Tug Of War: Steelers
I dare you to find a bigger, nastier, meaner group of players in the NFL. The Steelers redefine what it means to be big up front with guys like Casey Hampton (6’1” 330lbs) and Chris Kemoeatu (6’3” 350lbs). Some teams may have the size, but nobody can touch the Steelers grit and determination. They are incredibly strong and work great as a unit. I have a hard time believing anyone could beat the Steelers in tug of war, especially with Hampton as the anchor.
Relay Race: Raiders
Al Davis has a serious need for speed. Every year, he drafts the fastest players regardless of actual talent. Several players on their team ran track in college and blazed a fast 40 time at the combine. Stanford Routt, Jacoby Ford, Demarcus Van Dyke, and Darrius Heyward-Bey all ran a 40 time under 4.3 seconds with Ford and Routt running track in college. They may not know how to win football games, but they could put up a fight at the 2012 Olympic Qualifiers.
Balloon Toss: Packers
The balloon toss isn’t so much about power and arm strength as it is accuracy and a soft touch. If it was, Philip Rivers would dominate. Unfortunately, his three-quarters release and incredibly fast delivery don’t lend itself well to throwing balloons. While plenty of teams have a QB that fill that criteria, the Packers have 3 QBs who fit that mold. Aaron Rodgers can make any throw in the world while Matt Flynn is a very capable QB himself. Harrell also could fill in as an alternate.
3-Legged Race: Colts
This event is about being on the same page with your teammate and the Colts epitomize this. Peyton may not be the greatest athlete, but he is a fiery competitor who hates losing. His teammate would be Reggie Wayne who’s been his go-to receiver for the past several years. These two are so in sync I’m pretty sure they could be blindfolded and still know what the other was doing on the field.
Scooter Races: Patriots
Unlike the rest of the these topics, I really have nothing to base this on. What NFL-related skill can be translated into putting a tiny little scooter on you belly and awkwardly using your feet to maneuver around a coned course? I can’t think of any. The only thing I know is the Patriots are winners. I can’t see them going an entire field day and not winning something; no chance Bellichick and Brady would let that happen.
Obstacle Course: Eagles
If anyone has ever seen a game show with obstacles (Double-Dare, GUTS, Ninja Warrior, Wipeout), please tell me you can’t see DeSean Jackson flying through the course. The Eagles have some skill position guys who are phenomenal athletes with great agility which is what obstacle courses are all about. Throw In guys like Vick and Maclin and the Eagles would destroy the obstacle course.
Musical Chairs: Redskins
This was a no brainer to me as the Washington Redskins are the kings of roster turnover. Every single year it seems like they have at least 10 new starters on their football team. I’m pretty sure Washington has the most roster transactions in the NFL every single year. With how many coaches, players, and schemes they run through, they would dominate musical chairs simply because they’re so used to it.
Spoon & Egg Race: Texans
Balance, vision, patience, change of direction skills; basically everything required to be successful in the spoon & egg race. Everything listed directly sums up the Houston Texans running backs. The zone blocking scheme is predicated on vision and being patient so it makes sense the Texans would win. Arian Foster is one of the best in the NFL when it comes to vision and balance and it doesn’t hurt that Ben Tate and Derrick Ward also fit the same mold.