OK Indianapolis Colts fans it is time to back off of that ledge, you survived the bye week. Your Boys in Blue are back in action this weekend as they look to extend their undefeated record to 6-0 against the lowly St.Louis Rams. While all of Indianapolis is aware that the Colts have not lost this season, this weeks opponent is on the opposite side of that spectrum. The Rams have yet to win a game this year and that might not be their biggest problem.
To expand on the disparity between these two organizations, one only has to mention the date October 27, 2008. This date marks the last time the Indianapolis sports football franchise lost a regular season game, as well as denoting the last time the St. Louis franchise won a regular season game. For those of you who still count on your fingers, it was one year ago this weekend! I hate to use an exclamation mark but this is the kind of sentence it was created for.
The Rams are in a quasi-rebuilding phase at the moment which is highlighted by a few sparse glimmers of hope. First, they still have Steven Jackson in the backfield who is one of the best backs in the game. Second, they brought in a new head coach this off season by the name of Steve Spagnuolo. Spags was the architect of the New York Giants defense that quelled the 2008 New England Patriots offense in Super Bowl XLII.
It is only a quasi-rebuilding effort because ownership sunk a ton of money into ageing quarterback Marc Bulger (6yrs $65 million) who can’t stay healthy. Also his replacement is Kyle Boller, a player who was outcast from the Baltimore Ravens long-time anemic offense. Speaking of ownership, since the death of owner Georgia Frontiere’s early last year, the team is sort of been on the market. News of this made big waves last week when Rush Limbaugh was mentioned as a possible figure in new team ownership.
The possible ownership of an NFL franchise by such a controversial public figure was quickly shot down at this past week’s league-wide ownership meetings by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.
On the other side of the coin you have the Indianapolis Colts. Questions about how the new coaching staff would do under Jim Caldwell, and early season injuries to some of the teams star players have quickly fallen by the wayside. As a model of consistency Peyton Manning & Co. have quickly silenced Indy‘s critics.
There is not much to say about this Week 7 game other than hell hath no fury like Peyton Manning coming off of a bye week. Peyton is playing at the top of his game right now, so giving him an extra week to prepare and work with his young receivers Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie does not bode well for St. Louis. Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark will be able to show off their speed this weekend on the indoor turf at the Edward Jones Dome and should each have a great day.
Speaking of showing off their speed, the Indianapolis Colts defense lead by Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis should be provided with an early lead from their offensive counterparts causing St. Louis to try and play catch up. We will see the less than fleet of foot Bulger running for his life early and often in this one.
What else did the Indianapolis Colts gain during their bye week? How about some much need rest and recuperation. Planned to make his first start of the season is Hoosier favorite Bob Sanders. Other starters in the line-up after being sidelined with injuries are Kelvin Hayden, who is back after missing three games, as well as Charlie Johnson on the offensive line after sitting out against Tennessee in Week 5.
All of this being said, this week’s game is sort of a no win for the Colts. They are expected to win big and anything else will be a supposed letdown. While TV analysts will be repeating this all weekend long, don’t for one second think the Colts care, a win is a win.
The prediction is that the Indianapolis Colts do win big, really big. Peyton is seeing the game and distributing the ball as if he were holding a controller rather than a pigskin. This might get so ugly that Jim Sorgi will have to put down the clipboard and pick up a football.
So often we hear about the parody in the NFL and the statement “on any given Sunday,” meaning any team can win any game. Well if this is to hold true the game should be played on Saturday because the Rams just don’t have what it takes to run with the Colts. Be sure to tune in early Indiana for this 1:00 o’clock start because it promises to have big plays happening all day.
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Check back Monday morning for your Week 7 Colts wrap up.