Not too many people are giving the Colts much of a chance tonight, but that is a mistake...
The Colts have two HUGE things going for them tonight that often predict victories in the NFL, where the talent is usually pretty even between teams:
- They are the more desperate team, and probably will be the more focused team. Emotion + focus usually equal victories, and the Colts are an experienced team that is playing for its playoff life tonight.
- They have Peyton Manning. I realize that Peyton has struggled, and that Kerry Collins has adequately managed games this year. But Peyton is capable of willing a team to victory. I think the Colts will probably just forget about running the ball if they struggle to do so early, and just put the game in Peyton's hands. In a matchup between Peyton and Kerry Collins, I'll take Peyton every time.
We all know that the Colts will have to play great to get a win on the road in this one, but I think they will have the focus, and the experienced skill at QB, to get it done.