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Like Colts, Saints Raise Air Pressure

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts had to watch plenty of film in recent weeks on their way to reaching a second Super Bowl in four seasons. But they might have to look in the mirror to reclaim the Lombardi Trophy.

Next up for the Colts are the New Orleans Saints, owners of the NFL's top-ranked offense in the regular season and the NFC's most prolific passing attack. That's quite a contrast to the Colts' last two opponents, the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets, who both featured exotic defenses, bruising ground games and young quarterbacks.

"We're probably going to have a little shift in mind-set in that regard," Colts coach Jim Caldwell said Monday. "This team has balance."

Similar to the Colts, the Saints' potent offense features a fleet of capable and complementary receivers and versatile running backs.

And the attack is orchestrated by veteran Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees, whose total of 18,298 passing yards since he joined the team in 2006 represents an NFL record over a four-year period that not even the Colts' Peyton Manning has matched.

"I think (Brees is) certainly a lot like Peyton, a guy that can move the ball down the field quickly in chunks," Caldwell says.

"He has great vision and great touch."

Manning, the four-time NFL MVP, stands between the Saints and their first NFL championship, but New Orleans has gotten this far by vanquishing the Kurt Warner-led Arizona Cardinals and Brett Favre's Minnesota Vikings in the postseason.

Said Saints all-pro safety Darren Sharper, "Brett prepared us, but now we've got another challenge in Peyton."

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