Even though the game against the Steelers in week 2 was closer than anticipated, there is no question that the Indianapolis Colts have been in a dangerous tailspin since losing the services of first ballot Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning. It has become more and more evident just how important Manning has been to this organization, and just how big an impact a single player can make.
To add insult to injury, journeyman QB Kerry Collins is questionable for the upcoming match against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. Still feeling the after effects of a concussion in last week’s game, Collins’ status for this week is still unknown. If he isn’t ready to go, Curtis Painter is likely to get the start. Although Painter seemed to settle down a bit towards the end of the Steelers game, his career completion percentage is 33.3% and he has earned a dismal 23.8 career QB rating. Not exactly the shot of adrenaline the Colts have been desperately looking for.
The Bucs are riding on a two-game high which has seen them rebound from a 17-0 halftime deficit to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, followed by a hard fought 16-13 win over the rival Atlanta Falcons. Josh Freeman continues to impress and is looking more and more like a legitimate stud in the NFL. His quick thinking on fourth and inches, in the dying minutes of the Falcons game, (drawing the defense offside and then taking a knee) show that he is wise beyond his years.
This should be a pretty good game, but look for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to come out victorious.