This season, the Steelers find themselves with a chance to win their seventh championship, as they will play host to the Jets this Sunday in the AFC championship.
Sanchez played a very good game in New England, but he will struggle mightily this week against the Steelers.
Sanchez wasn’t sacked by the Patriots one time, and had virtually all day in the pocket to do whatever he wanted. Meanwhile, the Steelers sacked Joe Flacco five times last Saturday and had him feeling rushed all day.
Pittsburgh will be pressuring Mark all game, most likely causing him to make poor decisions and put up terrible statistics, making it even tougher to open up the running game on one of the league’s best run defenses.
I also expect Ben Roethlisberger and the rest of the Pittsburgh offensive to have some success against the Jets defense. Although they had their way with Brady, it just seems to me that Roethlisberger finds away to get the job done in the playoffs against great defenses, like he did to Baltimore last week.
The Jets defense was great the last two weeks, and has been great for the most part of this season, but let’s not forget some of the inconsistency they have had. They did give up 38 points to a below-average Bears offense, so we can’t be sure what to expect.
As far as the Packers and Bears go, I think the Steelers would beat either of them.
If the Bears win, the Steelers defense will give the mistake-prone Jay Cutler problems all game. Once again, I would expect the experienced Roethlisberger to play a solid game against a good Bears defense.
As far as the Packers go, I expect them to win and actually predicted a Steelers/Packers Super Bowl before the playoffs started, but I think Pittsburgh would win that matchup as well. Rodgers is great, and I think he’ll win Super Bowls, but the Steelers defense would be too much of a challenge for him as well.
Sit back and enjoy a game between two of the leagues best defenses this Sunday in the AFC championship, but expect Pittsburgh to get the trip to Dallas, and ultimately win it all.