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AALoA Madden Commish: the_EDJ
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the_EDJ
NCAA 11, 12, 14; Madden 15 Champ
NCAA 11, 12, 14; Madden 15 Champ
Yards : 7205
Swagger : 37
LocationOmaha, NE
Fave NFL Team : Chicago Bears
Fave NCAA Team : Nebraska Cornhuskers

2018 Super Bowl

on Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:56 pm

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This year's Super Bowl halftime show will be presented by a MJ hologram.  He looks so lifelike!

The defending champs make it to the end of their title defense.  Will they remain as the top dog?
      

Tale of the Tape

OffenseDefense
Total OffenseRank3rd ConversionRankTotal DefenseRankSacksRank
Chicago569411Chicago0.5111Chicago38552Chicago611
Pittsburgh54293Pittsburgh0.641Pittsburgh32021Pittsburgh3821
Passing YardsRankTurnover DiffRankPass Yards AllwdRankFumble RecoveriesRank
Chicago359120Chicago125Chicago30642Chicago722
Pittsburgh43477Pittsburgh271Pittsburgh23781Pittsburgh431
Rushing YardsRankPenalty YdsRankRush Yards AllwdRankInterceptionsRank
Chicago21034Chicago2531Chicago7911Chicago195
Pittsburgh21823Pittsburgh2582Pittsburgh8242Pittsburgh361
Points / GameRankRed Zone EffRankPoints AllowedRankRed Zone EffRank
Chicago31.94Chicago0.862Chicago2212Chicago0.7412
Pittsburgh39.91Pittsburgh0.951Pittsburgh1791Pittsburgh0.8730
Pittsburgh's offense looks to be more explosive overall.  Chicago appears to be the more methodical offensive.  Both teams have shown countless times to have the big play primed in the chamber with drives of 3 or less plays.

The contrast extends to their defenses as well.  Chicago absolutely harasses the QB with 61 sacks on the year.  Pittsburgh on the other hand sits back on defense, leading the league in interceptions thanks to their max coverage looks.  Chicago's secondary has a higher rating on a Madden basis, but the results skew towards Pitt.

On Special Teams, it's a draw with De'Anthony Thomas out for Chicago.

Injury Report

Chicago -- WR De'Anthony Thomas
A huge blow to Chicago as Thomas was an x-factor on offense, and an elite Kick Returner on the year.  Tre McBride has been inconsistent on the year, but must step up.  The Bears signed former WR Cameron Meredith in the days leading up to the game.

Pittsburgh -- Clean bill of health.
The Steelers carry their entire roster into the Super Bowl.  No compromises will need to be made to their gameplan beforehand.

Players to Watch

Pittsburgh's Three-headed Monster
Ben, Bell, and Brown impose a tremendous headache for any defense to face.  The Steelers' offensive line gives the team so many options on the ground or through the air.

Chicago's Offensive Line
While the skill position players for Chicago are less heralded than their opponents, the Bears' offensive line might be a smidgen better overall.  Both at the top and depth, Chicago placed 7 offensive linemen in the Pro Bowl, out of 10 possible spots.

WR vs DB matchups
The Steelers' CBs were productive, but their LBs inflated the team's INT numbers greatly.  Chicago's secondary is stacked, but less productive.  The Steelers' top CB would only be a 4th stringer in comparison to Chicago's depth chart.  Pitt's bend but don't break defense will hope to feast on a young QB's first Super Bowl.  The athleticism is there, but Chicago relies on size over speed giving them a possible edge.  Antonio is a god and will make easy work of Chicago.  The Bears hope to get good enough coverage for their pass rush to get to the QB and make Ben get rid of the ball before routes open.  Both teams have to like their matchups on the outside.

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