Firstly, sorry to those of you that actually read my blog often enough to have noticed that I failed to post on Friday.
Now, about the Super Bowl. Those people who know me are aware of my personal love of football and how much I watch it (playing it was unfortunately never an option because my parents didn’t want to risk me getting injured….). In high school, when they came out with the NFL channel, I had the satellite on it (channel 212… if you cared) essentially all the time. My brother has now picked that up even worse than myself and actually Tivo’s a bunch of the different shows so he is constantly up to date. I have switched to just keeping up with the nfl.com website.
The Super Bowl itself is going to be interesting this year. I was originally hoping for the San Diego Chargers and the Minnesota Vikings, but it doesn’t look like that prediction was right at all. Of course, I made that prediction before wild card weekend. The New York Jets came out as a surprise from the bizarre and convoluted AFC playoff race. Seriously, 6 teams in the hunt for 2 playoff positions going into the final 2 weeks of the regular season? That’s ridiculous by anyone’s standards. After the Jets managed to beat my AFC choice with their awesome defensive game, they went on to face the Colts who we now know actually has a running defense. On the other side, in the NFC, the Vikings were stopped by the Saints, and after watching the highlights and the like, the better team on defense definitely won! 6 fumbles (only 3 were recovered by the opposing team, but still) is a ridiculously high number in a single game. Especially for the Vikings to have stayed in it and go to overtime. I really did want to see Brett Favre in the Super Bowl again, haven’t seen him there since he lost to the Denver Broncos and John Elway in Super Bowl XXXII (played in 1998 for the 1997 season).
Anyways, my predictions for this year’s Super Bowl are going to be similar to nfl.com‘s website, except they haven’t made full predictions, just guesses. It will most likely be a shootout as they are predicting! Let’s face it, Peyton Manning on one side of the ball and Drew Brees on the other. That’s two of the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL this season regardless of the sorting category you choose (stats as long as you don’t choose interceptions of course). I don’t think that the Saints are going to win the Super Bowl though. I think that Peyton Manning is going to come away with his second Super Bowl ring for 2 reasons.
- He had a defense that actually showed up this weekend. That’s not to say that the Saints won’t pick it apart. Just that they have the stronger of the 2 teams defenses in my opinion (possibly not by the numbers, I didn’t fact check that).
- The Saints offense is going to have trouble on the ground and will have to pass even more through the air. The way their defense is setup is to play ahead on the scoreboard and defend against the big plays and keep everything in front of them. That works just fine when you are facing a team that can’t match your scoring capabilities.
Prediction: Colts win over Saints by 10.
Disclaimer: Remember, this is all my own predictions and I only fact checked some of the information that I felt was not my own opinion. My reasons for the predication are ALL opinion (along with the prediction itself of course). Just wanted to make sure everyone was aware.