25 May 2005
The Steelers are beginning life after Plaxico. They currently have Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El and Cedrick Wilson as their top three wideouts and Ward is the tallest at 6'0". With Burress and his 6'5", 225 lb. frame now in New York, Pittsburgh receivers will have to rely on speed, quickness, and scheme to get open. Which begs the question: can teams be successful throwing downfield without having a tall WR? Randy Moss is the prototype, but for every Moss there are enough "long-term project" 6'4" - 6'5" WRs to make a nice NDBL team.
The Giants and Ravens set a record in Super Bowl XXXV with 21 total punts. That record may well be in jeopardy. But in this battle of top defenses, Carolina's superior and more flexible offense gives the Panthers the edge.