I'm not sure why the Colts are even making the trip to Dallas. They are doomed according to this worthless stat that I read this morning. This Sunday's game is the 700th game in the Cowboy's history, and they are 4-2 when playing in their hundredth game. I read that and immediately thought someone had entirely too much time on their hands, didn't have much of anything of real substance to report, and --most importantly -- I wasted about 5 seconds of my life that I wouldn't get back. Oops, now you have too. Sorry about that, but I had to vent a bit.
Okay, so here is some info that is worth sharing. The Colts better find a way to keep Dallas out of the redzone this weekend, because they are the second-most effective club in the NFL in that area. Out of 36 trips inside their opponents' 20-yard line so far this season, they've scored 21 touchdowns and 9 field goals. That means they're putting points on the board 83 percent of the time they cross that mark.
How's this for a kick in the you-know-what? The Steelers haven't won a road game yet this season. Not one. Heck, they even lost to the Raiders on the road. Sure would have been nice if they would have started that streak one just one game earlier -- in the post-season in Indy last year. Ah well, barring some sort of miraculous recovery, they'll be relegated to a spoiler role within a few weeks. Not that I'm still bitter towards them or anything. Nope...not me. Noooooooooo....
We have the greatest fans in the world at ColtPower, so I'm going to start including some of their most insightful comments into my blog to recognize them for their insight, or add another perspective to their comment, or just because their comment was so darn funny. For those fans who have been with us for a number of years, we used to refer to these as "Powerful Posts" and I'm glad to have a column like this where we can resurrect that concept.
djgreyhound: "Personally, I will be throwing up if Vandershank nails a game-winning FG.
Couldn't agree with you more, dj. I hope it doesn't even come down to that. But if Vandy does get to try a game-winner in this one against Indy, how poetic would it be if it sailed....wide right....by a mile. Not that I'm still bitter or anything. Nope...not me. Noooooooo....
EnglishColt: "The Cowboys have played two legitimate offences the Eagles and Giants and they put up 38 and 36 points on them, one on the road and one away....and ohh lost them both. *shrugs* Anyone not think we have a better offense than both of those teams? It's going to be a tough game ..most are in the NFL. But the Cowboys are a slightly above average NFC team, if we play how we can we will win. The Colts are 5-0 against quality teams. The Cowboys? 1-3 with losses to the Eagles, Giants and Jags.
Overall, I agree with your assessment, EnglishColt. I would give the Cowboys some credit for the whomping they put on the now 5-4 Panthers though. You're right, it should be tough game, but if the Colts get back to playing the way they have in 3 of their 4 games since the bye (prior to the Bills game), they should be fine. Dallas' loss to the Redskins was bizarre, and then they didn't look dominant against a pretty sad Arizona team. But I guess they could say the same about the Colts performance last week against the Bills. Romo is being hailed as the next Roger Staubach or Troy Aikman, but he didn't lead them to a victory over Washington, a team that the Colts slapped around like a cat with a ball of yarn. I think they're going to miss Greg Ellis in this one. And I won't be surprised if Romo becomes too hyped up in front of his home fans against an undefeated team and makes some mistakes that could create a gap. We're going to learn quite a bit about him this weekend as that kind of pressure will help separate the man from the myth if such a gap exists.
jhegley: "...The consistency of the Colts over these past years really separates them from the rest of the league and that is what I so enjoy. They haven't won a Super Bowl but they have been one of, and often the best team and for that I am most thankful. I have certainly enjoyed these past football seasons in spite of not even getting to the big game and I am enjoying this season too, whether or not the Colts finally make it to the top!"
I know that many fans only think the Super Bowl trophy is all that's important when a season is done. But I have to agree with jhegley on this one. I have so many great memories watching this team over the years dating well back into the Baltimore era even though they've only claimed the trophy once during all those years. It's about the overall experience from year to year, not a ring or a trophy -- at least that's the way it is for me. Don't get me wrong. I can't even imagine what my reaction will be when this team does hoist a Lombardi Trophy again, but whatever it is, it will be in part because of the long journey, not just that single moment. A Super Bowl victory is an incredible moment. I know it from Super Bowl V. But it's fleeting as well. Ask the Steelers fans who are currently wondering if they really want to wear their Roethlisberger jerseys out in public and how high their first pick in next year's draft will be. The greatest joy in pro football is the week to week experience that is increasingly becoming a year-round experience for die-hard fans who refuse to allow it to be shortened to September through January.
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