Stingy defense has scored big in most recent Super Bowls

Five of past six champions ranked among leaders in points allowed

January 28, 2007|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter

The Super Bowl buildup might feel like a weeklong coronation of the Indianapolis Colts.

Much of the talk will be about Peyton Manning establishing his quarterback legacy, Tony Dungy winning with a nice-guy approach and the Colts' re-emergence on football's grandest stage.

Bears vs. Colts Dolphin Stadium, Miami, next Sunday, 6:30 p.m., chs. 13, 9 Line: Colts by 7

Three ways to beat the Colts

1. Pressure Peyton Manning

Before his second-half comeback against New England, Manning had thrown six interceptions in his first 10 quarters this postseason. If the Bears can hurry him, Manning might make those same poor decisions.

2. Win time of possession

The Colts' offense has become impatient at times after teams put together long, time-consuming drives. The Bears' backfield of Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson will test Indianapolis' rejuvenated run defense.

3. Create a spark on special teams

The Bears' biggest edge is on special teams, where the Colts ranked in the NFL's bottom three in punt and kickoff coverage. Chicago rookie Devin Hester is a special returner who has come up big this season on national TV.

[Jamison Hensley]

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