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Posted on: February 6, 2011 8:30 am
Edited on: February 15, 2011 9:13 am


My two cents...The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers game will be an exciting one to say the least.  Both teams have great defenses and great offenses.  The Steelers defense is ranked second in overall defense, 1st against the run (62.8 yards per game) and 12 th against the pass (214.1 yards per game).  The Packers defense is ranked fifth overall, 18th against the run (114.9 yards per game) and 5th against the pass (194.2 yards per game).  I feel both defenses will play well and will balance each other out.  Let's look at offense.  The Packers are ranked 9th overall, 24th rushing (100.4 yards per game) and 5th passing (257.8 yards per game).  The Steelers are ranked 14th overall, 11th rushing (120.2 yards per game) and 14th passing (225.1 yards per game).  The Packers are built to pass the ball with Aaron Rodgers at the helm and they have great wide receivers in Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, and James Jones.  The Steelers are more balanced with Rashard Mendenhall rushing the ball and Ben Roethlisberger passing to Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, and Heath Miller.  The Packers offensive line is better suited to stop the Steelers pass rush.  Tackles Chad Clifton and Brian Bulaga have to block the Vikings Jared Allen and the Bears Julius Peppers twice a season and did an admirable job against these two elite pass rushers and should be able to handle James Harrison and LaMar Woodley.  The Steelers offensive line is pretty banged up with starting center Maurkice Pouncey ruled out.  Tackles Flozell Adams and Jonathan Scott will have their hands full blocking Clay Mathews when the Steelers are forced to pass.  If the Steelers can get their groiund game established early they have a chance.  The Packers can't run the ball effectively but have been getting better with James Starks.  If Aaron Rodgers can get confidence early, the Steelers are in for a long game.  The kicking game favors the Packers.  Mason Crosby kicks in the frozen tundra with swirling winds and has been the Packers kicker all season, while Shaun Suisham was picked up half way through the season.  However Suisham is Canadian so I will call it closer than it should be (I am Canadian too and have to pull for him).  I guess it will come down to coaching.  This is where the Steelers have the advantage.  Hall of Famer Dick Lebeau and Mike Tomlin have been here before and know how to get the job done.  In short final score Steelers 28 Packers 24.

Wow what a game the Packers win!!
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Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:37 am
Edited on: February 6, 2011 8:36 am



This will be an exciting matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets.  So far this week there has been little trash talking from the Jets side.  They know that the Steelers will be ready for a fist fight and are looking to avenge an early season loss.  The Steelers defense led by James Harrison and Troy Polamalu will be ready for the Jets running game and will confuse Mark Sanchez all game.  If they can bring pressure from their front four the Jets will be in some trouble.  The Steelers offensive line may be the key to this game as they are pretty banged up.  If the Jets can confuse the Steelers o-line they have a chance.  If Ben Roethlisberger has time to set up in the pocket and Rashard Mendenhall can establish himself as a dominant runner the Jets will be in for a long day.  My prediction the Steelers move on 28-14.  Final score was 24-19 Steelers over Jets so I was pretty close.  Steelers move on to take on the......


This is the third time the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers will meet this year with both teams winning one game.  The Bears had a chance in the last regular season game to knock the Packers out of the playoffs but could only muster 3 points.  They failed then and will fail again.  The Packers have found a running game to compliment Aaron Rodgers and the passing game.  The Packers proved they can move the ball against the Bears in their last meeting.  The Packers defense will cause Jay Cutler fits and Clay Mathews will bring pressure, while Charles Woodson and the other defensive backs blanket cover the Bears receivers.  If the Packers offensive line can handle Julius Peppers this game could get out of hand for the cheeseheads.  My prediction, the Packers move on to the Super Bowl 35-7.  Final score 21-14 Packers.  I was a bit off but picked the right team.  Woohoo two for two.  The Super Bowl is set Pittsburgh Steelers versus the Green Bay Packers.

We will see if these predictions hoild true.  This time I went with my heart not my head.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 11, 2011 9:57 am
Edited on: January 21, 2011 11:24 am

NFL POST SEASON WEEK #2 Preview and Predictions

This week poses some great matchups that pit divisional foes against each other for the third time this year.  Let's start with the AFC.
  1) NEW ENGLAND Patriots vs. NEW YORK Jets:  This game will be a heated affair between two teams that dislike each other.  One is quiet and business like and one is load and obnoxious.  Belichick vs Ryan.  Ryan has called out Tom Brady and Coach Belichick on numerous occasions and is at it again.  The first meeting of these teams saw the Jets come out on top 28-14 in New York and the second game the Patriots won 45-3 in Foxboro.  This game I see as being alot closer than the last one, but Brady and the boys will win 28-21 and go on to face....

2) PITTSBURGH Steelers vs. BALTIMORE Ravens:  These two teams down right hate each other.  This is one is the rubber match of two divisional foes.  Both visiting teams won in each of the last meetings.  In this one, if Ed Reed and the Ravens secondary can stop Mike Wallace this game will be a victory for the Ravens.  If Ray Rice can be a dual threat again this week the Steelers could be in for a long day.  I see this as a close game 16-13 Ravens.

1) ATLANTA Falcons vs. GREEN BAY Packers:  It seems that the Packers have found a running game to accompany Aaron Rogers and the passing game.  Matt Ryan and the Falcons have been playing very good football this season and have earned the right to host a playoff game.  If the Packers keep the running game up and their defense comes to play and can get pressure on Ryan the Packers can win.  I see a 24-21 Packers victory and they will play...

2) CHICAGO Bears vs. SEATTLE Seahawks:  This game is intriguing for many reasons.  The Seahawks aren't supposed to be here, they weren't supposed to make playoffs, they weren't supposed to beat the New Orleans Saints, but they did.  Their offense has been pretty ok recently with Marshawn Lynch and Matt Hasselback leading the way.  Their return game is good with Leon Washington capable of breaking games open.  This game comes down to two things, 1) the Bears defense, if they play great and shut the Seahawks down, they win and 2) Jay Cutler, if he is erratic and turns the ball over they lose.  In the end I see the Bears moving on with a 28-14 win. 

OK this week was terrible for my predictions in the AFC, but I nailed the NFC.  First my Patriots lost to the much hated New York Jets (curses) and the Pittsburgh Steelers came from a bunch down to beat the Ravens.  This makes for an interesting matchup this week in the AFC.  In the NFC the Packers were just too much for the Atlanta Falcons and the Chicago Bears beat up on the Seahawks.  This week it will be interesting as two NFC North division rivals face off for the third time this season.  It will be the rubber match for this season's version of this rivalry.
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Posted on: January 3, 2011 9:27 am
Edited on: January 9, 2011 8:56 pm

NFL POST SEASON WEEK #1 Preview and Predictions

A total of five non-playoff teams from a year ago are in this year.  This is awesome for sports with the vast turn around.  Some teams needed the last day to clinch a spot, Green Bay, Seattle, and Indianapolis, while others were secured including New England, Philadelphia, and Atlanta, while others needed to decide their final position, New York Jets, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh.  The first round of the playoffs have some intriguing match-ups. Saturday: 1) New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks - the defending champions should be able to take their game on the road and beat the Seahawks who entered the playoffs with a losing record.  The Saints win an then travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons  2) New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts - The Colts are a team that can put up points while the Jets defense is one of the best in football.  I would never count Peyton Manning out and I see the Colts winning this game and then going on to face the Pittsburgh Steelers.  3) Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs - I hope the Chiefs can win this game but Ray Lewis and Ed Reed may have something to say about that.  If the Chiefs do win they will travel to New England to face the Patriots and I think this would be an easier game for the Patriots.  4) Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles - I think the Eagles take care of business and win this one.  Although Aaron Rodgers is a good quarterback, the Packers have no running game and the Eagles have too many weapons.  The Eagles will then travel to Chicago to take on the Bears.

WOW my predictions were horrible!!  The Seattle Seahawks knocked the defending champion Saints out of the playoffs and now travel to Chicago to take on the Bears.  The Green Bay Packers beat the Philadelphia Eagles and now travel to Atlanta to play the Falcons.  In the AFC the New York Jets kicked a last second field goal to knock out Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts and now travel to New England to take on the Patriots.  The Baltimore Ravens beat the Kansas City Chiefs and now travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers.  This weekend has some intriguing matchups and should be a great weekend of football.
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