Feb 4, 2010 17
Not that I think many people are sitting on the edge of their seat waiting for my Super Bowl pick – especially since my picks have been shaky this post-season (although I did pick Ind and No to meet in the big game), but I’m taking the Saints in an upset.
Colt QB Peyton Manning has been fantastic this year, as usual, and the progression of WRs Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie has been incredible. But despite the fact that Indy damn near went undefeated, this hasn’t been a dominant team. They’re obviously very good, but their OL and running game has been average (Manning makes the line look so much better than it is) all year. Their secondary is vulnerable, and with DE Dwight Freeney likely limited or even out, their defense could be in trouble.
I wound up being wrong about the keys to the Viking-Saint game, and I know why. Not only was QB Drew Brees off in the game (that might have been his worst game in two years), but their offense was totally constricted due to protection issues. It was literally night and day compared to how they usually run their offense. I think they played things [...]