In what became a very emotional day in Indianapolis, the Colts, also of Indianapolis, pulled off a stunner against the vaunted Green Bay Packers.
From the beginning it looked as though the Pack was gonna roll all over the Colts. It seemed for Aaron Rogers that playing Indy was just what he needed to get back to the all-everything he has been in the past.
The Colts were playing with heavy hearts for their head coach Chuck Pagano, diagnosed with leukemia the week before. He (Pagano) had told his team earlier that day to concentrate on getting to .500. Don’t play with too much emotion, and execute. Well, that plan went out the window by the end of the first half.
I don’t know what was said in that locker room during the halftime intermission, but what came out of that tunnel to start the third quarter was nothing short of inspiring.
All of the sudden it was Rogers running for his life. To no avail, he was sacked five times in the second half. He was picked off and pressured for the rest of the game. Andrew Luck was getting protection and Donald Brown was bouncing outside for huge gains. It was definitely a tale of two halves. And once again Luck came through with what would be another game winning drive.
Reggie Wayne. My God man. He just seems to be having a ball with his new quarterback. He (along with Cory Redding) has become the emotional cornerstone for a team that needs every advantage it can get to succeed even a little. He’s always had great hands, but Sunday put him in my Hall of Fame, if not the one in Canton, Ohio.
The Indianapolis defense in the second half was what, I hope, Chucky P was talking about when he said we were “Building a Monster”. If this is what we can expect in the future, and if the O-line gets to be where it needs to be, then watch out. I will tell you that those big mouth Texans fans will have a very short period of bragging rights. That’s right, I said it. I’m sorry but I hate every thing Texas. They may beat us this year, but that will be it. They are winning right now, but they aren’t dominating like the Colts of the past, or the Saints Superbowl team or last years Packers. In a year or two, they will go back to being our annoying little sister. Okay, tangent over. They just bug me, bad.
The Colts next two games are very winnable. In fact there are eight games left on the schedule that they have a decent chance of winning. I’m not saying they will, but you never know. Win or not, the Colts are a team to watch. I don’t know if it was all emotion Sunday, but the Colts showed that even with their obvious short comings, they have the ability to stay with anybody. If they learned anything Sunday, I hope they learned that.
We are and will be, “Chuck Strong!”
About the Author
Written by Rich Marchione
I have lived in Indiana most of my life with the exception a stint in the Marine Corps in the early 80's. I currently live in Anderson, IN, where the Colts camp out for the summer. I have followed the Colts since the Jeff George days. Back then you had to go to the game to watch them because they weren't very good and around Indiana basketball was king, so they were never on television. Then Peyton showed up and the rest was history. Now he's gone and we start a new era. I am excited about all the new changes and will be following them closely. I am married to Cynthia Marchione, I have one daughter, Kaylee and three step-children, Jason, Autumn and Nikki. I also have eight grandchildren.