Who Dat!February 5th, 2010 at 4:27 pm by Rob Lehocky under FOX10 Sports
Super Bowl Sunday. It’s still hard to believe the Saints are in the big game after so many years of mediocrity. Remember the days of Saints fans with bags on their heads? That seems like a long time ago now.
Drew Brees and the Who Dat nation are clearly the underdogs against Peyton Manning and the Colts. That’s perfect if you pull for the Saints. That will make up for some of their inexperience in the big game. I’m sure they expect to win themselves, but when a majority of the nation thinks you’ll lose (and some say badly) it will only make you play looser.
New Orleans can win this game. But, the Saints will have to protect the ball and run the ball effectively – by that I mean keep Peyton off the field. If they do that, they can take down the Colts. I’ve been to every Saints home game the past three years and have watched them closely during that stretch. I truly believe this is their game to win.
And Reggie Bush is the X-factor. He takes so much criticism because when he came into the league four years ago the expectations were enormous. But, I really think he’s ‘got it’ the last half of the season. In the last 7 games of the season, he averaged around nine yards rushing a game. People rip Reggie because he doesn’t run for 100 yards a game. Well, that’s tough to do when you average 7-10 ‘touches’ a game – and that includes receptions and punt returns.
He’s shown the ability in the last half of the season to run it between the tackles, too. I’m sure he won’t get the touches again in the Super Bowl, but I’d love to see what he could do if he got 12-15 carries, 5-7 receptions and 3-4 punt returns in a game. With that many touches, I’m sure he’d break a big one for the Saints. He is still their greatest ‘home run’ threat.
Everyone talks about how tough the Colts defense is. Really? It’s certainly better than the last group they came to Miami with, but this defense still gave up 19 points a game this season – that’s two fewer points than the Saints defense, which most people consider to be average.
Another one I’ve heard this week: the Saints don’t have a great pass rusher. Well, Will Smith had 13 sacks this year — one-half sack fewer than the Colts’ Dwight Freeney.
Clearly, Freeney is going to be limited with his bad ankle. Reports say he didn’t even practice Friday. Not a good sign for the Colts.
I’m not big in making predictions, but I guess I’ll make one: Saints 35, Colts 31. Who Dat!