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Eyes in the Backfield: Kansas City and Atlanta
Who will have a worse Thursday: Joey Harrington or this guy?
Simply because we are lazy, we've
combined Eyes in the Backfield for the next two games. It's easy
to see them as a unit and a prelude to the big rematch with
Jacksonville, so we'll confess that we are indeed guilty of looking
ahead just a bit. This week:
2.) Watch for draw plays when Rice is in the game.
Long the bane of the Colts existence, Freeney was actually not bad
at chasing plays down from behind.
Simeon Rice doesn’t have that same speed anymore. Defenses might try and take advantage of
him to run the ball.
for good coaches with bad reps and bad coaches with good reps. Everyone likes to pile on Herm Edwards
for his bizarre statements, but he always seems to put teams in the
playoffs. Meanwhile in Atlanta, Bobby
Petrino has a pretty college pedigree which means jack squat in the
NFL. College coaches not named
Jimmy Johnson almost always fail in the NFL. Petrino will be back working in the SEC
in about two more seasons.
for T.J. Rushing. He was resigned
this week after being cut for the Chargers game. With Tim Jennings and Dante Hughes both
not practicing this week, the Colts might have to use Rushing in some
nickel and dime packages. Yikes.
the game…if you can. Thursday
night’s game will be invisible to most of the country. Unless you live in the greater Indy area
or have the NFL network via a dish, you won’t get to see the game. This is a real blow to the Colts who are
trying to establish a state-wide fan base, but won’t be able to be seen by
thousands of Hoosiers. Coupled with
the fight over the Big 10 network, the government is starting to take
notice, meanwhile, Comcast still hasn’t responded to our email…
the returner’s back…as he sets sail down the sidelines. According to footballoutsiders.com,
Sunday night’s performance was the second worst special teams game in the
last 12 years with two kicks run back and two field goals missed. We could write this every week, but
frankly it gets old.
Adam Vinatieri hit every kick the rest of the season. Or heads will roll.
for endless replays of Peyton’s six picks from last week. It will continue to be mentioned by
every pregame and postgame highlight package, as well as during the
games. If he throws a TD, they’ll
say, “Wow, that wasn’t like last week.”
If he throws a pick, you’ll see stats about how many ints he’s
thrown in his last 5 quarters. This
will continue well into Thursday game, but should die there.
16.) Watch for desperation. The Falcons season isn’t lost yet; the
Chiefs are fighting to stay in the division race, and the Colts really
need a pair of wins to get back on track.
Bill Parcels once said that in football the more desperate team
usually wins. It’s hard to know who
that is in these games.
the Colts quietly move to 9-2. With
two winnable games and most of the country writing them off, the Colts
will take advantage of their new found anonymity to seize firm control of
their playoff fate. Going into
another huge game with the Jholes, they should take care of business and
make for a happy holiday for everyone.
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