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fordfixer
02-01-2009, 02:27 AM
Why the Steelers will win Super Bowl XLIII

Sat, 31 Jan 2009 10:06:31 -0800

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football ... -win_N.htm (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/steelers/2009-02-01-why-the-steelers-win_N.htm)

By Nate Davis, USA TODAY
TAMPA — One for the thumb.

One for the other thumb, that is.

Yes, it seems a pretty good bet — if you care to place a friendly wager on Super Bowl XLIII — that the Pittsburgh Steelers will defeat the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday and leave Tampa with their record sixth Super Bowl title. Let's peruse some of the evidence supporting their case to become the NFL's champions:

MAKING THE CASE: Why the Cards will win

•Running back Willie Parker is healthy and again performing at the level that allowed him to displace Jerome Bettis as the team's primary carrier in 2005 … the last time the Steelers made a Super Bowl run.

Look for Parker — who's averaging better than 100 yards rushing over his last three games — to have a big day behind an offensive line more adept at creating running lanes than pretty passing pockets around quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Though the Arizona defense has been stingier in the playoffs, it's still allowing 4.1 yards a carry, a worrisome sign against a player such as Parker, who can go the distance at any time.

Factoid of note: The Steelers are 6-0 when Parker suits up in the playoffs.

•Defense wins championships.

Cliché? Sure. True? Absolutely.

The New York Giants ruined the New England Patriots' bid for perfection a year ago, thanks to a swarming defense. The return of safety Bob Sanders stiffened an Indianapolis Colts unit against the run-oriented Chicago Bears two years ago.

Before that?

A Steelers defense — which will trot out many of the same players Sunday — held the Seattle Seahawks' top-ranked scoring offense and record-setting running back Shaun Alexander, the league MVP in 2005, to 10 points in Pittsburgh's Super Bowl XL victory.

And the current Steelers defense is no run-of-the-steel-mill outfit. It doesn't have a catchy nickname or marquee players outside of safety Troy Polamalu and defensive player of the year James Harrison— and how many football fans outside of Pittsburgh could pick Harrison out of a lineup? But it does have discipline and a vexing style fostered by coordinator Dick LeBeau, both of which have made this defense one of the most statistically dominant units of the Super Bowl era.

•Experience counts.

The Steelers roster is stocked with 22 players with Super Bowl rings, including 11 starters from the Super Bowl XL team. The Cardinals have never been to a Super Bowl.

Over the last 21 Super Bowls, eight franchises have reached the game for the first time. Two have won, the Baltimore Ravens in 2000 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002. Both of those teams were defined by powerful defenses, unlike these Cardinals.

Experience will help put the Steelers over the top, allowing them to be the first club to experience a Lombardi Trophy six-pack.

Djfan
02-01-2009, 03:19 AM
The rest of the media hacks have avoided this topic all together. It's about time. They are just echo machines, sheep, regurgitating what the other guy on the other network thought of while in the bathroom one afternoon.

Finally someone gets it.

ColumbusSteelerFan
02-01-2009, 07:49 AM
This was also Limbaugh's point on Friday when talking with former NFL great Ken Hutchinson. This defense is huge. And experience MATTERS. This team is ready for the big day. The Cardinals? Not so much. Take away Warner and how much SB experience does the rest of the team have? Not a lot. Experience helps get over adversities during the game and will help lead to victory. Gonna be a fun one to watch.

TallyStiller
02-01-2009, 03:12 PM
The media love affair with the Cards has been a convergence of factors - a. they're a huge underdog and the Cinderella flavor of the month. b. the NFL needs a story line to generate interest and ratings. c. there are many haters out there who resent our success and have since the '70's... and many of them ARE the ex jocks in the media whose tails we kicked for years. d. offense captures the public imagination... people see Warner doing his thing and have visions of Marino, Fouts, Kelly, and other QB greats of the past... who have a combined 80 miles of passing yardage and ZERO rings. People who are casual fans love to watch pinball machine scoring. People who know the game and appreciate championship caliber play recognize that defense wins. So many of the older media scribes are calling this one for us, but the less experienced hands are believing in the false hope that is the Cards.

Flasteel
02-01-2009, 03:28 PM
The reason we will win is the question posed by Captain Lemming in another thread.

No team which has had what would be considered a dominant defensive has ever lost a Super Bowl unless they came across an equally dominating defense. Additionally no team which has ever been ranked number one defensively during the regular season has ever lost.

It's never happened.

That's about as strong of an indicator you can find.