It’s Manning against Manning….Peyton vs. Eli….and you shouldn’t care one iota about that.
What the Colts and their fans need to worry about is the fighting that the Colts will have to do on two fronts; the Giants offensive and defensive fronts.
Last week against the Texans, the Colts defense gave up over 250 yards of rushing offense at an average clip of about 6 yards per carry. Now I’m not sure RB Ahmad Bradshaw or RB Brandon Jacobs are going to have that kind of success in their running game but after last week’s performance by Arian Foster, the defensive line better be ready. If the Colts can’t hold back the pass rush of Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka, it’s going to be another “hurry up and pass” kinda game and possibly a painful day for Peyton.
Now should the Colts let Peyton do his thing in the air or run the ball? In order to keep the Giants defense in check they had better go into the game with a good mix of both. The only way to keep the Giants from manhandling Peyton is a steady stream of unpredictability and a strong running game with a heavy dose of Joseph Addai.
Much ado has been made this week about Bob Sanders’ injury but I’m not convinced that should be a problem for the Colts. SS Melvin Bullitt should be a suitable substitute considering Sanders hasn’t played a heck of a lot over the last two seasons anyway so his contributions as of late aren’t really measureable. What the Colts need to worry about is their defensive front line. Last week the Colts’ couldn’t stop the Texans with Arian Foster having a career day. The Giants’ offensive line is at least as formidable as the Texans is and maybe more so. Closing the inside gaps and help from the middle defense will be the key to shutting down Eli Manning and whatever rushing plans the Giants figure to execute.
I figure this game to be…well….ugly. The majority of scoring by both teams may be as a result of mistakes instead of desired execution. If the Colts can manage to stifle the Giants’ running game and at the same time execute their own effectively, they will have the upper hand. But if the Giants are allowed to run at will like the Texans did last week, it’s going to be a long day for the Colts and their fans. Look for it to be a close game till the fourth, with the Colts winning by 3 near the end.
About the Author
Written by Patrick Blakeslee
I am currently a full-time student at State University of New York at Cobleskill. As a life long fan of sports, I hope to bring some research, insight and knowledge to the readers.