Five Wide: 2016-2017 Dream Super Bowl LI Matchups

So I was scrolling the timeline and came across this tweet here

And this is all facts. The 2014 NFL Season should’ve ended with a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl, but instead, the Packers tricked off a Super Bowl appearance to the Seahawks. Much like the 2009 NBA Finals should’ve been the Lakers vs Cavaliers.

Thanks to the scheduling system in the NFL, intraconference matchups only happen once every four seasons.

Here are my top 5 most interesting dream Super Bowl LI matchups

1. Pittsburgh Steelers vs Arizona Cardinals

Who remembers Super Bowl XLIII? I know Cardinals fans can’t get that image of Santonio Holmes in the corner of the endzone because some of them still believe he did not get both feet down.

But that’s not what this is about.

Yes, the Steelers and the Cardinals possess two of the most talented offensive rosters in the NFL.

But that’s not what this is about either.

Arians still hasn’t gotten over being fired by Mike Tomlin.It doesn’t help that the Steelers defeated the Cardinals last year 25-13, in a game where Ben Roethlisberger didn’t play, Mike Vick had 1 passing yard at halftime and Antonio Brown had 24 yards.

The week leading up to the Super Bowl would have some unbelievable hype.

2. Kansas City Chiefs vs Seattle Seahawks

There aren’t really any interesting storylines to this ones. But for football reasons, this is a great matchup. Elements of the Chiefs offense have been known to give the great Seahawks defense fits.

On the flip side, Russell Wilson vs this nasty Kansas City defense?  For a football junkie like me, this makes for a good matchup. Plus who wouldn’t want to see Alex Smith in a Super Bowl?

3.  Jacksonville Jaguars vs Minnesota Vikings

This one is a really long shot for Super Bowl 51, but that’s why this is a list of dream matchups.

Brett Favre deprived us of seeing Adrian Peterson in a Super Bowl. But the team surrounding AP now is on the track to being several times better than that 2009 Vikings team. Sure Teddy isn’t Brett, but that defense! Shit.

I been pounding the drum for Jacksonville for years but it’s finally starting to develop.

By the end of the 2016 season, these two teams have the potential to full of star Pro Bowl players.

4. New York Jets vs Arizona Cardinals

Student (Bowles) vs Teacher (Arians) is the obvious storyline here.

Two great defensive units and the potential Darrelle Revis vs Larry Fitzgerald matchup is still somewhat appealing although it would’ve been a beautiful sight in 2009.

5. San Diego Chargers vs New York Giants

Let me explain!

Yes, the San Diego Chargers are a perennial candidate for “who gives a fuck? Team of the Year” and yes the Giants are just a mad annoying franchise, but these two quarterbacks here! These are some damn good quarterbacks. Sure Eli has the hardware, but Phillip Rivers has always been a much better quarterback. Never forget the San Diego Chargers actually picked

Never forget the San Diego Chargers actually picked Eli Manning with the #1 overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft and the New York Giants picked Phillip Rivers.

Both Eli and Phillip had success early on in their careers but as of late, their team success has a taken a few steps back despite posting some great individual numbers.

Could you imagine Phillip Rivers with Super Bowl media? We’d have sound bytes for generations.

Honarable Mention:

Cleveland Browns vs Detroit Lions

I completely believe if the Browns and Lions both made the Super Bowl in the same year, this country might be wiped off the face of the earth by a meteor or a group of angry white rappers or something crazy.

New England Patriots vs Green Bay Packers

This is a matchup everyone else in the world seems to want to see still. I don’t really care for it.

Houston Texans vs Carolina Panthers

If there was a 2011 draft redo, who would you take first? Cam Newton? Or JJ Watt?

Cincinnati Bengals vs Arizona Cardinals

Two teams who have never won a title before. Carson Palmer vs the Bengals. Two extremely young, talented teams with vets that would love to go out on top.

 

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