It all comes down to this one big game, and although I am disappointed in myself with my picks so far in the playoffs, I am still 8-2 in the postseason. (I picked the Eagles over the Cowboys and the Vikings over the Saints.)
The Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints have been the best in the NFL all season long. They have led to lots of heated conversations in the A-List content meetings about who should be ranked No. 1 week in and week out on the A-List NFL Power Rankings.
I picked the Colts and Vikings to go all the way to the Super Bowl as early as Week 5, and you can check all my predictions here. The Colts vs. Saints clash on Feb. 7 has led to renewed, heated conversations among the members of the A-List team on who will win Sunday.
This is Tuviere’s prediction, not the A-List official prediction, as there seems to be a split on who will lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the end of the game.
I understand the argument that the Saints deserve to win after what the city and the organization has been through in recent years, and it would be a fitting Hollywood ending.
But this is reality, and the reality here is, this game will be decided on the field.
The Super Bowl oddsmakers at Bodog.com list the Colts as the -5 (-110) point favorite versus the Saints, who are listed as the +5 (-110) point underdog and with +160 money line.
The oddsmakers like Peyton Manning; the media experts love him. It's funny these same experts picked the Colts to lose to the Ravens and the Jets because both teams had very highly rated defenses.
In my conference championships A-List Picks article, I wrote: “The Colts' defense might not be flashy or even that entertaining, but they are the most productive squad still in the competition. (Better than the Jets.) I know, am crazy.” (Click here to read the complete article. )
I guess I wasn’t that crazy after all.
Kudos to the Saints for winning the NFC Championship. The Saints D started out like a ball of fire during the first half of the season, then badly faded down the stretch. If the Ravens and Jets can’t slow down Manning, the Saints, who finished behind these teams defensively, don’t stand a chance here.
There’s been lots of talk about Dwight Freeney’s famous right ankle injury and the impact it will have on the game. In my article Colts and Dwight Freeney’s open door Policy Is More of a Deception, I wrote: “There’s no doubt in my mind that without Freeney on the field Sunday, the Saints have more flexibility on offense, having to only deal with one pass rusher. But I find it strange that Freeney and the Colts are so open about the injury—this from an organization that wouldn’t even tell you if they will play their starters on a Week 14 or 15 game or even share who is really on the injury list.” (Read more by clicking here. )
The Colts are practically injury-free, and so are the Saints. When it comes down to a straight-up personnel comparison, the Colts are the superior team, and they will be playing on neutral ground.
I guess it's obvious who I believe will win the game. The Vikings handed the Saints an NFC Championship with seven turnovers. The Vikings played their second-worst game of the season (the worst being the Dec. 6 30-17 loss to the Cardinals), and the Saints played an almost perfect game and won by a field goal in overtime at home.
I can promise you this: Peyton Manning and the Colts are not going to turn the ball over seven times.
I never bet against Peyton Manning.
Neither should you.
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