Never too early for Super prediction

The Sporting News has made its Super Bowl prediction for 2011 and it has a 1996-type feel to it.

"We evaluated the contenders, and separated the two best from the rest," reporter Clifton Brown writes. "Our Super Bowl XLVI pick: Green Bay Packers over the New England Patriots."

In the piece, Brown lists three reasons why Sporting News envisions the Packers and Patriots advancing to the Super Bowl.

For New England, it's about "the brilliant Bs", "offensive firepower" and "rising talent" -- the later category of which should help the "Patriots’ defense make more big plays."