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Despite the Indianapolis Colts being finished for the season, the SBNation FanPulse surveys are still alive and kicking. We find ourselves a week out from Super Bowl LIV, and Sunday there are still three Colts getting into some game action. Darius Leonard, Quenton Nelson, and Jack Doyle are all representing the Horse in this year’s Pro Bowl, and will at least give us something to watch while we wait for the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs to go at it.
While this week’s survey isn’t asking about our collective confidence level in the Colts organization, there are still a couple national questions being answered in the meantime. First, the survey wants to know which coach set to take their team to the Super Bowl that we would rather have lead our team in the season finale. The second question is simple — who’s walking away with the Lombardi Trophy this year?
Let’s dig in!
Looking at the first question of the survey this week, both, Kyle Shanahan and Andy Reid are two of the most respected offensive minds in the game today, and truly it’d be a difficult choice if the results were to actually give our team that coach for the week. Obviously — at least I think so — most Colts’ fans would absolutely go with Frank Reich in this situation, however, Shanahan and Reid would be the very next best thing.
As you can see, this actually wasn’t really all that close according to the results. On the other hand, I don’t actually agree with how this question shook out. While I would never complain having either of these coaches at the flip of a coin, I’m taking Shanahan all day, every day.
However, the masses — at a 62 percent clip — have chosen Reid to lead their team in the biggest game of the year. I don’t think that Reid being chosen is all that surprising, yet, the large spread between the two REALLY surprises me. I would have definitely guessed that Shanahan would garner more than 38 percent of the voting here.
As I mentioned, you can’t really go wrong either way, but Shanahan is just so creative and uses his offensive pieces so uniquely that he’d get my vote here.
Now, for the ultimate question of who you’ve got winning the whole thing this year.
This isn’t such an easy answer either in my opinion, but according to the national fan base, it was sort of a blowout as well. And it fell right in line with the first question of the week.
Only slightly different percentages from the question of Shanahan/Reid, the NFL masses are taking the Chiefs over the 49ers by a 64/36 percentage differential. Again, this is highly surprising for me.
Though the Chiefs have vastly improved defensively since their early season struggles, their largest issue was allowing a ton of rushing yards. The 49ers have been just murdering their opponents on the ground all season, and especially in the playoffs. Just the same, you can definitely make a strong case for the Chiefs’ air attack, but I think it’s also reasonable to presume that their running game may hit a brick wall in the 49ers’ front-seven.
Patrick Mahomes can do a lot, there’s no doubt about that, but can he do it against the best defense in the league while potentially being forced into a one-dimensional attack? I don’t know about that.
On the other hand, if the Chiefs can slow down the 49ers’ running game, I’m not convinced Jimmy Garoppolo can take over the game through the air either.
As it currently stands, the Chiefs are a one-point favorite, with the over/under sitting at 54 points. While Vegas isn’t always right, this one feels like a pick ‘em to me, and it looks like the bettors see it the same way. This is what we want from our season finale, though. A good game, with two very good teams, and a solid output of points.
I’m taking the 49ers, just for the record, 33-31.