI.

  13. This game si going to kill me!

  14. MVP should be Matthews but lets see who they give it to!

  15. bayareahawkfan says:

    Posted this earlier in the wrong thread:

    What a way to win – Big Ben tries to sandlot his way to another win, and this time the refs swallow their flags on that last play instead of giving the hated Stealers another chance.

    What a great result – a little bit of the world’s darkness was just blasted away, if only for a night :) .

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Yes! This is a great way to end the NFL season! And to think we could have traded down and picked up Matthews. Oh well maybe we can get a 7th round pick for Curry?

  17. I’m so glad I don’t have to see the Steelers celebrating. The Packers deserved to be Super Bowl champs.

  18. For a moment it looked like the Packer receivers were going to do as the Seahawks have always done – drop the game away. When Rodgers came right back to Jordy Nelson again and agian I was reminded of Hasselbeck to Stevens. But that late 4th qrt pass that started out as a 3rd and 5 before a false start was clutch. Not many QB’s would even attempt that pass to Jennings as well covered as he was.

    Child Please! Stop using Vick in the same sentence as Rodgers!

    Why the Favre hate? His teammates drug him back after a stellar year. Had Peterson and Harvin not fumbled the Saints game away Vikings would have pounded the Colts. And he took a beating behind that o’line this year but still answered the bell for the most part. If anyone deserves respect it’s him. I’d prefer to have as a Hawk QB a broken down old man like Favre over V Young or Vick.

    Duke-great bet. Should have followed your lead. I don’t often bet large since the Giants beat Dallas after losing to them twice during the season. Think that was the year Owens sniffled ” that’s my quarterback”. :)

  19. Dukeshire says:

    Lol, thanks. I remember that, “ma quarterback…”, too much.

    Rodgers was so sharp tonight. On point all game. Well, clock’s ticking on the CBA now. Let’s get it done fellas…

  20. 22.6

    Rapistburger

  21. SeahawkFan12 says:

    I mean SEAHAWKS…man, drinking and typing is dangerous…

  22. IBGoofy says:

    Excile…. Had the same feelings (and openly expressed it here) about the Pack rec’rs… I still wonder about Hass and the way he ‘spins’ the ball…. It just seems like he has had a lot of rec’rs that can’t hold on to his throws….. I’ve never been there to see him live on the field, but always wondered about it….

  23. Sarcasticus says:

    3 turnovers and it still was close. As far as superbowls go, I thought it was pretty unexciting. I am glad that the Packers won, though.

    I am sure Pittsburgh’s slow start had something to do with the hurt put on the team’s collective psyche created by the way people spelled Steelers and Roethlisberger on this blog.

  24. seahawklovertoo says:

    GH, I too wish we took Matthews…but, we just drafted Curry ; plus we had LeRoy and Lofa already on board! No way in the world anyone on Hawks staff would have taken Matthews. The one I wish we took instead is Raji (MarryJo problem and all) or,Oher…
    I must admit I was happy with getting Curry .
    Off topic : on ESPN chats there is some talk about Carolina trading for Whitehurst (even for a second rounder).I was surprised to read that.
    Big congrats to the Pack and even bigger thanks for making my sunday by beating the Stealers (for not letting them steal another SB)
    Wonder if the refs would have let the game end the way it did if it was Hawks or Cards against the Pitt bums. Guess Packers have a lot more clout around the NFL,ha?

  25. IBGoofy-in D-drops case it was not the Hasselbeck thrown ball. Rodgers has a lot of zip on the ball. Maybe not as much as Favre or Elway but it gets there in a hurry. That isn’t the case with Hass:)

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