In honor of Dr. Z, predicted length of national anthem: 1:52
Why the Saints will win: Without a healthy Dwight Freeney coming off the edge, the Colts pass rush won't be able to harry or hurry Drew Brees enough to slow down the Saints passing game. If New Orleans gives Brees a clean pocket to work with, he'll slice up Indy's secondary and hang enough points up to pull the upset in one of the more entertaining Super Bowls ever.
My personal guarantee for the game: Saints kicker Garrett Hartley will never buy another beer in New Orleans after he makes yet another clutch game-winning field goal, this one from about 42 or 43 yards in the game's final 90 seconds.
In honor of Dr. Z, predicted length of national anthem: 2:49
Why the Colts will win: Indy won the title three years ago because its defense and running game covered up for the struggles of quarterback Peyton Manning, who threw seven interceptions and only three touchdowns over four playoff games. Look for Manning to flip the script Sunday. With the defense likely hamstrung by end Dwight Freeney's ankle injury, Manning will take the game into his hands and play like the four-time league MVP that he is.
My personal guarantee for the game: Drew Brees will start slowly but finish with a flurry against an Indy pass defense that will miss a healthy Freeney.
In honor of Dr. Z, predicted length of national anthem: 2:03
Why the Colts will win: It has been more than 13 months since Peyton Manning lost a game he was trying to win and the Saints do not have the defense to stop him. Drew Brees will be able to match Manning for a while, but in the end the Colts will get a couple of stops, and that should be all they need.
My personal guarantee for the game: Dwight Freeney will play, and even though he won't be as effective as usual, his presence will free up Robert Mathis on the other side.
In honor of Dr. Z, predicted length of national anthem: 3:00
Why the Saints will win: Dwight Freeney's injury will cause him to be ineffective, if he plays at all, which will allow Drew Brees and the Saints to have a huge passing day. The Colts pass defense is based upon getting pressure from their front four, and without Freeney they will have to blitz to get to Brees. He will take advantage of that in the form of big plays down the middle of the field.
My personal guarantee for the game: Four Saints will score touchdowns in the game. The Saints don't have any one star, and Brees does a great job spreading the ball around.
In honor of Dr. Z, predicted length of national anthem: 2:00
Why the Colts will win: To me, the excellence of Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, and the variety of weapons they each have in the passing game, will cancel each other out. That means it will come down to defense, and I like the Colts because of their consistency on that side of the ball. The Saints take too many chances and pay more attention to turnovers than tackling, which will burn them against an experienced Indy team ready for it.
My personal guarantee for the game: The Colts, last in the regular season in rushing, will run for over 120 yards.
In honor of Dr. Z, predicted length of national anthem: 1:42
Why the Colts will win: The great offenses neutralize each other, but the Colts' defense is better with or without Dwight Freeney. They'll hold the Saints to field goals when they need touchdowns and get a big turnover late.
My personal guarantee for the game: The officials aren't going to let either defense get away with much. A pass interference call in the fourth quarter will play a huge role.