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Few Super Bowls have matched such explosive offenses; the Saints led the league with 510 points and the Colts scored 416. Each defense will have enough of a challenge without showers straight through the weekend. More wetness could make the footing treacherous, yet another advantage for the team with the ball.
So having Freeney in the lineup might be a key to any success Indy has against Brees, Bush, Marques Colston and Co.
The Colts' defense also hasn't faced anything similar to the Saints in these playoffs. Baltimore's passing offense was pedestrian, and the Jets' wasn't much better.
But New Orleans?
"One of the big knocks on our defense has been that we can't stop the run," Brackett said. "Traditionally guys pound us, but I think if you've seen this playoffs, we stopped two very aggressive running teams with Baltimore and the Jets. ... The New Orleans Saints, they pose a different threat. They pass the football and are a very high-scoring offense, very high-powered.
"I think with all that, at the end, there's always going to be 11 guys on the field, so that's one thing you can count on. We just have to adjust accordingly. A lot of guys we just have to treat as receivers rather than driving yourself crazy trying to figure out what guys are out there on the field. Just figure there's going to be a lot of tall, fast guys running around."
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