This should be a fantastic football game on Sunday.Â The weather could be an issue as the forecast is calling for thunderstorms in Miami and that would not be good news for the Colts who rely on precision and timing in their offense.Â These are the best two teams in the NFL and I’m sure both teams will make the necessary adjustments to the weather.Â
When the Colts have the football look for them to mix it up on offense.Â They would like the establish a running game early which is easier said then done against the stingy Chicago Bears defense.Â The Bears don’t blitz a lot so their fast linebackers are always free to attack the running backs as the Bears front line usually demand the double team keeping Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs and Hunter Hillenmeyer to make plays.Â Still, if the Colts can’t run the ball, they will be in trouble on Sunday.Â The Colts must continue to run the football even if they aren’t getting a lot of yards so that Peyton Manning can use his play action passing attack.Â The Bears do have young safeties in Daniel Manning and Chris Harris so the Colts might take shots deep to Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison to challenge them.Â Peyton Manning must be careful with the Bears corners as both Nathan Vasher and Charles Tillman are playmakers.Â The Bears are planning on having Brian Urlacher covering Dallas Clark in the passing game and keeping the safeties back to help Vasher and Tillman with Harrison and Wayne.Â Clark vs. Urlacher will be the key battle in this football game as Clark has been Peyton Manning’s go to man in the post season.
When the Chicago Bears have the football look for them to be very basic and run the football a lot.Â The Bears have a huge football team as their offensive line averages 304.6 pounds per man while the undersized Colts defensive line averages only 271.8 pounds and relies on speed.Â The Bears also have a big TE Desmond Clark (249 pounds), a great run blocking receiver in Mushin Muhammad (215 pounds) and a good blocking fullback in Jason McKie (243 pounds) and those guys will likely be dealing with the undersized Colts linebackers that average 235 pounds per man.Â Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson will both have huge games this Sunday and will be one of the big reasons that the Bears win this football game.Â Rex Grossman is not a great QB by any means, but when the safeties creep up to stop the Bears running game…and they will…..look for Rex Grossman to go up top to Bernard Berrian as the Colts corners are not that fast.
On special teams the Colts have Mr. Money Adam Vinatieri but a closer look at his numbers tell you that he has only hit 73.3% of his FGs in the post season on grass.Â P Hunter Smith hasn’t had a very good season and that could be a huge problem for the Colts against the Bears and Devin Hester.Â The Colts coverage teams have had problems all season long in covering kicks and that’s a big mis-match in the Bears favor.
The Bears have a better special teams unit then the Colts do and it’s not even that close.Â Devin Hester will be running all over the field against the Colts and according to Tony Dungy they actually plan on kicking it to him…and that is an example of bad coaching if he follows through on that promise.Â Kicker Robbie Gould has been great this season for the Bears and he has a big leg to kick the long field goals.Â Punter Brad Maynard also had a good season and has a big leg and good directional kicking skills which give the Bears another edge.
The Colts have lost their last three football games played outside on grass and the weather could be bad which will not help the Colts on Sunday.Â The Bears special teams and defense have scored 58 points this season and they should add to that on Sunday as they will be crowned Super Bowl Champions by 10 o’clock on Sunday Night.Â I like the Bears 27-17 in the Super Bowl.