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Not everyone was ready for season’s kickoff
Seeing the Colts manhandled all over the field rather than bonding together without Manning was shocking.
Yes, the Texans finally might be a legitimate playoff contender. Still, it wasn’t as if the folks in Indy didn’t have an inkling that Manning no longer was indestructible. If any team should have had a backup plan, and been prepared for all contingencies come opening kickoff, it was the Colts.
“We had fumbles, sacks, penalties, any way you could shoot yourself in the foot, we did it,” center Jeff Saturday said. “But to be truthful, I don’t think if Peyton was back there it would have been much better…”
Now that truly is frightening for Colts fans.
One team that was ready, willing and able Sunday was Washington, which upset the injury-battered Giants 28-14. Perhaps coach Mike Shanahan had it right after the lockout when he went with his starters in preseason games much more than in the past _ and certainly more than the Redskins’ opponents. Among those opponents: the Steelers and Colts, who essentially mailed in their performances in those exhibition matches.
Not much changed for Pittsburgh and Indy in the season openers, either.
AP Sports Writers Joseph White in Washington and David Ginsburg in Baltimore contributed to this story.
By Tammy Bruce
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