There should be plenty of points put up in this game and the Super Bowl betting total is high at 56.5.
Superbowl odds have the Colts as a 5.5 point favorite against the Saints even though the Saints have the #1 ranked offense in the NFL. Most people believe that Peyton Manning is the best quarterback in the league. He threw the ball 57 more times than Brees did in the regular season. New Orleans is thought to have the better running game so Brees threw it less. Manning was named the MVP of the NFL this season. He threw for 33 TD passes this season which was second only to Brees who threw 34 touchdown passes. Superbowl odds stats indicated that Manning threw for 4,500 yards while Brees threw for 4,388 yards.
While the offenses have great passing attacks that can impact Superbowl odds, neither team had a 1,000 yard rusher this season. Joseph Addai led the Colts while Pierre Thomas led the Saints. Addai had ten rushing TDs on the season while Thomas had six. The Saints also have Reggie Bush who can decide he wants to be a factor at anytime in Superbowl odds. Each team has capable backups as well as the Colts have Donald Brown while the Saints have Mike Bell.
On paper the receivers look pretty even in Superbowl odds but Indianapolis has shown more recently with Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie and tight end Dallas Clark. The Saints receivers had their moments though and Marques Colston is excellent. Robert Meachem, Devery Henderson and tight end Jeremy Shockey are good but Indianapolis seems to have the receiving edge in this Super Bowl betting matchup. Wayne and Clark had 10 touchdowns each this season. Colston and Meachem had nine each to lead the Saints.
The defenses for both teams can be good at times and impact Superbowl odds but the Colts have the better numbers. They have shown the ability to stop teams while New Orleans really has not. The Saints are in Super Bowl betting because of their offense, not their defense. Super Bowl betting statistics show that the Colts were actually 8th best in the league in terms of fewest points allowed this season.