Happy Friday to yinz and welcome to Super Bowl LIV weekend.
Man, it feels great to be able to breathe again. I was some kind of sick this past week and while it I didn’t feel all that bad, I had problems breathing at times and had large amounts of fluid in my lungs. It caused me to miss a few radio interviews and an episode of The Terrible Podcast. I’m still not fully over it, but I’m pretty damn close and just in time for Super Bowl Sunday.
Super Bowl LIV media week is now coming to a close and this year was a lot more tolerable than last year and that’s mainly because every Pittsburgh Steelers player that has been interviewed wasn’t asked about wide receiver Antonio Brown being a distraction to the team. Sure, several were asked about Brown during interviews this year, but in a much different light. We are still recapping several of these interviews for the site, by the way.
Come Saturday night, hopefully the main discussion topic is about former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and guard Alan Faneca being selected as a member of the 2020 Hall of Fame class. I obviously like Polamalu’s chances this year and I sure hope they finally get Faneca right as well.
The Kansas City Chiefs will play the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in Super Bowl LIV. I imagine most reading this post will be pulling for the Chiefs to win so that the 49ers won’t tie the Steelers in Super Bowl wins. I think we might be in store for another close game this year with a lot more scoring than last year.
As usual, I have five questions for yinz to answer during this quiet Friday evening and I look forward to seeing a lot of participation in the comments this weekend. We will probably run some sort of contest on Super Bowl Sunday with a cash prize going to the winner so be on the lookout for that post.
As always, thank you for stopping by the site this week and we look forward doing our best to keep you entertained throughout the weekend.
Have a safe weekend and peace and love to all of yinz.
1 – Which team will win Super Bowl LIV? (Chiefs or 49ers)
2 – Will the total points scored in Super Bowl LIV be greater than or less than 55.5?
3 – Will a defensive touchdown be scored in Super Bowl LIV?
4 – Will Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes throw for more than 299.5 yards in Super Bowl LIV?
5 – Will both Polamalu and Faneca be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday?
Question 1: In the previous three Pro Bowl games the opposing teams averaged a combined 37.7 total points scored. This year, the AFC eclipsed this average themselves by scoring 38 points. The NFC added 33 more points. 87.5% of Steelers Depot respondents earned a point by taking the over.
Question 2: Steelers truncated two consecutive NFC drives in the second half. First, Joe Haden intercepted Ezekiel Elliot’s pass late in the third quarter. Then, on the NFC’s next drive, T.J. Watt recovered a fumble and returned it 82 yards for a touchdown. Only 37.5% of respondents said a Steelers player would register a turnover.
Question 3: Watt’s fourth quarter touchdown resulted in the winning points in their 38-33 victory over the NFC. A slight 56.25% majority picked the AFC to win and picked up a point.
Question 4: The North beat the South 34-17 in the 2020 Senior Bowl game. Just 39.3% of respondents picked the winner.
Question 5: Both the Senior Bowl and Pro Bowl games experienced touchdowns of 50 yards or longer. Michigan’s Shea Patterson threw a 75-yard touchdown pass in the Senior Bowl. In addition to Watt returning a fumbled recovery 82 yards for a touchdown, there were two other touchdowns of 50 yards or longer. Viking safety Harrison Smith picked off a Deshaun Watson returning the interception 61 yards for an NFC score. Ryan Tannehill threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Chark. 85.7% of respondents correctly called it.
Previous Week: Only 36% of respondents still have their pick to win the Super Bowl alive. Of those left, 62.5% favor the Chiefs and 37.5% the 49ers.
Seven respondents just missed the bonus by one question. Jason Campbell, Chris92021, DirtDawg1964 and Hoptown all missed the bonus by picking the South to win the Senior Bowl. Jason W and Ratsotex missed by predicting no Steelers player would register a turnover in the Po Bowl game. Jeff McNeill took the under on the two Pro Bowl teams scoring 37.7 points.
Here are the consensus responses of Steelers Depot respondents compared to the correct answers:
|Questions||O/U 37.7 Points in Pro Bowl||Steeler Player Turnover?||Pro Bowl Winner?||Senior Bowl Winner?||TD of 50+ Yards?|
Two folks hit the five-point weekly bonus and shot upwards on the leaderboard. Ichabod’s power move gives him a commanding six-point lead. Doug Prostorog skyrocketed 34 places into a tie for second place with Jason Campbell. Last week’s co-leaders Andi B and Slim Stew fell back in the standings but are still within range if Ichabod falters in the final week.
So, is Ichabod going to coast past the finish line and collect the $50 take-all prize or is someone going to snatch it away from him? Answer this final weekend and see if you can do it. The next Steelers Depot Friday Night Five Questions will announce the winner.
Leaderboard after Senior Bowl Weekend:
|Jason Campbell||17||2nd (tie)||+1|
|*Douglas Prostorog||17||2nd (tie)||+34|
|Slim Stew||16||4th (tie)||-3|
|Andi B||15||8th (tie)||-7|
|Andy N||15||8th (tie)||-5|
|Chad Weiss||15||8th (tie)|
|Jason W||15||8th (tie)||+8|
|ProVarinati (Rob T)||14||15th (tie)||-7|
|Jeff McNeil||14||15th (tie)||+7|
|Steven Small||13||21st (tie)||-5|
|Wes Lee||12||23rd (tie)|
|Beaver Falls Hosiery||12||23rd (tie)|
|Jeff Papiernik||10||30th (tie)||+1|
*New to Leaderboard