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Sunday, February 1, 2009
Trusting instincts on Super Bowl picks

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

TAMPA, Fla. -- Gary Horton of Scouts, Inc. is picking (in an Insider column) Arizona to win Super Bowl XLIII after failing to trust his instincts in picking the Giants one year ago.

I have similar feelings entering this game. Prevailing opinion tells us the Steelers should win this game, but those of us who have watched the Cardinals every week know how to make sense of their late-season struggles and 9-7 record. They are better than that now.

More ESPN predictions here and here.

Keyshawn Johnson and Cris Carter are taking the Cardinals. Both have ties to the team. Johnson played for and likes Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Carter was with the Vikings when Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald was a ball boy for the team.