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Brett Keisel picks the Ravens to win Super Bowl XLVII

Speaking objectively, Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel notes the emotion in which the Baltimore Ravens are playing as the key to what he feels will be their victory over San Francisco in the Super Bowl Sunday.

Larry French

Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel is on his media tour as a part of his Head and Shoulders campaign during Super Bowl festivities.

Part of that is being asked who will win the big game (a sidenote to all the sponsorship, commercials and celebrity that comes with the Super Bowl).

Keisel, according to the Post Gazette, is picking the Ravens. Not because he wants them to win, mind you.

In Keisel's words, "I'm not really pulling for them, but I do feel like they're going to win. I just feel like they're fighting for a lot right now, to send Ray Lewis out on a championship like we did with the Bus."

People in Baltimore (presumably) buy Head and Shoulders shampoo too.

"When teams get like that and you're fighting for something bigger, especially for how much all those guys respect and love Ray -- just like we did for Jerome -- there's something in that. Baltimore's hot. Even in games this year when it looked like there was no way they were going to win, they seemed to find ways to do it. That's why I feel they will."

There's a lot of truth in what Keisel is saying. The Ravens haven't just been underdogs in their last two games; they've been borderline no-shows according to pre-game point spreads. They were 9.5 point road dogs against Denver and nine-point non-favorites against New England. They beat the Patriots handily in the AFC Championship game.

Keisel did note the Steelers weren't playing in the game, and mentioned the younger guys of the Steelers needing to step up and make plays in 2013 if the Steelers are to make it back to this game.

"It can't just be the old dogs, if you will; we need some splash plays by those young guys."

Maybe a few splash plays from the older guys would help too. Just sayin'.