> As a rookie firstround draft pick out of Iowa last year, DALLAS CLARK had just carved a niche in offensive coordinator Tom Moore's tight-end-friendly scheme when a broken leg in late November ended his season. Fully healed, Clark remains the rare tight end who's a safety valve and a deep threat. He looked impressive in camp, particularly in goal line situations.
ENEMY LINES An opposing scout's view
Winning a playoff game on the road [in Kansas City] last season was a huge boost to their confidence. That gives them an edge heading into the season.... Peyton Manning runs that offense with total efficiency. As long as he stays healthy and keeps getting rid of the ball so quickly, he'll only improve.... What's impressive is how in sync Manning and Marvin Harrison are. They make it look easy.... Edgerrin James got better as last season went on, but he's not the player he was.... The Colts' problem is that the offense has to carry the team. They have to put so much pressure on the opponent, through time of possession and scoring points, that they make the other team alter its game plan.... Defensively, I don't know how they do it. Must be with mirrors. They run lots of stunts, but that makes them vulnerable to the run.... Dwight Freeney is a one-man wrecking crew, but they need someone else to step up. I don't know who will.... The secondary is average, and the Colts must think so too, because they keep going through players.... They're still my favorite in the division.
Freeney is a one-man wrecking crew, but they need somebody else to step up. I don't know who.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP with 2003 statistics
2003 RECORD: 12--4
NFL RANK (rush/pass/total):