The Colts go on the road, this week, for another big test. The Green Bay Packers have been reeling, going 1-3 in their last 3 outings. In those games, they haven't faced an offense the caliber of the Peyton Manning led Colts.
The big question? Injuries. Colts running back, Joseph Addai, could be sitting for the next two to four weeks with, what is described as, a tweaked hamstring. The latest I have heard was that he would seek a second opinion, but that he could be lobbying to get back on the field sooner than later. The Colts also lost University of Michigan standout, Mike Hart, which had been placed on the IR due to the knee injury he sustained in the game against Baltimore.
The Colts made a trade for 3rd year DT John McGargo, in the 11th hour of the trade deadline, for an undisclosed draft pick. That deal, has since fallen through as McCargo failed his physical when doctors found a bulging disc in his back. McCargo hasn't exactly been a barn burner with the Bills and has spent considerable amounts of time injured. This may have been a blessing in disguise.
Sunday will be a test, as much for the Packers, as the Colts. The Packer defense is 10th in the league in Passing Defense, and lead the league in interceptions. However, Peyton and the Colts offense seem to be hitting their stride.
On the other hand, Aaron Rodgers has shown that he, too, can be dangerous. He has a monster arm, and is not afraid to take of if the pocket collapses and the pressure gets too much. The Colts defense will try to stop the run, then force Rodgers into pressure situations in hopes that he makes mistakes.
I am excited about this game. It is a very important game for both teams, as the Colts try to catch Tennessee, and the NFC North is knotted up in a 3-way tie. A loss for either team will present one more hole to dig themselves out of. We'll find out on Sunday, which team handles the pressure the best.