No Colts football today, but still plenty of observations
1.) I think football is a little less fun to watch when the Colts don't play. I mean, there are normally plenty of good, entertaining games to watch on almost any given week, but this week just flat out sucked. The over time games between the Jets and Bills was making my eyes bleed and the Giants/Saints game was very disappointing to say the least. I hope that the two prime-time games offer some more excitement. The one coming up right now looks like it could (and hopefully will be) shaping out to be a good one.
2.) I think Mark Sanchez has hit the rookie wall. I'm not sure who said it, but I remember hearing one player from the Vikings say that you cant avoid the rookie wall. Somewhere down the line Sanchez will look like a rookie and the last two weeks have finally exposed him. For this reason the Jets don't scare me as much as the other powers in the AFC. Not only because of Sanchez as a rookie, but also Manning has had a good history against Rex Ryan defenses.
3.) I think trading for Barrett Ruud would be a great move. Well this is opinion is obviously shared by everyone, but It Ill provide my reasoning. If we can acquire Ruud for a reasonable price (its either 2nd round or nothing for me), then it will not only bolster an already solid LB corp to elite level, but it will also give the Colts some insurance for Brackett. It will provide a guy who has played MLB if Brackett gets injured again and it could also give the Colts leverage if they decide not to resign Brackett at the end of the year.
4.) I think the AFC East is going to come down to the Patriots and Dolphins. The Patriots were a given as they are always contenders, but I never felt that the Dolphins were as bad as their record indicated. These last 3 weeks were indicative of that as they ripped off 2 straight against division rivals. Given that they always give the Patriots fits, I anticipate a tight finish for division supremacy.
5.) I think the Colts will get a trade done for a player before the deadline. With the Colts already inquiring about two players, its become apparent that they will land someone that either fits a need or the system to upgrade this team. If the two rumored trades for either Ruud or kicker returner Josh Cribbs don't go through, don't be surprised to see a name like Glenn Dorsey come up in another trade rumor.