Patriots Pre-game

I really hate these guys. I’ll be rooting as much for the Patriots to lose today as I will be for the Colts to win. This game is difficult to predict because of the injuries to Marvin Harrison, Tony Ugoh, and Freddy Keiaho. The presence of each would have a major impact on the game. Marvin greatly limits your options as a defense because you don’t want to leave him with single coverage very often. Tony Ugoh’s run blocking is critical in a game like this. And do you really want to face that offense with Rocky Boiman playing a major role?

The national experts were much more split in their predictions than I figured they would be, but the media hype-meter undoubtedly points to the Patriots. The Colts are underdogs in a building where they’ve won 14 consecutive games. The Colts almost never play the respect card, but today they come in with a chip on their shoulder.

I liked what I saw from the Cleveland and Dallas rushing offenses earlier in the season. Today is not a day where you worry about preserving Addai. You hand it to him 25 times and throw it to him 12 times. The Colts are going to come out swinging and grab a sizable lead. It’s a much tougher game without the injured players, but I still have a good feeling about this game. I think Indy hangs on for a 34-28 win.

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