Through the playoffs I have provided articles ranking the possible Super Bowl matchups, but today I will take another approach on this subject.
Instead of ranking the top four Super Bowl matchups, I will rank the most likely Super Bowl outcomes, but if I were to rank them it would be:
1. Steelers vs. Packers; 2. Steelers vs. Bears; 3. Jets vs. Packers; 4. Jets vs. Bears
The bottom line is that regardless of who is in the Super Bowl it will be a great matchup featuring two of these four teams. And I don’t find it necessary to write an entire article ranking these four games.
What I did for this piece is rank the potential Super Bowl outcomes in regards to who I see winning the actual game.
Unlike my last piece, this isn’t a ranking of the games or even outcomes that we want to see. This is my personal opinion on how I see the results of these four potential games.
Mark Sanchez and the Jets, Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, or Jay Cutler of the Bears will be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in Dallas on February 6.
Each matchup will take up two slides because each game can have two results. In the first slide, I will explain what to look for in this matchup, but in the second slide I will explain why the team will win that game.
So who has the best chance of doing that?
8. Chicago Bears over New York Jets
A matchup featuring Jay Cutler and Mark Sanchez would be the least compelling Super Bowl matchup that there is, mainly because every other matchup would feature Ben Roethlisberger or Aaron Rodgers.
These two teams both have dominating defenses and in the Super Bowl, with two weeks to prepare for the other teams’ offense, the defenses will do nothing but dominate.
It would be absolutely great television seeing Rex Ryan at his press conferences for the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, but the Steelers would provide a much better brand of football in Dallas.
The Bears are a very quiet team and the media hasn’t given them the respect that a team hosting the NFC Championship deserves. But the Green Bay Packers are just the hottest team in the NFL right now.
I love a great defensive battle, but I hate to see struggling offenses, which is what I think you will see in this matchup.
The reason why this result is at the bottom of the list is because I think the Packers and Steelers will both win, and I think the Jets would beat the Bears.
7. New York Jets over Chicago Bears
The New York Jets will win this matchup because of their arrogant attitude.
I would hate to have Rex Ryan as my head coach, he is cocky, he hasn’t won anything, he is arrogant, but man is he great television and boy does he have confidence in his team.
But this year he has a right to this confidence. His team has already beaten two Super Bowl winning quarterbacks and are attempting to beat a third one in Ben Roethlisberger.
The Jets are a better football team than the Bears, but Chicago still has a solid team. The Jets just have more playoff experience than the Chicago Bears in the last couple years reaching the AFC Championship game in two straight years.
Both teams have solid defenses, but I give the slight edge to the Jets offense over the Bears’ which is why I think the Jets will win this game.
The reason these two results are at the bottom of this list is because I just don’t see either of these teams winning. But then again, who picked the Seahawks or Jets to win against the Saints and Patriots respectively.
This is the playoffs, and anything can happen, but I just don’t see this happening. But if it did, I expect Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
6. New York Jets over Green Bay Packers
There is a better chance the Jets beat the Steelers than the Bears beating the Packers which is why this result is at number six.
Again, this is the playoffs and anything can happen, but I just don’t see the Jets being able to compete with the Packers.
But then again, what do I know?
This game would feature two of the better young quarter backs in the game in Aaron Rodgers and Mark Sanchez, as well as two great defenses.
In order for the Jets to win their defense would have to do something that is very hard to do, and that is cool down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers offense.
If you don’t think this is hard, ask the Philadelphia Eagles and especially the Atlanta Falcons.
At the end of the day, I don’t really see this matchup happening, but continue to read on why I think the Packers would beat the Jets.
Hint: It starts with the quarterbacks.
5. Chicago Bears over Pittsburgh Steelers
The more I look at it, is that this Super Bowl will feature some great defenses. And I am a huge fan of great defensive games as much as I am a fan of explosive offensive battles.
I don’t think there could be a bigger difference between the number two seeds in this years’ NFL Playoffs and it starts with the quarterbacks.
Jay Cutler, has one playoff win and has only played in one playoff game since high school. Ben Roethlisberger has won two Super Bowl trophies.
But that is just one of the differences between these two teams, but it’s not why I think the Steelers would win.
Like all of these Super Bowl matchups, a dominating defense is what will get these teams to Dallas. It is the reason they are playing on Championship Sunday and it will be the reason why a team hoists the Lombardi trophy.
If this matchup did happen, I just don’t see the Bears winning, and continue on for why I think Big Ben will win his third Super Bowl if this matchup comes to fruition.
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