A Look Into Super Bowl 43

Ben SandbergCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2009

Well, yes, it is that time again.

Super Bowl 43 is less than a week away. This Super Bowl includes a resilient defense (Pittsburgh Steelers) versus a flashy offensive attack anchored by Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals.

Arizona finished the year with a sub-par 9-7 record. At the middle of the season, they were already awarded with being a new and improved football team. Kurt Warner was one of the favorites for the Most Valuable Player Award and their offense was ruthless.

Led by Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, the Cardinals have the best receiving core. Once the weather got colder, so did the Cardinals. The Cardinals finished the year, with losses to playoffs team such as the Giants and Eagles. One of their losses was to the New England Patriots in a snowy December game. The game saw the Cardinals offense not able to move the ball by passing, which they were terrific at all year.

Tim Hightower could barely hold onto the ball while running. The loss gave out an impression that this dream season was over. However, head coach Ken Whisenhunt and staff came into the playoffs with a new game plan. They started to incorporate both running backs Tim Hightower and Edgerrin James (who sat out many regular season games) into their offense. They surprised the Falcons, Panthers, and Eagles in their NFC playoff games.

The new offensive game plan included a trick play that stunned Jim Johnson and his Eagles defense. The play was similar to the trick play with Ben Roethlesberger and Antwaan Randle El in the 2005 Super Bowl. The Steelers on the other hand are the favorite and the team that did not surprise.

Pittsburgh had a successful 2008 season, which included a 12-4 record with two close calls in the regular season against their division foe Baltimore. The Steelers had two impressive victories over the Chargers and Ravens to earn a spot in the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl Prediction: Kurt Warner and his flashy offense will not be able to handle James Harrision and Pittsburgh's tough defense.

24-17 Steelers over Cardinals