Colts Look To Run To Give Manning Some Time

Despite the fact that they never win the preseason, I like the look and attitude that the Colts have shown so far in trying to bounce back from the still numbing playoff loss to the Steelers last January. Peyton Manning and the Colts starters looked crisp and ready to go last night in a 30-17 loss to the Seahawks at the RCA Dome. Manning went just over a quarter, and ended 6-for-9 for 140 and a touchdown. He hit on 6 of his first 7 and make quick reads and good throws all over the field. One thing that does concern me for the Colts is what will happen in the running game and with the passing game if they can’t get the running game going early? I know that the idea to put pressure on Manning will help, but he also has the ability to burn you if need be if you try and blitz all day. But, if the running backs falter, how will that effect the Colts offense as a whole?

Sunday Dominick Rhodes and rookie Joseph Addai combined for 32 yards on 15 carries, which on Sundays in the NFL will not get the job done. Head coach Tony Dungy has to be concerned with that number, as well as with the Colts outlook should that be a growing trend.

My guess is once opening night rolls around at the Meadowlands, the Colts will solve the problems, and start to get some production out of their backs. With Edgerin James in Arizona, they really have no choice but to go with Rhodes and Addai if they plan on having a successful running attack in 2006. That running attack is key if Manning and his core of wide outs still want to play pitch and catch and put up big numbers in the upcoming season.

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