Indianapolis Colts: Sunday's Game Against Pittsburgh Will Be Ugly

Robby HowardContributor IIISeptember 24, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 18:  Joseph Addai #29 of the Indianapolis Colts carries the ball against Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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A horrible offense versus one of the top defenses will result in not many points for the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday.

Last weekend, the Colts were only able to get into the end zone once against the Cleveland Browns, one of the worst defenses in the league. Sunday's game could be even uglier.

The Colts might not even be able to drive into field goal position.

Kerry Collins has had barely any time to get rid of the ball, and the Steelers feature one of the league's most ferocious pass rushes. That's not going to be pretty.

As a side note, Collins should really try to avoid eating any butterfingers. 

One of the Colts' bright spots has been the running game and the mix of Delone Carter and Joseph Addai. However, the Steelers feature nose tackle Casey Hampton, who will clog the middle of the line.

Try bouncing it to the outside? James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley will be waiting to pound anything that comes their way.

So, imagine Collins that is able to get a throw off. If he misfires, it will go right into the hands of Troy Polamalu, one of the biggest ball-hawks in the league.

Every pass must be precise. He also has to make sure not to leave one of his receivers vulnerable to dangerous hits across the middle from linebackers Lawrence Timmons or James Farrior.

Are you starting to see how this game could get ugly?

What makes it even worse is the fact that the game is in Indianapolis and on national television. The Colts will get embarrassed on their own turf in front of their own fans.

And honestly, as a fan, it is brutally depressing to admit that.

When a team gets handled by the Browns, there really is no "upside" to that. That is the bottom of the NFL. But at least the team didn't have its pride taken.

Unfortunately, that's probably going to happen against the Steelers unless the Colts make some serious, serious improvements.

It's an ugly thing to say and it's an ugly thing to write, and ugly is the only way to characterize how this game will play out for the Colts.