Super Bowl XLIV Preview


New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts

Breakdown: Saints – We finally got a Super Bowl that puts arguably two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL today against each other for the ultimate prize. They also possess two of most potent offenses around. Drew Brees is probably the best free agent acquisition of all time. No one has made this kind of an impact in such short a time for his new team. He has truly found a home where his talents are appreciated and there won’t be any rush to push him out the door. Reggie Bush who came gifted wrapped in the draft has been a disappointment, but has emerged at the right time. Jeremy Shockey, although a loud mouth, is a productive cog in the middle for Brees. Marques Colston is a legitimate number one receiving threat and along with Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson as the deep threats, Brees has many weapons to choose from in the passing game. Pierre Thomas compliments the running game and is a good option to throw to out of the backfield. The Saints defense showed that they can smack you in the mouth the entire game with the performance against Brett Favre. Will Smith leads the defensive line in its attack. They’re not great pass rushers, but are great at stopping the run which can lead to a turnover. Jonathan Vilma leads the linebacking corp that are great in coverage and rarely miss an open field tackle. Darren Sharper is no stranger to the Super Bowl. A rookie in Green Bay’s last appearance on the big stage, he will look to continue to make more big plays against a formidable opponent.

Colts – Peyton Manning is going for his second title and continue to solidify his place in football history. His array of weapons include two receivers with 100 catches on the season in Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. Two of the most reliable pass catchers in the game, they will be counted on to continue with making big plays at key moments. Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie were two relative unknowns until the postseason began. They’ve skyrocketed up the depth chart and are part of the aerial attack that will make almost any receiver a household name. Joseph Addai and Donald Brown will counted on to get at least 5 yards a carry when called upon. The running game has been absent for most of the season, but in the past the Colts have been know to surprise their opponents with a big gain on the ground. Dwight Freeney is going to play. The last game of the year there is no way he is not going to play. Robert Mathis is just as big a problem for the Saints as Freeney. They can both sack the quarterback and the running game for New Orleans. The linebackers and secondary are both small, but fast and can get to the ball with lightning speed. Again like with New Orleans, hardly any missed tackles for this defense.

Prediction: Colts 38 Saints 31

Matchup to watch for: New Orleans offense vs. Indianapolis offense

It will be interesting to see the back and forth between these two explosive offenses.

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