Where are you planning to be at 1:00 on December 6th?
If you answered somewhere other than on your couch, ready to watch the undefeated Indianapolis Colts play the rising Titans, who are hot after winning 5 straight, then I am sorry to tell you, but you are going to have to break your plans.
Peyton Manning leads what might just be the smartest offensive unit that the game has ever seen. Not only his ability to read defenses and call audible, but his teammates’ ability to communicate with him at the line of scrimmage has made them a force to be reckoned with and a must-see offensive display, drive after drive.
The Tennessee Titans defense that is charged with the task of trying to stop – or at very least somewhat contain—this high-octane offense is not really anything special. They are ranked 25th in total defense, allowing nearly 390 yards per game on average; and second to last, besting only the Detroit Lions, in pass defense.
With Peyton in the pocket and a passing defense with that sort of reputation, why am I trying to tell you that you should drop whatever it is that you are doing and sit down to watch this game on Sunday? The Colts are undefeated, playing at home against a team who is sub-.500. The answer is simple, and I think you will agree: football is a game that is all about momentum.
Tennessee has won 5 straight games, the most recent of which included a 387 yard passing game from Vince Young and a 2-minute, fly-you-by-the-seat-of-your-pants drive that concluded with a fourth down touchdown pass to win it with time expiring. Tennessee has momentum. Tennessee has heart. Tennessee has found ways to win games over the last 5 weeks and they may just do it again.
Conversely, the Colts are coming off a late comeback win over the Texans, who just can’t seem to close the deal on anyone. After trailing by 13 at the half, the Colts rallied to take it 35-27. In week 8, the Colts got a little scare from the 49ers, and that was before Peyton got in the habit of throwing INTs (7 in the last 4 games).
With Chris Johnson – who appears to be able to do close to whatever he wants on the football field – running the ball, and Vince Young showing he can make plays with his arm and his feet, they may just prove to be the lethal combination that takes down the unbeaten Colts.
One thing the Colts have shown us in the past few weeks is that they don’t necessarily win by domination in the way their fellow undefeated team, the Saints, do. They appear to be beatable. And what the Titans have shown us is that they are fighters. After a 0-6 start, they have ripped off 5 straight, becoming the first team to ever accomplish this feat.
So Sunday. 1 o’clock. Where will you be?