Colts still alive and kickin’

Rumors of their death were quite premature. We’re talking about the Indy Colts here, in case you were wondering. Although we could substitute Sexy Rexy Grossman as our subject and the point would be the same. If you witnessed Monday Night Football this week, you saw a Colts squad that looked as if they just came off their impressive victory over New England a few weeks ago, not the inexplicably wimpy team that allowed 375 yards rushing to the Jags 11 days ago. (How in the world do you give up that much rushing yardage in an NFL game anyway????) In an about face, the Colts looked pretty darned good against a high-powered Cinci offense and a more than capable defense. Plus, the game meant a lot to both teams, especially the Bengals.

Peyton Manning looked brilliant Monday, again laying claim to his generation’s “Greatest QB to never win a Super Bowl”. The exact numbers escape me, but I think he completed something like 90% of his passes for 4 TDs and nearly 400 yards. Nice day at the office, huh? Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne also did a nice impression of Swann and Stalworth … seemingly catching everything within reach and somehow being on the same mental page as Manning during crucial periods of the ball game. The Colts don’t seem to miss the Edge now that Joseph Addai is living up to the promise envisioned on draft day. Even Indy’s swiss cheese defense played a pretty good game.

Makes you wonder if Indy is the NFL’s version of a Momma’s Boy. They’re great at home when they have the security blanket of that dome, the adoring fans, 72 degrees and no wind. Get them on the road on grass and you can steal their lunch money and bully ‘em into a corner where they curl up into the fetal position. Is that a reflection of Tony Dungy? Is he too nice a guy? Is that a reflection of Peyton Manning? Is he too cerebral for the offense to be physical enough to excel on the road when nobody can hear his audible signals? Or are the Indy Colts simply too soft … just another Dome team like the Minnesota Viqueens who somehow lost their manhood after all these years of playing in a dome? Would they be different if they had a different name … something less gentle … like the Broncos or the Stallions?

I think this post-season will reveal a lot about the Colts. I’m rooting for the Colts because Peyton is a great guy and really talented. Same for Marvin Harrison. Tony Dungy is a real class act, too. How can you not root for these guys with those nice royal blue uniforms and the horseshoe on their helmets? Well, if that’s not enough to push you over to the Colts … They’re my aunt’s favorite team, for Pete’s sake!!! So root your heart out for Peyton and Co this post-season!! But I wouldn’t advise putting any money on them once they leave the Hoosier Dome.

Wally

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Da Bears!!! St. Louis isn’t particularly strong, but the Bears showed why
they are, or should be, a serious Super Bowl contender. They can be so
dangerous in all facets of the game: very good defense obviously, they’ve
got weapons on offense — Berrian, Moosh, Jones, Benson, and on special
teams with Devin Hester returning kicks. Even Robbie Gould is a great
place-kicker, athough he had an off game tonight. When Rex plays a smart
game, makes the easy passes, and takes care of the football, opposing teams
must be perfect to beat the Bears. Bottom line: Bears can beat you in
so many ways … IF Grossman limits his mistakes and just plays within the
offense, they are very hard to beat. Of course, the O-line needs to protect
him, which they did vs Rams.

This should worry Bears fans … with all the injuries mounting up on
defense, will the Bears be limiting playoff teams to 17 or fewer points???
Good offenses are getting a decent amount of yards on us as the season goes
on … if this trend continues and we need to count on Rex and the O scoring
3 TDs per game, the bubble will burst earlier than it should. Bears are
not a team constructed to play catch-up football, so it will be very
important to get an early lead against playoff caliber teams. It will be
helpful to have home field advantage throughout, so Bears better focus on
clinching that in the weeks ahead.

Overall, it was not the doomsday result that many of us feared with Grossman
having another poor game. He answered the bell vs Rams, but I want to see
this again before we declare we’re out of the woods with respect to the
recent QB saga. And we need to see the defense step up and really start
getting that killer mentality again.

Question of the week: will anyone dare kick-off to Hester again this
season????

Have a good one …

MW