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Robert Mathis: 'Count on 93' being there

7) Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney Now that

7) Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney

Now that we've covered all the Colts' offensive weapons, let's talk defense -- as in 23 combined sacks from defensive ends Mathis and Freeney. The Colts are pass-rushing specialists, as evidenced by Brackett's 9 1/2 sacks and Freeney's 13 1/2 (third-most in the NFL). The Jets will try to pound the ball on the ground, but that will be tough if they fall behind. Photo Credit: Newsday.com composite

Dwight Freeney spoke about being day-to-day and unsure if he'll be well enough to play in Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday. But the Colts' other defensive end, Robert Mathis, said he expects to have Freeney lined up a few gaps down from him against the Saints.

"He's a competitor, so you know he's not going to want to miss this," Mathis said. "You can count on 93 being on that right side."

Mathis added that if he has to, he could move over to the right side where Freeney normally rushes. He played that side in college and has taken snaps there this season when the defensive ends rotate. "We flip back and forth," he said.

Mathis, who had 9 1/2 sacks and five forced fumbles this season, also said that with Freeney at the very least limited on Sunday, he doesn't expect any more or less attention from the Saints than he's gotten all year. "I don't know if you can get any more than what we've been getting, double chippers and whatever," he said. "You just have to take what they give you and turn your lemons into lemonade. I've been getting double teamed for the longest (time) so I don't expect anything different."

He also noted that he won't change HIS approach either.

"You just have to attack the game the same way," he said. "You can't deviate too much from what you've been doing."

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