NFL Online Wagering Update: Colts Suffer Huge Loss with Sanders Injury
But on Wednesday the team suffered a major loss when the team reported what Indy fans already knew and feared: S Bob Sanders will the rest of the 2010 season due to an elbow injury.
Sanders is one of the key pieces on this team and the only other player that means more to this team is arguably QB Peyton Manning himself.
When wagering online fans think of the Colts they think automatically –and correctly- think of Peyton Manning as the face of the franchise. Without Manning this team would not function. But Sanders brings that same kind of importance to the defensive side.
The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year allows the Colts defensive to do things that it ordinarily wouldn’t be able to do and allows this team a flexibility that makes it one of the best defenses in the NFL online wagering when he’s healthy and contributing.
The Colts defense relies on its speed rushers like Dwight Freeney and Booger McFarland up front to harass the passer and force opponents to get the ball out early. In order to rely so heavily on the blitz, you need players in the secondary that can cover receivers who will be open. This could be only for a split second of time when the team blitzes. The Colts CBs are average at best and Sanders provides the help option that allows the Colts to run this blitzing scheme.
Additionally, Sanders is a terrific run support specialist and the run defense is the Colt’s biggest weakness on defense. With Sanders in the game he helps cover up the Colts’ biggest weaknesses on defense and allows the team to play aggressive defensive schemes, acting as a sort of centerfield eraser to cover up any mistakes.
But even more than that, he’s one of rare players in the wagering online action that has a knack for making big plays. Think Ed Reed or Troy Polamalu and that’s the kind of spark that Sanders brings.
He can make game changing plays all by himself and without him in the secondary the Colts defense just suffered a mighty, mighty blow in their quest to get back to the Super Bowl online wagering action.