MAYBE, this one will be close For a change.

Since the last four Super Bowls have been decided by an average of 26.5 points, and since each Super Bowl ticket costs $100, it would be nice to have 4 competitive games Jan. 31 in San Diego.

There are reasons to believe Denver and Washington are the ones to do it. There conference title games went down the final plays Sunday, so maybe they can pack some of the drama for the trip along with their dress pants.

Both have been in recent Super Bowls and should not be dazzled by the bright lights. Both have sound enough defenses to keep things under control. Both will have intriguing game plans to be hatched from the minds of innovative coaches though Joe Gibbs gets the edge over Dan Reeves when it comes to pregame baloney slinging.

Shorn of their huge home field advantages, neither appears dominant enough to pound the other into the kind of jelly we’ve seen the past few years. And both teams have been on the bad end of the beatings, meaning they will come to California with some sense of unfinished business.

Article extracted from this publication >> January 22, 1988