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Last Week: 26
What We Learned: The Indianapolis Colts were blown out by a very good Houston Texans team last week. If they were going to win a game, this would be the week to do it against a decent Cleveland Browns team.
The Colts looked even worse this week in a close-ish loss to the Browns. The defense was again exposed as the major weakness on the roster.
In an analysis sure to upset Colt fans, think on this for a moment:
When Tom Brady went down in 2008, Matt Cassel stepped in and won 10 games. With Peyton Manning out, the Colts look like an FCS school.
The blame falls completely at the feet of owner Jim Irsay, president Bill Polian and general manager Chris Polian not only for failing to find a capable backup behind Manning, but also for failing to use the draft and free agency to build a talented team around Manning.
If anything, this whole clusterfudge has given me more respect for Manning. Few quarterbacks in NFL history could win for nine straight years like Manning did with the lack of talent around him.