Gridiron Roundtable: After 10 Weeks, your Super Bowl Matchup and Winner

Jerie O’Conner – Ravensgab: Giants-Jets – Brett Favre is the MVP of the Super Bowl as the winning QB.  Eli Manning demonstrated in last year’s Super Bowl that all you had to do was be the QB of the winning team to “earn” the MVP trophy.

Ian Leslie – NFLGridirongab: Titans-Giants – Like most I am skeptical of the Titans, but I just can’t see any other AFC team challenging them this season.  The NFC is a different story, as the Giants have been completely dominant this year, and I could easily see them repeating unless one of their key guys goes down.  The Giants are built to win in the playoffs, with the best rushing attack in the league, and a stingy defense, not to mention they will be battle-tested after playing their tough schedule.  I know it isn’t going out on a limb, but the only thing I see holding the Giants back, is potentially falling short from the fatigue of their tough regular season.

Matt Jergensen – Ravensgab: Titans-Giants – I hate going status quo but as of week ten the two best clubs are the Titans and Giants. Giants win. Is it really possible for Eli to have more championship rings than Peyton? Who saw that coming?

Landis Andrews – Cowboysgab: Patriots-Giants – The Patriots and the Giants will meet again in Super Bowl XLIII.  The Giants are proving that it wasn’t lighting in a bottle that got them to the big game last year. Likewise, the Bill Belichik is showing the league that he is the mastermind behind the championships, not Tom Brady. In the end, the Giants will emerge victoriously, once again, which will start unnecessary talks of dynasties and best teams ever.


Eric Palmer – Saintsgab: Cardinals-Jets – Just to go against the conventional wisdom, I pick Arizona to play against the Jets, with Arizona winning. I like Cinderella teams.

Jesse Rios – Texansgab: Giants-Titans – The game of strong defenses and mediocre quaterback play ends with Kerry’s replacement pulling a Rose Bowl-like upset, and Titans beat the reigning NFL champs.

Russ Loede – Bearsgab: Colts-Eagles
– This was (back in July) and still is my Super Bowl match-up. I have the Donovan McNabb-led Eagles hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.

Jean-Paul Bergeaux – Saintsgab: Giants-Ravens – I’ll shoot in the dark and say Baltimore-NYG. Balt. goes on a role after losing this week to the Giants. Their mission? Beat the Giants in the SuperBowl for revenge of the loss. And they fail in a close game. (I wanted to pick someone else in the NFC, but just don’t believe in Jake Delhomme enough, and have a hard time seeing any of the other current NFC contenders taking it from them. Would Eli be better than Peyton then? Since he won 2 SuperBowls to Peyton’s 1?)

Jeremy Fuchs – NFLGridirongab: Giants-Titans – Giants vs. Titans in Super Bowl XLIII. I like the Giants in a hard fought, close game.

Josh Satler – NFLGridirongab: Giants-Steelers – The Giants are the best team in the league. They’re young, they hungry and they’re battle tested. The AFC is more open. I just can’t endorse Kerry Collins in the post season so I think that if Pittsburgh gets healthy, they’ll represent the AFC. The NY Giants will repeat in ’08.

Bernard Shuford – Packersgab: Giants-Titans
– My thoughts are that the Titans and the Giants will be in the bowl, with the Titans squeaking out a win. If I’m right, it will be an awesome game between two powerhouse teams.

Cole Pepper – Jaguarsgab: Titans-Giants – I’ll take Cincy vs. Detroit…or, failing that, Tennessee and the Giants. Aside from Arizona, no other team in the NFL dictates the pace of a game like the Titans and Giants. I think right now, the Giants are playing the best football. For a darkhorse matchup, take the Ravens and Panthers (maybe Carolina isn’t that much of a stretch!).

Mike Loede – Raidersgab: Titans-Giants – Representing the AFC = Titans Representing the NFC = Giants – Titans victorious.

Tim Hiller – Billsgab: Panthers-Titans – I’m going to go out on a limb…I’ve got the Panthers vs. Titans and I like the Panthers.

Stephen Rhodes – Coltsgab: Giants-Colts – The Giants are being their usual selves on both sides of the ball and obviously the team to beat in the NFC while the Colts are just now hitting their stride. They’re hitting the soft part of their schedule, which bodes well for their playoff run.

Jeff Sack – Patriotsgab: Titans-Giants – Tennessee Titans 27 NY Giants 24 The talk all week before the game will be, “Has Eli finally surpassed Peyton?” But the G-Men will fall just short!

Tony Johnson – Titansgab: Giants-Steelers – I think the Superbowl will have the New York Giants against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both teams are well-rounded and can rely on either their offense or defense to make plays.

Shawn McAllister – Chiefsgab: Steelers-Redskins – I got the Steelers and Redskins. The Steelers are the most complete team in the AFC and the Skins can knock off big time teams.

Results:

8 Votes Giants – Titans
2 Votes Giants – Steelers
8 Votes for other matchups (4 involving NYG and an AFC team, 2 involving the Jets and a NFC team)


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