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Dec
13
2009

Colts Remain Perfect. 22 Regular Season Wins Only Means Something to ESPN Because They Can Advertise It

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This regular season wins streak thing is just total bullshit.  Does anyone else see that?  Who cares if you got hat last season and started this one hot?  Neither was perfect (yet) and neither ended up in a SB win.  Can you really carry a win streak over between two seasons when they are divided by a playoff loss, in particular an embarrassingly one-sided loss?  Its nonsense, utter nonsense I say.  I am exhausted with sports media inventing unimportant and pedantic stories in a thinly veiled attempt to create false drama.  The sport, if it is a good one, carries the drama with it.  Crap.  Last night, while watching the 5th ranked Purdue basketball team take on Alabama, the horrific announcers spent more time talking about the Heisman than they did the basketball game.  The game featured one of the most dramatic, come-from-behind college basketball performances I have seen this year with a Purdue team barely able to answer the bell for the second half only to have their defensive specialist, Chris Kramer, completely take the game over and put Purdue back into it with nothing but guts and aggressive defense.  The drama was so clearly and absolutely IN THE GAME, but the announcers were only white noise.  Even Hot Tub, who cannot manage to say anything good about Purdue, commented that, "I'm not sure they were watching the game they were commenting on, but they were really excited about Alabama Football."  The Heisman presentation itself was so obnoxiously staged and, again, pedantic that it was uncomfortable to watch. 

The Colts game was an experiment in obnoxious as well.  I will tell you this, the Colts defense has made this season worth watching, and Larry Coyer deserves some kind of bonus or award.  He has done a bang up job.  The insertion of Antonio Johnson and Dan Muir into the start DTackle spots has been an excellent move.  Their ability to get into gaps has done quite a bit in terms of allowing the Colts linebackers to move and flow with plays.  This is a pretty darn good run defense right now.  Muir makes such good reads on the ball I think I could play Mike behind him.  I think the injury to Powers was key because it put Tim Jennings in, and he could not handle Marshall.  With Lacey and Hayden and Powers all tweaked in the same game it makes me a bit jumpy.  Still, Lacey and Powers have been great additions and both are playing better than anyone's wildest dreams.  Here's to their health.

I can't figure out why Manning came apart like he did.  Maybe he had turned himself off when the game looked good early and it took him a bit to get back into it.  When he did, he was fine, though.  Two of the picks were kinda freak plays, and those won't happen all the time.  That third one was as bad as we have seen in two or three years, though.  Wowza!

Prior to the game my girlfriend asked for keys to the game, and I said that the linebackers needed to be able to move parallel to scrimmage, and they were able to at times.  I said the key to the offense would be the ability of the Colt wideouts to break free on underneath routes, taking advantage of the deep safeties and creating separation from the good corners they would face.  Garcon did just that on the big play in the first drive, which was a good sign of the Colts understanding what kind of matchups have to be won in a given game.  I thought the seam routes would play a more pivotal role than they did, so I was wrong about that.

Looking forward to this Thursday, without really sitting down to think about matchups, I think a few things.  Jacksonville has something to play for.  If they can clip the Colts and the Pats they can get in to the playoffs.  The Colts have their record to play for, and I am not convinced that they don't care about that.  The Jags can't rush the passer, despite spending the big picks on Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves.  They will also give up a sack, which is something the Colts can do.  I also wonder if the Colts aren't a better road team than the Jags are a home team.  The Colts were two points better at home but might be six better on the road.  Both QBs remained relatively clean in the opener but I am expecting a little more from the Colts since i think their line has gelled a little since the opener.      


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