Super Bowl 2013 Predictions: Players Sure to Disappoint in Title Tilt
With the game almost upon us, it's time to make Super Bowl 2013 predictions.
Many are trying to predict who the MVP will be. But, who will be the players who are sure to disappoint in this title tilt?
We have those players right here. Read on to find out who they are.
Colin Kaepernick has taken the NFL by storm this postseason.
But his run is going to come to an end tonight.
Kaepernick has been outstanding in the playoffs. In two games, he's thrown for 496 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 202 yards.
However, he won't have that kind of success against the Ravens. They have had two weeks to prepare for him and will be ready for anything.
In addition, the Ravens defense has been strong all playoffs. Against the New England Patriots, the Ravens forced Tom Brady into two interceptions and held Stevan Ridley to only 70 yards rushing.
The Ravens will be prepared to stop any big runs from Kaepernick by forcing him to hand it off to Frank Gore. They'll be able to pick him off a few times.
Kaepernick's storybook run will come to an end when he faces a tough Ravens defense.
Ray Rice has had a mediocre postseason and that will continue in the Super Bowl.
Rice has only 247 yards on 64 carries—a dismal 3.9 yards per carry. He also has only four receptions in the playoffs and zero touchdowns.
The Ravens have abandoned the run game a bit, and when they do run, they've gotten more success with Bernard Pierce.
Pierce, a rookie, is averaging a gaudy 6.3 yards per carry.
Rice will get his touches, but he will continue his struggles as the Ravens will look to challenge the 49ers down the field.
Aldon Smith was second in the NFL with 19.5 sacks, but he's been on a bit of a cold streak.
Smith hasn't had a sack since Dec. 9 and has only three tackles this postseason.
Teams have been doing what they can to stop him from getting sacks and it's working. As Smith said (via SI.com):
I've got the guard coming over to hit me on the hip, the running back chipping [me], the tight end staying in to help out.
With all the attention on him, it makes sense that Smith is struggling.
Still, it would be foolish to expect that he will break out of his slump in the biggest game of his career.
The Ravens will pay extra attention to Smith to make sure that they won't be the team that Smith regains his form against.
Look for Smith to continue to struggle and have a disappointing Super Bowl.
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