Ed Thompson's Colts Blog: 11/7, Update 2

Pats center Dan Koppen talks about the Colts and Bob Sanders ... injury updates ... record breakers and an important milestone that could be hit this Sunday. All in today's Colts Blog!

Update 2: Sanders Made a Difference
Patriots offensive center Dan Koppen was interviewed on NFL Sirius radio this morning and had a few interesting comments, but the most significant was the remark he made in reference to the Colts defense. Koppen said that the insertion of safety Bob Sanders changed things up a bit defensively in regards to what the Colts were able to do, and bottom line, he said that Sanders "made a difference in the game."

Koppen also noted that...

-- Since the Colts had a reputation for scoring plenty of points, the Patriots offense had been told before the game that if they got into 4th-and-1 or 4th-and-2 situations, they should be prepared to stay out there and go for the first down.

-- Even though running backs Laurence Maroney and Corey Dillon have slightly different running styles, the Patriots use the same blocking schemes for both of them. After I heard him say that, I wondered if Bill Belichick missed a great opportunity to throw a curve ball at the Colts by using different schemes that the Colts hadn't seen before, as Mike Shanahan and the Broncos did the week prior, helping Mike Bell to run for 135 yards in the second half. But maybe Belichick didn't feel he needed that, and with 145 team rushing yards, maybe they didn't. However, with even more success running, maybe they could have reduced the need to throw and not suffered four interceptions in the process.

Koppen said ultimately the Patriots "were just off" and "didn't make plays in crucial situations."

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Update 1: Injury Updates and Records
The big news out of Indy on Monday was that WR Brandon Stokley should be cleared to practice this week, setting up a possible return to action against Buffalo on Sunday.

Rookie Freddy Keiaho is likely to get plenty of practice this week at middle linebacker after working there for a half on Sunday night. Both Gary Brackett and backup Rob Morris are questionable for this weekend with hamstring problems, so even if one of them returns, Keiaho will need to be ready to step in as he did against the Patriots. Personally, if Brackett can't go, I think the team should let Keiaho stay in there against Buffalo. I like his fire and his instincts over Morris, who has been a great contributor on special teams. Overall head coach Tony Dungy liked what he saw from the Colts' third-round draft pick, who only had two days of practice at the position last week. ""Freddy did some physical things well. And naturally he's not going to be in the right place all the time. But making tackles, running around, dropping (into pass coverage), showing his quickness, and just basically playing ball. He did a a good job," he said.

Reserve safety Matt Giordano (pictured, right) is questionable for this weekend at this stage due to his calf injury that caused him to miss the New England game. And so is special teams contributor and linebacker Keith O'Neil (ankle). Their status won't be known until later this week.

The stage is set for a great moment in NFL history this Sunday. With one more touchdown reception, the tandem of Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison will score their 100th career touchdown. They are already tops in that category all-time, but seeing them hit the century mark will really be something . It's great that the home fans have an opportunity to witness it on Sunday.

Harrison now holds the franchise record for touchdown receptions with 114, breaking Hall of Fame running back Lenny Moore's record last Sunday with his first touchdown catch.

Meanwhile, Manning tied a Johnny Unitas club record that had stood unmatched for over 45 years. With his third consecutive 300-yard passing game, Manning matched the feat accomplished by Johnny U. back in 1963.

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