Chicago’s chances on Sunday
Over the last 22 Super Bowls, 18 — 86% of them — were won by the team that came into the game after allowing fewer regular-season points. (In the 2004-05 regular season, the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles each allowed 260 points.) Not since the Denver Broncos won 1999’s Super Bowl XXXIII has the team with the weaker defense emerged victorious. And that’s why the underdog Chicago Bears should defeat the Indianapolis Colts in Miami on Sunday. Lovie Smith’s NFC Champion Bears allowed only 255 points during the regular season. That’s third-best in the NFL — and is a whopping 105 points fewer than the AFC Champion Colts allowed.
Color me skeptical. As a certified Manning-hatin’ New Englander, I’d love to see the Bears prevail on Sunday. But I don’t see it happening. The Colts’ offense is absurdly powerful. They absolutely made the Patriots’ defense look like a bunch of high schoolers in the second half of the conference championship. I don’t think I recall a better looking passing game in all my years watching professional football.
I know defense wins championships and all, but, seriously…