we directed your eyes toward the plays and players that mattered.
Because you read 18to88.com, you weren't surprised when Tony Ugoh owned Mario Williams. You sat in awe as the Colts totally shut
down Ron Dayne (ZERO YARDS!). You snickered at the banner wafting
from the rafters of Reliant Staduim that proclaimed:
2007 Houston Texans: 2-1 and we almost came close to overcoming a
17 point deficit at home, but we didn't have Andre Johnson so we still
get to feel good about ourselves!
This week we temporarily cease mocking the Texans to bring you all
you need to know about this Sunday's showdown with the Broncos.
for the Colts to stay undefeated by beating
, but still fall two games behind
the amazing New England Patriots in the race for the top seed in the AFC.
sweet home. The Colts have two home
games before the bye week. After
they break they hit the road for 6 of the next 9 games.
to fine tune all three phases of the game before the big trip.
3.) It's not too soon to watch the MVP race.
Tom Brady is running away with it, and Peyton needs to at least keep pace this week if he wants to win his third MVP award.
A two or three touchdown day for Joseph
Addai could spell disaster for Manning’s chances.
Okay, maybe it is too soon to watch the
for a slow first quarter from the Colts Offense. This smells like a classic letdown game
after two huge AFC South road games.
None of the fans are taking this game seriously so we can’t really
expect the players to either.
Jay Cutler hails from
Santa Claus, IN, and will need a Festivus miracle to pull one out on
for clutch field goals. This game
will feature two of the best place kickers of all time. Jason Elam and Adam Vinatieri have an
amazing 27 NFL seasons and 7 Super Bowl appearances between them.
for Rob Morris.
The Colts held Houston
to 40 yards
rushing in Week 3, but the Texans’ running back injuries make it difficult
to judge this statistic.
Morris back in the fold the Defense has a chance to make a statement.
They face Travis Henry a back who racked
up over 200 rushing yards in two games against the Colts last year.
This challenge should clarify just how
much the Run D has improved since last December.
Addai is one of the few running backs in the NFL that is living up to
preseason expectations. He’s racked
up 4 scores and a nice average of 4.2 yards per carry. Last year Addai exploited the Broncos
for better than 5 yards per carry.
LT and LJ are nowhere to be seen.
Look for Joe to finish the first quarter of the season with a Pro
Bowl spot in sight.
for an inappropriate wave from the crowd.
fans are getting spoiled because the team almost never loses at home.
It’s only Week 4 of the season and there
isn’t a banner to be hung or a Brady to be intercepted.
The fans may get bored around the midway
point of the second quarter and start doing the wave regardless of the
10.) Watch Dry Bly try and cover
Reggie Wayne. Every year the Broncos trot out a new corner to try
and contain the Colts offense. After watching Rock Cartwright and
Darrent Williams get destroyed by Reggie Wayne, the Broncos went out and
signed the aging Bly specifically to shut him down.
11.) Watch Anthony Gonzalez and
. With John Lynch
hurting and possibly out, and the Broncos featuring two cover corners,
Manning may choose to attack the middle of the field. This could mean
another huge day from Clark and lots more throws to AG.
12.) Watch the Denver sideline. Mike Shanahan is
considered one of the brightest coaches in the NFL, but has had no
solution for Peyton Manning. He hasn’t been shy about calling #18
the greatest QB today, and you know he gets up for this matchup of
wits. Shanahan scripts the first 15 plays offensively. If the
Broncos struggle early, it’s a great sign.
13.) Watch Denver
’s Yards per Carry. Last
year, they killed the Colts with long runs thanks to one of Gilbert
Gardner’s worst games (that is herby defined as: any game he ever
played). They are averaging a solid 4.5 yards per carry, while the
Colts D is allowing a meager 3.7 ypc.
14.) Watch Brandon Stokley.
The Colts cut him due to injury problems and a high cap number, and then
went and drafted his clone to play in the slot. Stokley is excellent
in finding gaps in zone coverage, and the Colts are most vulnerable to
exactly his type of routes.
15.) Watch for deep kickoffs. The
Colts are terrible on special teams, and Denver
is unspectacular. Watch the
Colts to try and solve their problems straight up rather than relying on
16.) Watch Jay Cutler’s ankle,
because there isn’t much point in watching his arm. The last time a Heritage Hills High School
grad threw a touchdown pass in the RCA Dome it was Ken Dilger taking a
lateral from Peyton Manning and finding Marvin Harrison in the end
zone. Here’s betting Cutler won’t
outdo his fellow alum.
17.) Watch for the ghost of
Elway. The Broncos have struggled with the Colts as far back as the
Halloween Massacre of 1988. Rumor has it that John Elway sold his
soul for the chance to get out of Baltimore
Satan sent him the Broncos where he took crap for years despite going to
three Super Bowls. During the late 90s Bill Belichick also sold his
soul to Satan in exchange for another head coaching job. Temporarily distracted,
the devil forgot about Elway and he won two titles before
retiring. Furious at his oversight, the dark prince cast a curse
upon the good people of Denver
vowing they would pay for #7’s treachery. Since then, the Broncos
have started Brian Griese, Jake Plummer, and Jay Cutler at QB, and the
Colts, the team who started it all, have dominated them.
18.) Watch the scoreboard. The
last several times these teams met, the board shorted out because the
Broncos gave up so many points. The operator, Joe Sneed of Boone County, sued the team for not
paying him overtime. The club argued that he only worked a regulation
game, but he countered that he did more work against the Broncos than he
had in weeks. The case has gone to arbitration.