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Nothing is guaranteed in the NFL. It is often said that “NFL” stands for “Not For Long,” and this idea flies in the face of teams who have had sustained success, particularly in the salary cap era. Somehow, someway, the Indianapolis Colts are a team that have found a way to be nearly immune to the forces at play in professional football that exist to make it next to impossible for teams to dominate.
If the Colts are going to continue their success in 2010, it has become clear that they will have to overcome a rash of injuries to key players. In some ways, the task seems insurmountable. The likelihood that the Colts can maintain their record of consecutive 12-win seasons shrinks by the week and by the day. How or why should fans expect the streak to continue, foresee a playoff berth, or have even a shroud of hope that the Colts could actually compete for another chance to play for a world championship?
The reason is pretty easy to locate. Over the last five years the Colts have had to overcome adversity, perform in the face of obvious team weaknesses, and have regularly been considered one of the best teams in the league — and one of the top contenders to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. In all but one of those years they have dealt with the loss of key players for dozens of games. Take a look. More >
AFC North: Regular and Postseason Predictions
The season is here, so naturally it is time to look ahead to the playoffs. No? This eight-part series takes a look at each division and discusses the outlook for every team in the NFL — in both the regular season and playoffs.
TEAM: Baltimore Ravens
RECORD: 13-3 | Win Division
REASON: The offensive and defensive lines are better, and they have two free agent receivers who should give quarterback Joe Flacco upgraded targets. The biggest question for Flacco’s weapons is probably at tight end because of age. On defense they still have Ray Lewis. Their biggest question-mark defensively is their cornerbacks.
TEAM: Pittsburgh Steelers
RECORD: 8-8 | No Playoffs
REASON: With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out for at least four games it is more difficult to predict the Steelers fate. The offense will take a step back this season as they probably will not hit their stride till at least Week 7 or 8 — Roethlisberger’s four games, the bye week, and two games for him to get back in the swing of things. Their defense should be better this year with Troy Polamalu’s return. More >
2009 Game Recap – Week 17: Colts at Bills
To help pass time this off-season, I have reviewed the Colts regular season games from 2009. With this second look at how the team played, a few thoughts have occurred to me which were not obvious during the initial viewing, and I thought it a good opportunity to rethink some of my previously held opinions of the team I love. So, with your kind indulgence, as I view a game at a time I will be sharing my impressions.
Personal Note: This is not, and was never intended to be, an objective, unbiased review of an NFL contest. It is instead a glimpse into the emotional ride experienced by the average Colts fan at game time. My Homerism switch is engaged and turned up to eleven. With that in mind, I invite you to join me as we relive the highs and lows of the 2009 Indianapolis Colts season.
Today’s Game: Week 17: Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills
Setting the Stage
- The Colts enter the final game of the regular season with a league-leading record of 14-1. Quarterback Peyton Manning is second in the league with 4,405 passing yards, and wide receiver Reggie Wayne is tied for third in the league with 1,243 yards receiving. Pierre Garçon is nursing a sore shoulder and does not play. Defensive end Dwight Freeney, kicker Adam Vinatieri, linebacker Clint Session, defensive end Robert Mathis, defensive back Jerraud Powers, and running back Chad Simpson are out with various injuries. Defensive end Ervin Baldwin, defensive tackle Eric Foster, corner back Tim Jennings, safety Aaron Francisco, and defensive end Raheem Brock get the start. Sam Giguère makes his first appearance for the Colts returning kickoffs. Several of the Colts were selected for the Pro Bowl prior to this game; among them are Reggie to his fourth, Peyton to his tenth (ties Colts great Johnny Unitas), and tight end Dallas Clark to his first. Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the 5-10 Bills, who boast a defense with 26 interceptions on the year (tied for second).
- The Field: Frozen solid on a near-whiteout, wintry New York day at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. Temperature is 14 degrees with northwest winds gusting to 40 mph. That is a wind chill temperature of minus one, folks. I swear I just saw a polar bear wearing a parka in the stands.
- The Crowd: Sparse and subdued. The stands are half-empty. Or is that half-full? Either way, they are wrapped head-to-toe in cold weather gear and act like they are still recovering from the holidays.
Terrell Owens Signs With Bengals, Not Colts
Posted by Greg Cowan in Off-Season Coverage | 953 views
The Cincinnati Bengals pulled off the type of free agency coup today that would make the Miami Heat jealous. The Bengals signed Terrell Owens, perhaps this year’s most sought after free agent, to a one-year deal, reportedly worth $2 million, with incentives that could make the deal worth as much as $4 million.
League “insiders” have been speculating for weeks that the Colts were looking to bring Owens into the fold in hopes of replacing Anthony “Stone Hands” Gonzalez as the 4th WR on the Colts’ depth chart. Attempts to reach Bill Polian have been unsuccessful, but a person walking passed Colts’ facilities this afternoon speculated that Mr. Polian might be short with someone today.
Will the Colts Sign Terrell Owens?
Posted by Greg Cowan in Off-Season Coverage | 646 views
Mike Florio opined on his website, ProFootballTalk.com, that the Colts could be a possible landing spot for free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens. Florio wrote:
Colts: Reggie Wayne isn’t happy, Anthony Gonzalez is still hurt, and Pierre Garçon and Austin Collie arguably are only as good as Peyton Manning can make them appear to be. So the Colts are another Final Eight team that could be quietly lurking — especially if Manning is privately lobbying for another weapon. Few quarterbacks can consistently contain and control To.O. Manning is one who could.
The Final Eight team comment refers to a rule that exists in a post-salary cap world, which prevents the Colts, or any of the other teams that participated in the second round of the playoffs, from signing free agents until the first training camp of summer opens. This means the Colts would be able to sign Owens on, or after, July 24th — when the Dallas Cowboys open their camp.