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The Breakdown: 2011 AFC Championship Jets and Steelers

January 18th 2011 15:05
This is going to be big. 22-17, Jason Taylor tackles Rashard Mendenhall for an unlikely safety. The Jets get a W coming off of a huge loss (45-3) against their bitter rivals. They beat those knuckleheads and now it's time to fulfill the irony and reversal of history. Or is it? Troy Polamalu didn't play in that last meeting, but then again the Jets are better now than they were then. Or are they? Let's break it down.

Mark Sanchez should be extremely grateful that Nick Mangold, Damien Woody, and D'Brickashaw Ferguson are on his offensive line. Brett Keisel and most namely James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley are going to turn up the heat especially now that they have Chef Polamalu at the helm. The good thing for Sanchez is that his receivers are better than Pittsburgh's defensive backs. The bad thing is that Sanchez stinks.

Well, he didn't stink yesterday. Sanchez is final playing as close to normal football as he possible can. Shonn Greene won't do what he did to the Patriots' defense, and there is no way in hell that LT has success against Hampton, Timmons, and Harrison. I like Santonio Holmes in this game. He is going to be their most viable threat, and it really has nothing to do with the fact that he is facing his former team.

Ben Roethlisberger has a poor offensive line, and the Steelers are facing a pass rush that mauled the best offensive line in the league. Luckily, Benny Boy is used to it. The problem is, his favorite weapon Mike Wallace won't be burning Darrelle Revis too often. At least Heath Miller and Hines Ward should do their jobs. Emmanuel Sanders should do some damage to Eric Smith and Brodney Pool.

Rashard Mendenhall is good, Bart Scott is better. Not to mention the fact the Jets have Mendenhall's old pal Jason, Calvin Pace, and defensive QB David Harris. Based on this, I would be shocked if this game wasn't a defensive minded game. I would be surprised if both teams combined for over 50 points. I would be lying if I told you that this game was easy for me to predict. Because in fact, I really don't have a clue. Do you?

Screw the rhyming, but not this game. Because this game comes down to star players. Every big game comes down to which stars win it. Every game but this one. I wish I could stand up here and say that Pittsburgh was going to win. I am going to go with the Jets. I like the little things that the Jets do. I am not confident at all. But I sure ain't scared to pick a team.

Prediction: 17 Jets 16 Steelers MVP: Bart Scott
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Comment by nbageek

January 18th 2011 23:20
Yep, difficult games to pick, I concur. Both games will be too close to call.

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