Well, the All-American holiday that's not really a holiday - Super Bowl Sunday - is right around the corner. Amid the hoopla is the fact that there will be an actual game played and it's never too early to start breaking it down. Our football chat experts were already tearing the analysis apart all week. For all of our other chats, check out our chat archive page.
The Ravens shut down one "gimmick" offense, do you see them shutting down another one in two weeks?
Michael Wilbon, "Pardon The Interruption" co-host
Wow, the Ravens were great weren't they? They've been great for three weeks now...vs. Indy, at Denver and at New England...I don't want to call what the Patriots run a "gimmick" offense, but the Ravens defense did shut it down, by whatever name...And it's really, really, really difficult to do, shut down any high-powered offense in today's NFL, much less one run by Tom Brady, because the rules so favor offense...But to hold Brady to one TD at home, despite four additional trips inside the Baltimore 25 just seems hard to believe...But they did it...Can they hold the 49ers down the same way? I don't know...But that'll be one of the themes people explore over and over throughout the next two weeks... Full transcript
Where does Ray Lewis rank among all-time defenders if he wins the Super Bowl?
Ashley Fox, NFL columnist
Either way he's going to go down probably as the greatest middle linebacker of all time. He's also going to go down as one of the best "leaders of men," as they like to say, in the NFL. He will in all likelihood be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. So he will be right up there with the greatest of all time. Full transcript
Jarred (Clovis, CA)
I feel like the Niners are just a better overall team than the Ravens, one could argue that they have better players at every position but kicker. Do you agree that the Niners only lose if they beat themselves with mistakes?
Mike Sando, NFC West blogger
I agree that the 49ers are the better team overall. However, many factors beyond the 49ers could lead to a Ravens victory. Joe Flacco playing magnificently would be one of them. They say a perfect throw beats perfect coverage. Last week, I thought Matt Ryan needed a nearly perfect game to win. He had one in the first half but could not sustain it. Full transcript