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Will the Colts be Dethroned?

     Currently the Indianapolis Colts are 12-0 and are vying to be the first team to run the table since the 1972 Dolphins. On Sunday the Colts are set to square off a familiar foe in the division rival Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Peyton Must Pull In Reins and Ground Colts

Sport, unlike other occupations, is designed to produce only one winner.  With the exception of Division I-A college football (another story for another day), only one team celebrates after the final game is played.  No matter the number of impressive performances each year in a given sport, only one winner is crowned.  That being said, the Indianapolis Colts must keep their focus on the end prize.  Their leader Peyton Manning must act as the catalyst for them doing so.  

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Why Don’t Teams Blitz Peyton Manning?

Peyton Manning is a pocket passer. Peyton Manning is purely a pocket passer. He cannot beat a defense with anything except his arm. So, why do defenses hardly ever blitz him?

Last night, I watched another game where a NFL defensive coordinator chose to sit back in zone defense and attempt to fool Peyton Manning with a variety of coverage schemes. It didn’t work. Peyton Manning was allowed to pick a defensive secondary apart, while the defensive line rushed only 3 or 4 linemen. His statistics were 15/25 for 245 yards and 2 touchdowns.

What has happened to common sense in the NFL? Why let an immobile quarterback sit comfortably in the pocket all game and pick you apart? Immobile, dropback, pocket passers are vulnerable to the pass rush. They always have been and always will be. Johnny Unitas, Dan Fouts, Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, Drew Bledsoe, and, yes, Peyton Manning were, or, are, least effective when forced out of the comfort zone of the passing pocket. Good pocket passers have to be pressured for a defense to be successful because they are too knowledgeable and too accurate for a defense to solely try coverage trickery.

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A Hex on Peyton’s House

With an easy 31-17 win over the Houston Texans last Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts improved to 9-0, moving them past the halfway point of their journey to an undefeated season and a permanent place in the record books. Looking at the Colts’ upcoming schedule and admiring the team’s stocked offense and mean defense, I don’t envision anyone stopping the Colts on their way to a 16-0 record.

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Manning- Not Colts Defense- Is Real Culprit

Peyton Manning is a great quarterback, arguably the best in the game today. He has led a Colts offense that scored the most points in 2004 and the second most points in 2003. In overall team offense the Colts have been ranked second and third in the past two years. By contrast, the Colts defense has finished 19th and 20th in points allowed, and in overall team defense in 2004 they were 29th out of 32 NFL teams.