1. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Manning removed after the first series of the second half. If so, that would be consistent with what they would normally do. The Colts, in these situations, like to keep their in game routine intact, which is to have the starters play 1 series in the second half to take advantage of halftime adjustments.
2. Manning almost took a big hit in the second half. A block by Donald Brown prevented that potential big hit. I'm tired of hearing people say that it was highly unlikely that Peyton would get hurt. As long as you are on the field, you are one big hit away from a season ending injury. And don't bring up the practice argument. I am fairly certain that Manning is not exposed to low hits, blind side hits, and hitting his throwing hand on opposing players helmet in practice (unless the Colts management really is stupid).
3. There is a possibility they could still face the Jets in the playoffs and didn't want to show them very much. Unfortunately, the Jets are still alive. As a matter of fact, the Jets are ahead of Pittsburgh in the tiebreaker scenarios. If they beat Cincinnati and Baltimore wins, the Steelers (and a healthy Troy Polamalu) will not make the playoffs. Does that really bother any Colts fans?
4. I noticed the Cincinnati-New York game was flexed on Sunday night. Let's see. If the Colts were 15-0, they probably would have been flexed for Sunday night. Wow, being forced to play your regulars on national TV on Sunday night in a cold Buffalo stadium against a team that had absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain sounds like a great scenario to me (not really). If your goal is to win the Super Bowl and keep your players healthy, that would not be a good way to finish the season. Now if your goal is to have an undefeated regular season, then you have to play anywhere, but, once again, that isn't the Colts goal, that is the Colts fans goal (nothing wrong with that, by the way).
5. Remember Cornelius Bennett in Buffalo in Manning's 2nd year.
6. I was at the game. The Colts did not seem as sharp as they had in previous weeks. The kickoff return was a good example. Offensively, they had no rhythm. To the people that say that rust would develop, I maintain that if you play just to play, you will lose your edge and complacency will set in (not that I see that as a problem with this team).
7. We will see what Curtis Painter has next week.
8. The starters were given 2 1/2 quarters to win the game. They didn't get it done. I would rather be in our position than New Orleans. They have lost 2 in a row since they stated their quest for an undefeated season. I wonder how much confidence they have now? The Colts are mad now at losing their undefeated season, but they still have confidence that they can win games.
9. We HAVE NOT lost the Super Bowl. If one of our front line starters got hurt in a quest for an undefeated season, and we lost a playoff game because of it, we will not have accomplished anything.
10. The Colts are a team of core veterans and young players. By shortening this and other seasons, you can extend the 'life" of the run we are having. When the Pats made their undefeated run, they used up the remaining life of their defense. It will take them a few more years to rebuild their defense. This team plays with so much energy, that it only makes sense to play when we have to, not to create goals that will interfere with winning Super Bowls.