I figure, with today being Super Bowl Media Day, that I would offer my Super Bowl prediction for Sunday that is guaranteed to be wrong.
I don’t see this as being a close game. In fact, I have a funny feeling this year’s Super Bowl is going to be a blowout in favor of the Colts.
First, Peyton Manning against Drew Brees is not a good match-up. While Brees is certainly a great quarterback, I do not believe he has the same intensity and capabilities of picking out defenses like Manning. Give Manning two weeks to prepare for a defense and Manning will take advantage.
The second, I’m not sure the Saints defense will be able to get that much pressure on Manning, like it was able to against Favre and the Vikings. Manning has a quicker release and is willing to take a longer step-back to get out of trouble. The Colts’ also have a stronger offensive line than the Vikings that can give better protection for Manning against the Saints’ pass rush.
While the Saints have playmakers, they also have players like a Reggie Bush who can be outstanding one game and then not heard from for two or three weeks. If that takes place on Sunday, then its lights out.
Then there is the ultimate intangible of experience in the Super Bowl – the Colts have it, the Saints do not. The Colts have tried to suggest that it doesn’t matter, but with only a handful of Saints having experience in the Big Game, how much of a wide-eyed feeling will the Saints have come kickoff?
This could be a blowout, it could be a shootout, but right now I’m leaning towards a blowout for the Colts.
Colts 35, Saints 14.