Okay, so it seems like all I've been hearing this season (since Houston beat the Colts) is that the way to beat Manning is to keep him off the field by running the ball. I think this is a stupid an nonsensical assumption. The way to beat a team is to score more points than they do. There is no other way to beat a team. More after the jump, I guess
The thing is, if Peyton Manning is going to score on you a fair amount of his possessions, that leaves two ways to achieve the objective of scoring more points than the Colts. 1. You must score on a greater percentage of your possessions than the Colts. 2. You must get turnovers so that you have more possessions than the Colts. The only way running the ball factors in is if you happen to have an offense that is good at scoring by running the ball. Manning isn't going to forget how to be an elite QB in 8 minutes on the sideline.
If the passing game is our best asset offensively, then we have to make that work. I believe we have good blocking backs, so that can help against Freeney and Mathis. Unfortunately for us, it looks like Bailey and Goodman might not play. One way or another, if we can get a performance like last week, in terms of getting turnovers, that would be a big key. Getting extra possessions and capitalizing on them -- not to mention scoring touchdowns and not field goals -- is the real way to beat the Colts, in my opinion. I think we can do it, but we'll need some lucky charms.