We normally shy away from making NFL predictions on this blog, primarily because the thought of providing cork board material for a potential future opponent is a scary one.
But this Sunday’s Super Bowl is obviously the last game of the season, so it’s safe to make a prediction on this particular game.
Before we get to the predictions, though, I wanted to point out that a few people with great football minds whose opinions we respect vary quite a bit in their predictions for Super Bowl XLIV. Our buddy Paul Allen, who is the voice of the Vikings Radio Network and hosts a radio show on KFAN from 9-noon, sounds like he sees the Saints winning. But Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com and former Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy see Indianapolis winning convincingly.
This just goes to show that no one knows anything for sure and that all the speculation and predictions don’t really matter. What matters is what happens on the field on Sunday.
Anyway, here are our predictions:
Mike: Colts 38, Saints 21
I’m trying not to over-think this matchup, which is how I came up with the Colts winning and with the margin being so wide. It’s my impulse prediction and I’m going with it.
The primary motivation behind this gut feeling is that the Vikings took apart the Saints defense – scoring 28 points and out-gaining the Saints 475 yards to 257 – in spite of a myriad of mistakes and turnovers. Indianapolis will not make an equal amount of mistakes and the Saints defense will pay the price.
The running game has been overlooked in the buildup to this game, but for good reason – we have Peyton Manning and Drew Brees going against each other. With that said, however, the Saints might benefit from making the run a factor in this game. Saints RBs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas are better than what the Colts have to offer.
Ultimately, though, Manning will out-perform Brees and will lead the Colts to victory. I like how Indianapolis’ secondary matches up with the Saints receivers and I don’t like how any defense, let alone New Orleans’, matches up against the Colts passing game.
Ryan: Colts 31, Saints 23
As bored as I personally am with the Colts and Peyton Manning, the bottom line is that they haven’t lost a game all year when they’ve tried/needed to win, and Manning is the best player in the NFL today at the most important position. It does worry me that DE Dwight Freeney will be far from 100% if he’s even active for the game with his ankle injury, but not enough to swing who I think will win the game.
The Saints peaked after they beat the Patriots on Monday Night Football in week 12, and have had some pretty shaky efforts since then, including an improbable overtime win at Washington and home loss to the lowly Buccaneers. They smoked the Cardinals in the Divisional Round and then we all know the story behind their win over the Vikings to advance to the Super Bowl.
I just don’t foresee the Colts turning the ball over like the Vikings and many other teams did against the Saints defense, which is the only way I can see the Saints winning this game.
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