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On the Beat: Super Bowl Picks


We asked our stable of beat writers for the their thoughts on the Super Bowl. Of the 16 we polled, eight picked the Steelers and eight went with the Packers, with all but one writer predicting a final margin of seven points or less.

Here is what Beat Nation thinks about Super Bowl XLV:

Jason Wilde, ESPN Radio Milwaukee
Green Bay's brilliant run through five elimination games -- two to finish the regular season, three road victories in the NFC playoffs -- comes to an end against Pittsburgh's hard-hitting defense. The Steelers are what the Packers hope to be in the next 10 years with Aaron Rodgers at the helm, but their first Super Bowl trip ends in disappointment. Pittsburgh 27–24.

Manish Mehta, New York Daily News
The Steelers defense will carry the franchise to its seventh Super Bowl title. Ben Roethlisberger will make a handful of plays out of the pocket in critical moments to help Pittsburgh prevail. Pittsburgh 24–17.

Aaron Wilson, Ravens Insider
Blitzburgh finally encounters an offense and a quarterback it can't bully and intimidate. Meanwhile, Ben Roethlisberger will get swarmed by Clay Matthews and Co. as his suspect offensive line gets exposed. Packer 31, Steelers 23.

Charean Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
I picked the Saints before last season, and they made me look smart. I picked the Packers before this season, so I'm sticking with them to the bitter end. Green Bay 20-17.

Shalise Manza Young, Providence Journal
The Steelers have the Super Bowl experience advantage, but this is Aaron Rodgers' time to step up and prove that he truly is one of the best quarterbacks in the game. Green Bay 27-24.

Terry McCormick,
The Steelers are always formidable in the glare of the Super Bowl spotlight, but Aaron Rodgers has had the hot hand throughout December and January and will finish the task on Sunday night. Green Bay 27-23.

John Niyo, Detroit News
Experience says the Steelers, but I'll go with Aaron Rodgers and the big-play potential of the Green Bay offense in this one. Green Bay 28–24.

Scott Bordow, Arizona Republic
New England's Tom Brady showed the one way to beat the Steelers is to spread the field and get rid of the ball quickly. Green Bay does that better than anyone with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and a terrific fleet of receivers. Green Bay 24–20.