The Rhino’s Superbowl XLIV Pick

      Seems like it’s been forever since i did my last football picks, to be honest I don’t remember who I picked, and how I did on those picks.  Time to take a look…

    Jaw drops… Ya mean i picked BOTH WINNERS?  ME? 

     That is what I call unprecedented success!  Lets look at my championship picks before I do my Super Bowl pick.

    AFC Championship game;  Jets at Colts.  The Colts were 7½ point favorites (39½OU) to make it to Super bowl. My Pick was the Colts and the under. My pick for the final score: Colts 21, Jets 13.   Actual score:  Colts 30, Jets 17. I missed on the under, hit on the pick.  

     I said that the Jets use the pass to set up the run (duh) and their 46 D was going to keep them close.  The jets were held to 86 yards rushing, and both Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene were largely ineffective.  The Jets O was far from silent though.  The Jets threw for a pair of TD’s in the second quarter, including an 80 yard strike to Braylon Edwards, and led going into halftime.

     The Colts however were not to be denied, and after the Jets walked away from the first drive of the third quarter with nothing, Jay Feely missing a 52 yard field goal, the Colts drove 58 yards, as Peyton went 6 of 8 in a little more than 3 minutes during a drive (without a run) that ended with a 4 yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon.  The Jets offense never got back in stride, despite some descent numbers from Mark Sanchez. 

   It was a pretty exciting game all in all, even though the second half left little doubt as to who the winner was going to be.

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   NFC Championship game;   Vikings at Saints.   The Saints were 3½ point favorites (53OU) to make it to the Super bowl.  My pick was the Saints and the over.  My pick for final score:  Saints 38, Vikings 27.  Actual Score:  Saints 31, Vikings 28.  I hit on the OU, and the game winner, but since the Vikings covered, I missed on the pick.  I’m still calling this a win though. I was too close in too many ways for me to call this anything but a win.

      This game  had everything. Adrian Peterson got his groove back and had his best running game since the middle of the regular season.  It had the Vikings getting a lot of yardage, and some really clutch playing on both sides of the ball by both teams.  And it had one play cost the Vikings their chance to make it to the Superbowl.

    Brett Favre gambled too much, and tossed an int with mere seconds left in regulation while driving his team down to what could have been the game winning field goal.  That however is the price you pay for having Brett as your quarterback.  He can do some amazing things, but he can burn you bad with mistakes made due to his overconfidence in his arm. 

     It got the Vikings to this game, so I don’t know how much they can bitch about it costing them the game.  The Vikings don’t get to this game without him.      

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     So far this year, I am actually, surprisingly doing almost kinda well.  5 wins.  5 losses.   Three losses and only one win in the first round of the playoffs,  I broke even in the next round, and in an amazing turn of events won both games in the conference championship round.

    Let’s do this.

     Super Bowl XLIV.  Colts V. Saints Airing on CBS at  6:25 pm EST Sun Feb 7 2010 @ Sun Life Stadium in Miami.    The Colts are 5 point favorites to win it all.  The Over Under on this game is 56½ points. 

    The Saints seem to be a team of destiny.  So do the Colts.  Both of these teams have great passing games, and each has a run game that can get the job done.   Both teams also have key injuries, but this being the Superbowl, it will take a severe injury to keep players off of the field.  Dwight Freeney can hardly walk on his injured ankle to hear the word out and about, but they’re talking about playing him on third down.  Jeremy Shockey has been hurt all postseason, but he’ll be out there.  Reggie Wayne seems to have tweaked his right knee in practice,but he’ll be out there, unless something falls off. Vilma is playing hurt, so is Darren sharper, but neither of them is really really hurt, so they’ll play.

     I don’t know that this gonna be a really high scoring game…Oh wait, yes I do.  This game could well, despite some of the individual players on defense who are really very very good players, be the highest scoring game in Super Bowl History. 

     The Saints will have their A game on.  Expect Marques Colston and Devery Henderson to each have a helluva game, and look for Drew Brees to spread the ball far and wide and throw 3 TDS and throw for over 300 yards.   If Reggie Bush can get the ground game going, he can really be a game breaker here. 

     The Colts will have their A game on as well.   I am looking for a breakout performance from Joseph Addai, call it 120 yards, 2 TD’s.  I think Pierre Garcon will have a 2 TD, 100 plus yard game, Peyton will throw 3 TDS, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ran one in. 

    I think the Colts are going to win this game.  I WANT the Saints to win.  That would really be a feel good story, THE feel good story of the year, something the NFL could use, seeing how there is a possibility of a strike looming.  But I don’t see it happening.  Sorry, New Orleans.

       Take the Colts and the Over.  Final Score:  Colts 42, Saints 31.  MVP:  Joseph Addai

Today’s Nuggets, Via Wikiquote:  There are a lot of people who can make tackles, but I always seemed to look for the big play. The big play got noticed, the big play was the one that changed the game…I have always wanted to be the one who made those plays.   Lawrence Taylor

The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven.   Knute Rockne

You hear about how many fourth quarter comebacks that a guy has and I think it means a guy screwed up in the first three quarters.  Peyton Manning