Tomorrow in Miami, Florida Peyton Manning is going to try to lead his Colts to their 2nd World Championship in Indianapolis. It won’t be an easy task though. The Saints have a solid secondary that makes a lot of big plays so Manning will have to be careful when throwing the ball downfield. With all of the talk about Dwight Freeney this week you just know that the Saints’ Will Smith (DE) wants to put his name in the bright lights. That means that OTs Ryan Diem and Charlie Johnson are going to have their hands full with him. If they can keep him out of the backfield then Peyton Manning will have a lot of time to throw the ball. I think the Saints are going to have to play straight up on defense with the way that Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon have played in the playoffs so far. That brings Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark back into the gameplan as major players. The Colts are also going to run the ball a bit more than usual in this game to keep the ball away from Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense.
The Saints have a more balanced offense than the Colts do and that will cause problems for the D. The Colts can’t afford to play extra defensive backs to deal with the WRs of the Saints because of Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush. The Saints should really be worried about Reggie Bush who is playing like a man possessed during the playoffs as he is averaging 7.7 yards per carry and 9.5 yards per reception. When Drew Brees drops back to pass the Colts better get someone in his face. That will be easier said than done with Dwight Freeney either playing gimpy or not playing at all. If Raheem Brock is forced to start at DE the Colts are in trouble because the Saints will double-team Robert Mathis on the other side every single play. The hard thing about defending the Saints is that they like to keep the passing game short to lull you into a sense of security then they got up top to Devery Henderson who is one of the fastest receivers in the NFL.
PREDICTION: SAINTS 34, COLTS 30