The Indianapolis Colts finally started showing signs of life last weekend against the Steelers. The Buccaneers have won 2 games in a row, and they are likely to be sky high as they will be playing on Monday Night Football for the first time in quite a while. Here is a look at the matchups in this game:
When the Colts have the ball: The Colts are likely to start Curtis Painter at QB this week. With that in mind, I look for the Colts to really try to get the running game going. Joseph Addai and Delone Carter will probably have succes in moving the ball against a Buc’s D that is allowing 114.0 yards rushing per game and 4.1 yards per carry. The Buccaneers also have had issues with stopping the passing game as opposing teams are averaging 270.7 yards per game in the air. I’m not so sure that the Colts are confident enough in Curtis Painter to let him throw the ball down the field to Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon. Look for TE Dallas Clark and WR Austin Collie to get a lot of work in the short passing game this Monday Night.
When the Buccaneers have the ball: The Colts need to be physical in this game as the Bucs are a young and big team. LeGarrette Blount is going to be a challenge for the Colts’ D as he is likely going to be fed the ball early in the game. DEs Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney are going to have to get to Josh Freeman, or they are going to be in deep, deep trouble. TE Kellen Winslow and WR Mike Williams are likely to be Freeman’s favorite targets in the passing game this Monday Night.
PREDICTION: BUCCANEERS 23, COLTS 9