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    NFC guest analyst

    By BRIAN LANDMAN

    © St. Petersburg Times, published January 22, 2001


    Tampa Bay Bucs first draft choice Lee Roy Selmon, the star defensive lineman from 1976-84 who was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1995 and is now an administrator at the University of South Florida, recently talked to Times staff writer Brian Landman about the Super Bowl matchup.

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    I'll go with Baltimore, the reason being I think it will be a defensive battle, and I believe they have a little bit stiffer defense. They've just been so successful over the last ... 10 games or so, and I think they'll continue to ride that wave right on into a victory.

    They get enough (from their offense). The main thing is if they don't have turnovers, they play a lot of field position. I've seen games that way before where it might not have been the most explosive, exciting offense, but a lot was dependent on defense and playing that field position. Holding the ball for a few first downs and changing the field position and keeping the other team pretty much in the hole until some break happens and you have a chance to win. And they're very good at that. They're good at what they do. I expect them to continue to do that same type of thing, and I think they'll probably be more successful at playing their game.

    That's not to take anything away from the Giants. They also have an excellent defense, and you would think a little bit better offense, especially after watching them play against Minnesota. You'd think, "Man, this offense is unbeatable." But I think Baltimore's defense is a little stiffer than Minnesota's.

    So, it's going to be a great Super Bowl. I don't think there'll be more than a field goal difference between the two, maybe 17-14.

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