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Bears' defense will prevail over Colts' offense

January 30, 2007|by ROBERT KELLER

Only five days to go until the Super Bowl, and the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears seem to be ready. I feel confident that this Super Bowl will be a memorable one.

But the Bears will be the victors, 21-17.

Look at the positives and negatives of each team. With the Colts, the main positive is quarterback Peyton Manning. He's been the best quarterback in the regular season for the passt couple of years, but the his his first trip to the big game. Also, rookie running back Joseph Addai is exceptionally good this season. But he will be a rookie in what could be an overwhelming game.

The Bears are a little bit easier for me to evaluate. The Bears defense, which created four turnovers against the Saints, is an imposing group. The defense knows how to blitz the quarterback as well as create turnovers.

The Bears' major obstacle is quarterback Rex Grossman. His erratic play this season makes it tough for fans to count on him. And who knows about his teammates? But he still helped his team get this far.

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Neither team has home-field advantage in the Super Bowl, which is being held in Miami.

I predict it will be a low-scoring game. If it rains, the Bears will have the upper hand. The Colts play in a dome stadium with a controlled climate, so they don't regularly experience the weather like the Bears do. This is going to be a brutal game.

I expect the Bears will win their second Super Bowl.

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