The Green Bay Packers will face the Indianapolis Colts tonight at 8:00 ET on ESPN. Although this is just a preseason game, I believe this is a true test of these two potential Super Bowl teams.
First we have the Indianapolis Colts, the defending AFC Champions who have been consistently successful throughout the the 2000's. With arguably the best quarterback in the nation (you know who I am talking about), a stud receiver (Reggie Wayne) along with several other young talented receivers, and an all-pro tight end (Dallas Clark). This team is full of talent on offense. On defense Indianapolis has a lot of talent, but they can be rather inconsistent at times too.
Now we have the Green Bay Packers, after a 6-10 record in 2008, the Packers turned it around and posted an 11-5 record in 2009, earning themselves a wild-card playoff birth. They are thought by many to be a Super Bowl contender and look to show it against the Colts. They are loaded on offense with Pro Bowler Aaron Rodgers who threw for over 4000 yards and 30 touchdowns last year, with only 7 interceptions. Rodgers has great weapons at receiver with Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, and Jermichael Finley who has emerged as an athletically gifted tight end. The Packers defense was dominant in 2009, but some questions are circulating in 2010 about the secondary, which has looked flimsy ever since the 51-45 playoff loss in Arizona.
So what do we expect from both teams' starters in this match-up? Well I would say this has "shootout" written all over it. With Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers under center for the first 2 or hopefully 3 quarters, this game should be one of the better preseason games you will see. Look for both teams to air it out early in the game, although it may get less interesting once Matt Flynn and Curtis Painter take the stage, enjoy watching and seeing how the starters do for these offensively talented teams. This will be a true test for the Packers, seeing if they can play against real competition (the Browns and the Seahawks do not fit those qualifications) and a true test for the Colts to show that they still have that talent they've had for the past decade.
So what will the final score of this game be? Well it is difficult to predict final scores of preseason games, but I will take a shot at it and say the final score will be 41-38 Packers. I could be totally wrong, but we will just have to wait and see.
So overall, if you love football like I do, then this match-up will be one of the best of the 4 weeks of preseason football.