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Just a few not-so-random thoughts before I head over to McDonald's to spend the rest of my 401K:

The Ravens can beat the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, but if you forced me to bet my house on one team or the other, I'd have to go with the Colts. I'd even give the four points and then root against myself because the Ravens really need this game.

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Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney did not participate in practice on Wednesday or Thursday because of a hamstring injury. I never wish for any athlete to miss a game because of injury, but I really think it would be in Freeney's best long-term interests to be placed on the inactive list this week. I say that out of sincere concern for the guy's welfare. Really. I mean that.

I took quite a beating two seasons ago when I wrote a column suggesting that it was time for Baltimore sports fans to let go of their animosity toward the Indianapolis Colts. Two years later, I'll concede that it would be a lot easier if the Ravens spanked them on Sunday.

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Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron hinted the other day that the Ravens might open up the offense a little more against the Colts. We can only hope. If 10 points wasn't enough overcome the Tennessee Titans and a key personal foul call on the final drive of the game, that probably won't be enough against Peyton Manning.

The Colts do seem particularly vulnerable with Bob Sanders out and Freeney doubtful, but if Manning and his offense start to click, you might as well crawl into a big bag of Doritos. I'll be doing that either way.

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