When the Colts take the field on Sept. 6 against New Orleans in the season-opener, Drew Brees will be that player. Like a cold and cruel assassin, he'll roam the field of the RCA Dome, attempting to dismantle the Indianapolis defense and silence a raucous crowd.
And there is reason to believe that Brees will have his way against the Colts.
Remember Dec. 18, 2005? That's when Brees entered the RCA Dome as the quarterback of the San Diego Chargers and on that fateful Sunday changed the complexion of the Colts season, ending the hometown team's run at an undefeated campaign with a 26-17 upset.
The San Diego defense clearly made headlines that day, recording four sacks and forcing two Peyton Manning interceptions, but Brees had his moments, finishing the game 22-of-33 for 255 yards.
He hasn't played in the RCA Dome since that day.
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Compare his career completion percentage to some big names like Tom Brady, Brett Favre and Trent Green. Brees ranks above of all of them in that category. And he's coming off the best season of his career, throwing for 4,418 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2006.
Against the Colts on Sept. 6, I just have to believe he's going to have a big, big day.
Whenever you take a look inside the Indianapolis defense, there are always question marks. But after losing starting cornerbacks Nick Harper and Jason David to free agency, this year's pass defense looks particularly suspect. Don't get me wrong, I could eventually warm up to the idea of Kelvin Hayden and Marlin Jackson on the outside, but for right now I'm skeptical, particularly with Hayden.
As a former college safety, June was a key player in Tony Dungy's Cover Two scheme, and Indianapolis will miss him. The Colts can't afford to miss Sanders too. He's the emotional leader, and the heart and soul of the defense.
If Sanders is not healthy, the Colts are in trouble - deep trouble. He's not expected to be out long, but then again, who expected him to miss 10 regular-season games last season?