I am pretty much eating my words right now. I predicted this to be a low-scoring, hard-fought game.
I bleed blue, yet somehow did not expect the Colts to blast the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL. Did you?
Peyton Manning has been struggling mightily to get back to the form he was in a year ago. Now it seems that Superman has returned.
With two touchdown passes in the first quarter, Manning steadily picked apart a mangling and brutal Baltimore Ravens defense.
Chris McAllister—one of the NFL premiere defensive backs—was in a cloud of dust all game long, while Marvin Harrison used blistering speed and clean-cut route running to prove that he is still one of the best the game has ever seen.
His counterpart and partner-in-crime Reggie Wayne was just as brutal to the Ravens' secondary, catching two touchdown passes from Manning.
The Indianapolis Colts' running game has been less than suspect as of late. That is, until this past Sunday.
Joseph Addai proved early that he could average around three to four yards per touch. And when he was jolted out of the game by a sore hamstring, his relief, Dominic Rhodes, blasted a few great touches out, including one 38-yarder in which he broke about eight tackles.
The story of the game, however, was not how Harrison, Wayne, and Rhodes played well. It was about the Colts' below average defensive squad. With some amazing plays from Melvin Bullitt, Gary Bracket, Dwight Freeney, and Robert Mathis, the Colts allowed only one field goal.
Mathis had a three-sack game. Bullitt had some amazing Bob Sanders-type plays, and unleashed relentless hits on special teams and intercepted a pass on the Ravens' first drive.
All in all, the game was not fought hard and the Colts completely dominated every down, every drive, and every quarter of this lopsided game.
The final score was 31-3 in favor of Indianapolis.
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