posted on Sep, 30 2005 @ 05:09 PM
I used to love Ming back in the day, but I must disagree here, if I may sir.
Indy has the best defensive end in the league this year in Freeney. Freeney alone makes their whole defensive line better since he has to be double
teamed and I've even seen some triple teams on him this year. The other linemen see single blocking almost all the time. The secondary doesn't have
to cover as long either. With Freeney and Co. putting insane pressure on the opposing QB, he knows he has to get rid of the ball or he's going down.
Have you seen any of Indy's games this year? If so then I'm sure you've seen how fast pressure gets to the opponents QB every week. Freeney was
routinely blowing by (and I mean blowing by) perennial Pro Bowler Jonathan Ogen when they played the Ravens. Ogden, who many think is on his way to
the Hall of Fame if he stays healthy, needed help to block Freeney. Almost every play.
Indy's D: 2nd in the League in Forced Fumbles; Tied for 11th in INTs; 2nd in Sacks; 1st in the League in Points allowed.
They are also monsters in the Red Zone. I'm not saying they will end up the best D in the League by the end of the year, or even in the top 5. I do
believe, though, that their defense is for real. If Dungy has the players then he can use his Defensive Scheme to the fullest; this is his best crop
of Defensive Players yet. I think Indy's D will easily end up in the upper half of the League which is more than enough for the Colts. If this turns
out to be true, then it is more than anyone expected and definately "for real".
Who have the Colts played? Jacksonville (16th in the League in YPG, the Jags put up 26 points each against the Jets and Seattle - only 3 pts against
the Colts), Cleveland (10th in the League in YPG, the Brownies put up 26 and 18 pts against the Packers and Cincinatti (the Bengals have the #2
scoring Defense in the League) but only 6 against Freeney and Friends) and Baltimore (I can't show anything for the Ravens Offensively, they are just
I think the Colts are for real. Will they come down to earth as the season goes on? I think so, but I think they will still be in the top half of
the league easily, probably in the top 10.
[Edited on 9/30/05 by nekbone]