Recall the Steelers' loss to the Bengals when they gave up 38 points and Carson Palmer exposed cornerbacks Deshea Townsend and Ike Taylor. He wasn't intercepted
and was sacked once. Matt Hasselbeck can duplicate that feat. He's the Seahawks'
X-factor, not Shaun Alexander, after the best December in NFL history with a
135.5 rating and 76.1 percent accuracy.
In the postseason, he sports a 109.4 rating and admirable decisions. His offensive line is top-notch, and Walter Jones will counteract loud-mouth linebacker Joey Porter. I'm suspicious about the severity of all-world safety Troy Polamalu's tweaked ankle, too. A darting Seahawks defense will contain Willie Parker's speed and has the secondary talent to cover tight end Heath Miller and receiver Hines Ward.
The primary concern is Pittsburgh's blood-and-guts power running game spearheaded by Jerome Bettis. Nonetheless, bank on the top-seeded, underappreciated, thinking man's Seahawks earning their first Vince Lombardi trophy by a 20-17 count.
In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.
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