Super Sunday Predictions

Sam Richman Contributor IFebruary 7, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 06:  Ben Utecht #86 of the Indianapolis Colts is hit by Roman Harper #41 of the New Orleans Saints in the first NFL game of the season at the RCA Dome on September 6, 2007 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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After 5 months of hard fought games, we have reached the most anticipated night in sports. Tonight at 6:25 PM, millions of viewers will tune in for this years' Super Bowl. Whether you're a fan of either team, or just simply a fan of football tonight is what we have been waiting for all year. The Colts were the strongest team in the AFC all season long, in fact some may argue that if they played their starters in the final two games of the season, they may have a chance at being 18-0 right now. They will be squaring off against the New Orleans Saints tonight. Like the Colts the Saints have handled their competition in the NFC all season long. In fact the Saints started the season at an astounding 13-0. Drew Brees leads the Saints high octane offense against the Colts stingy defense. Tonight we may see one of the greatest QB match-ups in recent Super Bowl history. Both teams and their players have everything at stake this evening. Peyton Manning looks to assert his case in becoming the greatest QB of all time, while the rest of the Colts look to become this decade's version of the Patriots. The Saints on the other hand are playing for their city. Just a few years ago it seemed as though the Saints may never play another game in New Orleans. Just a few years later, under the leadership of Drew Brees and Sean Payton the Saints have reached the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. The Saints are now looking to give New Orleans its first championship along with yet another famous New Orleans' parade. Both teams deserve to be where they are now. They both dominated their respective conferences all season long. Both teams showed resiliency whether it be coming back late in games like the Colts did against the Patriots, or even when the Saints intercepted Brett Favre deep in Saints territory, destroying the Vikings Super Bowl dreams. Both teams have succeeded on both sides of the football, and tonight should be yet another memorable Super Bowl. Both offenses match-up evenly, but I have to give the edge to possibly the greatest QB of all-time, Peyton Manning. Manning has turned good college players, into outstanding NFL players. Though you can expect the Saints to blitz Manning all day long, he proved just a few weeks ago, against the best blitzing team in the league, that he can handle whatever it is that you throw at him. On defense, both of these teams have been great this season. The Colts have possibly the fastest defense since the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, and have used their speed to shut down opponents running games. The Saints on the other hand are a classic Gregg Williams defense. They think take-away first. The Saints have one of the best take-away defenses in the league, and they showed it just 2 weeks ago when they forced 5 turnovers against the Vikings. It seems as though Dwight Freeney is going to play tonight, which is why I am giving the slight edge defensively to the Colts. With the Colts defensive speed, you can bet they will try to turn the Saints into a one dimensional offense. Special teams, however, is an entirely different story. The Saints have one of the games most electrifying players with the ball in his hands returning punts. Since college Reggie Bush was proclaimed the next Gale Sayers. Though his homerun style run game has not yet translated to the pros, he has still been a great return man. Expect Bush to give the Saints very good field position throughout the game. Though I think the Saints have played like a team destine to win the Super Bowl, I am going to have to take the Colts in this one. All season long I have felt like the Colts have been the best team in football, and I will not change my opinion now. I expect Peyton Manning to be himself, and lead the Colts to victory. As long as the Colts stay disciplined on defense, I expect them to play well enough to give Manning and the offense a chance to in the game.


GAME: Colts 27 vs Saints 17

MVP: Peyton Manning (320 Yards, 3 TDS, 1 Int)