“We’re prepared for anything,” Colts linebacker Gary Brackett said recently. “Obviously, you play in Miami for that great weather; but if it’s rain, we’ve done that before and we’ll know how to handle ourselves. At this level, guys are going to throw the football. But rain does make it just a little bit sloppier of a game. There were turnovers in the Chicago game that probably wouldn’t have been there if the weather were sunny, just because the ball was slick. As a defender we know that, so you want to attack the ball a little bit more.”
Neither team played in rain this season, but the Colts did play in snow in their finale at Buffalo. Little can be gleaned from that game because Indy sat many of its regulars. But if the past is truly prologue, you can expect Manning to run his aerial offense regardless of the conditions. Against the Bears three years ago, he attempted 38 passes (completing 25) for 247 yards and a touchdown, with one interception. He was sacked once.
“We’ll get prepared for it just in case we have to deal with some of the same issues we had to deal with last time,” Colts coach Jim Caldwell said Monday. “It looks like it may rain during the course of the week, so maybe we’ll have an opportunity to practice in it. But our game plan won’t change.”
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