1. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Week 12, November 28)
Ugh…this guy again? Indianapolis’ extra game in this 18-week season pitted them against Tampa Bay, who finished second in the NFC South last year despite their run to the Super Bowl. That means another matchup with Brady, who victimized the Colts time and time again when he was with the Patriots.
Sure, Peyton Manning matched him blow for blow numerous times and even got the better of him en route to a championship, but the reason Indy failed to get more rings under Manning was Brady and the Patriots standing in their way, and they’ll look to take down Carson Wentz this year.
Will the Colts be able to beat Tom Brady?
In an unprecedented move, the Bucs were able to retain all of the key free agents from their championship team, meaning that they could be theoretically as strong this year as they were in their miraculous championship season last year.
On paper, the Colts can at the very least put up a fight against a very tough Tampa Bay team, but that is naught but ash in the hands of Brady. In addition to their advantages at several key offensive positions, Brady devil magic will likely rear its head once again to bite Indianapolis in the rear.