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In Response To: Unqualified Cards

Is this question serious?

A few years ago the Seahawks had a better record, but I don't think they were any better than the Cards are this year. The Seahawks that year had a better running game, but their 13-3 record was thanks in large part to a really weak conference, and a soft schedule.

The Cards this year haven't had as easy a schedule as the 2005 'Hawks. In some respects they're better than that Seahawks team, in others they're not (e.g. Seattle had a very good running game that year -- and the left side of its offensive line that year -- Hutch and Walter Jones was one of the best in the history of the game. On the other hand, that team didn't have a receiving tandem like the Cards. Defensively it's probably a wash -- even though statistically the 'Hawks had better numbers on the regular season).

Arizona reminds me a bit of the New England Patriots '85 team in the sense that they're a good team with flaws that's peaked at the right time (e.g. a team whose success is probably due at least in part to catching opponents by surprise). This Cards team too might even have the edge over the '85 Patriots.

Worst team ever?

Come on. Any team that makes it through three weeks of games against .500 or better NFL teams to get to the Super Bowl is qualified.

Will the Cards win? That's the more interesting question, perhaps. On a fast track, inside a dome, I think the Cards could create some problems for the Steelers. They're a good NFL team too, so you never know.

On the other hand, the Arizona defense underachieves, but it's got some play-makers and more than a couple Pro Bowlers. The Steelers have a very good defense this year, but they aren't the '85 Bears, or the 2000 Ravens. They have vulnerabilities.

All things being equal though, I'd say the odds favor the Steelers. The Steeler's have better balance, better defense, and a running game that's been more effective. Odds are they'll be able to dictate the tempo and play the kind of game that they want.

But you never know.

That's why we play the games.

JPRS | January 19, 2009 2:27 PM

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