A few snippets from www.benmaller.com
Not everyone is impressed by how the Indianapolis Colts' defensive line is getting to the quarterback. Former NFL quarterback and current CBS analyst Boomer Esiason used a Wednesday interview on Sirius NFL Radio to accuse Colts defensive line coach John Teerlinck of teaching dirty tactics. Asked about the confrontation Sunday between Teerlinck and Jacksonville quarterback Byron Leftwich, who twice made an obscene gesture at the Colts coach, Esiason asserted that Teerlinck has a reputation for instructing players to "dive at a quarterback's knees." "(Teerlinck) teaches his guys techniques that really border on trying to get someone hurt and knock them out of the game," Esiason said. "I understand why Byron Leftwich did what he did. I don't condone that, but what I would have loved for him to do is just go up there and punch (Teerlinck) in the mouth."
The Colts are the latest team to get a new stadium. Central Indiana taxpayers will fund most of the cost of the $500 million retractable-roof stadium. But many people around the league are skeptical that the Colts will be able to regularly fill the new stadium's 63,000 seats (the RCA Dome holds a little more than 56,000) and sell its 150 luxury suites. A small Midwest market like Indianapolis doesn't have the corporate support of markets like Philadelphia, Atlanta or Dallas. "There are no guarantees," Colts owner Jim Irsay said. "There's an awful lot of risk that you're going to be able to sell the suites and seats and get the corporate support you need. We have a very difficult road ahead of us."
COLTS (-13) over Browns
All the stars and the planets seem to be aligned against Indianapolis as a huge double-digit favorite, but you remember what happened last week when we made the Eagles (-13) our best bet. Yup, 42-3! All the 'dog lovers are pointing to new Cleveland head coach Romeo Crennel's 6-0 record against Peyton Manning when he was with New England. OK, he's a superb defensive coordinator, but that was with the Patriots, winners of three of the last four Super Bowls. Crennel doesn't have one-tenth of that talent in Cleveland, so that 6-0 is a meaningless stat. The Horseshoes have proved that their revamped defense is ferocious, allowing only 10 points total in the first two games, so now it's time for Peyton to do what Peyton does... hang a 38 spot on the scoreboard.