I sit in my living room with a hoarse voice and slight buzzing in my ear from a stadium that was absolutely crazy. There was a lot of tension heading into this game as everyone thought that this would be a statement game as to how the rest of the season would go. After all, the Colts had only beaten the Texans and the Vikings, thus far, and only did so in the very latter stages of the game.
Today was a statement. The Colts are back.
From the very first series, the Colts defense smacked the Baltimore offense around. They beat them on the line and beat them continuously. Flacco was picked 3 times and the Colts recovered 2 fumbles. They also allowed less than 60 yards on the ground. But more of statement was that they took the Number 1 defense in the league to the woodshed. Ray Lewis did a lot of talking, but was not a factor. Peyton Manning sliced and diced the Ravens defense with a two pronged attack of an aerial displayand a workable running game that helped the play-action work.
The Ravens could do very little against a defense that finally answered the call, and showed themselves as the same team that was the Colts defense of last year.
It was nice to see the offense, not only clicking, but hitting on all cylinders. The only concern was the combination of Joseph Addai and Mike Hart going out with injuries. Considering the lack of depth at the running back position, it could mean that that the Colts look to bring a free agent onto the roster, sometime this week.
It looked, though, like the timing issues of the offense have gone by the wayside. Peyton torched the Ravens with throws all over the field. There was only one real miscue that I saw, as Marvin zigged as Peyton was expecting a zag. Which, by the way, Marvin Harrison also looked like a man out to prove he was not washed up.
Just a note to Tennessee....Don't get too comfortable at the top of the Division. We're coming for you!