SwiperNoSwiping wrote:I just don't see Pittsburgh airing it out and loosening up the Pats defense. If Manning and the Colts couldn't do it, sorry, but the Steelers can't either.
see, here was the thing... it wasn't that the Colts COULDN'T, it was that they DIDN'T. They didn't really take any shots downfield, at least not deep. Really (IMO) with all due respect to the Patriots (and a lot is due), the Colts talked/played themselves out of that game. I'm not saying that a better game plan and execution would have changed the outcome- it's clear that the Pats are the better team, but it should have been a much better game.
The other reason I think the Steelers can air it out on the Pats a bit is that, to start the game, it's pretty clear the Pats will be stacked against the run, where they clearly weren't against the Colts. The kind of one-on-one opportunities that creates for Ward, Burress, and Randel El are just the kind of opportunities that Ben (and Cowher) is willing to simply toss the ball up and let one of his recievers make a play on.
If the Steelers stick to the the game plan they had in their previous big games- throwing to keep things honest and (hopefully) get an early lead, quickly followed by run run run- I think they have just as good a shot of winning as NE.
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