For the 3rd week in the row, a Cardinal graces the cover of Sports Illustrated. This week, Kurt Warner with the caption “NFC Champs Flying High: The Cardinals soar out of the west to challenge the Steelers.” What was surprising about this issue, at least to me, is that, on p. 35, Jim Trotter picks the Cardinals to beat the Steelers 24-20. Now I firmly believe the Cardinals have what it takes to win the big game, regardless of the Steelers’ top-ranked defense. Take Troy Polamalu and James Harrison out of the equation, and the Steelers don’t really have an edge. And no matter how talented Polamalu is (and he is perhaps the best safety in the league today), he cannot cover Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin AND Steve Breaston. And toss into the mix Jerheme Urban and Early Doucet as well as the running game with Edgerrin James, Tim Hightower, and J.J. Arrington, and I don’t believe the Steelers’ D can stop the highest-scoring team in the league. Additionally, the Cardinals defense isn’t chopped liver either. Remember the 5 turnovers in Carolina and the Cardinals’ domination of #2 in the league RB Michael Turner?