It goes without saying that Peyton Manning simply is one of the all-time best at his position. He's so good in fact, DCs don't even game plan to try and stop him anymore, but instead devise how to slow him down. Some coaches go as far as doing onside kicks at odd points in the game (or going for it on 4th and two with the lead) just to keep the ball out of Manning's hands. He's just that damn good. In-spite of how good he's been, its hard to see why he only has one SB ring to his credit. The debate between who's greater between him and Brady always starts and ends there. Regardless of the trash-talking that transpires between NE fans vs Colts fans, the bottom line is this: The difference between the two in the SB ring debate is Brady has never had to carry the Pats by himself. He has had either a great defense or a running game (Corry Dillon) to bail him out when he couldn't get it done offensively with his arm. Even the years their defense started going through a youth infusion he had arguably one of the all-time best WRs to throw to in Randy Moss. By the way, Brady didn't win those three SBs the Pats won. Venatieri did (Although I'm sure Pats fans would strongly disagree). Which all comes down to this: The 2010 version of Manning's Colts are not balanced. Balance is what makes an offense and offense. Without it, you can't adjust, you can't disguise, and that all means you can't fool anyone or dictated what you can do to any defense. To drive my point home, can any of you imagine how ridiculous the Vikings would be if they had Manning? I don't need to go any further with that scenario. You all get the point. As great as Manning is right now, he would be virtually impossible to stop with a bona fide running game, and a top 15 defense. Go back to the 98-99 Colts. That's when they were a Peyton-led three headed monster that included Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James. That offense had balance. Even though Manning is a much better QB now vs then, the 98-99 Colts offense was a better balanced and more dangerous unit all together. The Achilles heel for that team? The defense. The defense isn't much different now than it was then but primarily because of injuries to key starters.
The running game has been abysmal ever since Edge left. The Colts have tried to address this concern through the draft with minimal results. Donald Brown was a 1st round draft pic last year and hasn't lived up to the hype by NFL standards. The general rule for RBs is if you are drafted as one in the 1st round, you should be a starter in the league or at least have starter skills. What is the use of drafting a RB in the 1st round to be a backup? Brown has been just that: a backup. If the Colts don't find a running game between now and the end of December, they can kiss their SB dreams goodbye. Too many times we've seen the formula for success in the playoffs: running the football, and defense. The Colts are doing neither right now. Can any of you honestly see us beating the likes of Pittsburgh, The Jet's, Ravens, or NE in the sub-freezing temperatures of any of those stadiums? If you think we can with the way we've been playing you're smoking some serious ganja.