1.) Watch for street
clothes. The dominant theme to this game will be not how the teams
play, but rather who plays. The Colts are a walking MASH unit, and Tampa has lost two
key cogs in their wheel. Whoever has the most healthy bodies at the
end might just win by default.
2.) Watch the Tampa D line go
after Ugoh. With Utech hurting, the Colts third string TE, Brian
Fletcher, will be the one to provide help to the linemen if
necessary. Fletcher isn’t quite the blocker that Utech is, and with
front 4 trying to apply pressure, Tony Ugoh will be forced to play like a
veteran once again. 3.) Watch Jeff Garcia try and
break the pocket. The Colts often have trouble with running QBs
because the D-line bring so much pressure. The pocket collapses, and if the QB
can improvise for two or three scrambled first downs, it makes a huge
difference to an offense. This type of play is of course what led
ex-teammate Terrell Owens to question Garcia’s…manhood. Said
TO, “He’s not comfortable in the pocket and is always running for
4.) Watch Aaron Moorehead.
If Marvin can’t go, or is in anyway limited, the Colts will play him
in Marvin’s spot, leaving AG in the slot. That seems slightly
counter-intuitive, but Moorehead isn't a natural slot receiver and the Colts don’t like to play multiple guys out of
position. 5.) Watch the ex-Colt revenge tour. The ex-Colts are 0-4 against their old club so far, and this week Cato June has a chance for revenge. Maybe this one should be “watch for missed tackles”. . .
6.) Watch for traps. A non
conference game that follows a big AFC match up and precedes both the bye
week and a mammoth revenge game with Jacksonville
spells trouble. The Colts rarely get caught looking ahead, but with
all the injuries and a brutal 4 game stretch to come, this is the week
they could get caught napping. 7.) Watch for league
suspensions. Word has it that NFL sanctions are about to fall on
Bucs WR Joey Galloway. He’s being accused of using performance
enhancing drugs after a reporter saw a bottle of Geritol stashed in the
bottom of his locker.
8.) Look for the Colts run D to
improve. Despite the loss of Rob Morris you have to feel that if the
Colts can’t shut down Michael freaking Pittman, there is reason to worry
going into the Jholeville game in two weeks. 9.) If Marvin does play, and we
think it very likely, watch for him to get a catch early. He wants
to keep that streak alive and won’t run the risk of playing a series or so
and re-injuring himself without getting his 8 yard out in.
10.) Watch for Fox to actually do
a story on the Colts in the pregame. Fox normally gets two Colts
games a year, but one was annexed by NBC (the Saints game). Because
they never show the boys in blue, they pretend they don’t exist (which is
yet one more reason not to suffer through Terry Bradshaw on Sunday
morning). This week, however, the Colts are the marquee second game,
so look for a fair amount of pimping from the next work that brings you
more hos on a weekly basis than any other: FOX! 11.) Watch for happy Hoosiers. The home crowd should be in
great spirits after watching Kansas City
take out Jacksonville and Cleveland
romp over New England in the early
12.) Kenton Keith is average 5.8
yards per carry. Look for him to
come back to earth against the Bucs' D after an impressive start to his
first NFL season. 13.) Watch for desperate measures. After rushing for 4 scores
last year, Manning hit paydirt for the first time this season against the
Broncos. Rumor has it he will try
to one-up Tom Brady in the MVP race by cashing in with his legs. Desperate times. . .
14.) Look for Andy Tanner of Reno, NV
to bench Peyton Manning in his fantasy league this week. Apparently he missed this ringing
endorsement from Sportsline.com: “Manning's 386 yard total against the
Bucs in '03 is exactly twice as many yards as he had in Week 4's victory
over the Broncos. He is likely to be without WR Marvin Harrison in Week 5
when the Colts host Tampa Bay, but don't
expect him to throw for under 200 yards again. The last time Manning had
back-to-back full games with under 200 yards passing was in 2001. He
remains a must-start in all leagues.”
How can Sportsline be so sure?
The guy sounds too risky to me, Andy. 15.) No, seriously start the
guy. Manning needs five touchdown
passes to break Johnny Unitas (287) as the Colts’ career leader. Here’s betting Manning would like it to
happen at home on Sunday. Watch the record fall.
16.) Watch for another huge game from Kid Joe. A banged up, but furious
Joseph Addai will run wild on Sunday.
His motivation? He hasn’t
been mentioned for most improved player on the various NFL quarterly
reports throughout the internet!
Yes, Addai reads the googlenet-blogs religiously, and he’s mad as
hell. 17.) Watch for a sense of normalcy to return to the NFL. Jeff Garcia has gone four
games without throwing a pick.
That’s not a misprint.
Marlin Jackson, the lone healthy Colt, will take it upon himself to
end this unlikely statistic.
18.) Watch for the Colts to win
and cover the spread for the third time at home this season. The Colts will notch lucky #13 in a row
at home (counting playoff games).
With the final stop on the AFC South Revenge Tour coming up
after the bye, the Colts will come in rested and undefeated.