Sunday should be interesting. Phil B. lets us know that the Colts can barely field a defense this week. In fact, this Sunday only 5 of the original 11 projected preseason starters will play for the Colts on defense. Hayden, Jackson, Sanders, Keiaho, and Brackett will line up with the likes of Giordano, Thomas, and Johnson. That means the Colts have lost (at least temporarily):
Freeney, Mathis, McFarland, Brock, Bethea and Morris. Sanders, Keiaho, and Hagler have also missed games. When you add Harrison and Diem to that list, you begin to realize how remarkable this season has been for the Colts. Oh yeah, Clark, Addai, Ugoh and Gonzalez have all missed games as well.
Yesterday, on the crap fest that is ESPN's Football Today podcast, the yahoos from Scouts Inc were discussing their QB rankings. Keith Kidd, who is an ex Patriots employee was discussing with Jeremy (I helped with the worst draft record in history in Cleveland) Green why they wanted to make love to Tom Brady. Jeremy Green made the comment that with all the injuries, you could see how normal Peyton Manning has become. I laughed out loud. Manning played exactly one bad quarter this year. He, like his team, is having an amazing season.
All that being said, Sunday's game could be tough. Granted, I don't expect the Raiders to get anywhere passing, but with Justin Fargas, they do have a very tough run game. It'll be tough to stop him with a completely rebuilt D line, and it's more important than ever that the linebackers step and play huge. You just get the feeling that as long as these guys can all get healthy for the playoffs, that this team will be a holy a terror. When every man who rotates in has experience and confidence, you become a dreadnought. It's really nice to have a one month cushion before we have to win a game of significance.