One of the reasons Pittsburgh made it to the Super Bowl is that, for the most part, Flacco and Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez can't make those plays, or at the very least, won't make them at this stage of their careers. Both Flacco and Sanchez play in offenses that put a premium on protecting the football, and in the playoffs, that allowed the Steelers to hide their weakness at cornerback. Ike Taylor, Bryant McFadden and William Gay aren't great players in space, and that's not conjecture. Football Outsiders, one of the best sites on the web, has them ranked as the 38th (Taylor), 44th (McFadden) and 27th (Gay) most effective corners in the league in terms of how frequently they're targeted and exploited. The Steelers' ability to bring pressure in creative ways masks some of those issues, as does the super-human ability of safety Troy Polamalu. But Rodgers is patient enough that, with a little protection, he's going to be able to hit on some big plays. 2. How effective will Pittsburgh be without center Maurkice Pouncey?