As an agent, I don't consider myself to be an expert in football strategy -- I'm an expert in contract negotiations. Yet despite this lack of on-the-field acumen, I still feel like I have a pretty good handle on the technical reasons why the Saints are gonna bring a Super Bowl victory back to New Orleans.
The heart of my argument for a Saints win is really pretty simple...
Since New Orleans was able to beat the Vikings, they're going to be able to crush the Colts.
I believe we (the Saints - duh) match up better against the Colts than we did against the Vikings. Minnesota has a big offensive line, a great running game with Adrian Peterson, and a Hall of Fame quarterback (Brett Favre). And the other weekend, when the Saints had the Vikings in a 2nd and 5 or a 3rd and 3 position, it put New Orleans' defensive coordinator in a difficult play calling situation, because he wasn't sure if they were gonna run or pass on the next snap. In the NFL, you can't just tee-off a defensive strategy in tough situations like those and cross your fingers that it was the right one to pull the trigger on, because a team like the Vikings will game-you all day long if you're not able to outsmart them.
This Sunday, however, calling the right plays shouldn't be as tough a process as it was against Minnesota. Sure, the Colts have a great running back in Joseph Addai, but, for the most part, they're a passing team. And with the Saints' strengths lying in their pass rush and defensive secondary, I feel that they're gonna force Indianapolis to submit quite a few turnovers (at least I HOPE they do ;-)
New Orleans had to tip-toe around quite a few plays against the Vikings, because they were never quite sure whether they were going to pass or run the ball. Well, this Sunday, when Who Dat Nation squares off against the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, they're gonna be able to take a ton of calculated risks, because they're going be able to predict, more times than not, what Indianapolis is going to do with each play. Seems to me that, because of these seemingly psychic abilities New Orleans is going to be flexing, New Orleans is gonna have leg up on the Colts during every down.
For the sake of my own sanity as a Saints fan, I sure do hope I'm right about all this!
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