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(Let me start by saying that I am not happy the Colts beat the Jets, I had a great title for a Jets Super Bowl preview: Get Ready for some REX on the Beach… but I digress)
We were here recently. Just three years ago, the Colts were up against a team everyone was calling an underdog waiting for an upset. In the end, the Colts dismantled the Bears, 29-17, in Miami. Now we return to Miami. The team philosophy has remained the same and it has earned the Colts another trip to the sunshine state.
History favors the Colts. This will be their fourth Super Bowl and all have been played in Miami. They lost the Namath guarantee in Super Bowl II, but since then have been two-for-two in Super Bowls V and XL. They once waited 36 years, moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis in the process, to even make the big game. This time, a three year wait seems long enough.
That is why the Colts will win Super Bowl XLIV.
The GREATEST QUARTERBACK OF ALL TIME:
Say what you’d like about the emergence of Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie, or the skill of Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. The whole Colts organization runs through Manning. 4,500 yards and 33 touchdowns were enough to earn Manning back-to-back MVP’s for the second time in his career. He has 50,128 career passing yards with 366 touchdowns, all without ever missing a game. The symbol of endurance and dedication to the craft.
There are many in New England will call blasphemy when I say that he is better then Tom Brady, but there should be no argument. He takes complete control over the game like no other quarterback. He is not mobile, but he doesn’t have to be. Manning gets rid of the ball so quick, it’s hard for opposing defenses to react. He is accurate and throws the ball with pop. No matter what you say, no defense can stop him and if you just hope to try and outscore the Colts and let Manning do his thing, he will scorch your team. In the pantheon of quarterbacks, Manning is alone at the top. Sorry all you Brady, Montana and Marino fans.
NO FREENY, NO PROBLEM:
There are still questions about whether top pass rusher Dwight Freeney will be available after suffering a torn ligament in his ankle. Should better judgment prevail, then Freeney will be on the sideline, but this is football, A game where players used to suffer concussions and play later in the game. Shawn Merriman tried playing last season after tearing ligaments in his knee. These guys are as tough as they come and Freeney is at the top of that list.
Still, if Dwight is a no-go, there is still Robert Mathis. He’s a guy who can fight his way through a double team. His nine sacks were second best of the team. The Colts also have Clint Session and Gary Brackett who are two of the better linebackers in the game. Antoine Bethea and Jacob Lacey have the speed to match the speedy Saints receivers. This defense might not be the best in the league, but they have held top offensive teams, the Cardinals and Texans, in check this season.
There is one thing that Peyton Manning does: win. Jim Caldwell is following the Tony Dungy method, let Peyton do his thing and get out of the way. That could be the reason Caldwell doesn’t speak much, or show emotions. If the defense can make several key stops on Drew Brees and the Saints, then they will have New Orleans playing catchup all game. Do not think that Manning doesn’t know how to hold a lead. Colts 27 – Saints 14. MVP: Manning (For all the haters, that will solidify the argument as greatest quarterback of all time)