The Pittsburgh Steelers considered a Super Bowl favorite? Sports Illustrated’s 2010 NFL preview issue goes on stands Wednesday, and it includes a surprise prediction that the Steelers will claim their second Super Bowl title in three years..
Highly respected senior writer Peter King is picking the Steelers to win the AFC North Division with an 11-5 record and beat the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV.
King though hasn’t predicted a correct Super Bowl winner in 15 years, predicting the Dallas Cowboys would win in 1995
Courtesy of the PittsburghChannel.com, King believes the Steelers will go 3-1 without Ben Roethlisberger. Here is an excerpt from King.
“The Steelers’ MVP might be Roger Goodell. At press time it appeared likely the commissioner would reduce Roethlisberger’s suspension from six games to four for good behavior — Roethlisberger spent the summer kissing babies and signing every autograph within miles at training camp. Byron Leftwich and/or Dennis Dixon should be able to navigate a friendly first-month schedule (Atlanta, at Tennessee, at Tampa Bay, Baltimore) and hand Roethlisberger a 3-1 team when he returns. A six-game suspension? That would be trouble, obviously.”
The Packers meanwhile are a hot choice around the league, drawing early comparisons to the New Orleans Saints from 2009.