Miami – The Superbowl is mere hours away, and that means one last chance to examine the matchups that will determine the game.
There’s a lot of chatter out there. A lot written about Manning vs. Grossman, Colts offense vs. Bears defense, and mostly Tony Dungy vs. Lovie Smith.
Don’t get me wrong, the image of two black head coaches is a great one, and it will be important to the game, but the real currency of victory in this game hinges on another bit of kismet. This is the first time two starting Tight Ends named D. Clark will go head-to-head in the NFL’s ultimate game.
I hear what you’re saying. “Yo, Extrapolater, why do you always have to make it about surname?”. If you grew up in this country with an ethnic surname, like I did (from the Dutch Ekstrapolator), you’d know how hard it is to get noticed with a name like Smith, Jones, or Clark. It’s even harder if you only touch the ball 5-7 times a game, if you’re lucky.
But I’m here to tell you, the game rests on these two men: Dallas Clark vs. Desmond Clark
The only way to break down this matchup is to go to the most reliable metric known to humankind for the quantification of football acumen – Madden Football player rankings.
Let’s go to the tape!
Desmond Clark-BearsOverall rating: 78
Run Block: 55
Pass Block: 52
Throw Power: 52
Throw Accuracy: 44Dallas Clark-Colts
Run Block: 54
Pass Block: 48
Throw Power: 25
Throw Accuracy: 19
On first glance, the Colts’ tight end would appear to have the advantage in every statistical category affecting play at his position. But the Superbowl often comes down to who executes their trick plays with more effectiveness. And in the event that either team runs the lateral-tight end option pass, Desmond Clark has the clear advantage in both Throwing Power and Accuracy. In addition, careful numerological analysis has revealed that Desmond’s uniform #88 is exactly double Dallas Clark’s choice of 44.When all of the truly relevant numbers are weighed, the sensible pick is clear: The Extrapolater predicts that