Know Your Enemy: Indianapolis Colts


Each week, I contact the editor of the FanSided team blog the Ravens are playing that Week.  This week I wrote five questions to Adam Hughes, editor of the Colts blog Naptown’sFinest.  Read what he has to say about the rivalry and more.

1. I’m sure you’ve been asked this question a million times so I’ll get it out of the way. What’s your thought on the whole Andrew Luck thing? Do the Colts draft him? If so, do they trade him, keep him and get rid of Peyton, or hold on to them both?

"If Peyton is healthy and practicing by the spring, it will be hard for the Polians (Bill and Chris) to ditch him.  If there are doubts, it will be a lot easier.    For most of the season, I haven’t been convinced that Indy would actually take Luck, but Bill Polian’s recent comments make it seem more likely.  Archie Manning’s comments this week regarding Peyton were telling with regard to the (im)probability of coexistence."

Continue reading to see the rest of what Adam has to say…

2. As a Colts fan, did you ever foresee this meltdown of a season? How serious did you think Peyton Manning’s injury was and did you know he was this important to the team?

"Until Collins took that first snap against the Texans, I thought Manning would be out there.  Even then, I figured the Colts could win 5-9 games without him, but I guess Indianapolis has fooled me all these years.   A healthy Peyton can hide a lot of flaws, and he did so."

3. Do the Colts go winless this season or do they win any of their remaining games? Which game do they have the best chance of winning?

"They’ll probably screw up their “imperfect” season and beat the Jaguars on the last day.   At least if they go 0-16 they will be remembered as historically bad, and the Orlovsky ties to the 2008 Detroit Lions will be fun, if sad.  At 1-15, it will feel a lot like the lost perfect season two years ago."

4.How did you feel about the Kerry Collins/Curtis Painter debacle? Did you agree with the decision to bring in a veteran or should they have gone with Painter from the get go?

"I thought Painter should have been released last year, with the Colts drafting a capable backup.  He’s terrible, though he had a couple of decent outings early in his starting tenure this season.  I thought that Collins was as good a choice to replace Manning as the Colts could have made, but I didn’t realize how bad the rest of the team was."

5. What are you most looking forward to for this game?

"Honestly, I just want this season to end so we can figure out what’s happening with the Colts going forward.  I suppose, though, that I’m interested to see how much lingering animosity there is toward the Colts in Baltimore.   Maybe there will be some creative manifestations of such among the Ravens fan base."

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