Super Bowl picks: Our experts weigh in

Originally Published: February 3, 2010
ESPN.com

MIAMI -- Will four-time MVP Peyton Manning lead the Colts to their second Super Bowl title in four years? Or will Drew Brees and the Saints' top-ranked offense run off with New Orleans' first NFL championship?

How do our experts see it? The Colts are the big favorites, but it's far from unanimous. The only thing we know for sure is that everyone has an opinion on the game.

John Clayton: Colts, 27-24

In what should be the close game, Peyton Manning's experience playing in a Super Bowl should be the difference. With seven fourth-quarter comebacks this season and two weeks to prepare for the Saints' defense, Manning will slip past Drew Brees and New Orleans with one or two crucial fourth-quarter scoring drives.

Jeffri Chadiha: Colts, 31-21

Indianapolis has the edge in offense, defense and Super Bowl experience. In other words, this could get ugly.

Tim Graham: Colts, 38-31

Two quarterbacks who know how to exploit a defense's weakness will make Super Bowl XLIV a humdinger. The difference will be the greatest quarterback of this generation shredding the NFL's 25th-ranked defense.

Paul Kuharsky: Colts, 33-20

In the end, Peyton Manning's precision is more than the Saints' defense can handle over 60 minutes. He lifts the Lombardi Trophy again, and his critics have to get more creative. The Colts' D gets some notice too.

Len Pasquarelli: Colts, 27-17

Too much Peyton for Payton.

Mike Sando: Colts, 34-27

Peyton Manning was much more impressive dismantling the Jets than Drew Brees was attacking the Vikings. The Saints have shown plenty capable, but I'm more inclined to trust Manning over the course of four quarters. He can make every possession count.

Kevin Seifert: Colts, 31-21

The Saints' defense is smart and quick. Peyton Manning is smarter and quicker.

Pat Yasinskas: Saints, 31-24

The only difference between Peyton Manning and Drew Brees is that Manning has a Super Bowl ring and Brees doesn't. That's about to change.

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