Exhibit A - Miami vs. Indy. 45 min. of possession and more yards than Indy...yet still lost.
Manning excels in hurry-up situations because he calls his own plays from the line of scrimmage. Forcing Manning into a no-huddle situation will only get you burned.
The best strategy, from what I've seen, is to try and match them while hoping for a mistake by the Colts offense.
Everybody falls for the theory that you must run against the Colts to keep Manning off the field. Here are the problems with that:
1. Manning is better in the hurry offense than in the normal offense.
2. The Colts defense is MUCH better when they have 8 men in the box -- Bob Sanders gets to play the run instead of the pass (Sanders is amazing vs. the run, so-so vs. the pass)
So, by running on them, you play right into their hands. The only team that DOESN'T take a run-first approach to the Colts is San Diego, and they're been pretty successful vs. Indy. The Steelers aren't afraid to get into a shoot-out w/ Manning Either.
Let's Air it out!