Indy starting resting players at the end of the season to be ready for this game. This run. Baltimore had to work right up to the end of the season to make the playoffs.
Baltimore just kicked the pants right off of New England in a fashion that was quite humiliating for the Patriots. Indy got to watch Baltimore pick apart New England and get some early film study in for this matchup.
Joe Flacco has a leg injury but he hands the ball to Ray Rice, Willis McGahee, and LeRon McClain. Peyton Manning….well, he’s Peyton Manning.
The difference comes down to defenses. Indy’s defense is an improved version of the defense that started the 2000’s but it is NOT in any way comparable to the Baltimore D.
Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, and Ray Lewis are a little bit too much to handle all day long. However, Dwight Freeney is no slouch.
Peyton throws the ball enough that is only takes one blown route to give Ed Reed the ball for a “pick 6”. But, Reggie Wayne is so good that I don’t know if that will ever happen.
Can Indy run the ball? Not really? Can Baltimore run the ball? Yeah…if they keep this together long enough they could have three 1000-yard rushers in a season someday. If the Ravens pound the run all day and wear down the Indy defense then (at some point) the Colts have to wear down…right?
That’s got to be my call. If the Ravens can run the ball (and I think they can) the Colts D will be gassed about halfway through the 3rd Quarter andthe Ravens can take advantage. Even if they’re behind they might have just enough opportunities to catch up. Indy will score, but not quite enough as their defense hemorrhages points in the 2nd half. This is hard, but I have to say it:
BAL – 31 IND – 30