The Patriots may lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers next weekend in the
AFC title game, but there is no way, no how that they are going to lose
to the Colts on Sunday. Sampson and Johnny Damon have their hair.
Peyton Manning has the great outdoors.
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I see the Patriots with an unrelenting blitz attack on Manning. I see Corey Dillon grinding it out on the ground, controlling the clock and keeping the Coltsâ€™ offense off the field. I see Manning tossing two touchdown passes, but two more interceptions, one courtesy of Rodney Harrison, the other by oh, letâ€™s say Asante Samuel.
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Thereâ€™s a reason folks have labeled the Coltsâ€™ defense soft. It is. The 370.6 yards allowed per game by the Colts was better than only Oakland and Kansas City in the AFC. Even more encouraging for New England is the fact that Indyâ€™s run defense was also among the bottom of the pack.
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The 21-game winning streak is history. As for the one against the Colts, make it four. And then, we can finally shut up about Peyton Manning for another six months as the NFL dreams up more defensive rule changes in order to benefit the offensive machine.
The Colts certainly have had their problems in Foxboro. I hope the Colts get up by 21 on the Pats early then we can watch them run Corey Dillon all they want. Or, maybe get Tom Brady in passing situations and let the “soft” Freeney & Mathis loose on him. When they played at the beginning of the year, the Colts ran up 450 yards and the Pats only won because Vanderjagt, the most accurate kicker in the history of the NFL, missed a field goal and Edgerrin James fumbled on the one yard line. The Colts may lose come Sunday but, it’s not as much of a sure thing as the tool from Boston referenced above seems to think.