Verderame: Colts in New York, Game Preview

Game two features a single disappointment: Ahmad Bradshaw won't be starting against his former team. Past that, Fleener might be back, and the Colts can't really do a lot worse than they did last week. For a brief overview of the game, Matt Verderame has the game preview via SB Nation.

The key for Indianapolis will be its defense, which added LaRon Landry in the offseason. Landry should help to shore up the secondary which wasn't always up to par in 2012, yielding 236.8 passing yards per game, 21st in the league. Perhaps the biggest concern is the front seven however, which ranked 29th in the league against the run. Nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin was brought in to stuff the middle, but the veteran has struggled recently, this being his fourth team in as many years.

Landry probably won't be playing this week, missing his second straight game with a sore knee; at this point, especially with guys going down all over the place (poor Justin Hickman), Indy's decision to slow Landry down is a wise one. With Lefeged probably back soon as well, Indy's secondary will be stable, if imperfect.

It also begs the point that, even after the preseason, Indy will be playing hosting Oakland and Miami in weeks 1 and 2. Even if they don't have Landry back, both opponents are hardly offensive giants; Oakland finished 18th overall last year, while Miami was left at 27th. The only cause for concern might be Oakland's passing game, finishing in the top 10 league-wide last year … and then again, their top players from 2012:

QB Carson Palmer: 4018 yards, now in Arizona.
TE Brandon Myers: 806 yards receiving, now in New York
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey: 606 yards, now in … where was it …

With the exception of runningback Darren McFadden and wideout Denarius Moore, Oakland's offense has seemingly abandoned it. While the NFL is often unpredictable, and either team (as proven last season) has a legitimate shot of winning, Indy's first two games should be a good time to work Landry into the system.

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