Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Bowl Preview

No in-depth preview here--the past two weeks and four hours today have already done that. Just a couple quick thoughts for today's game.

Who's Under Pressure?

Indianapolis: This one is obvious. The pressure is on Peyton Manning to deliver his 2nd Super Bowl win. He will own all the QB records, but if he doesn't come away with another title, other like Montana, Brady, and Elway will have a big leg up on him. He's the best player I've ever seen, and he has to prove that once again. The Saints defense is much improved but still allows a lot of yards and points. If he can't capitalize on that, his legacy will be diminished. Defeats in big games usually fall upon the team, but if the Colts don't win today you can bet at least 90% of the blame will be placed on one player: Peyton Manning.

New Orleans: The pressure is on Reggie Bush. Why not Drew Brees? Because no one outside Louisiana expects him to outplay Peyton. He cements his reputation as an elite QB with a win, but it's not necessary to keep him on that level. People were stunned when Bush was not the No. 1 pick. He was a two-time national champion and Heisman Trophy winner at USC but has been mediocre four years into his NFL career. The expectations had seemingly gone away, and everything he did was just a bonus for the most potent offense in the League. That changed three weeks ago in their Divisional Round win over the Cardinals. He blew up and owned that game, accounting for two long touchdowns. Bush has the most to gain for the Saints in this game. If he is the dynamic game-changer today, it will prove once and for all that he is not a bust--and that's a lot of pressure on a guy who was the team's third-string running back.

Prediction: I always choose the Colts. I have for at least the past seven years--no need to change now. They have won every game this season when trying, and they're better.

Colts 34, Saints 27


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