New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos
Oct 28, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talk following the Broncos 34-14 win at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports
Match Up: This would be a great Superbowl to watch. Peyton is back for his second Superbowl ring as is Drew Brees. Both teams feature explosive offenses and defenses capable of creating turnovers.
I think both defenses are good enough to line up against the opposing offenses. Jairus Byrd and Keenan Lewis can limit Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker, but the Saints defense could get killed by Julius Thomas.
The Broncos defense will execute the tried and true method of simply being more physical than the Saints offense. They can do that with hard hitting TJ Ward. Aquib Talib has proved in the past he is up for the challenge of shutting down Jimmy Graham, but the Saints have more weapons this year to utilize.
Result: The Saints beat Manning last time because he simply didn’t have a defense that could help out. He has that in Denver this year. Both teams will land their fair share of shots but the Saints lose, 33-27.