Friday, January 19, 2007

That last post was a nice diversion and now it's time to get back to what I write about every January: how Peyton Manning will manage to lose a playoff game to the New England Patriots. For the first time since 1971, the Colts will host the AFC Championship game. A victory that year over the Oakland Raiders propelled the Colts, then playing in Baltimore, to a victory in Super Bowl V over the Dallas Cowboys on Jim O'Brien's field goal. This will also be the third playoff game between the Colts and Patriots in the last four years, the first that the Colts will host.

Unfortunately, as I've maintained for a year now, the Colts likely had their best chance to win a Super Bowl last year in a wide-open AFC. I have no legitimate reason to believe, as much as I would like to, that the Colts will win. This isn't even going to be that good of a game. The Colts aren't a very good team, unless you take two good games to negate the year-long misery of the league's 23rd-ranked defense.

Of course, since I was wrong about every game this past weekend and predicted that the Ravens and Chargers would be meeting in this game, maybe my pessimism will guide the Colts to an upset at home.

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