Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts will head to Massachusetts to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, despite numerous key injuries to their squad. The showdown will take place Sunday at 4:15 pm (EST). This will be their 13th meeting over the past ten years, with the Pats stealing 7 victories, while the Colts earning five. Both teams have been argued as the best in the decade.
Who will be victorious on Sunday? This will essentially be the case of no names stepping up and making a name for themselves on both Super Bowl bound teams and their veteran quarterbacks leading their troops to victory.
Both teams are missing dynamic key players, leaving them shorthanded entering the rivalry game.
Perhaps the biggest hits to the Colts’ offense is Tight End Dallas Clark with an injury to the thumb, Running back Joseph Addai with a neck injury and a posterior cruciate ligament injury suffered by Wide Receiver Anthony Gonzalez. All did not practice on Wednesday, November 17.
Replacement Tight End Jacob Tamme has racked up 24 completions for 245 yards with two touchdowns in three games. Not bad, but he’s no Dallas Clark.
Mike Hart, former Michigan running back has appeared in six games as back up for Joseph Addai, and has racked up 177 yards, but is nursing a ankle injury and is questionable for Sunday’s game.
Austin Collie, a second year wide receiver, became third player in club history to record TD reception in first four games of season, but suffered a concussion and had limited participation in practice.
The Colts are indeed the walking wounded. Who will step up and strive to victory?
This calls for the future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning to do what he does best, dissect defenses with his quick release and stellar arm.
The 6’5, 230 pound quarterback through ten games has 2,663 passing yards and 1,711 of those yards have been on the road with a higher away game passer rating of 98.0.
In addition to Peyton Manning, pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Matthus must get to Tom Brady early and hit him hard each time to put the fear of their defense in him.
In addition to the Colts uphill battle with a team riddled with injuries, they are also looking to end Brady’s 24 home game win streak and steal a win on the road.
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