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Steelers vs. Colts Preview

Posted on: September 25, 2011 8:37 am
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It’s a football night in Indianapolis! Tonight the Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Peyton-Manning-less Indianapolis Colts on their own turf on prime time television with an 8:20 start on NBC. Both teams have a rich history of winning, and the names to prove it. They have seen each other before and the match ups have been amazing. It should be high intensity from start to finish!

The Steelers (1-1) are coming off of a shutout home win from last week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. Both sides of the ball proved that they were able to bounce back from their devastating loss in week one against their arch rival, the Baltimore Ravens.

The Colts (0-2) are starting off struggling this year, trying to show everyone that they don’t need Peyton to be relevant. Losing both of their first two games to the Houston Texans and the Cleveland Browns didn’t help their cause. Until now, Peyton Manning hasn’t missed a single game since being picked first overall in the 1998 draft. Peyton recently had surgery on his neck and has been suffering setbacks from the surgery. He has yet to take a snap this season, and it looks as if he won’t take one at all. At season start Indianapolis employed, and entrusted their team in the hands of 38 year old veteran Kerry Collins, which at the time seemed like the right move. It has turned out to be everything but that. Two sloppy starts later Collins has shown that he may not be the answer after all.

The Colt’s rushing attack ranks among one of the worst in the league with only an average of 86 yards per game. Indianapolis Colts’ running back Joseph Addai is showing he may not be the dynamic rusher everyone thought he would be when he was selected in the first round out of LSU in 2006. Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon are their two wide receivers who stand out, and could cause some problems for Pittsburgh, who only has one good cornerback. Steelers corner Ike Taylor will probably be taking turns shadowing both of them. In both games this season the receivers Taylor’s covered have been virtually blanketed. This will be a true test for the defense to see what they can do when a team has more passing threats than they have talent to cover them.

That being said, Pittsburgh has more talent than Indianapolis, including a functioning quarterback. This will make the difference for the Steelers and will propel them past the Colts to add another check in the win column. Last week’s prediction for the Steelers vs. Seahawks was 27-10, which was pretty close. It will be a defensive battle for both teams, but the Steelers come out victorious with a score of 31-13. Tune in Monday for my recap of the game. That’s all for today folks! Leave your predictions and thoughts; I want to know what you guys think! Steelers vs. Colts Recap Tomorrow, stay tuned!

 

--JT

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