Skip to comments.Pitssburgh Early favorites in Super Bowl XL
Posted on 01/22/2006 7:05:17 PM PST by Perdogg
Super Bowl XL
February 5, 2006
Game Time: 6:38pm EST ABC-TV
Ford Field, Detroit
Seattle Seahawks (15-3) (NFC) (+160)
Pittsburgh Steelers (14-5) (AFC) -3.5 (-180)
Last meeting , November 2nd, 2003 Seattle Over Pittsburgh 23-16
It's the AFC's turn.
Along with the no-catch? Along with the no-interference?
AFC is the home team.
What about Wayne and Harrison getting mugged down the field?
The refs stunk evenly on BOTH sides and I would say in more critical places for the Steelers. They didn't win the game for the Steelers-they almost gave it away.
The Steelers almost gave that game away by themselves by fumbling.
They sure did but Indy did a better job of that themselves.
Two teams left. What he heck is Seattle and Pittsburgh doing there?
They should have gotten closer.
Welcome to Paul Tagliabue's utopia.
Somewhere on FR I (think I) predicted the Seahawks were going to go to the SB.
I also predicted that the Lions would be going to SuperBowl XL, but as spectators.
But anyway, I haven't any idea how these teams are going to match up, as I've only seen Pittsburgh play at all, other than highlights on sports shows. Cowher has it goin' on. Holmgren I liked even when he was coaching the Fromages, and liked him even better when he left for Seattle.
I don't have any preference either way, other than to say that I'd like to see the Seahawks win just because they've never won before. However, it isn't real self-esteem unless it's earned, so the team that wins should be the team that plays best.
No bad calls from the officials, I hope. I'll predict that there will be at least one.
The SuperBowl is often a blowout, with one team stinkin' up the place. I don't see that happening this year. Probably be a close game, regardless of the final score. :')
That about covers it -- no commitment about the point spread, or the victor. That's thinkin' things through.
Oh, and a real prediction -- the Detroit Lions will go to the playoffs after the 2006 season.
Notice I didn't say how long after 2006?
But I do mean that. The Lions will go to the playoffs in 2006.
I think Chicago will have a hard time repeating as division champs, and Green Bay will suck some more, so we'll see the Vikings win the division, and the Lions will grab a wild card berth.
That's 2006 A.D.
In 2007, the Lions will win the division, and Green Bay will have a new QB (and wind up third place, not the cellar). Poor Lovey Smith. I like that guy.
Might actually be a good game.
I'm going for the Stillers.
No way the Bears should take the dividion again, they play like 9 games next year with teams that have new head coaches.
Viks, Green Bay, Lions, X2, Buffalo, Rams and Jets
Seattle should be the underdog. They beat the 5th seed and the 6th seed at home, whereas Pittsburg beat the 3rd, 1st, and 2nd best AFC teams on the road.
The NFC stunk this year, and the NFC West was hilariously bad. I think Seattle will play well, because as a team they obviously have some strong chemistry. Alot depends on how they prepare for Pittsburg--the Steelers have redefined themselves as a spread offense in the playoffs, taking advantage of the natural assumption by opposing Ds that the Steelers would want to run the ball 55 times. Now, Seattle has two weeks to prepare for the new Steeler's offense, and Cowher owes the football gods a good chokejob, he's behind on his choking payments.
Should be a good game at least, alternates every year--last year, pathetic Superbowl because of Eagles stupid time management, two years ago classic between Pats and Panthers, three years ago pathetic Bucs/Raiders game, four years ago Pats/Rams classic, five years ago pathetic Ravens/Giants game, six years ago Rams/Titans classic, seven years ago Denver blowout of Atlanta, eight years ago nailbitter Denver over Green Bay...
Hey, one for the thumb in '06....although Dan Rooney is about the only one associated with the team that had remotely anything to do with the first four...
Here's a question I thought of not too long ago...is the probability of an underdog winning outright roughly equal to the probability of the favorite winning by double the spread (or more)?
What made me think of this question was the thread where readers were asked to pick the games with the spread...being an old Pittsburgher I wanted the Steelers outright, not just the Steelers with the points...although I wasn't brave enough to actually say so...I was wondering what an equivalent bet would be if the bettor wanted the favorite...
Looks like someone agrees with you:
The entire division appears to have the same out-of-division opponents.
The 49ers sucked this year, and I have my doubts that will improve much. The Black and Blue division will still be ailing next year (none of them will be going to the final four), but should have better records against some of these teams. Problem is, that list of opponents include the Seahawks, the Patriots, and the Dolphins.
Minnesota plays Carolina instead of Seattle I believe... At least the Bears have Seattle at home.
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