Neither one of these
quarterbacks are easy to sack.
Brady has had time to read War and Peace in between surveying the
field to decide in which direction to lob the ball up to Randy Moss.
Manning goes down less than once a game.
If either team can create pressure on the QB, the game might get out of
2.) Watch Dallas Clark. That Pats were murdered by Clark last January, and went out and signed speedy
hybrid linebacker Adalius Thomas to help cover him. Additionally, Rodney Harrison took a
bunch of steroids so he could be healthy enough to play this year. If Clark
can keep getting open, the Pats are in trouble.
the running lanes. The Pats struggled mightily to stop the run in Dallas
, but lucky
for them, the Cowboys kept calling passing plays.
The Colts are a top 5 running team for
the first time in a long time.
Joe Addai can find creases, this game will tilt toward the Colts.
for the little men in white coats.
Bill Belichick has coached this season as if he’s on crack, madly
stomping through any one who stands in his way. I’d be prepared for anything from him
this game. If the Colts win, he
might go insane. If the Pats get a
lead, he might just start ordering Brady to throw deep every play. There really is no telling what he’ll
In prepping his
underdog Bucs team for a game with the offensive juggernaught Rams in the
playoffs, Tony told his team they were like a tornado that strikes
unexpectedly as opposed to this unstoppable force hurricane in the
That team lost the game
thanks to a freaky call by the officials, but held the Rams to 12
Dungy will have the boys
ready to go.
for the greatest ever debate.
Manning versus Brady is even making us sick now, but it’s all
you’ll hear all day. Forget the
fact that this game is just the precursor to the real show in January,
it’ll be treated as if it settles all issues for all time. It doesn’t.
Bethea and the Zombie helping on Moss.
Sanders is short, but hits hard, so it’ll be interesting to see how
often he has to help on Randy Moss who is tall, but wussy.
The Colts ability to knock down or pick
off the random lobs that Brady wishes up to Moss could decide the game.
Wes Welker vs Gary Brackett. Welker
loves to work the middle of the field and exploit matchups on #3 corners
and linebackers. Gary Brackett is an
excellent cover linebacker. Look
for Welker to take big hits across the middle, especially early in the
for screens and draws.
The Pats are
a smart team, and early in the January game took advantage of draws
against the Colts D to convert early third downs.
Unfortunately, for them, Larry Maroney
was horrible in the 2nd
half and couldn’t gain a yard.
He also doesn’t catch well out of the
When Faulk is in the
game especially, watch for plays designed to exploit the Colts
Dwight Freeney. For years now,
Freeney has always played biggest in big games. He was a beast two weeks ago in Jacksonville, and a
big game from him could turn this game.
Kelvin Hayden vs. Dante Stallworth.
Hayden gives HUGE cusion, but hits big.
Stallworth is a serious deep threat, but
has been racking up huge yards after catches on short throws this
Hayden’s style would seem
perfect for shutting down Stallworth.
Marvin Harrison’s knee. If Marvin
can play effectively, it’ll go a long way toward making the Colts utterly
unstoppable. Meanwhile, Asante
Samuel likes to jump routes but can be beaten deep because of it. Watch for Peyton to fake the quick hitch
and throw long on Samuel. He didn't practice Thursday and is doubtful.
for Bryan Fletcher to come out of nowhere.
Fletcher has been mostly a non-factor since his clutch performance
in the AFC title game in January.
Even if Adalius Thomas can cover Clark
which Linebacker is going to cover the fleet footed Fletcher?
14.) Watch. Because you don’t have a choice. The poor souls in Houston and Cleveland
don’t get this game. The rest of the
country does. Viewers in Houston have been
calling in demanding that the CBS affiliate show this game instead of
Texans vs. Raiders. Seriously.
my blind rage.
Just when they had
stopped winning championships the Pats find themselves on the right side
of one of the worst trades in NFL history.
Suddenly I hate them as much if not more than I did three years
It’s going to be an ugly scene
inside the dome.
I’d hate to be a
the classic match up of offense vs. defense. We’re used to that phrase when Indy
meets New England. This time, however, the Colts are the
team with the stifling defense. The
Colts have allowed only five passing touchdowns all season, and they allow
only 165 yards per game through the air.
These numbers lead the league.
The experts are
vastly underrating the home field advantage for the Colts, and I’m not
talking about the incredible crowd noise.
In the last match up the officials were pretty kind to the
They hit the Pats with a
roughing the passer penalty at the best possible moment.
They even called a defensive penalty
(face-guarding) that isn’t on the books any more.
It was all very fitting after the years of
horrendous officiating at Gillette Stadium.
18.) Watch America
embrace the Colts. People hate the
Patriots, and for good reason. They
get people pregnant, videotape opponents, steal other peoples’ wives, run
up the score, inject Human Growth Hormone, fake injuries, jam radio
signals, dance at midfield, and make trades for miscreants. So while Tom Brady is the official
quarterback of France,
the Colts are America’s
Team. At least for one Sunday.
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