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Silva's Super Bowl pick

My Super Bowl XLV pick has been Baltimore-Green Bay since May, and the ensuing months have provided few reasons to waver.
The Packers’ offense has the look of an indefensible juggernaut.  23-year-old Jermichael Finley, who led Green Bay in receiving yards, touchdowns, and pass targets in the final eight games of last season, will be the most productive tight end in football if he stays healthy.  Aaron Rodgers doesn’t miss, and his protection is improved with the return to health of tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, complemented by the first-round selection of 2009 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year Bryan Bulaga.  With Rodgers given more time to throw, Greg Jennings will dominate deep as Finley, Donald Driver, and James Jones control the seams and underneath game.
The defense has question marks in the secondary, but reinforcements are on the way in the form of stalwart cornerback Al Harris and hard-hitting safety Atari Bigby, both eligible for return from the PUP list in Week Seven.  Back-four shortcomings will be made less apparent by an improved pass rush.  Outside linebackers Clay Matthews and Brad Jones are bound for advancement in their second years.  New nose tackle B.J. Raji can also collapse the pocket, and Green Bay already has the run-stopping part down, having led the league in rush defense last season.
An underrated development to Green Bay’s preseason was the emergence of No. 2 tailback Brandon Jackson.  Jackson, predictably slow to develop after starting for just a half-season at Nebraska, piled up 89 yards and a score on 12 touches against Indianapolis’ first-team defense in the third exhibition game after Ryan Grant’s concussion.  If Grant goes down in the regular season, Mike McCarthy’s team can use the Next Man Up philosophy, and they’ll be just fine.
Perhaps the most well-run franchise in football, the Baltimore Ravens have worked the trade and free agency markets to precision.  G.M. Ozzie Newsome added new dimensions to coordinator Cam Cameron’s offense by bringing aboard powerful run-after-catch receiver Anquan Boldin, whose skillful blocking fits perfectly the Baltimore mentality.  Late-camp pickup T.J. Houshmandzadeh is quality insurance for 36-year-old wideout Derrick Mason at the very least.  Houshmandzadeh, 33, has plenty left in the tank, coming off a 79-catch season for the passing-inept Seahawks.
It all adds up to a potential breakout season for quarterback Joe Flacco.  The focal point of the offense, however, remains versatile tailback Ray Rice.  Still just 23, Rice topped 2,000 all-purpose yards last season, and will only get better.  Like the Packers, the Ravens have a more-than-viable running back replacement in Willis McGahee, who would start for at least 10 other teams.
Baltimore annually fields a top-five defense, and this year will be no different.  While Newsome upgraded the offense via trades and signings, he dedicated the first day of draft weekend to defensive youth injections.  If venerable nose tackle Kelly Gregg gets hurt, the Ravens can smoothly transition to mammoth second-round pick Terrence Cody.  Sergio Kindle’s fractured skull was unfortunate, but he’ll add pass rush off the edge once healthy.
Middle linebacker Ray Lewis still fills hard against the run, Terrell Suggs looked revitalized in the preseason after a disappointing campaign, and the August 31 swindle of playmaking cornerback Josh Wilson helps to bolster a secondary that’s received good news with the quick recoveries of Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb from ACL surgery.  Tom Zbikowski will ably hold down the fort until All-Pro free safety Ed Reed (hip) comes off the PUP list.
Ultimately, though, the Packers are the strongest, deepest, most talented team in football.  If these two ball clubs do battle in February, look for Green Bay to take home the Vince Lombardi trophy by a score of 31-23.
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22 Responses to “Silva's Super Bowl pick”
  1. StillMadAtSlobber says: Sep 8, 2010 10:27 PM

    Drivel.
    Baltimore has 2 key flaws that will prevent them from advancing to the AFCCG. A QB who has never shown the ability to put the team on his back and win, and a secondary that has less strength then wet tissue paper.

  2. comment_submission_error says: Sep 8, 2010 10:29 PM

    Silva goes third-person, and still sucks. Stay down, Mary.

  3. Qoojo says: Sep 8, 2010 10:34 PM

    I am a packer fan, and I am not buying into the hype. I have hard time seeing how this team is any better than the one-and-done team from last year. Same great offense, same defense that will get tore a new one by competent QBs.
    Also, in the ultimate kiss of death to their chances, Peter King predicted them.
    Until that defense shows up, this is a one or two and done team.

  4. RexR#1 says: Sep 8, 2010 10:42 PM

    history will repeat. lawrence tynes kicks game winning field goal and giants beat packers for nfc title the win super bowl.

  5. sven_ftw says: Sep 8, 2010 10:45 PM

    Fail.

  6. db3300 says: Sep 8, 2010 10:54 PM

    Another bandwagoner picking the Packers for what seems to be no other reason than it’s trendy. The team has done nothing to deserve the attention other than getting a little hot at the end of the year. The only other mediocre team to do this last year was the Jets. Both will be watching the SB from their Lazy Boy recliners.

  7. Krow says: Sep 8, 2010 10:56 PM

    Breaking news. Fanboy picks his team to win it all again this year.

  8. Gautam says: Sep 8, 2010 11:19 PM

    it takes one injury to change a team’s season, ask the 2008 Pats

  9. DailyNorseman says: Sep 8, 2010 11:20 PM

    The Packers aren’t even the strongest, deepest, and most talented team in their own division, let alone in the NFC, let alone in the entire NFL.
    A lot of these front-running Packer bandwagon jumpers are going to feel kind of silly when the Packers finish second in the North again.

  10. Emoney says: Sep 8, 2010 11:51 PM

    Though it sounds good, ill believe it if and when it happens. The secondary concerns me. Al Harris will never be the same. Hope it happens though.

  11. BigBear123 says: Sep 9, 2010 12:52 AM

    Safe picks. Still doubt Ravens aging defense.

  12. Testify says: Sep 9, 2010 2:16 AM

    Who cares what silva picks the guy don’t know a football from a golf ball.

  13. zangy says: Sep 9, 2010 8:46 AM

    I don’t think the Lions or Bears have a deeper roster than the Packers because you surely can’t be talking about the Vikings. They have no depth except on the defensive line. Gerhardt is unproven, they are already into their depth at receiver, offensive line is already offensive, it is up in the air if Henderson will actually come back from that horrific leg injury, the secondary is already using up their depth.
    Put a little thought in before you post a comment, lest you become asinine.

  14. Supersuckers says: Sep 9, 2010 9:44 AM

    Ultimately, though, the Packers are the strongest, deepest, most talented team in football. If these two ball clubs do battle in February, look for Green Bay to take home the Vince Lombardi trophy by a score of 31-23.
    ——————–
    Thanks to Ted Thompson!!

  15. somesome says: Sep 9, 2010 10:31 AM

    Ravens defense is nowhere near being old … except for perennial top 5 LB RayRay.
    Ravens were the number two defense last year in the only category that counts, points allowed. Who cares how many yards the defense allows as long as they keep the opposing team out of the end zone. Ravens were number one red zone defense with fewest TDs allowed.
    Whether they make it to the SB requires also a good amount of luck, but no question the Ravens will be in the post season and hopefully avoid their perennial nemesis the Colts ….

  16. Steeler fans are tools says: Sep 9, 2010 11:33 AM

    I never bought into the Packer hype. They are good no doubt, they seem to be missing something. I think the Ravens are a strong choice for AFC, but they will have to get by NE or Indy as usual.

  17. footballrulz says: Sep 9, 2010 11:33 AM

    Way to many people picking the Pack for it to happen. Offense is good enough but Defense & ST’s are still suspect. O-line seems to be solid again but it’s doubtful those old starters will make it thru the year.
    Would love to see it happen though. Rodgers will have his SB ring (maybe multiple) before his career is over barring a catastrphic injury.

  18. Bordner says: Sep 9, 2010 12:08 PM

    DailyNorseman says:
    September 8, 2010 11:20 PM
    A lot of these front-running Packer bandwagon jumpers are going to feel kind of silly when the Packers finish second in the North again.
    ———————————————-
    “front-running”, “bandwagon jumpers” – both perfect terms to use to describe Queens “fans”.
    The best thing that could happen is for the Queens to get off to an 0-4 start so we don’t have to hear from their obnoxious “fans” for the rest of the season. Hell, they’ll probably even start dropping at 0-3.
    Let the blackouts begin…

  19. Charles Wood says: Sep 9, 2010 12:57 PM

    footballrulz says:
    September 9, 2010 11:33 AM
    Way to many people picking the Pack for it to happen. Offense is good enough but Defense & ST’s are still suspect. O-line seems to be solid again but it’s doubtful those old starters will make it thru the year.
    Would love to see it happen though. Rodgers will have his SB ring (maybe multiple) before his career is over barring a catastrphic injury.
    ————————————————–
    WTF??? Too many people picking the Pack for it to happen? ARE YOU A SMOT POKER?? Do you think God is up there thinking- “Nobodies picking the Lions this year so… BOOM!”?
    That is the most absurd reasoning I have read to date. BTW… GB drafted a capable back up in LT/LG Bulaga. He’s no slouch. Go Pack go.

  20. RC IV says: Sep 9, 2010 3:07 PM

    That is the most absurd reasoning I have read to date. BTW… GB drafted a capable back up in LT/LG Bulaga. He’s no slouch. Go Pack go.
    ================================
    Don’t kid yourself, he’s a tremendous slouch.
    If he wasn’t he could’ve beat those two turds at guard out of a spot.
    1st round pick and he can’t crack a starting job on a line that gave up 50 sacks last year?!?!?!?
    You Cheese turds are all the same- No objectivity about your team.

  21. Supersuckers says: Sep 9, 2010 3:58 PM

    “1st round pick and he can’t crack a starting job on a line that gave up 50 sacks last year?!?!?!?”
    ——-
    when they got Cliffy and tausher back mid way they gave up nine the rest of the way.

  22. Deb says: Sep 13, 2010 12:17 AM

    Think you’re the closest so far. I’m taking Ravens/Saints, though I’d put the Pack probably second to the Saints at this point. But I’m hoping the Steelers have a sleeper season and shock the heck out of everyone.

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