Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by Tunescribe, Oct 29, 2008.
As per NFLN. Looks like they're getting healthy "just in time."
Just because they practiced doesn't mean they will play. The Colts are notorious for practicing players for weeks before they play. Besides, the players who didn't practice are more noteworth.
LB Gary Brackett (not injury related)
RB Clifton Dawson (concussion)
DE Dwight Freeney (not injury related)
WR Roy Hall (knee)
DB Dante Hughes (ankle)
DB Marlin Jackson (knee)
DB Tim Jennings (not injury related)
DE Robert Mathis (not injury related)
RB Dominic Rhodes (ankle)
TE Tom Santi (shoulder)
WR Reggie Wayne (knee)
If Wayne, Brackett, Rhodes (who has been running better than Addai this year so far), and Jackson are out; I don't think the addiditions of Sanders coming off a high ankle sprain and knee surgery, Addai, and Hayden make up for the losses.
It's THEIR Super Bowl. I think we all suspected Bob Sanders would rise from the grave just in time for Sunday.
They're on a short week so this list could shrink tomorrow. Or at least a lot of those guys get transferred to "limited participation."
At the beginning of the season I put this game down as a loss. I really do not know what to expect now. Can you imagine if we could beat them at their home? Without Brady? Their fans would just die
Yeah... I'm kinda getting the same feeling I had before the Chargers game
They really want this one and so do we...it's going to be fun. I have a feeling Matt Cassel is going to have a game for the ages. Also i don't expect the Colts returnees to be all that effective...i think Sunday Night is the best time to play them. Moss and Welker are pretty fast on Turf too.
Sunday night vs. Tennessee was their Super Bowl. They played for the division title and lost. This week is their Salvage Their Season Bowl.
People are thinking too much of this game for the Colts. From their standpoint, the Tennessee game was far more important than this one.
Going forward every game is big for them because with four losses and hitting the meat of the schedule, they can't afford to lose any games.
Not me. The Chargers has put their primary focus from the day they lost to the Pats in the AFC Championships to the time they went on the field against the Pats a month or so ago on the Patriots. The Patriots were the Chargers' White Whale. That twas the game they had circled on their calenders for nine months.
The Colts, on the other hand, had everything invested in Monday Night's game because they knew barring a meltdown by the Titans, their division hopes were on the line. The Colts could come out really flat after a short week and hearbreaking loss. They have a lot of young guys especially on defense and the o-line. It is hard to tell how they will take this loss and the short week with the pressure of knowing every win for here on out is a must win. A lot guys may be questioning themselves and their teammates.
I think this situation is very different than the Chargers' game. I personally would be more afraid if they beat the Titans. Then this game would mean so much more to them.
I'm sorry but I totally disagree with basically everything you wrote here. This idea that a veteran team with one of the best QBs of all-time is going to be deflated because they won't win the division this year, and is going to let their guard down at home on national tv I think is patentely absurd. There is absolutely no way to back up any of this. You are completely guessing. I highly doubt the Colts somehow just forgot how to win. They're just not as good as they used to be. That's fine. But you seem to think it's possible or likely that they just mail in the rest of the season becuase they won't win the division. The line about questioning themselves or their teammates is the worst one. This stuff is all so overrated anyway. These players have short memories. They have to. This is not the freekin' Raiders or Bengals.
Man you nailed it....
What if the Colts don't come out flat and come out fired up in front of an anxious home crowd instead? You can assume either or.
Our rivalry with the Pats goes back, not so much with the Titans. The Titans thing is new for us in a way, we always owned them or at least had the edge. The Pats and Colts have a lot of emotion involved. Even if we won Monday night we still needed the Titans to lose more games to give us a shot at the division. Now we are officially in the WC hunt and are desperate for a win.
This game means more now that we lost to the Titans. In order to gain some pride this season and get some momemtum going a win over the hated Patriots would spark a lot I feel.
Expect all our guys to play too Sunday. They are on a short week and might rest some but this game is HUGE. Wayne played Sunday even after getting dinged up a little. Marlin Jackson has been nursing an injury for weeks. Sanders was expected to return for this game for weeks. Hayden will likely play but limited and get worked in.
You mentioned the Chargers had the Pats game circled for months. I doubt we had the Titans game circled for months (Titans likely had us circled though, they pretty much admitted it) but the Colts/Pats game is always in the back of minds I am sure, Brady or no Brady and average record or not.
We have a lot of young guys but we also have some strong veterans as well. A few vets on defense can help the young guys. (Sanders, Freeney, Brackett) On our o line Saturday keeps them in check hopefully. And Diem.
I expect both the Colts and Pats to be excited and pumped up for this game, as they are every season.
Needless to say Colts fans are feeling anxious, this game is crazy important to us in many ways. We don't know what to expect completely and neither do you. We can only assume. We assume for the best for our teams. I am cautiously optimistic but won't be suprised if the season falls apart. I don't know what to expect. Win or lose they are my team.
I don't think the team is going to sit there and say this week "well it was fun while it lasted, let's eat twinkies and drink beer for the last 9 games shall we since the division is out of reach."
Like I said I expect both the Colts and Pats to play very hard on Sunday. I don't know who will win or what Colts team will show up. I hope its the team who we saw against Baltimore.
I don't know what to expect from the Colts usually quarter to quarter let alone game to game.
Like Peyton said today, we will see how the team responds to the most adversity they have had in quite some time. And the true character will come through soon enough as well. He said he believes they got it, he has to.
It's a wait and see situation in how the Colts respond the rest of the year. Nobody knows. In a way it's kind of exciting for me. Pats responded quite well to the pain of losing Brady and thats admirable.
They could, I'd bet against it.
The young guys are precisely why I'd bet against it, I can see some old vet doing his John Belushi from Animal House routine and leading them out the door. The kids are resilient, I'm expecting a dog fight.
IMO, this game will hinge on "who's going to be our RB? " and "how much has the Colts O-line recovered?" If Jordan is added to the mix and the Pats D-line can execute like they did last wk, I like our chances.
History has shown that teams are more likely to come out flat after a short week and a big game than on fire, but anything is possible. I've been right on the Colts so far this year.
Typically, seasoned veterans are better suited to overcome adversity and keep fighting. Younger players crack under pressure. That is why an experienced veteran Patriots team has been able to overcome things like the Terry Glenn saga, Spygate, losing Lawyer Milloy five days before the regualar season, etc. Do you really think the Pats would have been able to over come those things without veterans like Bruschi, Harrison, Brady, Law, Seymour, etc.?
Wait. I thought the media has been saying the Colts are aging and getting old. I sure wish the Colts had experienced veteran players despite all the young guys. Manning, Saturday, Diem, Harrison, Wayne, Clark, Freeney, Mathis, Brackett, Sanders, Vinatieri etc.
If so, we should be in good shape.
Let's face it buddy, this year is any given Sunday at it's finest. You can't predict a thing. Admit it. You cannot predict the rest of the year or the playoffs. Neither can I, nor do I care to. I hate predictions. I take it one week at a time.
The Colts are the second youngest team in football. They have a lot of youth especially on the defensive side of the ball.
So the complete collapse of the Colts in the second half against the Titans didn't actually happen on Monday night because of Manning's veteran leadership? The Titans didn't really score 24 unanswered points in the second half? Manning and his offense didn't have a three possession stretch where they lost the ball on downs twice and the other end on an interception? The Tians didn't win the time of possession battle 34:14 to 25:46?
I do have to agree that it is absurd to think that a "veteran" team like the Colts would ever collapse in front of a national audience especially since they collapsed in front a national audience the week before. Did anyone actually watch Monday night's game?
I never ever said the Colts would mail it in. But they collapsed in adversity vs. the Titans. It was a big, emotional game on a short week. Even the Patriots have come out flat after a big game and short week.
When players lose they start to question things. Heck TO questions play calling in one loss when he feels he isn't getting the ball a lot. Jerry Jones strips the DC of his playcalling ability after two losses and benches Brad Johnson after a win. And they are a good team in the heat of the race. It may be an extreme example, but if you don't think the players are questioning how good they are right now you are crazy.
You are starting to confirm my longtime belief that you are clueless. Now we get compared to the Cowboys?
It's too bad since I was starting to think you knew a thing or two about football.
Why are you trying to make this all so emotional in terms of us losing a game agains the Titans?
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