New Orleans Saints

Why The New Orleans Saints Will Win The Super Bowl, Part II

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Kicker Garrett Hartley #5 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates with teammates after he kicked a 40-yard game-winning field goal in overtime against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Brian GaylordCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2010

Much has been made of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it wrought on the city of New Orleans in 2005.

I say the hurricane never really left. Its crazy power has been building within the New Orleans Saints, who will win one (Super Bowl) for the Ripper, so to speak.  

The New Orleans Saints are crazy. Plum loco. How else do you explain creating a whirlwind 23 turnovers in an NFC Championship game?

OK, it was five turnovers. But for some favorable bounces for the Minnesota Vikings (and Vikings’ post-flub hustle) it could have been eight or nine turnovers. It felt like 23.

Do the offensive players on the Indianapolis Colts have stronger hands than the offensive players on the Vikings? Just asking.

Peyton Manning’s surgical precision adds up to many completed passes, for sure. He quick slants teams to death to the point that opponents might want to request a rules change.

But remember, the Saints are crazy. They will make Manning toss his “Double Stuf” Oreo cookies with strips, punch outs and all manner of possession-changing tactics.

And of course, there’s the mad skills of Drew Brees and Co. on the Saints offense. Add frothing Saints fans to the mix and I say watch out, Miami. There’s a hurricane coming and unlike all the others, this one is long overdue. 

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