Jrlombardi reports most ESPN experts predict Packers win Super Bowl.
Majority of ESPN ‘experts’ pick Packers: Forty-five ESPN NFL “experts” made Super Bowl picks on air, according to the ESPN PR department, and 31 picked the Packers. John Anderson, SportsCenter anchor and Green Bay native: 30-24: “The Lombardi Trophy’s rightful home is 1265 Lombardi Avenue Green Bay, Wisconsin.” Michelle Beadle, Co-host, SportsNation: 17-10: “A defensive powerhouse show. Aaron Rodgers has a lot of people to prove wrong.” Aaron Boone, Baseball Tonight analyst: 23-20: “It’s the start of a great run from a great Packer team.” Tedy Bruschi, NFL Live analyst and three-time Super Bowl champion: 31-27: “Defenses dominate first half, yet get worn down in the second. The bulk of scoring will be done with the Packer defense finding a way to get to Roethlisberger and force turnovers.” Trent Dilfer, NFL Live analyst: 23-20: “The big five become the big six, with Aaron Rodgers finding his rightful home among the elite quarterbacks.” Mike Ditka, Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown analyst: 21-17–“The Packers’ strengths will match up better against the Steelers’ strengths and their receivers will match up well with the corners and they’ll be fine.” Mike Golic, NFL Live analyst and co-host of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning: 24-21: “I picked them to win at the beginning of the year. It’s about me looking good.” Orel Hershiser, Baseball Tonight and Monday Night Baseball analyst: 27-21: “I love Aaron Rodgers and how the game will be played in a controlled environment. The Packers are based on speed and Pittsburgh on power. It will be a fast track favoring the Pack.” Kenny Mayne, Sunday NFL Countdown contributor: 31-24: “I’m expecting big things from Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews is every bit as handsome as Fabio.” Matt Millen, Monday Night Countdown analyst: 27-24: “The difference will be in Green Bay’s offensive line, their ability to protect.” Chris Mortensen, NFL senior analyst: 30-27: “This game truly has a chance to be a classic. The expectations of offensive fireworks and a duel of great quarterbacks should come with a warning — there are game-changing players on both defenses. In the end, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers under a roof will bring back the Lombardi Trophy to Green Bay.” Ryen Russillo, Scott Van Pelt Show co-host: 28-21: “The Steelers are so good against the run, but the Packers just don’t run the football, and they’re not going to here. They’re going to spread the Steelers out and make Polamalu as ineffective as he’s been in any game because when he’s in coverage it’s a problem.” Mark Schlereth, NFL Live analyst and three-time Super Bowl champion: 27-23: “The Green Bay Packers will play with little personnel – three, four and five wide. They will spread the Steelers out and take away what they do best which is physical hard-nosed football.” Michele Tafoya, Monday Night Football reporter: 31-24: “The Steelers have the experience and a great defense, but the Packers are peaking at the right time. Aaron Rodgers has been playing phenomenal football.” Steve Young, Monday Night Countdown analyst and three-time Super Bowl champion: 31-27: “In the Super Bowl I expect both to play their best and if that’s the case, that’s the score.” Jeff Van Gundy, NBA analyst: 27-17: “They’ve proven they can score on a fast track.” Darren Woodson, NFL Live analyst and three-time Super Bowl champion: 31-24: “The Green Bay Packers will say to the Vince Lombardi Trophy, ‘There’s no place like home, Vince.’”