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Dave Goldberg
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Dave Goldberg

Covered the NFL for the AP for 25 years and now is a senior NFL writer for

Colts win by experience


On Tuesday, I was riding a bus to media day when a writer from Indianapolis asked me to pick a Super Bowl result -- papers think it's somehow informative to tell their readers what writers think. It took me by surprise so I just blurted out "Colts, 37-30.''

So now I'm stuck with it. That's happened in the past and after my first pick I have to be consistent unless something drastic happens, like (this year) Peyton Manning or Drew Brees going down.

Actually, I'm probably pretty close, although I think there might be a little less scoring than I've predicted.

This won't surprise anyone: the difference in this game should be Peyton Manning. It's not that Drew Brees isn't one of the NFL's top quarterback's. He is. But Manning has been here before and he can win anyway you want to: Boom-boom-boom, down the field for a TD in three plays or niggle-naggle-niggle-naggle, slowly controlling the ball, usually through the air, for six or seven or eight minutes. He did the latter against Baltimore and I recall him doing the same in the only game he's played against his brother Eli on the opening night in 2006. That is, an opponents gets the Colts in third-and-six or third-and-seven and Peyton completes a seven or eight yard pass and the drive continues.

Not to carry on about Peyton too much, but he's the reason everything happens for the Colts. Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie, the receivers from nowhere? Peyton simply dragged them to the practice field last spring and threw every pattern in Indy's playbook at them for hours and hours. It paid off in the regular season -- they didn't miss anything when Anthony Gonzalez got hurt.

It will pay off again in the Super Bowl.

I have to say 37-30, but don't hold me to it.

By Dave Goldberg  |  February 5, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts , New Orleans Saints , Super Bowl Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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