Carlos Hyde is being drafted late in fourth rounds. That's:

  • Too early. He's unproven. (35%, 20 Votes)
  • About right. He's the main guy in SF. (33%, 19 Votes)
  • A real steal. He's a bell cow back worth earlier pick. (32%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 57

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Super Bowl

Who do you want to see in the Super Bowl?

I’m pulling for a Seattle vs Denver Super Bowl at this point, though really only to validate my preseason selection.

Photo credit pkeleher via Wikipedia

Photo credit pkeleher via Wikipedia

I fully recognize there might be those out there who don’t want Peyton Manning to win another ring or who aren’t crazy about Pete Carroll or Jim Harbaugh or Bill Belichick.

I’m curious about what story lines you’re looking at or what reasons you have for picking the match-up you’d like to see?

Tell us below – who would you like to see in the Super Bowl and why?

What is your preferred Super Bowl match-up?

  • Denver vs Seattle (57%, 47 Votes)
  • San Francisco vs Denver (19%, 16 Votes)
  • Seattle vs New England (17%, 14 Votes)
  • New England vs San Francisco (7%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 83

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ZB NFL Preview 2013: Playoffs and Super Bowl

As we were writing the division previews and talking about how we were going to put these preseason projects together I got a message from contributing writer Rich Larson razzing me about this particular aspect of the assignments.

It’s pointless trying to predict what’s going to happen in the NFL, he says. Too many things are going to change over the next few months. Too many things have changed over the last several months.

And he’s right. Half the playoff teams will turn over from last season. About one-quarter of the league’s teams will dramatically underachieve based on our expectations and another quarter will surprise the hell out of us. So what’s the point?

Everyone else is doing it? Bragging rights? Who knows? But we did it anyway. Our eight division previews have been posted over the last several days and our playoff predictions, for better or for worse, are below. Let us know who you think is right on and who you think missed the mark. Continue reading

NFL Playoffs: Zoneblitz picks the Super Bowl

The Harbaugh Brothers, Ray Lewis and his alleged use of deer antler spray and idiot reporters asking players how ticklish they are – all the hype ends Saturday. Finally we get down to the intrigue of the game itself … and this year it’s a hugely intriguing game.

I am extremely curious to see if the Ravens, with several of their most important players aging, can keep up with the more youthful 49ers. I am curious to see whether Baltimore’s coaching staff can come up with a way to neutralize phenom quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

While the storylines off the field have been many, this year’s game on the field also is as intriguing a matchup as we’ve had in a few years. Here is how we see it playing out: Continue reading

Packers perfect season in 2011? Part three

We wrote a couple weeks ago about the Green Bay Packers chances of getting through the regular season and the NFC playoffs undefeated. So far so good for fans of the green and gold.

So what happens if they do make it unscathed to the Super Bowl? Do they meet the same fate the 18-1 New England Patriots did in 2007? Or do they finish the job and become the league’s first unbeaten team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins?

The AFC is a logjam this season. Nobody in the conference is better than  Green Bay. But there are a few teams that could at least give the Packers a good game. Here are our guesses: Continue reading

Season ends with Super game

I have a confession to make. I’m not really a fan of the Super Bowl.

It’s partially because as I was growing up many of the games failed to meet expectations. As entertaining as some of the advertisements can be, in my eyes they’ve never made up for sitting through a 56-10 drubbing in what is supposed to be the NFL’s showcase game.

It’s also partially because my team has never managed to win the big one, so yes, I admit to some sour grapes.

But primarily it’s because it means the season is ending and we’ll be subjected to several months before the next meaningful matchup. This year’s big game in Dallas is even more bittersweet, as the out-of-touch honchos of the National Football League and its Players Union have shown little urgency in their efforts to solve the collective bargaining issues — meaning there’s a shot this could be the last game in a long, long time.

So, while I like the marathon of the season and the chase of the playoffs more than the Super Bowl itself, at least this years version should provide an interesting game.

Pittsburgh vs Green Bay (-2.5) at Dallas: Over/Under 45.5

Both of these NFL heavyweights have been around forever. The Steelers have six Vince Lombardi trophies. The Packers have three. The Packers have Aaron Rodgers, who can complete finish the masterful job he has done replacing legendary Brett Favre with a win Sunday. The Steelers have Ben Roethlisberger, who can take another step in rehabilitating his image by winning a third Super Bowl ring. Continue reading

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