Tonight, Lucas Oil Stadium will host its first NFL game. Sure, it’s preseason, but it’s still a milestone. Remember the first four years of the decade? We didn’t know whether the Colts were going to be in Indianapolis for much longer. It seemed imminent that they would move to Los Angeles. In late 2004, they announced that we were getting a new stadium, and here it is. What was once a dream is now a reality. We have the best stadium in the NFL. We aren’t watching the Colts play in a bubble anymore. Lucas Oil Stadium is finished.
Buffalo Bills: 1-1
Leading Passer: Trent Edwards, 122 yards
Leading Rusher: Xavier Omon, 60 yards
Leading Receiver: Roscoe Parrish, 69 yards
Leading Tackler: Ashton Youboty & John Wendling, 13 tackls
Indianapolis Colts: 1-2
Leading Passer: Quinn Gray, 367 yards
Leading Rusher: Mike Hart, 92 yards
Leading Receiver: Jacob Tamme, 121 yards
Leading Tackler: Jordan Senn, 20 tackles
3 Colts Players To Watch
Dwight Freeney: He’s back and hopefully better than ever. It feels like forever since we’ve seen Freeney play. Now his Lis Franc injury is healed and hopefully has no chance of reinjuring. Now we need to see if he has lost a step or not. For a speedy defensive end, injuring a foot can be the worst possible kind of injury. If he still has his spin move, he will be able to dominate again. If he doesn’t, I think we lost a lot of money with his contract.
Bob Sanders: He’s back and hopefully better than ever. Bob Sanders hasn’t crushed someone for a while, and I’m sure he is dying to do so. I feel sorry for the Bills running backs. They are going to be demolished by Sanders tonight. I’m never concerned about Sanders’ offseason surgeries. As long as he is playing, the Colts have one of the three best defenses in the league. Bob Sanders’ importance is unfathomable. This team needs him on the field, so hopefully he will be 100% healthy. Tonight we can see if he is back.
Charlie Johnson: Mike Pollak is hurt, so that means Charlie Johnson is the starting right guard. Charlie Johnson was awful last year, and we need some protection for Manning if he is still frail against the Bears. Johnson has to look good tonight or else I am all for giving Jamey Richard his starting job.
Bills Players To Watch
JP Losman: Trent Edwards is injured, so that means JP Losman will be starting this game. Losman was terrible when he was a starter, and the injury-depleted Colts defensive line needs to get some pressure on him if they want to stop the offense.
Xavier Omon: You may not care about him. I don’t really care about him. However, he is really good on NFL Head Coach 09, so I will be paying attention to him.
Leodis McKelvin: McKelvin is one of the best rookies this season and a favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year. He’s been returning kicks and already has a touchdown. On defense, he has five tackles. McKelvin is good, and it will be a good test for Sorgi, Gray, and/or Lorenzen.
Lineup For Tonight