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Despite Their Flaws, Indianapolis Colts Have Enough Firepower To Beat Ravens

ORCHARD PARK, NY - JANUARY 3: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on from the side line during their NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills defeated the Colts 30-7. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Sydney HunteContributor IIJanuary 10, 2010

Due to a concert, I missed the Packers/Cardinals epic.  So I won't pretend I know the full extent of what happened. 

But, like many, I was able to watch as the Baltimore Ravens dumped the New England Patriots in the AFC Wild Card Game.  

It was clear by the end of the first quarter that the Pats just didn't have it.  Despite an effort to climb back into the game, not even Tom Brady could overcome a hungry Ravens defense.

But now the test comes.  Baltimore pays a visit to the Hoosier State to take on a team they have never beaten—the Indianapolis Colts.

Without a doubt, Peyton Manning is the best quarterback in the NFL and the Indianapolis receiving corps are one of the league's best.  

But the Colts are far from invincible.  

Both games against division foe Jacksonville were won by four points.  They swept the season series against Houston—but a few bounces going the Texans' way would have made it a different story.  A trick play and a late defensive stand got them by San Francisco, just barely.       

Although they've been blessed with a high powered offense, their wins—outside of a couple early season laughers against St. Louis and Seattle—haven't really been all that convincing. They have the ninth worst rush defense in the league and they are dead last in rushing. And, they are one Manning injury away from unproven backup Curtis Painter calling the shots under center.

Meanwhile, forgotten in all the excitement of the Ravens win was a sub-par performance by Joe Flacco, who was 4 for 10 for 34 yards and an interception.

The truth was, Flacco didn't need to be great—Ray Rice and the Baltimore defense stole the show.  He will need to be next week, though.  

While the Colts aren't perfect, they have too many weapons for the Ravens to overcome.

The Ravens showed some good things against New England.  They aren't good enough to beat Indianapolis.

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