Football The Super Bowl Champions of last year are looking for another great year. A few players have left and some new faces will be on the team, but all changes have been minor in the hope that the Indianapolis Colts will be returning in top form. One player returning in top form will be Peyton Manning, undoubtedly the best quarterback in the NFL. Despite ones personal feelings towards Manning – love him or hate him – one can’t deny Mannings ability to pick apart defenses. Last year, Manning put up 31 touch downs to go with only 9 interceptions and threw for 4,397 yards. Manning may never .e close to 50 touchdowns again, but all expect him to have a strong year. Now that some pressure has been lifted off Peyton Manning’s shoulders, expect bigger and better things until a defense figures out a way to control this potent Colt attack. One player no longer with the Colts is Dominic Rhodes. Now, without running back Rhodes , Joseph Addai will be handling the bulk of the carries for this strong Colts offense. Addai was solid last season in his rookie campaign and one can probably expect more from him. The Colts also have wide receivers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne. Harrison and Wayne are the most dominant wide receiver tandem in the league. But one must remember that Harrison is entering his 12th season in the league and has to start wearing down sometime. Also drafted was Anthony Gonzalez, to give Manning a solid third receiver to throw to. Also, the Colts have three good pass-catching tight ends in Dallas Clark, Ben Utecht, and Brian Fletcher. Injuries plagued this group last year but all are capable targets. As far as the Colts defense – The Colts’ best defense has always been their offense. For years, they’ve had a habit of jumping out to 14- and 21- point leads, forcing teams to throw as often as possible. The Colts defense was a bit shaky last year, until the playoffs began and then they were unstoppable. Now, the Colts defense went through the most changes. They lost a lot of veteran starters, but some savvy drafting the past few seasons means there should be very little dropoff. One familiar face will be Bob Sanders. Sanders played an integral part last season when he returned for the playoffs. A healthy Sanders ranks as among the most impact defensive players in the league, as he showed time and again in the playoffs last season. When Sanders near 100% the entire defense rises. If Sanders can stay healthy all year and Freeney can continue to reap havoc on opposing Quarterbacks, the Colts may very well return to the Super Bowl. Now, the Colts defensive front four is decent, however Dwight Freeney needs to get back to form after only getting 5.5 sacks a year ago. Robert Mathis came through with 9.5 sacks and is solid on the other side of the line. At tackle the Colts have Anthony McFarland and Raheem Brock who, again, are decent but not stellar. One player gone is Cato June. June was a former Pro Bowler who left for Tampa , making linebacker a weakness for the Colts defense. Gary Brackett was the team’s second leading tackler and should again lead the unit this year. With a potent offense and a strong defense, the Colts are will be a team to be reckoned with as they have big goals for another Super Bowl run. The Indianapolis Colts tickets will sell out fast this season. Buying tickets from a ticket broker is suggested if you want to get good seats. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: