Here's your amazin', or not, stat of the day for a snowy Monday morning: Three-fourths of the way through the NFL seasaon, the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams have the exact same record.
Six up, six down. And with roughly the same shot at making the playoffs, to boot.
And after four more picks and two more pick sixes, can we please take the gloves off on Peyton Manning? Yes, his line's beat up. Yes, he has no running game (although the Colts don't even try to run anymore). Yes, he's playing with backups to backups at wide receiver and tight end.
So how does this make the Colts different from everyone else at this stage of the season?
Watching Peyton make bad throws and, shockingly, worse decisions Sunday only solidifies something long suspected but only whispered to date: The guy doesn't deal well with adversity. Hit him and he gets, well, jittery. Hit him like he's been hit this season -- think Bill Polian's still a genius now after rashly offloading lineman Ryan Lilja in the offseason? -- and he gets out-and-out rattled.
Contrast this to what we saw out of Ben Roethlisberger last night, who, playing on a broken foot and with a broken nose, somehow guided the Pittsburgh Steelers to a win on the road against the fearsome Balitmore Ravens defense.
He, too, got hit, and a lot worse than Manning has this year. He, too, was playing with a patchwork offensive line that couldn't keep the Ravens out of his kitchen. He, too, was playing with a threadbare receiver corps; these days the Steelers are down to one deep threat and zero tight ends.
Somehow he found a way to win. Somehow, under frankly less dire circumstances, Manning found a way to lose.
Quite the contrast. And more than a little educational, too.