OK, time to make a Super Bowl prediction. Many sports pundits consider this a classic matchup of a great offense and a great defense. I disagree. Greatness is judged by history, and I am confident that at least one of the two will be downgraded from great to very good by the end of the day. It’s like the collision of the unstoppable force and the immovable object. The one thing that you can be sure of is that at least one of them will come out of it with a new name.
Now, with free agency and salaries caps, I’m don’t think greatness is possible. In my mind, this is a meeting of a very good offense and a very good defense. In a meeting of very good, the questions to consider are:
- Will the offense will be able to get good matchups?
- Will the defense dictate the style of play?
I like the offense. I think Oakland can put more good receivers on the field than Tampa Bay has good cover men. And I think the Oakland offensive line will be able to give Gannon time to throw. The Tampa Bay rush may bother Gannon in the first half, but I expect it to tire in the second half.
The only way for Tampa Bay to win is for their offense to hold the ball and win the time of possession war. And that’s not going to happen.
Oakland 30, Tampa Bay 17