I was busy moving into my new place today, so Eyes in the Backfield is a little late. Sorry it’s such a bleak one this week, folks, but I can’t see the Horse winning this game. Honestly, I’ll be encouraged if it’s even close. Here’s a taste:
Last week we came up with a big win. This week, the Horse comes up against a tough team playing at home. The Colts and Steelers haven’t met since that awful day in January a couple of years ago. The stakes aren’t quite so high when the two teams meet at Heinz Field on Sunday, but it’s a big game nonetheless. This week:
1. Watch for Roethlisberger to shoulder the load. He had to leave Monday night’s win with a bum wing, and didn’t practice all week. He came back to practice today, and will probably start on Sunday. With Willie Parker already out, a gimpy Roethlisberger is going to have tough it up. If he isn’t effective, the Colts may well have a chance to win.
2. Watch for total domination. The Steelers are 18-5 against the Colts all time. The Colts franchise hasn’t won a game in Pittsburgh since the 60s. This series has been utterly one-sided. The surprising thing is that the teams have only played 23 times. Considering that neither Indianapolis nor Baltimore is that far from Pittsburgh, it’s odd the conference rivals have met so infrequently.
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