With reports that Maurkice Pouncey will be out of the Super Bowl, a lot of responsibilities have fallen onto Legursky’s shoulders. Legursky will have a tough task replacing an All-Pro and Pro-Bowl center. Not only that, Pouncey is arguably the best line-man for the Steelers as a rookie. Those are some huge shoes he must fill. Doug only has four NFL career starts and is lacking experience. He must be able to pick it up quick or he will encounter some major problems against the Packers. Miscues and miscommunication problems will be unacceptable, as Doug will be lined-up against B.J. Raji. Raji has been on a tear this post-season, constantly blowing up plays in the back-field. The battle of the trenches can very well dictate the outcome of this game.
William Gay, CB
William started in the AFC title game for the injured Brant McFadden, and he had a very solid game. Not only did he limit Braylon Edwards to 3 receptions, but William also had a game-changing fumble recovery for a touchdown. McFadden vows that he will play in the Super Bowl but nothing has been confirmed yet. Regardless, Gay will have to play well either if he is a starter or a nickel corner. He will have his hands full lining up against veteran Donald Driver or the explosive James Jones. Greg Jennings has been on fire the entire post-season, so I expect the Steelers to have some safety help. This means Driver and Jones should see extended targets, which will make life for Gay much tougher. Gay has the speed to hang with these receivers, but his ball-cover skills can be iffy at times. Even though he looked good against the Jets, he must step-up his game for this matchup.
Lamarr Woodley, OLB
Woodley tends to be overlooked with All-Pro James Harrison lined up as the other outside linebacker, but Woodley is a player the Packer’s definitely need to keep their eye on. Woodley always seems to make big plays in big games. Last week, Woodley become the first player to record a sack in his first six post-season games. His sack total has been 10 through a span of six playoff games, which is outstanding. He also had two big sacks on Kurt Warner in Super Bowl XLIII. The Packers must not lose focus of Lamarr Woodley, even though James Harrison will be on the other side. I expect the Packers to use some help on the left side for Harrison, which will open up some one-on-ones for Woodley. Random fact; the Steelers are 5-1 in post-season games whenever Woodley records a sack.