After watching the Week 4 matchups, Scouts Inc. shares its 10 key observations:
1. The Colts' running game is back: RB Donald Brown has matured very quickly and the Indianapolis Colts now have a formidable running game once again. Brown doesn't deserve all the credit, but he is quite impressive and is very well-rounded for such a young back. He began the season in somewhat of a closer role, but Brown did damage early against Seattle. Indianapolis also trusts him enough to use him in its two-minute offense. Joseph Addai remains formidable as well and is a real weapon out of the backfield. Another note on this dominant offense: It looks like WR Austin Collie is a contributor as well, and it seems QB Peyton Manning, who is playing better than ever, trusts the rookie.
2. The Ravens and QB Joe Flacco showed a lot in a loss: Baltimore fumbled the opening kickoff and Joe Flacco made a few second-quarter mistakes that ended up being quite costly to his team. But the Ravens and Flacco recovered well despite ending the day in a losing effort. Going to New England against a Bill Belichick-coached defense is a brutal chore for any young quarterback, but Flacco isn't just any young quarterback. This should be viewed as a valuable steppingstone in what looks to be a potentially tremendous career for the Ravens' QB. Flacco has shown only the tip of the iceberg as to what he will accomplish. Ravens fans, don't hang your heads. These teams might just meet again.
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