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    Don't ask Marvin Harrison what he did during the bye week. "Batman never told where the Bat Cave is," he explained.

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    Don't ask Marvin Harrison what he did during the bye week. "Batman never told where the Bat Cave is," he explained.

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    When someone helps them out it'll go back to Colts. Thanks!

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    Article #1.

    Colts' focus should be on Super Bowl, not 16-0
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    Decisions, decisions, decisions. That is what could be facing the Indianapolis Colts as they head toward the end of the season. With five games to play, the Colts are sitting pretty at 11-0. The way they are playing right now, home-field advantage is almost a lock.

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    Tony Dungy could have some difficult decisions to make down the stretch.

    What are they playing for then? Well, they are playing to keep themselves in sync. You want to make sure no bad habits creep into your game down the stretch. You want to keep that same rhythm on both sides of the ball that has lifted you to a perfect start. It is a good time to work some younger players onto the field a little more in certain situations. You never know if that young player may have to step onto the field and make a play in the postseason. Oh yeah, did I mention you are also playing for perfection? That is right, perfection.

    With five weeks remaining in the regular season, the Colts have a chance to do something no team in history has ever done. Yes, the 1972 Dolphins went undefeated. However, they played only a 14-game regular season. The Colts have a chance to run the table and go 16-0.

    At what price, though? As the Colts near the end of their season, 16-0 should not even be entering their thought process. They should have one goal on their minds, and that is to become Super Bowl champions.

    As I sit here and think of reasons the Colts should play their starters late in the season if they have home field locked up, I can come up with only one: so we can stop hearing about the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

    Yes, you know the guys from down in South Florida who pop a champagne bottle every time the last undefeated team loses. The ones who forget to mention that while, yes, they were a very good team, they were not the greatest of all time. The ones who never mention that the combined record of the teams they beat during the 1972 regular season was a whopping 51-86-3. Yes, those are the guys -- the 1972 Dolphins. They may have been perfect in '72, but their attitude about it since has gotten pretty obnoxious. Like a pest, you just ignore them and move on.

    Let me set the scene. It is late December and the year is 2038. I'm trying to picture Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James sitting around on a Sunday afternoon planning a party to pop a bottle of champagne when the last of the undefeated NFL teams loses, but I just can't see those guys doing that.

    No, records were made to be broken. But Super Bowl rings are forever. Once you get that, nobody can take it away from you, which is why the '72 Dolphins still get camera time. If they hadn't won the Super Bowl that year, would they be talked about in the same way? Would anyone really care about the 16-0 Colts if they lost in the postseason because one of their star players was injured late in the year in a meaningless game?

    No, they wouldn't. They would instead be remembered in history as the team that lost in the postseason because they were crazy enough to play their starters in a regular-season finale that was much ado about nothing.

    The last time I checked, you get a ring for winning the Super Bowl no matter what your regular-season record is. Yes, even if the Colts finish 15-1 and run the table in the postseason, they will get that elusive Super Bowl ring.

    For the sake of the Colts, their franchise and their fans, I actually hope they lose before that season finale. I don't want to see head coach Tony Dungy put in a position where he has to choose. He and this team are too good for that.

    Jeremy Green has been an NFL scout for 10 years. Most recently, he was director of pro personnel for the Cleveland Browns.
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    and Article #2.

    Seahawks offer toughest test
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    As December approaches, the majority of the talk usually centers on the teams competing for playoff berths. However, this season there is another story grabbing headlines. After their absolute dismantling of the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night, the Indianapolis Colts are the NFL's biggest story.

    The Colts moved to 11-0 this past week and, after the way Indianapolis handled Pittsburgh, many are wondering whether this team can be beaten.

    The Colts have won a multitude of ways. They have won by running over their opponents and by torching them through the air. They have won in blowouts and pulled out some close encounters. They have won with defense (Jacksonville and Pittsburgh) and won some shootouts (Cincinnati and St. Louis). They have taken care of power teams and finesse teams. It really doesn't seem to matter what opponents do, Indianapolis seems to be able to counter it.

    So what is the best way to beat the Colts? It used to be power, but that no longer is the case. In the game I saw this past Monday night, Pittsburgh's supposed power should have been a big factor in its favor. Yet it was the Colts who dominated the line of scrimmage, making Pittsburgh look like a finesse team.

    Two teams offered some clues as to how to contend with this juggernaut. The Cincinnati Bengals offense did whatever it wanted to the Colts. The problem was that the defense failed to hold up its end.

    However, the Bengals proved that if you can protect your quarterback against Indy's speedy front four pass rushers, you can expose a secondary that doesn't cover very well across the board. We learned that if you can establish the run early and use play action, the Colts' safeties will bite hard on the run and hang their corners out to dry. We learned that if you have good offensive balance, you can keep their defense off-balance.

    Jacksonville has given us the defensive blueprint. You need to have an excellent front seven. You need to be able to pressure with your front four and cover in the back seven. Dropping seven allows a defense to take away a lot of the underneath crossing routes the Colts love to run. You also can't be scared or intimidated. It was the Jaguars' defense that was laying the wood on that Sunday back in early September.

    Jacksonville stymied Indianapolis all day. The problem was that its offense managed only a meager three points in the first meeting

    There is the blueprint for the Colts' remaining five opponents. Do any of them have the goods to get the job done?

    Tennessee Titans (3-8) -- This franchise is suffering through one of its worst seasons in recent memory. The Titans have overhauled the offense and the defense and have numerous young players at key positions.

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    The Colts must respect the presence of Steve McNair.

    One constant remains, though, and that is veteran QB Steve McNair. Any time McNair is on the field, you have a chance. He is one of the toughest and most competitive quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. McNair's biggest problem is the lack of offensive weapons around him. The Titans boast numerous talented receivers, but they do not strike fear into the heart of anyone.

    The Titans don't have the offensive weapons to go up and down the field with the Colts, so their best bet would be to use more of a ball-control style of attack. The problem here is that the running game has been extremely inconsistent. Running backs Chris Brown and Travis Henry give the Titans a nice one-two punch at the position, but the offensive line does not open up holes consistently and the team struggles to sustain drives.

    Defensively? Forget about it. Young corners Pacman Jones, Renaldo Hill and Andre Woolfolk do not have the ability to match up with the trio of Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and Brandon Stokley. The Titans rank 20th in overall pass defense and 26th in yards allowed per pass attempt. Those numbers will only get worse after this game.

    Jacksonville Jaguars (8-3) -- Other than the New England Patriots, nobody has given the Colts as much trouble as the Jaguars. Sure, Indy has won two of the last three, but the three games have been decided by a combined 17 points. Jacksonville knows how to throw a scare into the Colts, but can it close the deal?

    The one thing that gives the Jaguars a chance is their defense. They are ranked No. 3 in total defense, and their numbers should only improve when they play in Cleveland this weekend. Their defense is getting better every week, especially vs. the run, always important when playing the Colts.

    So why has Jacksonville had so much success against Indianapolis? The Jags have an excellent front seven. As with the Colts, the Jaguars get great sack production and pressure from their front four. This allows them to drop seven into coverage and take away Indy's underneath crossing routes.

    To beat the Colts, you can't show any fear on the defensive side of the ball and you must exude confidence. Jacksonville fits this profile. Cornerback Rashean Mathis is physical and won't back down on the outside, allowing the Jags to take away half of the field to a certain extent.

    Defensively, they have the personnel to get it done. Offensively, though, it is a different story. With QB Byron Leftwich (ankle) out, they will have to turn to their backup quarterback against the Colts. RB Fred Taylor should be back from his ankle injury. This will give them a solid 1-2 punch with Greg Jones.

    The biggest issue the Jags have in beating the Colts is their lack of big-play ability offensively. Look for Indianapolis to go to its hurry-up offense and jump on Jacksonville early. That could put this game away, as the Jags will have to go away from the run and they simply lack the weapons in the passing game to make up the difference, should they fall behind.

    Nope, Jacksonville doesn't have the goods. Colts roll on to 13-0.

    San Diego Chargers (7-4) -- The Chargers likely will be riding a six-game winning streak coming into this game, beating Oakland and Miami at home. They will come in with a lot of confidence. The Chargers know they can win here. The last team to truly give the Colts a scare in the RCA Dome was San Diego, in Week 16 of last season.

    The Chargers will need balance on offense. Drew Brees needs to throw it 30-35 times, and LaDainian Tomlinson needs to carry it 25-30 times. San Diego will need to spread tight end Antonio Gates wide and get him the ball quickly to beat the front four pressure Indy can bring. L.T. also must be involved heavily in the passing game.

    If these things happen, the Chargers will be in this game. To finish the job, they need one receiver to step up on the outside and put pressure on the Cover 2 scheme the Colts employ. Keenan McCardell or Eric Parker must rise to the occasion and have a big day.

    San Diego will score points, but what about the defense? The Chargers boast the second-ranked run defense, which is important. They have the front seven to slow down Edgerrin James, but will this be enough?

    Not if they don't start playing better in the secondary. Corners Quentin Jammer, Drayton Florence, Sammy Davis and Jamar Fletcher are going to have to play the games of their lives. All are capable and talented, but all also have failed to meet expectations.

    Having the 26th-ranked pass defense and and being ranked 29th in interceptions doesn't bode well when you are facing the Colts.

    Seattle Seahawks (9-2) -- With only two games left in the season by then, there is the potential that both Indy and Seattle will have No. 1 seeds locked up. Provided Seattle is playing hard still, this team gets it done. In fact, the Seahawks represent the remaining opponents' best chance for knocking off the Colts.

    Shaun Alexander
    Shaun Alexander could give the Colts' defense significant problems.

    Seattle has the best offensive line of Indy's remaining opponents. The Seahawks can protect the QB and blow open holes in the running game. They have excellent offensive balance and an underrated defense

    In Shaun Alexander, Seattle also has a man who has a great chance to be the league's MVP. The key will be staying patient. If the Seahawks can stay in the game with their defense, Alexander has a chance to carry 30-plus times and be the difference maker. He is running much more physically this season, and his ability to grind out yards and first downs could keep that explosive Indy offense on the sidelines.

    That said, you know you are going to have to score points to beat the Colts. Seattle's passing offense has been on the decline of late. WR Joe Jurevicius has been the offseason signing of the year, but he doesn't give you that consistent big-play element. For Seattle to win, it will need to get Darrell Jackson back. Jackson should be healed from his knee injury for this game, which would give QB Matt Hasselbeck another option in the passing game.

    Defensively, the Seahawks get little respect. They are ranked 26th in total defense. They have played with big leads at times, though, and opponents have piled up meaningless fourth quarter statistics. Seattle's defensive front is ranked fourth in the NFL in sacks. The Seahawks have the guys up front to rattle QB Peyton Manning in the pocket, potentially.

    Seattle might not have a lot of big-name players on defense, but the unit is steady and doesn't make a lot of mental errors. This alone will keep the team in the game.

    When you have two evenly matched teams going head-to-head, there has to be a deciding factor. It might be the special teams, where Seattle has had numerous issues with penalties. You need to be sound on special teams to beat the Colts.

    Arizona Cardinals (3-8) -- If the Colts arrive at this game 15-0, Tony Dungy will face a difficult decision. Do you rest the starters and play the backups, or go for the record? Of course, these are the Cardinals, so he might be able to accomplish both.

    Arizona likely will come in somewhere around 5-10 or 6-9, with a pretty soft schedule coming up. Despite the record, the Cardinals will have one huge factor in their favor. They can throw the ball all over the field.

    They boast the third-ranked pass offense, and they will employ a lot of shotgun formations to keep immobile Kurt Warner away from the Indy pass rush. If he gets time, with Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin as targets, Warner will pick apart a suspect Indy secondary.

    Defensively, the Cardinals haven't been able to stop anyone on a consistent basis. If Manning and Co. play, this will be a shootout. Arizona will be loose and playing with nothing to lose. If the Colts want to put their name in the record books, they will need to play their key offensive starters to get it done.

    Jeremy Green has been an NFL scout for 10 years. Most recently, he was director of pro personnel for the Cleveland Browns.
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    "See how stupid those fans sound complaining about the officials. That is one reason why I hate when Pacers fans complain about the refs - does not come across well at all, no matter the merit. "

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    Yes - Peyton gets so rattled
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    "Warner will pick apart a suspect Indy secondary"


    That is all I heard before the pitt game... how "suspect" the Indy D was.

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    Me thinks the Cards great passing stats may have more to do with them falling behind in almost every game.

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