Friday, November 7, 2008
Mahatma Does Football (14-5)
Indianapolis Colts (+3) @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers are now in everyone’s radar again after dismantling the Foreskins. Now an even tougher opponent (WHAT?!) comes to Steel town. The Colts scare me despite their averagedom this season. Their offensive line is playing better and they are healthy again finally. Peyton Manning has gotten the offense out of its funk and the receivers are getting it going. Dallas Clark and Joseph Addai are back in the saddle.
Traditionally this offense has typically struggled against the 3-4 defenses that was until they defecated all over Baltimore. The Steeler defense is playing at a highlevel this season. The pass rush is getting to most teams and when they aren’t the secondary has adequately helped out.
The real concern here is the health of QB Ben Roethlisberger. Roeth can make it all happen but has played like Derek Anderson for stretches. A lot of this has to do with the fact that the Steelers employ an offensive coordinator who picks his plays out of a hat. Take this game for instance. The Colts are horrendous against the run so the Steelers will likely come out in 5 wide receivers! It’s brilliant! Also Byron Sandwich might be quarterbacking the Steelers. Sandwich looked decisive on Monday but was still the guy who hasn’t learned to throw with touch. Moreover, he knows only 20% of the playbook. Shouldn’t a seasoned pro know that shit by know. I mean really it’s only been 2.5 months. Also Fast Willie Parker is now out. YAY.
Anyway, the Steelers have a 13-1 record against the Colts at home all time. When in doubt go with history.
Pittsburgh – 27
Indianapolis - 21
Tennessee Titans (-3) @ Chicago Bears
Titans don’t do anything for me. They are boring, unspectacular and likely smell like shit. But everyone loves them. Why? Because they win? Now they have a great defense, great running game and great game manager. You guys are aware that this team was in the playoffs last year too right?
Anyway, Titans run well. Bears run well. Titans play great defense. Bears play great defense. Bears have Sexy Rexy while the Titans have Hairy Kerry (?). The similarities are endless.
So who wins this battle? You know what someone needs to come out of the NFC North and it might as well be the Bears. Rex 'Nasty' Grossman will appease the fans of Chicago by not turning the ball over 4 times and the BEARS win!
Chicago - 24
Tennessee - 14