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They aren’t supposed to be here. This was supposed to be Brett Favre’s return to the big game. They have played spoiler to one of the games all time greats. And you know what? No one cares.
The New Orleans Saints have become America’s team. After the devastation that Hurricane Katrina caused, the city of New Orleans has looked for any form of hope. Now, Ville de la Nouvelle-Orleans is going somewhere it has never gone before, a professional sports championship. Gone are the days of the New Orleans Jazz, who have since moved to a city that I’m sure doesn’t allow music. The Hornets are the underachievers of the NBA, but the Saints have kept the spirit of New Orleans alive.
That is why the Saints will win Super Bowl XLIV:
THE BEST OFFENSE IN FOOTBALL:
Drew Brees said he decided to go to New Orleans after seeing the aftermath of Katrina. He said that this city needed him and he needed this city. They were both looking to rebuild and start anew. Under the guidance of Sean Payton, he has emerged as one of the leagues best quarterbacks and a true leader. He had an MVP caliber season with 4,388 yards and 34 touchdowns, with a 70.6 completion percentage. Brees is also the voice screaming “THIS IS NEW ORLEANS” before each game, as his team rallies behind him.
Sean Payton has done an excellent job of finding guys to complement Brees’ quarterback skills. Running Backs Pierre Thomas, Mike Bell and Reggie Bush have all shared the ball this year. In the postseason, Bush has shown signs that he is an elite back and could be the not-so-secret weapon the Saints need. Brees’ receivers are a ragtag coalition of speed and agility. Marques Colston, Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem, Lance Moore, Jeremy Shockey and Dave Thomas are all touchdown targets.
The Saints are the only team to average more than 400 yards per game in the regular season. They have proven to be dangerous by beating some of the best defenses in the league, including the Patriots, Jets, Panthers, and Vikings. Do not think that Indy’s 18th ranked defense scares them the slightest.
A STRONG DEFENSE:
It’s hard to call the Saints defense dominate. However, they have had more takeaways and defensive touchdowns then any other team. During the 2009 off-season, Sean Payton took some of his salary to bring in Gregg Willams. The result? A defense that helped a team finish with the best record in the NFC, earn a first round bye and then beat two future hall of fame quarterbacks, Kurt Warner and Brett Favre, in back-to-back weeks.
They have a strong rush defense with Charles Grant and Will Smith, but this defense makes its living in the secondary. Darren Sharper led the league with nine interceptions, including three touchdowns. Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer also have a nose for the ball. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma has three interceptions of his own, but he is also one of the many pass rushers the team possesses. Peyton Manning might be known for getting rid of the ball quickly and this Sunday, he will be put to the test.
There has been a lot of talk about the history between the city of Miami and the Colts. They won two Super Bowls already in the city and lost the famous Super Bowl III against the Jets. In regards to the Saints, throw all the history out the window.
They spent majority of their franchise history referred to as the ‘Aints. Losing was synonymous was the team. Then after Katrina the team started to get things together. Just when the city needed them the most, the Saints became powerhouses. Making their first two NFC Championships and a Super Bowl appearance. They are as confident as a team can be. They expect to win and it’s becoming hard to see the Colts being able to stop them.
In the history of the Super Bowl, only eight teams have won their first Super Bowl appearance. 19 have lost. The Saints have a fantastic offense and a strong enough defense to make sure they are team number eight and not 20. Drew Brees might not have been the MVP for the regular season, but has the opportunity to outshine the man he lost to, Peyton Manning, and win his own MVP on Sunday. Sean Payton has the creativity to confuse his opposite, the traditional Jim Caldwell. The Saints are not just doing this for themselves, they have the whole city of New Orleans behind them. This year, Mardi Gras starts early. Saints 34 – Colts 27. MVP: Brees