Super Bowl 2011: Power Ranking the Skill Players of Super Bowl XLV

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Super Bowl 2011: Power Ranking the Skill Players of Super Bowl XLV
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Super Bowl 2011 is a week away, and the anticipation for the NFL's biggest game has steadily built since the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers won their way to Super Bowl XLV last weekend.

Since the matchup was set last Sunday, it's been all about closely analyzing how these teams stack up. We don't have a previous regular season meeting to look back to, so we're forced to take a step back and just look at the players each team will trot out there on Super Sunday.

Most compelling to compare between the Packers and Steelers' rosters are the skill players, the guys who will ultimately have the ball in their hands with a chance to make something happen on the world's biggest stage.

Many of the names are well-known to even the most casual NFL fan, but other key players on both teams may not be household fixtures.

Since we're always looking for a way to judge which team has an edge heading into the Super Bowl, I'll rank all of the key skill players between each team, in descending order from the player expected to have the least impact, to the guys who will play the biggest part in deciding who becomes Super Bowl champion.

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