Posted on: December 4, 2008 12:48 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2008 12:55 pm

Bengals@Colts - It is but to laugh - prelude

I checked the line this morning on the impending matchup between the Bengals and the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Las Vegas has the Colts by 13 1/2. Not sure why they don't just bump it to two touchdowns and leave it there. Chances are good it will be there by game time, and chances may be better that the Colts will roll over the Bengals like the Ravens did last Sunday.

That's the first clue that another beatdown of possibly horrific proportions could be coming Sunday. I decided to read the CBS preview, and, while I will dig into the stats a little more with a "By The Numbers" preview blog sometime before the game (because I enjoy torturing myself), I only had to see one feature on the preview page to tell me how this one will likely go.


Look on the right hand side of the page. Scroll down almost to the bottom. Check out the "Key Players" section. Peyton Manning for the Colts (281 for 445 -- 2,948 yards -- 19 passing TDs), and Cedric Benson (114 carries for 335 yards and 1 TD, 13 catches for 77 yards) for the Bengals. The Colts throw Manning out there, and the best the Bengals can come up with is Cedric Benson? Should they even bother making the trip up I-74? Ye gods!

Posted on: October 15, 2008 12:13 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2008 4:34 pm

Running backs at a premium now -- What's up?

At least two notable teams ran into problems at the running back position this week.

The Colts have placed rookie Mike Hart on injured reserve with a season-ending knee injury. Joseph Addai is out with a hamstring injury that is still being evaluated. Clifton Dawson has been signed, and Chad Simpson has been signed to the active roster from the practice squad.

The Redskins signed Shaun Alexander to a one-year deal to back up Clinton Portis while Ladell Betts is recovering from a knee injury.

I haven't had a chance to look just yet. Does anybody know of any other teams dealing with significant injury issues at the running back position?

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