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The Indianapolis Colts may be one of the worst teams in the league, but their next game against the Pittsburgh Steelers is their Super Bowl. It's Sunday Night Football on NBC and it's at home.
Generally speaking, underdog teams tend to treat these big prime-time television games as extremely important ones. The whole country is watching and the Colts don't want to be embarrassed in front of the nation.
Kerry Collins knows this and he's a veteran quarterback. He's had a few weeks now to try to grasp the complex Colts offense. He was able to penetrate into the Browns' offensive zone several times last week but the Colts were only able to settle for field goals.
Life may be tough without Manning, but expect every single Indianapolis Colts player to rise to the occasion on Sunday night. If it's one game they want to win, it will be this one.
On the other side of the ball, the Pittsburgh Steelers look old. They don't seem like the same team from last year. That being said, they will win this game but it'll be close. The 10.5-point spread is too big.
The Steelers also don't have an explosive offense that will blow the Colts away quickly. Sure, they crushed the Seahawks last week. But that was at home and it was against a team that has historically played horribly on the east coast.
This game will go right down to the wire, and even if it doesn't the Colts will be able to stay within striking distance.
Final score prediction: Colts 16, Steelers 21