We’re coming to the close of Week 2 in the NFL, and significant injuries have already been unkind to many teams, the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts included. Philadelphia will play Indianapolis in Lucas Oil stadium, where Andrew Luck has a 13-3 record since being drafted by the team as the first overall pick three years ago. Will homefield advantage be the edge that the Colts need?
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It’s Bye Week for the Birds, so no Eagles football today. Sniffle. Spending a Sunday in the fall not watching football is downright criminal, and is therefore not an option. Here are some suggestions for a few games you should check out.
Washington at Carolina – 1 pm, FOX
Rex Grossman is benched (liking how that feels, Rexy?), so John Beck will try to lead the Redskins to defeat over rookie Cam Newton. Cam has been exceptional so far this year, but his team has few wins to show for it. I’m liking the Panthers to win this one. And, a Redskins loss will obviously help Philadelphia.
St. Louis at Dallas – 4:15 pm, FOX
I don’t even have to tell you who I’m rooting for in this one. Can someone please explain to me how Dallas continues to be called “America’s Team” when 90% of the country seems to despise them?
The Rams are looking for their first win this season. This time with backup QB and former Eagle A.J. Feeley, who is taking over for an injured Sam Bradford. I would really like for them to pull the upset, but I don’t see that happening. Poor St. Louis.
Indianapolis at New Orleans – SNF on NBC, 8:20 pm
If I’m being honest, I am terrified of watching this game. The Colts seeking their first win on the road in NOLA? Ay, Dios mio.
But I love the Colts. And without Peyton Manning (*sobs*) the team needs more support than ever. The allure of this 2010 Super Bowl rematch is markedly lessened by the fact that the starting quarterback for the Colts is none other than Curtis Painter. In fact, it nullifies the “rematch” component of it.
Even without Peyton, this team is so much better than the way they have performed thus far this season. I’m hoping they can pull the unlikely upset. Avenge the loss of the 2010 Super Bowl, and start showing that the talent on that team–Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, Robert Mathis, Dwight Freeney–can come together and get it done.
I’m still scared, but I will be watching.
By Miranda Remaklus
With a little work, the Indianapolis Colts were able to retain their star quarterback but have some room to keep some of the other key pieces to the puzzle.
Peyton Manning, the league’s only four-time most valuable player, signed a five year deal with the Colts worth $90 million.
According to NFL.com,Â the contract averages $23 million over the first three years of the deal, with $21 million split over the final two. The deal was cap-friendly and essential to the Colts who are championship hopeful.
According to NFL.com, Manning is currently recovering from his second neck surgery. He missed most of the 2008 preseason while recuperating from surgery on an infected bursa sac in his left knee. Despite the aches and pains of a 35 year old with a successful 13-year-career, Manning has remained gritty and tough in playing 227 consecutive games, including the playoffs.
As for the other key pieces to the Colts championship puzzle, Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne are looking for new deals and Joseph Addai and Charlie Johnson are open market.Â The cap friendly deal for Manning allows the Colts to negotiate with these key players.
The deal makes Manning equal to Patriots QB Tom Brady, who signed a 4-year $72 million contract last season.
The Colts have reportedly re-signed clutch kicker Adam Vinatieri to a three-year deal. They have also reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with defensive back Melvin Bullitt. Linebacker Clint Session, however, signed with the Jacksonville Jags.
Miranda is a contributing baseball writer forÂ Aaron Milesâ€™ FastballÂ on Aerys Sports and will soon launch a general NFL site on the network,Â called Offsides.