Staring down a Bear

Our regular Friday feature Eyes in the Backfield is up. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find:
It’s been a long offseason, and everyone is more than ready for some football. We’ll kick everything off this week by hosting the Bears and ushering in a new era in Indianapolis Colts football. The Bears aren’t quite the same team we faced just 19 months ago in Miami; they threaten to be a doormat in the NFC North this year. Here are the 18 most important things to keep an eye on this week:
1. Watch Peyton’s left knee. All indications are that he’s on solid ground after recovering from offseason knee surgery, but until he comes out firing Sunday night, doubts will still linger.
2. Watch for pressure up the middle. The Colts are sporting three new starters on the O-line, but will have last year’s starters at tackle back. Last year, the line was beset by injuries, but there was only really trouble when the tackles were hurt. Howard Mudd mixes and matches better than anyone in the league along the line, so expect solid play up front. With last year’s whipping boy Charlie Johnson finally out of the tackle positions, he has the chance to prove that he is a legitimate NFL starter.
3. Watch Dwight Freeney spin. His health is the single most important issue for the 2008 Colts. If he is getting good pressure on the QB, the Colts will be set for a deep run again in 2008. The spin move is Freeney’s signature, and if he can execute it at full speed without pain, it bodes well for the weeks to come.
Be sure to click the link above to check out the full piece.
So we did it! It’s been a full week of pumping out enlightening content all designed to edify and encourage the fans of Indianapolis to still greater heights of knowledge, but it will all pay off with a big win on Sunday.
Again, if you missed the two articles from earlier this week be sure to check out our Lost Standings and 18 Bold Visions.
You can always find a running index of all our stories on 18to88.com.
LINKS:
You can join Joe Addai for fantasy football. His team name is Jaddai Council. So very very cool. He is forever more the Jaddai Master here at 18to88.com
Hack journalist, but good football man Mike Lombardi has three stats that matter if you want to make the Super Bowl.
Big Blue Shoe does his best JC impersonation for a highly entertaining season preview over at deadspin.
Just a note, Westside Rob will be doing a live game blog on Sunday night, so be sure to check it out. We’ll both be at the game, but he’ll be covering things for us this week and during the Jacksonville game. After that, I go back to the ‘Tina, so I’ll try to cover the home games from there on out.
Here’s a video of The Jaddai Master:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py9lNDMqrqA&hl=en&fs=1

Here’s a great interview with Polian on Chicago radio.

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