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01-03-2005, 09:26 PM
This is just unreal.


Let the blood flow, the contempt seethe and the violence intensify. Let's put 100 angry men from the Broncos and Colts in the same room and, you know, see what happens. I will guarantee one thing when Denver and Indianapolis butt heads in the NFL playoffs:

It's going to hurt.

Did you see how Denver safety John Lynch tried to slobber-knock the teeth of tight end Dallas Clark through the back of his Indianapolis helmet?

"If a team's playing basketball on grass, you've got to hit 'em in the mouth," Lynch said Sunday. "That's what New England did to them in the postseason last year. That's what we were trying to do to them today."

Well, sir, the pain has only just begun.

Denver has a hunch about Indianapolis and its pretty guys in blue all lined up in a row.

The Broncos suspect these Colts are baby soft. Long on finesse. Short on guts.

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"Their receivers are small guys. They don't like contact. You see them ducking on the ground a lot," Denver safety Kenoy Kennedy said. "You just go and try to be physical, as physical as you can. They start dropping balls. No matter how good your hands are and how fast you are, when you get hit, it hurts."

This it's going to be. Bring bandages. And aspirin.

Manning owns 49 touchdown passes in 2004, drop-dead beautiful statistics, as close as football ever resembles Waterford crystal.

The Broncos are going to mess them up.

New NFL regulations force a cornerback such as Denver's Champ Bailey to be sent to his room without supper for doing anything more malicious than playing patty-cake with Indy receiver Brandon Stokley.

"The rules have changed. We pay cornerbacks $4 million a year and don't allow them to be shutdown corners," Kansas City coach Dick Vermeil recently told The Post. "We pay pass rushers a ton of money to knock the heck out of quarterbacks, but now, it's unbelievable. You can get fined $10,000 for a normal football play."

Leading with his helmet, Lynch blasted Clark so hard in the first quarter it dislodged the football from the Indy tight end and knocked the referees senseless.

"You try to play clean, but this is a physical game," said Lynch, making no apologies for his wicked shot. "I think that sparked this team."

While Clark weaved a woozy path to the bench, the zebras needed five full minutes to regain their wits. Dazed and confused, the refs threw a flag, picked up the hankie with apology, gossiped nervously among themselves, stood around while instant replay made a fool of them all, then took it out on Lynch.

In his debut with Denver way back in the opening week of this NFL season, Lynch smacked Kansas City receiver Dante Hall with such brute force it put a $7,500 dent in the safety's wallet.

Will Lynch get fined even more money for laying the wood on Clark?

"I plead the fifth," Lynch said. "I did tell the referee: 'C'mon, man. You're killing me. I've got three kids to send to school."'

But no matter how much the smackdown costs Lynch, the fine will be money well spent.

"You've got to find some way to slow them down. And I think the only way anyone has ever found is to be physical with them," Lynch said.

A year ago, the Broncos exited the playoffs red-faced, spanked 41-10 at the RCA Dome with a defeat so humiliating coach Mike Shanahan overhauled his roster and changed the attitude of the way Denver approaches football.

The play from that Indianapolis debacle seared in the memory is Harrison falling to the turf after a catch, then casually standing up and waltzing to the end zone for a touchdown, as stupefied Denver defenders watched.

"We going to remember that game for how they did us," Kennedy said.

Can an NFL team be intimidated? Have the Colts proved they won't back down from a fight? Behind all those pretty numbers on offense, does Indy turn softer than taffy if chewed?

"I don't get intimidated by anybody. It doesn't matter who's over there on the other side. I don't think they intimidated us at all," Colts running back Dominic Rhodes said.

Denver cannot run, dance or exchange scores with Indianapolis.

It won't stop the Broncos from trying to beat the Colts black and blue.
Apparently, a 31-point ***-whuppin' wasn't enough. Let's make it about...oh...50 or so this time... :mad:

01-03-2005, 09:39 PM
Hit that *** Denver, GO BRONCOS

Lord Helmet
01-03-2005, 09:47 PM
Well I guess the Broncos have no class.Do you hear us saying s*** about them?They are trying to be intimidating to us.I guess they really don't remember the 41-10 *** whuppin' we gave them.And I guess they don't know how loud the Dome will be Sunday do they?I can tell you from a lot of experience that the Dome is a lot louder than it was last year.But believe me it was loud last year too but this year it has stepped up a notch.Jake the snake will have to love it.At the Charger game 2 weeks ago it got so loud Brees had to call 2 timeouts.I remember last year about a week before the playoff game against the Broncos on Ch.13 Dave Calabro was talking via a sattelite to a Denver sports anchor.The Denver anchor said that the Colts will and should be afraid of the Broncos. :laugh: Really, they were the scared ones.How about another 5-6+ TD game from Peyton and have no mercy on Jake, Dwight :devil:

Lord Helmet
01-03-2005, 09:50 PM
Hit that *** Denver, GO BRONCOS You still can't be mad at the Colts for sweeping the Titans over the past 2 seasons can you?Hey at least you guys went to the Super Bowl a few years back whats the last time the Colts made it there?15-20 years? :(:cry:

01-03-2005, 10:49 PM
Doesnt matter when we last made it, we still lost just like Stephon Marbury says we are both losers.

Lord Helmet
01-03-2005, 11:20 PM
Doesnt matter when we last made it, we still lost just like Stephon Marbury says we are both losers. Yeah :(:cry:

01-03-2005, 11:28 PM
This is just unreal.


Apparently, a 31-point ***-whuppin' wasn't enough. Let's make it about...oh...50 or so this time... :mad:
I believe that Lynch is ANOTHER $75,000 poor today. Having already forked over $75,000 at the beginning of the season and now because of his hit on Dallas Clark. I guess he likes to donate those $75,000 checks to the NFL.

Diamond Dave
01-04-2005, 01:45 AM
Their tough talk sure is impressive, especially when it is a safety talking about a wide-reciever.

I guess the Colts don't need a lot of talk. Must be because they no that they have the best pass rusher in the league coming the other way.:box:

01-04-2005, 10:09 PM
F 'em. They can say how tough they played us when we are playing New England.

01-05-2005, 01:40 AM
It'll be funny to hear what they say after we kick their asses, not to mention when we beat NE too. Lets hear them talk after that.

01-08-2005, 03:49 PM
By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer
January 8, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Peyton Manning will replace the headset with a helmet, Edgerrin James expects a full workload, and Marvin Harrison should be catching passes well into the second half.

The Denver Broncos will see a very different Indianapolis Colts team Sunday.

``I don't think last week has anything to do with this week,'' Manning said. ``It was just a game where we didn't make enough plays.''

The reason might have been that the Broncos weren't playing the ``real'' Colts.

Just one week after the Broncos (10-6) clinched the AFC's final wild-card spot with a 33-14 victory over the Colts, the two teams meet again under rather different circumstances.

Instead of snowy Denver, this game will be played in the controlled setting of the RCA Dome. And instead of the regular season, this is the playoffs, with the winner moving on to a game against New England or Pittsburgh.

The Colts (12-4) will look like a team that's added some ringers. Knowing they were likely to face a rematch with Denver, Colts coach Tony Dungy opted for a vanilla game plan and a makeshift lineup.

Manning and James departed after three plays, Harrison stuck around for the first half only, and tight end Marcus Pollard sat out with a sprained ankle. The Colts also started three rookies in the secondary, held out middle linebacker Rob Morris (concussion) and limited the playing time of their top pass-rusher, Dwight Freeney.

``It was tough, something we wrestled with,'' Dungy said. ``It goes against your nature and your players' nature and it's difficult to play in and coach.''

Quarterback Jake Plummer took advantage of the Colts' inexperienced secondary by throwing for two touchdowns and running for another. Reuben Droughns and Tatum Bell each topped 75 yards rushing, and the Broncos dominated the watered-down Colts in the second half.

With the stakes higher this week, even the Broncos don't expect a repeat.

``From watching film, we saw them play more man coverage than they usually do,'' Plummer said. ``Whatever they do, we have to adjust to it. Obviously, we have to be ready for anything.''

So how much did the Colts really hide?

Sunday's matchup will be the fourth meeting between the two teams in little more than a year. They also played in the first round of last season's playoffs.

Routs have been the norm.

In 2003, Denver dominated Indianapolis in a 31-17 regular-season win and two weeks later lost to the Colts 41-10 in the playoffs.

``It wasn't a good way to end the season, obviously,'' Plummer said. ``But you've got to learn from it, you've got to learn what you've got to do to keep that from happening again.''

One twist this time around: How will the Colts react to a hit Pro Bowl safety John Lynch put on tight end Dallas Clark last weekend? Lynch said he wanted to send a message to the Colts; he was fined $75,000 by the NFL.

Throughout the week, the Broncos said Indianapolis' receivers are soft. But the Colts didn't take the bait.

``I don't really have a verbal response to that,'' Manning said. ``We just have to go out and make plays.''

Denver has seen Manning do that all too much before. In last year's playoff game, he threw for five touchdowns and finished with a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

And the Broncos' recent playoff failures raise another issue: Can they win without John Elway? Since Elway retired after back-to-back Super Bowl victories in 1998 and 1999, the Broncos haven't won a postseason game.

``We know not much has been happening since he left,'' Plummer said. ``Obviously, we want to get a win real bad.''