The Super Bowl matchup couldn’t be any better. We have, without a doubt, the best team in the AFC against arguably the best team in the NFC.
Hell, going into Championship Weekend, any of the four possible matchups was pretty sexy. You had storylines from any angle you wanted and excellent football teams.
The Colts and the Saints are about as evenly matched as you can get. They both have explosive offenses and better than anticipated defenses. But one injured player may throw a cog into one defense’s gameplan.
Reports surfaced today that Dwight Freeney, the Pro Bowl defensive end for the Colts, has torn ligaments in his ankle that would obviously make it very difficult to play in next Sunday’s Super Bowl.
The report says that Freeney is already in Miami getting intensive treatment on the ankle in hopes of playing in the big game. Colts’ President Bill Polian is confident he’ll play…but what else is that guy supposed to say?
If Freeney is not able to play, the Colts will sorely miss him. He tied for third in the NFL in sacks with 13.5. Without Freeney, they might have a problem stopping the Saints’ running game. That running game may be the one advantage the Saints have over the Colts. The fact that the Colts don’t really have one makes them one dimensional. Then again, they’ve gotten this far without a good ground attack, and I don’t anticipate it holding them back too much.
This one’s definitely worth keeping an eye on as the week progresses