Three days away from the Big Game in Miami, and many around the country are getting in their picks for the showdown. With that, I am going to examine both sides of the story today before I go into my pick for the matchup tomorrow. I know with the heavy amount of readers we have in Chicago, many will be interested in this first article – Why the Bears will win. Enjoy, but don’t get too upset with the next article on how the Colts will walk away with victory.
THE CHICAGO BEARS WILL WIN SUPER BOWL XLI – HERE’S WHY:
First off, I have always maintained one solid belief about football, and I can’t remember a Super Bowl where this hasn’t held true – a good defense beats a good offense anyday. And Sunday that is exactly the matchup that will favor the Bears, their defense will beat up and be able to slow down Peyton Manning and the Colts. While the weather conditions were perfect for the Bears domination of the Saints in the NFC Title game two weeks ago, the weather in Miami will even things out. With expected temps in the 70’s, the two teams should be able to go at full speed ahead, without the worries of slipping and giving up big plays. That also will give the Bears the edge, since their speed on defense will get to Manning and slow down the running attack of the Colts.
The Bears also have a special weapon in Devin Hester that can and will exploit the Colts special teams. Indy allowed numerous good returns to the Pats in the AFC Title game, allowing Ellis Hobbs to average 36.7 yards per return. With the way that Hester has been a force returning kicks this year, I would not be stunned to see him take one back. Six TD’s in the regular season has to have the Colts on edge, and if can get a crack, look for a big return for Hester that will put the Bears in good shape at some point Sunday night.
Chicago’s offense seems to be back on firing on all cylinders, as the last two playoff games they have put up 27 and 39 points. Rex Grossman, who was much focused on as the Bears entered the playoffs, threw the ball well in the two games in Chicago, throwing for 426 yards and two TD’s with just one pick. Those numbers are not all that gaudy, but what they are is safe, and that is exactly what the Bears need Grossman to be in order to win on Sunday. He can make a big play, like the TD throw of 33 yards to Bernard Berrian to break open the NFC Title game, but mostly will just stay in control and manage the game with solid, efficient throws. Grossman also is working with a solid offensive line that should be able to protect him from the Colts pass rush.
As for running the ball, the Colts have been better in the playoffs at stopping the run, but if there is one player that is due for a huge breakout game in the Bowl its Bears RB Cedric Benson. The second-year back ran for 60 yards in the NFC Title game, and 45 in the Divisional game. Again, not huge numbers, but what the Bears will do is use starting back Thomas Jones to wear the Colts run D down, then use the battering ram of Benson to grind out yards and keep the ball away from the Colts offense. The Bears will rush for at least 150 in this game, another big factor as to why they are going to win.
Again, stress Manning into a few mistakes, and you can bet that the Bears defense will feed off of it and take the trophy back to the Windy City. This won’t be like the AFC Title game in a cozy Dome in Indy where the Colts fell behind 21-3 and rallied. The Bears will jump out to a lead again on Sunday, and there won’t be comeback magic from Manning and his troops as he tries to avoid a fierce Bears pass rush and a ground game that against the Bears will not be able to get going. Look for another Super Bowl Shuffle for the Bears as they send Manning and the Colts home empty handed.