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Matthew Bonesteel
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Matthew Bonesteel

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Offense Wins a Championship This Time


Everyone talks about Pittsburgh's defense, but it's not like Arizona hasn't faced (and beaten) good defenses in the playoffs. In their rather thrilling romp through the playoffs thus far, the Cardinals have beaten a progressively better defense in each of their games: the Falcons (regular season rank: 24), Panthers (18), Eagles (3). So it's not like they're gonna go out there and be completely baffled by whatever Dick LeBeau throws at them.

That's part of the reason why I'm thinking that for once, offense wins championships.

In fact, I'd argue that the Steelers' defense won't be as well prepared for this game as people think. The best passing team Pittsburgh faced during the regular season was the Colts in Week 10. All Peyton Manning did was throw three touchdowns (with no interceptions) in a 24-20 Indy win. And that came against a Colts team with arguably a worse rushing attack than the Cardinals' is now.

So yes, defense usually wins championships. But not on Sunday. Cardinals, 29-24.

By Matthew Bonesteel  |  January 30, 2009; 11:21 AM ET  | Category:  Arizona Cardinals , Pittsburgh Steelers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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