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Heart says Saints, performance says Colts

Headed out to a Super Bowl party hosted by a Louisiana native who won’t be thrilled with my prediction in today’s papers.

Judging from the way the Saints ended the season, as well as shaky NFC title game win over Minnesota, I just don’t see them being as good as they were 12 games into the season.

Indianapolis 38, New Orleans 24.

Hoping my big pot of jambalaya with andouille sausage, smoked ham and blackened chicken breast will earn me entry despite forecasting the downfall of the Saints. I’d like to see the Saints win, by the way, and keep in mind I also predicted a Pittsburgh blowout last season and it was instead a nail-biter.

Enjoy the game . . .

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Raiders4eve

    Ok here is a question, who would you rather have as a starting QB for the Oakland Raiders:
    1) An athletic QB
    2) A strong arm QB
    3) A proven veteran
    4) A potential prospect
    5) None of the above

    Pick only one and explain your reasons.

  • BadMoodGuy

    BAN THE TROLLS! (note: the above poster is not a troll)

  • Dacrandall

    proven veteran aka brett favre

    GEAUX SAINTS!!!!!

  • Rhino

    God save Alvin

  • Plunketthead

    Thank you Jerry

    The cravings are gone for another 24 hours, like being hooked on a drug

  • Plunketthead

    A proven vet so we can get to 8-8 and put an end to the infamous streak that KK reminds us of daily.

  • Plunketthead

    Am I the only one rooting for Coach Caldwell instead of a team

  • Plunketthead

    Chad Pennington? In case Grads knees dont hold up, of course

  • Plunketthead

    Nice numbers Jerry

    I have a prop for Colts to score 38

  • Plunketthead

    Sounds like a Aints crowd from the boos the Colts just got in intros

  • Plunketthead

    Manning had his game face on.
    He looked like an angry egg about to crack wide open

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    I’ll have to go with Proven Veteran at this point. The Raiders are capable of developing a QB from scratch. Takes things like expert coaching, a lockerroom culture of committment, and great supporting drafts.

    The Raiders are always going to have to rely on hired guns as long as Al Davis is in charge.

    I would go get Chad Pennington and let him compete for the job.

    Of course that’s not what is going to happen. Davis is going to ride with JaDavis…so we have to hope for the best

  • Plunketthead

    Addai is running hard, Manning is putting the ball right where it is suppose to be and changing plays at the line for 15 yard gains.

    Looks like trouble for the Aints.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Well oiled machine….hard work, study habits, practice habits…all those things..coming through.

    Pierre Garcon…a receiver from some nowhere school…proving once again that good receivers can be found anywhere.

  • Raiders4eve

    Here is the deal:

    Atheltic QB: Vick
    Strong Arm QB: Jamarcus
    Proven Veteran: Trade for Mcnabb
    Potential prospect: Troy Smith
    None of the Above: Who cares, AL will do what AL wants.

  • Plunketthead

    Nice call Sean

  • wcraider

    Hope says Saints, reality which is always a variable, says Colts. Geaux Saints!

  • lefty12

    Plunkett-why are you just rooting for Caldwell?
    4eve-given the names you mention-none of the above.

  • Raiders4eve

    Lefty12

    So who do you have in mind?

  • lefty12

    if we were to somehow built an Oline,I’d say athletic QB-Gradkowski.They say it takes 3-4 years for some QBs to come around.Last year was year 4 for Grad and if he had a line it seemed he was more than capable to lead the team.He isn’t a journeyman as many like to say he is.He is a good young QB.

  • Plunketthead

    I could care less about the aints or dolts but Caldwell seems like a good guy. He waited a long time to get his chance.

    I was rooting for Brett or Kurt.

  • Raiders4eve

    Lefty12

    What would be the backup plan, lets say Grad gets injured again, don’t you think we need someone reliable, Jamarcus doesnt seem reliable and if Grad is starting that means Jamarcus lost the position in training camp, I still think we need another QB, do you agree?

  • Raiders4eve

    Plunkethead

    I dont like Brett Favre, he should have run the ball instead of forcing an Int, you know that was his call, the guy is self-obsessed more like a narcissist I guess. I like Kurt, he is more humble.

  • lefty12

    Sure we need another option,but i don’t like any of the guys you mentioned.I’m not on the Smith bandwagon;I don’t want Vick anywhere near my team(I don’t think he is a good QB);I don’t believe McNabb is realistic.Our best options might be Losman and the anchor since we all know the old man won’t allow him to be cut.

  • Raiders4eve

    Lefty12

    The Eagles need to know what they got on Kolb who was 2nd round pick. This is his contract year, Mcnabb will be unrestricted free agent next year and he is getting paid close to $12 mill this year, Vick is gone, we all know they will trade him before he gets $1.6 mill bonus in March and another $2.4 roster bonus in training camp. I doubt they will keep Vick and Mcnabb, Kolb is their future. Now, if Mcnabb is available, he is top 10 QB in this league, I would like us trading for him instead of going with Grad or the anchor. Losman is not a good QB, he struggled with the Bills, he played in the UFL and he wasnt tearing it up over there, I think he is a good third QB.

  • lefty12

    McNabb isn’t going anywhere.As you say he is a top 10 QB and you don’t get rid of top 10 QBs.As far as Vick is concerned-I could care less about his status-he isn’t a very good QB.We already have a QB who has a difficult time completing passes,why get another one.If you don’t believe the anchor will be on the team next year and just might be given the job,you are being unrealistic.Therefore Gradkowski,Losman,and the anchor-or Frye as the 3rd instead of Losman.

  • Biz Markie

    Oh snap!

  • Biz Markie

    Guess what I saw?!

  • Biz Markie

    Who Dat? Oh snap!

  • Biz Markie

    Oh snap, guess what I saw…Peyton Manning threw da ball.

  • Biz Markie

    Oh snap, guess what I saw,..he couldnt kick da ball.

  • lefty12

    4eve-actually it is probably fruitless discussing the QB position because the old man will mandate that the anchor will be the starting QB come hell or high water.

  • Biz Markie

    Oh snap, guess what I saw….Shockey scored da ball.

  • Biz Markie

    Oh snap, guess what I saw,…ref made a bad call.

  • bkp360

    They wouldn’t give Louis Murphy that call on the 2 point conversion.

  • Biz Markie

    Oh snap, guess what I saw…no overtime for y`all.

  • Biz Markie

    OH SNAP!…GUESS WHAT I SAW?…SAINTS GOTS IT ALL!!!!

  • Raiders4eve

    Manning choked lol. Manning always chokes in big games hahaha

  • Biz Markie

    Oh snap, Manning has a ring, does you? Oh snap.

  • Biz Markie

    Oh snap, guess what I saw…next year da Raiduhs winning it all! Oh snap!

  • Raiders4eve

    Saints SuperBowl winner, Chargers got ZERO Lol

  • Nnamdi21

    Tode ya, I tode ya. Saints DBs under rated. Granted manning and the Colts moved the ball up and down on them and Peytie pie was good right up till the pick.

    Some calls by Scott green’s crew that will be talked about, but since the 2 point coversion didn’t really matter in the final score, not a huge deal.

    Congrats Saints! N.O., don’t riot and make an ugly scene alright?

  • Nnamdi21

    Raiders4eve Says:
    February 7th, 2010 at 6:45 pm
    Saints SuperBowl winner, Chargers got ZERO Lol

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    Lmao!

  • Biz Markie

    Oh snap!…Nawlins gonna burn tonight!!

  • JB

    At last, a Charger finally wins the big one – Great job Drew Brees!

  • Einstein

    Oh snap!…. you are a fukin tool.

  • Einstein

    LOL, bet Charger fans are pissed, but, then again, they are used to this anyway.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Raiders are light years from a Super Bowl

    Better question…which of the free agents for the Super Bowl Champion Saints will be a Raider next year?

    Mark Brunell – QB
    Mike Bell – RB
    Pierre Thomas – RB
    Lance Moore – WR
    Zach Strief – OT
    Jermon Bushrod – OT
    Jahri Evans – OG
    Rod Coleman – DT
    Usama Young – CB
    Darren Sharper – S

  • Nnamdi21

    lefty12 Says:
    February 7th, 2010 at 6:06 pm
    4eve-actually it is probably fruitless discussing the QB position because the old man will mandate that the anchor will be the starting QB come hell or high water.

    ========================

    For $31 million I’d want to give him every chance too. I think by game 4 we’ll know, if not by training camp…

  • Nnamdi21

    Lance Moore – WR
    Zach Strief – OT
    Jermon Bushrod – OT
    Jahri Evans – OG

    Deez un’s merit a look