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David Dorey
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~ 2008 ~
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Prediction: IND 27, CLE 13

Update: Kellen Winslow was limited in practice this week and is listed as questionable to play this week though he is expected to suit and play since this is the older shoulder injury that is still bothering him. Check the Sunday inactives but he appears to be the same as last week.

After winning four straight, the Colts have climbed back into at least wildcard contention and are 4-2 on the road this season. The Browns are amazingly 4-7 on the season and yet only 1-4 at home. The Colts are struggling to regain what they have been for years while the Browns are mostly thinking about what they might be doing next year.

Indianapolis Colts (7-4)
Homefield: Lucas Oil Stadium
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 CHI 13-29 -9.5 44
2 @MIN 18-15 -2 43.5
3 JAX 21-23 -5.5 42
4 BYE - - -
5 @HOU 31-27 -3 47.5
6 BAL 31-3 -4.5 39
7 @GB 14-34 -1 47
8 @TEN 21-31 +4 42
9 NE 18-15 -5.5 45
10 @PIT 24-20 +3.5 38.5
11 HOU 33-27 -9 50
12 @SD 23-20 +3 49.5
13 @CLE - -4.5 45
14 CIN - - -
15 DET - - -
16 @JAX - - -
17 TEN - - -
IND @ CLE Rush Catch Pass
QB Peyton Manning     270,2
RB Joseph Addai 70,1 20  
TE Dallas Clark   30  
WR Marvin Harrison   50,1  
WR Reggie Wayne   90,1  
WR Anthony Gonzalez   60  
PK Adam Vinatieri 2 FG 3 XP  
Pregame Notes: The Colts got past the Chargers and now have a schedule that they could potentially win out if only because the Titans visit in week 17 when they likely no longer care. Ending 12-4 or even 11-5 should get the Colts into the playoffs but won't get them the division. The rushing game has returned and the Colts are on a roll. All they need now is for Bob Sanders to finally get healthy and stay healthy. Center Jeff Saturday will miss the next three to four weeks which won't help but he missed some time last week and the Colts were okay with rookie Jamey Richard.

Quarterback: No changes here with Peyton Manning throwing for multiple scores every week and topping 250 passing yards in most games. His early season string of interceptions has abated and he has thrown only one in the last four games. Just as important - he has only been sacked three times in the last six weeks. Manning is back into Manning form.

Running Backs: Joseph Addai made it two straight weeks with good results when he had 70 yards on 16 carries and added 31 yards on seven receptions in San Diego. The only troublesome part is that he watched Dominic Rhodes get five chances near the goal line where Addai could have scored. The coaches maintain Rhodes with around seven to ten carries per week and elected to use most of them at the goal line last week despite Addai being a bigger player.

Wide Receivers: Reggie Wayne certainly surprised with only two catches for 34 yards last week but Manning only threw him three passes in the game. Wayne been targeted 8-10 times in most games but was bypassed for other receivers last week. Even Marvin Harrison only had 44 yards while Anthony Gonzalez became the primary wideout with six catches for 95 yards and one score.

Manning is still spreading the ball around which is healthy for the offense even if it means the occasional bad game for Wayne.

Tight Ends: Another surprise from the Chargers game was that Dallas Clark only had six catches for 30 yards and no scores despite facing one of the worst defenses at stopping tight ends. Clark's use has waned in recent weeks and he only has three touchdowns on the season. He remains good for around five catches per week but the yardage is minimal and the scores almost nonexistent.

Match Against the Defense: The Browns can be beaten all kinds of ways but look for a solid game here by Addai against a team that has allowed 11 touchdowns by opposing running backs and five runners to top 100 yards. Look for that one score for Addai if Rhodes doesn't hawk it and decent yardage. There will be less need to pass to him this week which won't help.

Manning goes against a secondary that has faced a slew of bad quarterbacks and yet almost always allowed at least one passing score if not two or three. The corners remain a problem for the Brown so expect a score by Wayne and likely one for Harrison as well.

Gaining Fantasy Points IND 7 26 7 10 27 27
Preventing Fantasy Points    CLE 19 21 27 12 9 5

Cleveland Browns (4-7)
Homefield: Cleveland Stadium
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 DAL 10-28 +5.5 49
2 PIT 6-10 +6 45
3 @BAL 10-28 +2 38.5
4 @CIN 20-12 -3.5 44
5 BYE - - -
6 NYG 35-14 +8 43
7 @WAS 11-14 +7.5 42.5
8 @JAX 23-17 +6.5 41
9 BAL 27-37 -1.5 36.5
10 DEN 30-34 -3 46
11 @BUF 29-27 +4.5 42
12 HOU 6-16 -3 50
13 IND - +45 44.5
14 @TEN - - -
15 @PHI - - -
16 CIN - - -
17 @PIT - - -
CLE vs IND Rush Catch Pass
QB Derek Anderson     150
RB Jamal Lewis 90,1 10  
TE Kellen Winslow   40  
WR Braylon Edwards   50  
WR Donte Stallworth   20  
WR Josh Cribbs   20  
PK Phil Dawson 2 FG 1 XP  

Pregame Notes: The Browns HC Bill Cowher Romeo Crennel benched Brady Quinn last week but has since said that Quinn returns as the starter this week and that the quarterbacks's finger is not an issue. Winning in Buffalo was a major success but ten dropping a game to the Texans and scoring only six points before a home crowd is likely to push Crennel ever so close to the "sayonara buddy" line that we all know he is going to cross at some point by the end of the season. Playing the Colts and the Titans next is not the way to cause a turnaround.

Quarterback: Brady Quinn was clearly bothered by his index finger break when he only completed eight of 18 for 94 yards against the Texans last week and was benched. A later examination has discovered that Quinn's finger was not only getting worse but that he was risking tearing tendon from bone and decided to shut it down this year and let it heal. Derek Anderson is back to being the starter only this time he knows he is not who they really want.

Running Backs: Jamal Lewis complained about only getting ten carries last week but his 58 yards were right in line with each of the previous for weeks when he was getting 18 and 19 carries each week. Lewis still has not gained more than 88 yards in a game this year despite having up to 25 carries and scored only four times so far.

Jerome Harrison was given a heavier load with seven carries against the Texans perhaps to reward him for the 72-yard touchdown run that helped win the game in Buffalo but he only gained 31 yards and in essence did nothing but reduce Lewis' numbers.

Wide Receivers: No changes here with Braylon Edwards (5-85) once again turning in a decent game that could have been a big one if only he could catch even half the passes thrown to him. Consider that Edwards has 40 receptions on the season to rank 37th among all wideouts and yet he has 101 passes thrown to him to rank 8th highest in the league. The fact that he gets so many passes thrown to him every week anyway is a testament to the lack of decent wideouts on this team.

Tight Ends: Kellen Winslow comes off his worst game of the year when he only managed one reception for 11 yards against the Texans. Other than his home game versus the Broncos, Winslow has been held scoreless since week one and remained below 65 yards every week.

Match Against the Defense: The Colts will likely be without Bob Sanders again this week but it didn't matter too much with Tomlinson and Lewis is hardly the best runner to face the Colts this year. Look for a good chance at one rushing score and for decent yardage that might approach 100 yards unless the Browns play around with Jerome Harrison again.

Quinn (or Anderson depending) get to face the best team against the pass. Expect only marginal passing numbers here and likely no passing scores since the Colts have only allowed four all season.

Gaining Fantasy Points CLE 28 27 30 7 11 18
Preventing Fantasy Points    IND 1 28 1 8 28 6

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