The showdown everyone expected will be realized on Sunday when the Colts come to Foxboro. With Ty Law joining Tyrone Poole on Injured Reserve, Colts white-hot QB Peyton Manning will face a relatively untested group of secondary receivers. Veteran safety Rodney Harrison, who intercepted Manning in last year's AFC Championship game, will be asked to rally his troops to defend against the Colts devastating, Manning-led passing attack. Many are already questioning whether the Pats D will be able to do anything to stop the Colts O. Nick Cafardoof The Boston Globe, Kevin Mannix of The Boston Herald, Alan Greenbergof The Hartford Courant, and Michael Parenteof The Woonsocket Call discuss.
Kevin Paul Dupont of the Globe recounts Manning's sizzling game yesterday, in which he threw for a Colts record 457 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran one in as the Colts routed the hapless Denver Broncos 49-24.
Michael Gee of the Herald also reviews yesterday's game, and reports Manning is looking forward to a shot at redemption in Foxboro, the site of two huge Colts losses in the last twelve months.
Jim Donaldson of The Providence Journal is of the opinion the best defense the Pats can employ against the Colts is offense. Donaldson suggests the team would do well to run Corey Dillon often and hope to control the clock with long sustained drives that do not end in punts or field goals.
Parente discusses the importance of defensive lineman Richard Seymour, whose availability remains unknown as the Pro-Bowler recovers from a knee injury. As Parente points out, Seymour's presence could go a long way towards disrupting Manning's timing, which would make things easier on the secondary.
Cafardo and Dupont combine on a notebook in the Globe that discusses Romeo Crennel's emergence as the top candidate for the Browns open head coaching position. Crennel met with Cleveland officials over the weekend, and reportedly impressed them greatly.
In his notebook, Dan Pires of The Standard Times covers Manning and the coaching changes.
Ian Clark of The Union Leader discusses some keys to the game for the Patriots, which include getting banged-up Eugene Wilson onto the field, putting pressure on Manning, and a huge game from Corey Dillon.