Unstoppable Colts or expolsive Saints: who will win in Miami
Drew Brees will lead his team to the ultimate showdown
Making franchise history, the New Orleans Saints will be making their first ever appearance at the Super Bowl. And with their most impressive
season to date, there is no doubt they have the ability to win the 44th Super Bowl against the Indianapolis Colts.
Though the Colts’ fearless leader, quarterback Peyton Manning, has led them this far, many people underestimate the talent of the Saints. They aren’t “Ain’ts” anymore.
Led by central Texas native quarterback Drew Brees, the Saints have key players all across the field. Ranging from Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush to Devery Henderson, they have many options to move the ball up the field and wipe out the Colts.
In fact, out of 16 games, the Saints have had 19 different offensive players drive the ball up the field. Even Manning doesn’t have that many options.
And if linebacker Jonathan Vilma has another game like he did against the Vikings, tearing Brett Favre to the ground and forcing five turnovers, then Manning should be getting nervous and having a sit-down chat with his offensive line.
Even if you are not a New Orleans fan, you have to give them props for the ultimate turnaround of a football team. Head Coach Sean Peyton has worked magic, not to mention, one’s heart goes out for them considering the trials and tribulations they went through with Hurricane Katrina.
The Saints will go marching in. They will go marching into Miami and give the Colts a fight for the Super Bowl title.
Colts defense will prove tough for newcomer Saints
By Mateo Gamboa
In a game which seems to be a guaranteed shootout, the Colts’ defense will be the cause of their victory.
Sure, the Saints are one of the most explosive teams in the NFL. And, they looked pretty good in their overtime win against Brett Favre and his Vikings. But, defensive end Dwight Freeney is one of the many reasons the Colts’ defense is going to come up big on Superbowl Sunday.
Over this season, the Colts had the second-highest average passing yards in the league, but they face the Saints team that averages 404 yards and 32 points a game, both placing the highest among the 32 NFL teams.
Undoubtedly both teams are explosive and will put up a high scoring game.
However, the New Orleans “Ain’ts” have a problem defending against the rush when the defense gets pressure on the quarterback. In the last three games of the season, they lost to the Cowboys, Panthers and Buccaneers and gave up more than 145 yards to the respective defenses, who kept pressure on an otherwise composed Saints offense, causing four fumbles and two interceptions over the three game losing streak.
Look for running-back Joseph Addai to have a big game, as well as wide receiver Reggie Wayne and defensive end Dwight Freeney.
If the Colts can get off to a quick start with their experienced offense and NFL MVP Peyton Manning, their 16th ranked defense should be able to finish the job against an overhyped core of inexperienced playmakers.