For the second time the Colts look to capture the Lombardi Trophy in Miami
Here we are, after 5 months of football 2 teams face off for NFL supremacy. On Sunday the AFC champion Indianapolis Colts will take on the NFC champion New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV. Both teams showed their dominance in the regular season as each reeled off 13 straight wins before taking their foot off the gas down the home stretch. Each team possess unstoppable offenses led by 2 of the league’s premiere quarterbacks, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning
The Saints defeated the Minnesota Vikings 2 weeks ago to earn a trip to Miami. In that game they took advantage of several mistakes made by the Viking’s offense. New Orleans left some of their critics unimpressed with this win. If not for all the Minnesota turnovers they may be watching this game Sunday night instead of playing. None the less, The Saints are here and looking to prove their doubters wrong.
It goes without saying that the N.O. offense is explosive. They led the league in total offense during the season on their way to winning the NFC south. Brees is blessed with a better selection of weapons then Neo in the Matrix. Over 18 weeks he’s thrown the ball all over the field to marquee names and unknowns without bias. I think even the towel guy and popcorn vendor have been on the receiving end of Drew’s passes. The Saints would be wise to spread the speedy Indy ‘D’ out and make use of their various targets.
New Orleans’ defense will do their best to put pressure on Peyton Manning. They’ve made no secret that they will bring heavily manned blitzes. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will have his hands full but given 2 weeks to prepare I’m sure he’ll cook up a scheme to throw off the 4 time MVP . . . temporarily.
I don’t feel like there is much to say about the Colts leading up to this game. Over the last 2 weeks ESPN and every media outlet has been verbally pleasuring the Colts like a cheap Bourbon Street lady of the night. I’ve heard conflicting reports that right next to the Brett Favre monument they’re in the early stages of building an even larger statue of Peyton. All joking aside, Indy has been called the better team by many. From what I’ve seen I can’t argue that opinion. The Indianapolis offense has had their way with many defenses this year. As it’s been proven time and time again, no matter how you game plan against Peyton and friends at some point they’ll figure things out and start scoring.
The Indy ‘D’ has looked strong thus far in the playoffs. Of course the major question mark here is the status of star Dwight Freeney’s ankle. It’s clear that the Pro Bowl defensive end will not be at 100% but its unknown how effective he’ll be on a bad wheel. Also, cornerback Jerraud Powers is questionable with an injured left foot. In the past few seasons the Colts’ defense has faced many injuries however back ups have stepped up to fill positions when called upon. Sunday could be just another example of that.
The Saints are the sentimental rooting interest for many people in this game. It seems anyone who isn’t a Colts fan have adopted the Saints as their own. We’ve all seen the videos, pictures, and personal recollections of the disaster that was Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans is still far from recovered and likely will never be the same. I’m all for restoring the city and uplifting the spirits of its citizens. I get why people have come out and cheered the Saints for this reason. Sorry New Orleans supporters, I just plain don’t like the Saints and I hope the Colts put a beat down on them leaving Bourbon Street silent on Sunday night. Sure a win would make the people of the city feel better but the Lombardi Trophy isn’t fixing any homes.
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Written by Martin Foster
Martin H. Foster is the author of "The 2nd Round Submission" and host of "Verbal Submission Radio" Follow him at www.twitter.com/MHMFoster