This Super Bowl is particularly exciting for me. I will be in Las Vegas, sipping on vodka and Red Bull all game as I watch Aaron Rodgers continue his stride toward winning his first Super Bowl title.
[media-credit name=”Ian Sander” align=”alignleft” width=”175″][/media-credit] Rodgers had a solid regular season, but he’s playing like a man possessed in the playoffs. He leads nearly every passing statistic and has dominated thus far, dismissing Michael Vick, Matty Ice and Jay Cutler on the way. With running back James Starks and wide receiver Greg Jennings, the Packers have averaged 30 points per game, making them the most dangerous offense in the postseason. Their defense, led by Clay Matthews and Tramon Williams, has fared just as well, limiting the opposition to just 17 points per game.
The Steelers are led by perennially troubled quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who just doesn’t understand the meaning of the word “no.” Just ask defenses around the league or folks of Milledgeville, Georgia. What “Big Ben” lacks in integrity, he makes up for in hardware. At age 28, he is already playing in his third Super Bowl, winning in his previous two appearances. After sitting out the first four games of this year, “Big Ben” found his rhythm again, producing yet another solid season.
However, everyone knows that Pittsburgh’s true strength is in its defense, which is limiting opponents to just 14.5 points per game. Linebacker Lawrence Timmons has 19 tackles in just two games and Troy Polamalu is a constant pest to any offense.
No one doubts that the Steelers defense is good, but can they contain the smokin’ hot Rodgers? I think not. This weekend, Rodgers is going to add some actual hardware to go along with his championship belt. Nothing is stopping Rodgers from getting his first ring. Not Big Ben and not the Steelers defense.
I’m betting big on the Packers expecting Rodgers to deliver me a big pay day, but if I lose, I won’t dwell on it. After all, according to The Hangover, “Remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Except for herpes. That shit stays with you.”
Prediction: Green Bay Over Pittsburgh 21-17