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Eyes in the Backfield: Chargers at Colts (Playoffs)
for the slant. With Marvin Harrison coming back to play his first action in
months, it remains to be seen how effective he can be at deep routes. If
nothing else, watch for him to pick up a few catches early on his classic
shoulder fake/quick slant route.
Charlie Johnson sit on the bench. . . and allow yourself to smile as Manning
has time to throw. Ryan Diem’s
return would make Sunday the first game since the Monday night game in Jacksonville that
the Colts actually had their starting line intact.
LT out of the backfield on third and long. Stopping draws and screens to
Tomlinson will be critical for the defense. The Chargers best hope centers on
Tomlinson breaking a big play. It’s
most likely to come on a non-traditional down and distance.
the Chargers opening drive. For
some reason the Colts opened the previous two games incredibly flat on
defense. Gap control was a major
problem and the Texans and Titans exploited it for two easy
touchdowns. The problems were fixed
quickly, however, and the D played great the rest of both games.
the Chargers quit on their coach.
Despite some reports that Norv was somehow ‘vindicated’ by winning
a playoff game last week, there was still major discontent on the bench
during the early stages of last week’s game. I’m not convinced that the Chargers like
or trust their coach. If the game
heads south, they may just string him up on the field.
Peyton Manning relax. He’s got his
ring and nothing to lose. People
who called him a choker were ignorant, but it can’t hurt Manning’s psyche
to have the issue dead and buried.
for one last roundup. The Indy
coaching staff led by Tony Dungy has been largely the same for the past
six seasons. Tom Moore and Howard
Mudd have been around even longer. We’ve
witnessed a rarity in the NFL. It
wouldn’t be a shock if a considerably different staff took the field in
2008. These guys won’t leave any
bullets in their guns.
for fourth down conversion attempts.
The Chargers’ Nick Kaeding bruised the fibula in his plant leg at
the end of the season. He missed a
kick against the Titans and is said to still be feeling the effects of the
injury. Adam Vinatieri is still a
question mark for the Colts, and the team appeared to shy away from longer
field goals this season.
for the old barn to go out right.
Largely because we have zero confidence in Jack Del Rio’s ability
to out think Bill Belichick, there’s an almost certainty in our minds
about Sunday being the final game ever in the Dome. We’ll be there, along with 56,000
others, helping to bring the roof down on Phil River’s
head. Colts 35 Chargers 10
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