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Phenomenal TJ
10-21-2009, 09:30 PM
I call this a potential Super Bowl match-up only because it really is feasible that both these teams are playing on February 7th, 2010. Both of the teams are playing really good football. Both teams are offensive powerhouses this year.

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BlacknGold Bleeder
10-21-2009, 11:04 PM
Itook the liberty of copying the article, another great write up TJ !! :yellowthumb::tt02::tt02:

* By TJ Jenkins
* October 21st, 2009

I call this a potential Super Bowl match-up only because it really is feasible that both these teams are playing on February 7th, 2010. Both of the teams are playing really good football. Both teams are offensive powerhouses this year.

So, without further ado, let’s get into the fun part of this.

Stop The Running Game

Well, this is a no brainer, especially for the Steelers. Adrian Peterson is the league’s leading rusher and is averaging 103 yards per game. In fact, prior to the teams’ pre-season match-up, Pittsburgh safeties Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark went to defensive end Aaron Smith and kindly asked him to not allow Peterson to get through the line because of his agility, power, finesse, everything about the man says that he is the ultimate NFL running back. According to Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin Peterson may be the best football player in the world at the moment.

As far as the Vikings go, Rashard Mendenhall has been given the key to the offense after good outings against the San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, and the Cleveland Browns. He’s scored a touchdown in all three of those games and hopes to continue the streak come Sunday. The biggest knock on Mendenhall, and I’ve said this before, is the fact that he carries the ball too low and sometimes doesn’t protect the ball.

Contain The Passing Game

Ben Roethlisberger is absolutely lighting up the passing stats category this year, and Brett Favre isn’t doing too bad himself. And that’s putting it lightly. Ben is standing at second for completions, fifth in attempts, second in percent of passes completed, tenth in attempts per game, first in yards, tied for first in yards per attempt, and tied for eight in touchdowns.

Considering that Roethlisberger has the league’s leading receiver in Hines Ward, another Super Bowl MVP in Santonio Holmes, and rookie sensation Mike Wallace to throw to, and that’s just the receivers. Add to that list Tight End Heath Mller who has four touchdowns on the season and also gets a first down half the time he catches the ball.

Roethlisberger’s Vikings counterpart, Brett Favre holds multiple NFL records including most passes attempted in a career, most passes completed in a career, most passing yards in a career, most seasons of 3,000 plus yards passing, longest pass completion (tied), most touchdowns in a career, and for most interceptions thrown in a career.

Even the interceptions record isn’t truly a knock on the man once you take into consideration all of his other accomplishments. Not to mention, he has a true force on the ground in Peterson, which allows him to be the gunslinger that he truly is.

Both of the quarterbacks playing Sunday have won Super Bowls, and Roethlisberger’s won two of them.

Control The Clock & Play Through The Whistle

The Steelers have just recently stopped giving up games late, and it coincided with the return of All Pro safety Troy Polamalu. Looks like I was right about that. No?

See, that’s going to tell the tale of this game. If the Steelers get up, fans are going to wonder if the habit of allowing teams to surge back on them in the fourth quarter is really gone, or if it just disappeared against the hapless AFC North rival Browns. If they can beat the Vikings without allowing Favre and company to come back in the fourth quarter, then they’ll finally have the trust of fans back.

The only way for the Vikings to beat the Steelers is to keep the ball out of Roethlisberger’s hands. Which will conversely place the football in Favre’s hands, and once he hands the ball to Peterson, they have a better chance of running the clock down effectively.

Take Advantage Of Match-ups

The biggest mis-match as far as this game goes is the Steelers weakened defensive line versus the Vikings offensive line and running game. Because if Peterson is able to break through the line, we can only hope that the linebackers get to him, because if he reaches the second level then Clark and Polamalu are going to be in for a long game. If you don’t break down just in time then Peterson will either run you over, or sidestep you and break off the long run, and no one sans Polamalu on the defense will be catching him.

Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield may be out for the game Sunday, which will give Roethlisberger and the Steelers receivers plenty of leeway in the passing game. Also considering that he’s one of the better run stopping corners in the league it will open up the running game as well.

All in all, as every game, this one comes down to execution. If the Steelers execute well, then there’s no stopping them. If they’re got out of place, then they’re bound to lose. They’ll have to be firing on all cylinders come game time if they hope to beat the Vikings. They must play nearly flawless and it still won’t be guaranteed.

TJ Prediction: Steelers 24 Vikings 21

09-29-2013, 03:02 PM
Defense is blowing this game. Three missed turnovers. Poor tackling.