Hey guys, What a weekend of football. As soon as the Saints game turned on and the snow started falling, I could tell that the Bears weren't getting beat. The Saints just don't look like a team that can thrive in the snow, do they? It was exciting up until that safety and then it went downhill from there. As for the Patriots and Colts, that was the best game I can remember seeing in a long time. It was so similar to the Red Sox comeback against the Yankees in October of 2004 in its Epicness. After the Colts turned the ball over with 3:30 left to play, I didn't think Peyton was going to be able to mount a drive if he got the ball back. Sure enough, he did and helped his cause by hitting Fletcher with a huge 31 yard completion. I'm proud of Peyton Manning; finally he looked like he was calm under pressure. I've always hated a tragic soul, and Peyton looks to have gotten himself out of that rut finally. With the emotional high the Colts are riding right now, and the momentum Peyton Manning has, I can't see the Colts winning the Super Bowl by less than 13 points. The consensus opinion is that the Colts will win, and I can't really disagree with any of those sentiments. I don't take much away from the Bears, with the exception of Rex Grossman, but they are having major problems stopping the pass. They'll probably pressure Manning, but if Peyton can throw one or two bombs over their heads early, this one is early. I expect about 350 yards passing for Manning and 3 TDs on his way to a Super Bowl MVP.
Here's the one caveat in the Super Bowl. The Bears have two RBs capable of running for 100 yards in a game. The Colts have had a terrible go of stopping the run during the regular season. They've stepped up a bunch in the playoffs, but if they revert back to their regular season form, the Bears have a shot at this one. I just can't see the Bears D stopping Manning from throwing for a ton of yards, especially with the newfound confidence he obviously has. One more thing, Joe Addai is a better player than Edge James. He's such a harder runner. He'll learn to run smarter, but there is no way you can learn to run over people. He has single-handedly turned this team into the playoff contender it is by creating another dimension. They aren't the soft finesse offense they used to be with Edge in the backfield. Addai and Rhodes will hit you in the mouth, Edge would run around you. Give Addai a lot of credit for transforming this team into a Super Bowl contender.
Colts 42, Bears 24
Now for the Numbers Game:
21. Ladainian Tomlinson
22. Emmitt Smith (who else, I don't like Emmitt because I'm a Barry fan)
23. Jordan or LeBron
24. Willie Mays? (alot of great numbers, but Willie could be the best, no?)
25. Reggie Bush (he started this thing, after all)
26. No idea
27. The only person I can think of that's #27 is Rodney Hampton, and he's not gonna be on the wall
28. Marshall Faulk
29. No clue
30. Terrell Davis (any other ideas?)
31. Jamal Lewis (haha yeah right, any other ideas?)
32. Magic Johnson
33. Larry Bird
34. Walter Payton
35. No idea
36. No idea
37. Shaun Alexander
38. No idea
39. Steven Jackson
40. Mike Alstott?
Clearly, I need some help! Have a nice Super Bowl Media week!