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Colts beat Broncos on last second FG, 34-31

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by ravenhater on Sunday 29 October 2006 at 10:15 pm

Today is a good example of why the Colts spent the money to lure Adam Vinatieri away from the Patriots, because he’s money with the game on the line. Vinatieri kicked a 37 yard FG with 2 seconds left to seal another Colts victory. Peyton Manning had an outstanding game against the Broncos “tough” defense. Manning completed 32 of 39 passes for 345 yards and 3 TDs. Joseph Addai got most of the carries in the running game, toting the ball 17 times for 93 yards (5.5 ypc) and he caught 5 passes for 37 yards. Dominic Rhodes carried the ball 3 times for 0 yards, but he caught 3 passes for 43 yards. WR Reggie Wayne was the main man for Manning this week, catching 10 passes for 138 yards and 3 TDs!!!! TE Dallas Clark chipped in 6 catches for 68 yards. Marvin Harrison was bottled up by the Broncos defense, catching 5 passes for 38 yards.

The Colts were lucky that Manning & Co. had a great game, because the defense was pathetic again! LB Gary Brackett came to play with 12 tackles and a 1/2 sack, but most of his buddies on the defense were AWOL! The Broncos rushed for 227 yards in 36 carries (6.3 ypc)! The Broncos completed 13 of 21 passes for 169 net yards passing.

Colts by the numbers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by ravenhater on Thursday 26 October 2006 at 5:06 pm

The Colts are starting to click on all cylinders on offense and are averaging 28.5 points per game. The Colts running game is starting to pick up as they now are averaging 111.2 yards rushing and 3.9 yards per carry. The Colts are throwing the ball well, as usual, putting up 261.8 net yards passing per game and completing 63.6% of their passes.

The defense has stunk for the Colts so far this season allowing 20.3 points per game. The Colts run defense has been downright pathetic, allowing 158.0 yards rushing per game and 5.2 yards per carry. The Colts pass defense also has been lousy, as teams complete 66.3% of their pass attempts for 167.3 net yards passing.

Colts vs. Broncos

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,This Week's Matchup Report by ravenhater on Wednesday 25 October 2006 at 1:58 pm

Someone’s winning streak is gonna end on Sunday! The Colts are standing at 6-0 this season, while the Broncos have ridden a five game winning streak to the top of their division at 5-1.

The Broncos defense is only allowing 7.3 points per game, but they haven’t played a team with an offense the caliber of the Indianapolis Colts. Look for the Colts to send their two-headed running back, Joseph Addai (354 yards rushing) and Dominic Rhodes (299 yards rushing) at the heart of the Broncos defense that allows 90.3 yards rushing per game and 3.6 yards per carry. The Colts will then attack the Broncos secondary, including Champ Bailey! Peyton Manning (1,620 yards, 12 TDs) has made it a habit of having big games against the Broncos…..usually in the playoffs. Marvin Harrison (39 rec, 515 yards) and Reggie Wayne (28 rec, 504 yards) could each have big games against the slightly over-rated Bronco defense.

Look for the Broncos to be very vanilla on offense again. The Broncos strength (running the ball) matches perfectly with the Colts defense (defending the run). Look for Denver to give the rock to Tatum Bell (585 yards rushing) until he gets tired. Then they will put in Mike Bell and keep running the ball. The Colts pass defense hasn’t been to good either (89.1 opponents QB rating), so the Broncs might take a few shots down field to Javon Walker (29 rec, 495 yards) and Rod Smith (22 rec, 205 yards).Â

This should be a good football game. If the Colts get an early lead and take the Broncos out of their preferred offense..the Colts will win the game. If the Broncos get their running game going and get a lead, they should win the game.

Colts suffer two huge injuries to defense

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Injury Reports by ravenhater on Tuesday 24 October 2006 at 2:24 am

The Colts defense hasn’t played well all season and now it has lost two key parts. Safety Mike Doss is out for the season after tearing his ACL against the Redskins on Sunday. Starting DT Montae Reagor fractured the orbital bone near his eye during a car accident on Sunday. He needed 35 stitches to close the wound and will require surgery. Reagor could miss most of the rest of the season.

Colts win easily 36-22 over Skins

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by ravenhater on Monday 23 October 2006 at 9:48 am

The Colts got aggressive on offense and put away the Redskins quickly. Peyton Manning completed 25 of 35 passes for 342 yards with 4 TDs. Joseph Addai continues to look good running the ball with 11 carries for 85 yards (7.7 ypc). Dominic Rhodes had a rougher time with 13 carries for 26 yards (2.0 ypc). WR Reggie Wayne had a great game, catching 7 passes for 122 yards and a TD. Marvin Harrison caught 7 passes for 73 yards and 2 TDs. TE Ben Utecht caught 4 passes for 52 yards and Dallas Clark caught 2 passes for 41 yards and a TD.

LB Cato June led the way on defense with 15 tackles! The Colts still had trouble stopping the run as the Skins carried the ball 24 times for 114 yards (4.8 ypc). The Skins completed 27 of 37 passes for 211 net yards passing. The Colts also allowed Randle El to return a punt 87 yards for a TD.

A nice, easy win for the Colts.

Colts vs. Redskins

Blogged under Front Page,This Week's Matchup Report by ravenhater on Thursday 19 October 2006 at 12:05 am
The Redskins are a desperate team after losing to the Titans at home and falling to 2-4. A loss against the Colts will really hurt any chance the Redskins have of returning to the playoffs this season. The Colts have had two weeks to get ready for the Redskins as they are coming off their bye week with a 5-0 record.

When the Redskins have the ball, Brunell will be handing off to Clinton Portis (371 yards rushing) alot. And when Portis needs a breather, it’s LeDell Betts turn (223 yards rushing) to run the ball. The Colts defense has been absolutely horrible against the run, allowing 166.8 yards rushing and 5.2 yards per carry. After the Colts get the run game going, look for Mark Brunell to take some deep shots down the field to Santana Moss (25 rec, 415 yards). It would really help the Redskins offense if Antwaan Randle El or Brandon Lloyd could do anything to take the double-coverage off of Moss.

The Colts will try to run the ball to keep their pitiful defense off the field. The Redskins allow 111.0 yards rushing per game, so the Colts should have some success. Dominic Rhodes (273 yards rushing) and rookie Joseph Addai (269 yards rushing) have done a good job replacing Edgerrin James so far. The Colts will never be shy about throwing the football. Peyton Manning (1,278 yards passing, 95.6 QB rating) should be able to have a field day against the Redskins secondary which allows 222.2 yards passing per game and has allowed 10 TD passes. WRs Marvin Harrison (32 rec, 442 yards) and Reggie Wayne (21 rec, 382 yards) should have monster games.

The Redskins have a chance in this game, if Clinton Portis goes over 150 yards rushing. Unless that happens, the Colts will win this game easily.

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Colts trade for defensive tackle

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page by ravenhater on Tuesday 17 October 2006 at 10:09 pm

The Colts today traded for defensive tackle Anthony “Booger” McFarland. The Colts gave up a second round pick in the 2007 draft. Coach Dungy knows McFarland well from their days together in Tampa, but it seems like they paid a high price for a 29 year old player that has 8 tackles this season. McFarland is 6’0″, 300 pounds. For his career, McFarland has played in 98 games, has 219 tackles and 20 sacks. Dungy is hoping that McFarland can help with the run defense, which is allowing 166.8 yards rushing per game and 5.2 yards per carry!

Two Colts that can’t be blamed for the awful defense

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by ravenhater on Tuesday 17 October 2006 at 2:50 am

The two Colts that can’t be blamed for the awful defense so far are a couple of the linebackers. Gary Brackett (47 tackles) and Cato June (46 tackles) have tried their best to make up for a terrible defensive line. The fact that they have as many tackles as they do is amazing, due to all the blocks they’ve had to fight thru to get to the backs.

What happenes next with a 5-0 team without defense?

Blogged under General Colts Chatter by boomcoltsfan2006 on Monday 16 October 2006 at 7:41 pm

The defense is sickning right now. Something has got to CHANGE. I’m not sure why the defense is playing terrible. They have lost composure it seems like. Hopefully when Bob Sanders comes back he will be able to get the defense back on track. But others NEED to step up. The linebackers have been pathetic, Gilbert Gardner especially. They are playing horrid. They do look bored.

Maybe soon the Colts will change, how will this team fare when they need to win, all that matters in Janurary. But they need to CHANGE now.Â

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Colts somehow undefeated heading into the bye week

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by ravenhater on Wednesday 11 October 2006 at 8:29 pm

Coach Dungy has to be very happy that his team is 5-0. They have been horrible on defense and have been real lucky. The Colts need to work on their run defense which is allowing 166.8 yards per game and 4.7 yards per carry. That has to change if the Colts have dreams of winning the Super Bowl.  The pass defense hasn’t played too well either as opposing QBs have a QB rating of 84.2 against the Colts.

The Colts should probably open the offense back up and take their chances. Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne are the three best players on the offense and they’re not being utilized to the fullest. Dungy will have to get aggressive and go for the throat early in the game, because they won’t be able to come back late in the game every week.