To emerge from Foxboro victorious Sunday, the Colts need more from Peyton Manning.

It hasn't all been smooth sailing for Peyton Manning and that guy to his left who is supposed to be the offensive coordinator this season.

Yes, his arsenal of weapons is depleted, but in two of the Colts past four wins – over Kansas City and Cincinnati – Manning has been pedestrian.

In those two contests Manning completed just 57.5 percent of his passes, threw no touchdown passes, and averaged 214.5 yards per game.

That won’t cut it against the Patriots.

If anyone can get inside Manning’s brain and rattle him it’s Patriots coach Bill Belichick. However, this time around Belichick will throw one of the NFL’s youngest defenses at Manning and company.

No more Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, and Asante Samuel jumping Manning’s timing routes for interceptions. No more Tedy Bruschi and Mike Vrabel disrupting the middle of the field.

Youth isn’t always a bad thing, but on this Patriots’ defense there is youth across the board.

Only three defensive starters had more than two NFL seasons under their belt entering the 2010 season – Vince Wilfork (six), Rob Ninkovich (four), and Brandon Meriweather (three). Four are rookies and three are second-year players.

While Belichick will tell you that stats are for losers – as he did in response to a question regarding Randy Moss last season – let’s take a look anyway.

New England has given up 23.8 points and 277.8 passing yards per game despite facing only one top-tier offense this season – the Chargers.

Manning and the Colts’ offense will have to score plenty of points with Tom Brady looming on the other side of the field.

While the final score indicates a defensive triumph for the Colts over the Bengals last week, that was hardly the case. Five turnovers ultimately doomed Cincinnati, but for the most part Carson Palmer and the passing offense had its way with the Colts. Palmer completed 73.8 percent of his passes for 292 yards and a pair of touchdowns. If Palmer did that to the Colts’ defense in Indianapolis, what will Brady do to them in the friendly confines of Gillette Stadium?

There’s a shootout brewing in Foxboro Sunday. For the Colts to survive, Manning and the offense will have to step it up a notch and expose a young Patriot defense.