NFL Predictions for 2010 Season: Best Super Bowl XLV Matchups
It's only Training Camp, but why not look into the crystal ball and see who'd be best fit at a fight for the Lombardi Trophy in 2011?
7: Vikings vs. Jets
Last year's Super Bowl could have featured these two worthy opponents. The pink elephant in the stadium on buzz, though, arises when or if Brett Favre makes his decision. Putting himself back on the saddle for one more shot (especially against one of his former teams) would be poetic.
A big plus to this matchup is that two running backs that tore up the decade will face off in LaDanian Tomlinson and Adrian Peterson. Fantasy fiends, enjoy...
6: Ravens vs. Cardinals
This might not be as sexy as others, but there might be more meaning behind it primarily because I feel the Ravens are either on the rise or fall after 2010. The weight of the world has been on Ray Lewis's shoulders to just return to glory and this might be his final chance with this reputable defense he helped catalyze. Ed Reed is limping into 2010 injured, but he would fly on the Dallas turf in this spectacle. Their opponents, the Cardinals, would be Cinderellas (again) with Matt Leinart at quarterback and Larry Fitzgerald's high flying skills on display. The other star wide receiver is Anquan Boldin, but...he's on the Ravens now.
5: Eagles vs. Steelers
The Keystone State representing two teams vying for some signs at redemption (although Pittsburgh just won Super Bowl XLIII). The two signal callers Ben Roethlisberger and Michael Vick would be primed on stage for a duel at positive spotlight. At the same time, this Super Bowl has been long overdue since the Eagles and Steelers easily may have met in Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXIX, and XLIII if their Conference title games had different outcomes.
4: Colts vs. Packers
This may be my favorite, personally. It'd be a symbol of passing the torch in terms of youth versus venerable greatness. Peyton Manning already faced off with Drew Brees and the surging Saints, but Brees is at the prime of his career. It was his time. Now, Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers is at the cusp of becoming one the next "great ones" of the generation.
3: Colts vs. Giants
Where would there be another twist on Super Bowl than Peyton Manning versus Eli Manning?
2: Patriots vs. Giants
The rematch. The David vs. Goliath matchup in Super Bowl XLII turned heads with the Giants' tenacious win, and now, these two teams have become perennial headliners each week. With Tom Brady struggling wih management over a contract feud, this also would be a twist to how Brady's stance with the organization would go from this game.
1: Colts vs. Cowboys
The NFL may indulge on this one. Eagles, Giants, Redskins fans will gag.
Classic matchup of teams who've met long before 40 years before (in Super Bowl V) and the two most marketable teams will be playing. Of course, the main headline that will live on forever is that of the Cowboys becoming the first NFL team in Super Bowl history to host the big game itself.