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The Indianapolis Colts have exceeded even the wildest of expectations this season.
The departure of Peyton Manning? A rookie quarterback and a young roster overall, working against a salary cap strapped with dead money? The Colts’ task was daunting entering the season.
And then, three weeks in, the team’s new head coach, Chuck Pagano, was diagnosed with leukemia and would miss most of the season while undergoing treatment (Pagano is in remission and could return to the sideline Dec. 30).
Anyone would have understood if this young squad had won just four games, and five or six wins would have been considered good given the circumstances.
But no. These “ChuckStrong” Colts (9-4) remarkably have showed grit and determination late in games, led by their sensational signal-caller, Andrew Luck; they amazingly stand one win away from clinching a playoff spot and control their own destiny for the AFC South title, the first of two crucial matchups with the Houston Texans (11-2) occurring at 1...
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Yesterday, I watched in awe as the Denver Broncos dismantled the Baltimore Ravens 34-17 in Baltimore. And the game wasn’t as close as the score would indicate. With their ninth straight victory, this one against one of the best AFC teams, the Broncos are becoming an NFL powerhouse.
The Broncos dominated the first half building a 10-0 lead. It was only because of the exceptional...
(Eds: Adds background, quotes. With AP Photos.) By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer The last time the Denver Broncos won a game in Baltimore, a baby-faced John Elway was making his second NFL start and producing his first career fourth-quarter comeback.
That was way back in 1983, before the Colts left for Indianapolis. The Broncos are 0-5 in Baltimore since the Ravens entered...
With the NFL entering its final two weeks, the MVP race is coming into clear focus.
Most of the attention right now is on the ever-present duo of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, with Adrian Peterson running in third place. So which one do you think should take home the hardware?
That’s the question that NESN Daily posed to Matt Chatham and Jeff Howe, who debated the issue on opposing...
This week playoff races usually start to sort themselves out as teams are able to establish themselves late in the season. This season is a little different as this Sunday only made the playoff picture even cloudier. Dallas, Washington, Minnesota, and Seattle all helped their cause while the Giants, Steelers and Bears put themselves in very intriguing positions. The race for...
Denver Broncos players watched as the San Francisco 49ers beat the New England Patriots Sunday night moving the Broncos into AFC's No. 2 seed for the playoffs. But the Players know they still need to win two more games before anything is set.
The Houston Texans (12-2) presently hold the AFC's No. 1 playoff spot while the Broncos (11-3) hold the No. 2 spot giving both...
It was clear long before last April that the 2012 NFL Draft was going to center around two players. Those two players — quarterbacks, of course — were Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.
Both players were expected to be franchise-changing talents. Luck was the consensus choice for No. 1, but holding the second pick wasn’t expected to be too shabby, either, with Griffin waiting...
Shannon Smallwood posted an article in Rant Sports recently suggesting that Aaron Murray is Peyton Manning 2.0.
Think about these statements made over the years…(FILL IN THE BLANK) can’t win the big game.(FILL IN THE BLANK) makes too many mistakes.(FILL IN THE BLANK) makes poor decisions in big games.Starting to buy into it now aren’t you…
Peyton's Tennessee stats...
Last week the Denver Broncos released 2013 Pro Bowl numbers for players on the team whom were placing in the top five of their individual positions. Denver currently employs an astounding fifteen players that are receiving top five votes:
Numbers as of December 13th, 2012 (Courtesy DenverBroncos.com).
Broncos’ quarterback (and NFL MVP candidate) Peyton Manning currently leads the...
On a day when a Baltimore defense inundated with injury was able to give Peyton Manning everything he could handle and more, the Ravens offense did not show up like the cavalry they were supposed to be. In fact, Flacco and company gave points away to Denver. It was a disgraceful performance.
It wasn't all on Joe Flacco, although Joe admitted after the game the pick-6 he...
You’d think it was Peyton Manning and the Colts out there with the season on the line. It wasn’t. It was the 49ers in a late-season slugfest, in a game the Patriots had no business winning but had somehow fought their way back into.
So why are people upset that Bill Belichick went for it on 4th-and-1?
The 4th-and-1 in the final minutes of the Patriots’ loss to the 49ers on...
Week 15 and a matchup against the long-time-anxiety-causing Indianapolis Colts looms. The Colts don’t have the same ability to strike fear in the hearts of Texans these days like they did with Peyton in charge. But the Texans haven’t faced the Andrew Luck-led Colts yet. While not a lot is frightening on paper about the 2012 Colts versus the 2012 Texans, this team has troubling...
The biggest surprise in the Indianapolis Colts’ game against the Houston Texans on Sunday isn’t the fact that they lost. In fact, it was so expected that the shock would have been if they hadn’t lost. No, the biggest surprise has to be how close they were to almost making another miracle comeback in a season that has seen so many already.
Trailing 20-3 after a Pat McAfee’s...
Peyton Manning. Tom Brady. Aaron Rodgers. All of these quarterbacks have claimed MVP awards since the last running back – LaDainian Tomlinson – took home the honor in 2006. In what is largely considered a passing league, is 2012 the year this streak ends? Through 15 weeks of the season I am inclined to say yes. Because truly no player has been as valuable as Minnesota Vikings’...
Indianapolis Colts (9-4) at Houston Texans (11-2)
The Texans were calling last week’s game in New England their biggest game in franchise history and rightfully so. This is a very young franchise that has played just 2 playoff games in its history and going to New England as an 11-1 #1 seed in week 14 on Monday Night Football is almost as big as it gets. The Texans got destroyed...