Here is the second part of our examination of Sunday’s big game down in Miami as the Bears get set to take on the AFC Champion Colts. For you Bears fans we have below why the Bears will take home the trophy, and now for the Colts faithful out there are the reasons why the Horseshoe will take home their first Super Bowl since moving to Indy.
THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS WILL WIN SUPER BOWL XLI – HERE’S WHY:
Despite the fact that the Colts have had to play one more game, they are battled tested and at the top of their game right now, meaning that they are going to be very tough to beat. They started their playoff run with a stuffing performance of the Chiefs at home, a defensive struggle on the road at Baltimore, and then a shootout that saw one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history at home over the Pats. It seems right now they can play it just about anyway they want, and still walk out a winner, which they will on Sunday.
The turnaround this postseason for the Colts has been their defense. They came into the second season allowing WAY too many yards on the ground, but started the playoffs stopping Larry Johnson and the Chiefs, then shutting down Jamal Lewis and the Ravens, before holding in check Corey Dillon, Lawerence Maroney of the Pats in the title game two weeks ago. They will have that type of effort again on Sunday vs Thomas Jones and Cederic Benson of the Bears, holding them to less than 100 yards rushing. That leads to another advantage for Indy, and that is their defense against Bears QB Rex Grossman.
Sure Rex has yet to make that killer mistake in the playoffs, but let’s face it – he’s due. With the return of Bob Sanders to that Colts secondary, Grossman is going to have problems trying to get the ball downfield without trying to force a few in, which is where Sanders and the Colts secondary comes into play. I love the matchup of watching Grossman trying to make plays from behind, and that is exactly where he will be Sunday, and with it the Colts will be able to force him into a few sacks and at least two interceptions.
Where the game will be won is the Colts offense vs the Bears defense. Let’s face it, the Bears that were oh-so-good at the start of the year on defense are not the same Bears that have taken the field over the second half of the year and in the playoffs. They give up too many yards, and if they don’t get turnovers in bunches, they are in big trouble. If the Saints had not put the ball on the ground a bunch in that NFC Title game, we might be talking about New Orleans vs Indy instead of the Bears. Yes the Bears have playmakers on defense, but the Colts have two future Hall of Famers on offense in Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison, both of which will have big games here to lead the Colts to victory. Look for the Indy offense to also use the RB combo of Joseph Addai and Dominick Rhodes to wear down the Bears.
The weather in Miami will be perfect for football, meaning that the Bears will not have the advantage of that awful field in Chicago that the NFC Title game was played on. It should be a fast field that the Colts can make plays on and use to their advantage, which they will. Finally, the Colts made the biggest free agent signing ever this past offseason when they went out and grabbed former Pats kicker Adam Vinatieri, who has been clutch all season, and hit for five field goals in the playoff win over the Ravens three weeks ago. If the Colts need a big kick to win the game or put them ahead late, who better than to have on their team than a guy who has already kicked two game-winning Super Bowl kicks.
Bottom line is the Colts are the hotter team and they have too many weapons not to win this game. They have a better QB, better wide outs, and a new refocused defense that has done the job the last three weeks when they have had to. All that combined is too much for the Bears to overcome, and will lead the Colts to a huge victory to take home the title.