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We have another tough decision. Should I go with the Pittsburgh Steelers defense anchored by Troy Polamalu and James Harrison or Green Bay‘s, led by Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson?
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Both defenses are capable of making big plays. I prefer Pittsburgh slightly because many of their key players have played on this stage before. That experience will play a role in determining the outcome of the game.
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We’re at the flip a coin segment of the Super Bowl XLV rankings. My initial thought was to take Shaun Suisham because I have the Steelers winning the Super Bowl.
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Plus, he averaged two field goals and 2.7 extra points, which is good for 61 actual points, or 8.7 per game. He has just two field goals and seven PATs in the two playoff games, which averages out to 6.5 points per game.
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Mason Crosby averaged 1.4 field goals and  2.9 extra points this year, which was good for 112 actual points, or 7.0 per game. He has two field goals and 12 PATs, which averages to 6.0 points per game.
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While Suisham has averaged more points, both during the regular season and the postseason, Pittsburgh allowed two more field goals. Of course, they allowed six fewer PATs, giving them identical actual points scored by opposing kickers (96).
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So now that I’ve talked myself in circles, who gets the top ranking? My first choice naturally. You have to stick with your gut. I’ll take Shaun Suisham to win the fantasy battle by a hair.
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This is not a Super Bowl that features elite fantasy tight ends. Heath Miller is one of the best all-around tight ends in the league. He is one of the elite blocking tight ends, and he is very athletic with good hands.
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On the year he had just 42 catches for 512 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He’s been fairly active in the Steelers two playoff games catching five passes for 39 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens and two passes for 38 yards against the Jets.
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Andrew Quarless had just 21 catches for 238 yards and a touchdown replacing Jermichael Finley. He caught four passes in the Packers first two playoff games for 41 yards. He was held without a catch against the Bears.
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If you have the choice between the two, I would strongly recommend Heath Miller.
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Super Bowl XLV features two teams with similar wide receiver sets. Both spread the ball around. Both feature an elite number one with a solid veteran presence.
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Leading the charge is Green Bay’s Greg Jennings. He had 76 catches for 1265 yards and 12 touchdowns on the year. He rebounded from his wildcard game (one catch, eight yards) by topping 100 yards with eight catches in each of the past two games. He’s Aaron Rodgers’ favorite weapon, and he’ll be a big part of their game plan.
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Pittsburgh’s number one receiver, Mike Wallace, is ranked second. He had 60 catches for 1257 yards and ten touchdowns on the year. He’s been quiet in the playoffs (three catches for 26 yards), but I expect to hear from him on the biggest stage.
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Checking in at third is Pittsburgh’s Hines Ward. He had a relatively quiet year with 59 catches for 755 yards and five touchdowns, but is making his third Super Bowl appearance. He scored in the divisional round, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he scored a Super Bowl touchdown. continue reading »


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The disparity of starting running backs in Super Bowl XLV is one of the biggest gaps at any position. Rashard Mendenhall had 1273 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had 167 yards on the ground.
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Green Bay is on their third starter in James Starks. He had just 101 yards in the regular season before racking up 263 in three playoff wins. While he’s experienced success the past few weeks, he’s still a notch below Mendenhall.
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While Mendenhall is my top-ranked fantasy running back for Super Bowl XLV, the margin isn’t nearly as great thanks to Maurkice Pouncey’s ankle injury that will likely keep him out of the big game or at least limit him. continue reading »


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Super Bowl XLV is a matchup of two of the best quarterbacks in football. Both have strong arms and can make plays with their feet. Aaron Rodgers has been a statistical force the past few years while Big Ben is looking to add a third ring.
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With all the attention Aaron Rodgers had in the original Brett Favre drama, he should not be fazed by the extra attention that comes with playing in the Super Bowl.
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Being a multiple Super Bowl winner, not to mention the off-the-field issues Ben Roethlisberger has had in recent years, you know that he won’t shy away from a little extra media coverage.
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Since the circumstances shouldn’t play a major role in determining which quarterback will have the better performance, we’ll have to look to the field. While Rodgers has been the statistical superior player, he’ll also be facing a tougher defense.
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Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, there strength is stopping the run. When Rodgers faced Pittsburgh in 2009, he threw for 383 yards and three touchdowns while adding 22 yards and another score on the ground.
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Big Ben topped him though with 503 yards and three touchdown passes as the Steelers edged the Packers 37-36.
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With the Lombardi Trophy at stake I don’t expect anything like that in Super Bowl 45, but I do expect the offenses to move the football and put some points on the board.
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It’s really close, but I do give one quarterback a slight edge in this one. While I’m taking Pittsburgh to win the game, I think Aaron Rodgers walks away with better numbers.
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