A classic chess match

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — While most of the pre-snap attention goes to Peyton Manning when the Colts have the ball, it is the clever adjustment orchestrated by the Saints’ Jonathan Vilma that is keying New Orleans’ improved defensive play in this game.

The savvy linebacker is routinely checking out of blitzes to counter Manning’s pre-snap calls. The Saints are starting to show single-high safety looks initially before jumping into two-deep zone coverage upon Vilma’s instruction

With Manning unable to make another adjustment prior to the play clock expiring, the Colts have been duped into some ineffective calls on critical downs. If Vilma is able to continue to win this high-stakes chess match, the Saints may end up winning their first Super Bowl.

Bucky Brooks

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