What has shocked me more this season has been the incredible hype around the Patriots which has seemed to result in the Colts being totally thrown under the bus.
The Colts are flying so far under the radar it's insane. They are defending champs, they are also undefeated... They are still one GREAT football team and beat the Patriots and Tom Brady TWICE last year. Granted that was without Moss/Welker but it was still the Patriots who have been no slouch of a team in the past 5+ years.
I do find it amazing how the Colts are going to be underdogs this week. And people who are calling for the Colts to lose by 20+ points at home are pretty crazy in my opinion. The game will be VERY competitive and I believe the Colts will win it at home. I'd gladly take whatever points the Colts get vs the Patriots this Sunday. Their offense is more than capable with keeping up with the Patriots, X Factor for the Colts will be Bob Sanders. He is in my opinion the best safety in the game right now at pre-snap reads, he's not a big dude but he hits like a truck and figures out where the ball is going. One of the hardest things about the Patriots is they have so many options on offense it's next to impossible to stop them. I'm looking for Bob Sanders to create one or two game changing turnovers in this game due to some nice jumps he gets off the snap.
Peyton will play awesome as usual and I think the Colts have figured out the Patriots, they proved that last year. Those days of Peyton looking completely lost vs the Patriots defense should be over. The key to this game I think is the Colts defense stopping the Patriots just enough for the win. Just enough will probably mean giving up 42 points but I have no fears the Colts can match swing for swing with the Patriots.
Final score could easily be something like 45-42.