New Orleans vs. Indianapolis Colts -Colts hoping that youth/physique is as good as experience

Marlin JacksonThe NFL has gone a long way since its opening in 1922. We have seen a large amount of changes in technology, creativity in the playbooks and especially physique amongst the NFL players themselves; even more so in the past decade. Lately it seems like players have been able to use their experience from their past to step up in the NFL and make an impact for their teams as soon as they step onto the field.

Reggie Bush Looking forward to tomorrows commencement of the season (New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts RCA DOME, Indianapolis, Indiana 8:30pm ET, NBC) The Colts will have to hope that their young Defense will be able to contain players such as Reggie Bush, Deuce McAllister, Drew Brees and rookie sensation Marques Colston. Many of the defenders on the Indy defense have rarely/never started a game in their careers which brings up many questions… Can youth and physique go as far as experience?.. will Bob Sanders make the same kind of impact he made in their Superbowl run?

Tarik GlennIndianapolis’s offense lost a few key players such as Tarik Glenn to retirement, Brandon Stokley (DEN), and Dominic Rhodes (OAK), but there bigger problem was there losses on defense with players like Cato June (TB), Nick Harper (TEN), Gilbert Gardener (TEN), Mike Doss (Min), Montae Reagor (PHI), Anthony Mcfarland (injury), and oddly enough, Jason David to (NO) who will make his team debut against his former team tomorrow.

Antoine BetheaIndy is filling these holes with young players Freddy Keiaho, Kelvin Hayden, Marlin Jackson, and Antoine Bethea who started last year due to the season ending injury of Mike Doss. Though there new defense is more young and physiqued then experienced, they still have Gary Brackett and Rob Morris to help out Keiaho and Bob Sanders to help out Hayden and Jackson.

Peyton ManningPeyton’s production will most probably increase due to the loss of pressure,but he might have an even tougher task as the Colts look to become the ninth team to win consecutive Super Bowls.

RCA DomeI am predicting a 35-21 Colts win, as even though New Orleans has a new coach and is quite different from the last time these two teams faced off, Peyton Manning was 20-of-25 for 314 yards and a career-high six touchdowns in a 55-21 win on Sept. 28, 2003 at the RCA dome. Key factors in tomorrows match will be the play of Peyton and the Colts run defense against Bush&McAllister.

Bob SandersIndianapolis allowed 5.3 yards per carry and was last in the league against the run in 2006, but yielded 4.1 yards in the playoffs and 3.2 during the preseason. Indianapolis is favored to win, and even though I see more upsets then usual for week 1, I say this game will be an exception. 😉


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