Super Bowl XLIV: High Flying Offenses To Clash In Game For The Ages

Bruce JonesContributor IIFebruary 1, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 24:  Fans of the  Indianapolis Colts hold up a 'Super Bowl' sign in the fourth quarter as the Colts take on the New York Jets during the AFC Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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With the last true Super Bowl Blowout coming seven years ago in 2003, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers creamed the Raiders 48-21, the odds are on this year's big game coming down to the wire. It's evident to anyone that this game is all about offense. Both teams have more than 5,800 yards on the season, with New Orleans ranking first in the league with 6,461, generating more than 400 yards a game!

That said, the teams don't exactly package their firepower with an elite defense. People can brag about Freeney and Sharper all they want, but at the end of the day the Colts and Saints finished in the second half of the league in most defensive categories, including the all-important total yards against.

However, I see Peyton Manning faltering a bit as he did early on in the game against New England , and he wasn't exactly elite in his other Super Bowl game. He won the MVP of it nonetheless, but 247 yards with both a TD and an INT won't be enough to carry his team this year, which probably has less talent surrounding him.

New Orleans has had some bad games this season, but they also demonstrated in a few of them that Drew Brees DOESN'T have to throw for 300 yards to win, if Reggie Bush gets going early, and Pierre Thomas provides 100 yards on a steady carry total, it could be a long day for the Colts.

The Saints will certainly put up a big fight, and I expect it to be a one touchdown or less game at half time, with nothing more than a 10 point deficit to end the game. But the Colts will pull away with the one, I predict to a tune of a 34-27 win, with Peyton Manning winning the MVP.