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Super Bowl X-Factors

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The Super Bowl is only a few days away and while much attention has been on the stars – Peyton Manning, Drew Brees – it’s often the the lesser know players who step up and make a huge impact.  Players such as Deion Branch, Dexter Jackson, and Santonio Holmes have taken home Super Bowl MVP honors in recent years and one of these guys listed below might be the next guy in this list.

Robert Meachem

In his third year in the league, Meachem has finally broken out.  He finished third on the Saints in receiving and tied for the team lead in touchdowns.  He also led the team in yards per catch, averaging 16 yards per catch.  However, Meachem has been quiet in the playoffs and has only recorded two catches in two games.  The Saints will need to score at least 30 points if they want to win this game and a big play from Meachem would go a long way in making that happen.

Austin Collie

While Pierre Garcon got most of the media attention after his big game versus the Jets two weeks ago, Collie was not far behind.  He finished with seven catches for 126 yards and a score and his 46 yard catch at the end of the first half really got the Colts offense going.  The Saints have more corner depth than the Colts so I wouldn’t expect another huge game for Collie, but the slot receiver will be working the middle of the field and convert third downs extending drives for the Colts.  Continue reading

Super Bowl Key Matchups

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The Super Bowl is almost here and it’s time to start breaking down the game.  To do that I’m looking at some key matchups that I’ll be watching closely on Sunday that will help determine who will raise the Lombardi Trophy.

Robert Mathis vs. Jon Stinchcomb

With Dwight Freeney looking unlikely to play, or at least not a full compliment on snaps, the attention shifts to other side of the line where Jon Stinchcomb will battle with Robert Mathis.  Mathis may play second fiddle to Freeney, but he is a man to be reckon with.  He was a Pro Bowler this year and has recorded 20 sacks over the past two years.  Stinchcomb was a Pro Bowler this year as well and this should be a great battle to watch.  The Saints may even decide to double Mathis because of the absence of Freneey.  Or if Stinchcomb can handle Mathis himself, they can send an extra receiver out on a pass and have four or five guys running routes instead of three or four.

Marques Colston vs Jacob Lacey

Expect the Saints to try and exploit this matchup as much as they can on Sunday.  Colston will look to rebound after coming off a poor NFC Championship Game, which saw him catch only one pass for 22 yards.  Lucky for him, he will be lining up against the undrafted Lacey.  Lacey has played admirably for an undrafted free agent, but this task is a tall order.  Colston will have a huge height advantage, 6-4 over Lacey’s 5-10 stature.  Playing against Braylon Edwards in the AFC Championship game Lacey was beaten for a 80 yard touchdown. Continue reading