Did Burger King just put the "Kiss of Death" on our Super Bowl hopes? In his latest MMQB column, the King picks Dallas and New England to meet in the Super Bowl.
King points out that if Dallas and New England did meet in the Super Bowl, the storylines would be a full-on media circus. Parcells vs. Belicheck, Bledsoe vs. Brady, Parcells vs. his son-in-law, Pats VP Scott Pioli. Even the Sopranos can't match this kind of inter-family warfare. Here's King on why he likes Dallas:
There's some risk, to be sure, because Owens is a living, breathing incendiary device. But all kinds of silly chemistry things can happen once the year begins. What I like about this team is it addressed almost every one of its major needs entering the off-season. The Cowboys got a kicker with some clutch misses on his resume, Mike Vanderjagt, but he's better than any guy they've had in years. They got the best player in free-agency in Owens, who's also one of the five best offensive forces in football when he's mentally right.
They got a second blocking/catching tight end in the second round in Notre Dame's Anthony Fasano. They got the kind of stonewallish strongside linebacker in the draft -- Bobby Carpenter -- Parcells must have to play the 3-4 the way he wants. That's a really good 3-4 right now, and it could be superb if DeMarcus Ware provides the kind of pass-rush his potential says he can.
King rightly points out that our offensive line is suspect and of course the Owens' issue is ever present. Don't buy into that crap about Vanderjagt having clutch misses. Yeah, he screwed the pooch on that last kick against Pittsburgh, but the guy has made plenty of clutch kicks over his career.
So what's King's prediction for the game?
After the game, Parcells hugs his owner, retires, hugs his son-in-law and takes the first plane to Saratoga the next day. He'll go out a winner.
How sweet would that be?