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My Game of the Year

Posted on: November 9, 2008 5:21 am
It's finally here, the Sunday I waited two years to watch.  It was the one game that I had contemplated getting tickets and driving to Pittsburgh to see.  It's the game that I got all excited about when I saw the Colts on the Steelers schedule, and at Heinz Field, no less.  I talked about it in pre-season, I mentioned it during the regular season and at 2 am this morning I was talking about this game.  I could say that I was excited because I wanted to see how the Steelers running game would excel against a questionable rush defense, or how the Steelers corners would react to the offensive weapons of Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.  I could say it's about matchups, but to be honest, this is the game of the year because...well, my husband is a Colts fan. 

So this morning, in the darkness, while we were watching the NFL Network and various shows talking about the Colts/Steelers matchup, my husband muttered "this is going to be ugly" and "I'm going to have to hear about it for the next two years".   Of course my response was filled with humility...not...instead of being sympathetic, I couldn't resist coming back with "yeah, with Marlin Jackson being out, Moore's going to run all over your butt".  Only a heavy sigh in response.  But was there an inaudible mumble about how he was waiting to see Ike Taylor eating Marvin Harrison's dust?  Okay, so it tends to be fun in our household. 

Alright, I'd really believe that the Steelers would have the ability to run the ball up and down the field against a run-suspect defense, if Bob Sanders were out.  Unfortunately for the Steelers, Sanders is playing so it's not going to be as easy as one might think.  In eight games the Colts have given up 1149 yards on the ground, however, Sanders  

Not only will the Steelers offense have to deal with Sanders, but there's the Freeney/Mathis factors.  Two defensive ends that have made their careers in their ability to get off the line quickly and get to the quarterback.  Given Ben's propensity for holding the ball too long and the questionable oline, the Steelers offense will have to hide that bullseye on the chest of whoever the Steelers deem to be their quarterback, whether it's Roethlisberger or Leftwich.

Steelers defense doesn't exactly have an easy job in front of them either.  Peyton Manning just has too many weapons in the form of Reggie Wayne, Anthony Gonzalez and Marvin Harrison, not to mention Dallas Clark, and still has the ability to be lethal in the air.  Add Rhodes and Addai and well, it could be a long day for the Steelers defense, but I see the number one defense in the NFL being disruptive against the high powered offense of the Colts.  An added plus is the return of Safety Ryan Clark to the Steelers defense.  The combination of Clark and Polamalu have helped disrupt, or at least keep in check offenses this season.

Pittsburgh is not a kind place for the Colts to play, whether they were in Baltimore or in Indianapolis.  Steelers lead the series 10-1 against the Colts for games played in Pittsburgh.  I don't see this game being kind to them either, especially since the Steelers are looking to maintain their lead in the AFC North, trying to keep the Ravens off their heels.  It also doesn't help the Colts that the Steelers are 5-0 against AFC teams this year either. 

I expect to see some great defense coming out for the Steelers (what can I say, I'm a Steelers homer).  The only question I'm going to really have...Bruce, what do you have plan to ensure that you actually do open up the ground game and keep Mathis and Freeney off of Ben?

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2008 4:17 am

My Game of the Year


My husband wasn't expecting the win either.  He came out in his Colts jersey and said...okay...spank me now...

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2008 4:14 am

My Game of the Year

jlee...we're not going to start that again this year, are we? LOL...

In this game, he only took two sack and none of them were pile drivers with what we're accustomed to.  Unfortunately, it's the sacks that seem to keep aggravating his shoulder injury.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2008 10:46 pm

My Game of the Year

Tough game moms.

I really didn't expect to win this one. My only hope is that this will be a springboard to a great 2nd half.

By far, the Colts' most impressive game of the season. No offense to the Patriots, but I expeced to win last week. I didn't today.

Take care and good luck the rest of the year.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2008 9:15 pm

My Game of the Year

First is it just me that Mom Loves Football=MLF which equals MILF? But seriously, how many hits does Big Ben have to take in one season to prove he is the toughest man alive. They can't win in the post season when a top ten QB has to get beaten up every weak.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2008 1:59 pm

My Game of the Year


Yes I can see how being married to someone whose team meets up with you not every few years but twice a year can become a little miserable, especially if they own 

I like the Steelers chances and even my husband believes it will be an ugly game for the Colts (I wasn't making up his  The thing is that now the Colts are in the top five in passing defense, which could spell problems if Bruce Arians wants to make this an arial game.  Hopefully he'll play to the Colts weakness...otherwise, I'll lead a lynch mob myself. 

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2008 1:55 pm

My Game of the Year

LOL F&L, sounds like Susie's passion for her "sport" can get the better of her.  Though I can see where it's more out of place yelling expletives at the tv during such an event as it is for a football game.

The AFC East is definitely a close horse race this year.  I'm hoping your Bills pull it off.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2008 1:51 pm

My Game of the Year

So bronco...

I see you're no longer sitting Moore when Parker is  Yeah, I'm picking my Steelers too...biggest factor, they're at home. 

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2008 1:50 pm

My Game of the Year


I think alot with Manning has to do with his surgery and him being out at the beginning of the year.  It takes time to get insync with your team and I think we're starting to see them sync up right about now.  Of course it didn't help that Jeff Saturday went out for a few games and the Colts were getting hit with the injury bug in a big way. 

Both teams are coming into this game with something to prove.  The Colts have the motivation of beating their nemisis and the Steelers have a chip about losing their last home game.

As far as Davenport, I guess he wasn't as productive as they would hope and despite the groin injury, I think we'll see more production out of Gary Russell.  Also with fullback Carey Davis is back and healthy too. 

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2008 1:42 pm

My Game of the Year


We'll be watching the game together.  However, we may have more problems before the game if he keeps stealing the mouse while I'm trying to respond to the blogs, then we will have during the game.

Manning is one of the best quarterbacks when it comes to picking up the blitz and in the past three games has not been sacked once, so constant all out blitzing won't work, though the zone blitzes may be more the key, since it allows drop backs into coverage.  

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2008 1:34 pm

My Game of the Year


Well, it is civil.  During the regular season, two years ago, I heard how Marvin Harrison slapped Ike Taylor around...and I was sweet when I kept reminding him that the Steelers won the game that

He and I are on the same pick 'em league...we're surviving so 

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