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Colts thrash the Eagles 45-21

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by ravenhater on Monday 27 November 2006 at 2:56 am

The Colts decided to run the football on Sunday Night and the Eagles couldn’t stop it. Rookie Joseph Addai carried the ball 24 times for 171 yards (7.1 ypc) and 4 TDs. He also caught 2 passes for 37 yards. Dominic Rhodes carried the ball 15 times for 68 yards (4.5 ypc) and caught 3 passes for 21 yards. Reggie Wayne caught 4 passes for 77 yards and a TD. Peyton Manning completed 14 of 20 passes for 183 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.

DB Kelvin Hayden returned a fumble 26 yards for a TD to lead the way on defense. The Colts couldn’t stop the Eagles from running the ball as they carried it 25 times for 149 yards (6.0 ypc). The Eagles also completed 23 of 29 passes for 151 net yards passing.

The Colts improved to 10-1 on the season.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,This Week's Matchup Report by ravenhater on Friday 24 November 2006 at 2:45 pm
The Eagles have lost 4 of their last 5 games and will have to go with Jeff Garcia at QB after Donovan McNabb’s devastating injury last week. The Colts lost their first game of the season last week and look to rebound at home.

The Eagles will likely try to run the ball more with Garcia at QB. Brian Westbrook (715 yards rushing) and Correll Buckhalter could cause huge problems for the Colts front 7 as the Colts are allowing 155.1 yards rushing per game and 4.9 yards per carry. Don’t think for a minute that Andy Reid won’t still have Garcia chucking the ball up in the air alot. LJ Smith and Brian Westbrook will work the short stuff, while Reggie Brown and Donte’ Stallworth will be challenging the Colts deep.

The Colts should be able to do anything they want against the Eagles defense. The Eagles allow 129.7 yards rushing per game and 4.2 yards per carry, so the combo of Joseph Addai (618 yards rushing) and Dominic Rhodes (414 yards rushing) should have some success. The Eagles defense kind of plays right into the Colts hands because of their frequent blitzing. The Colts have only allowed Peyton Manning to be sacked 12 times this season, and he’s a master at making teams that blitz him pay for it. Marvin Harrison (60 rec, 813 yards) and Reggie Wayne (55 rec, 885 yards) should both have good games. Also, Manning has been using his tight-ends (Ben Utecht and Dallas Clark) alot as of late.

The Colts should win this football game with ease. The drop from Donovan McNabb to Jeff Garcia is too steep for the Eagles offense not to suffer a bit.Â

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Colts finally lose 21-14 to the Cowboys

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by ravenhater on Tuesday 21 November 2006 at 12:43 am

The Colts committed 4 turnovers and one of them was a interception that was returned for a TD. Peyton Manning didn’t look like himself on Sunday. Manning completed 20 of 39 passes for 254 yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs. Joseph Addai carried the ball 13 times for 50 yards (3.8 ypc). Dominic Rhodes carried the ball 9 times for 30 yards (3.3 ypc) and caught 3 passes for 20 yards. Reggie Wayne had a good game and caught 7 passes for 111 yards and a TD. Marvin Harrison caught 6 passes for 94 yards. Dallas Clark only caught one pass, a 4-yard TD.

The Colts defense didn’t play too well against the Cowboys. The Cowboys ran the ball 36 times for 117 yards (3.3 ypc). The Colts allowed the Cowboys to complete 19 of 23 passes for 225 net yards passing.

The Colts finally lost, but better now than in the playoffs.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,This Week's Matchup Report by ravenhater on Thursday 16 November 2006 at 5:32 pm

The Colts are now 9-0, but they’ve looked very vulnerable as of late. The Cowboys are 2-1 with Tony Romo as the QB, and they should be 3-0. The team seems to be playing with more confidence with Romo.

Look for the Colts to come out throwing against the Cowboys. The Cowboys safeties are having a hard time in pass protection, so look for the tight-ends (Dallas Clark & Ben Utecht) to have a good game for the Colts. Also look for Reggie Wayne to be able to get deep against the Colts, because the safeties are slow help out on the deep patterns. Marvin Harrison will also get his yards too. If the Colts get the lead, look for them to run Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes to keep their poor defense off of the field.

The Cowboys should be able to run at will against the Colts on Sunday. The Colts allow 159.3 yards rushing and 5.1 yards rushing per carry, so look for Julius Jones (734 yards rushing) and Marion Barber (374 yards rushing) to have huge games. Look for the Cowboys to take a few deep shots to Terrell Owens to loosen up the defense and a few short passes to Jason Witten. The Cowboys will try to grind this game out on the ground and keep the Colts offense off of the field.

I have a feeling that the Cowboys are going to be ball hogs in this game, and the Cowboys are going to beat the Colts.Â

Colts defense rises to seal 17-16 victory over the Bills

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by ravenhater on Sunday 12 November 2006 at 6:07 pm

The Colts defense led the Colts to victory on Sunday…..for once. Rookie safety, Antoine Bethea tied for the team lead with 9 tackles. LB Cato June was the co-leader with 9 stops. Rob Morris had a good game filling in for Gary Brackett with 8 tackles. DE Robert Mathis (2 sacks) and DT “Booger” McFarland (4 tackles, sack) each were disruptive along the defensive line. The Colts held the Bills to 111 yards rushing on 31 carries (3.6 ypc). The Bills completed 9 of 13 passes for only 51 net yards passing!

Peyton Manning was efficient today, completing 27 of 39 passes for 236 yards and a TD. Joseph Addai was busy with 13 carries for 78 yards (6.0 ypc) and a TD, he also caught 7 passes for 46 yards. Dominic Rhodes also had a good game with 14 carries and 72 yards (5.1 ypc). TE Ben Utecht had a decent game with 7 catches for 66 yards, but he lost a fumble that was returned for a TD by the Bills. Reggie Wayne only caught 4 passes for 42 yards and a TD. Marvin Harrison was really shut down by the Bills as he only caught 2 passes for 21 yards.

Great teams find a way to win even when they aren’t playing their best ball, and that’s exactly what the Colts did today to improve to 9-0.

Gary Brackett out

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Injury Reports by ravenhater on Thursday 9 November 2006 at 4:01 pm

Starting inside linebacker Gary Brackett will miss this week’s game against the Buffalo Bills with a hamstring injury. Look for Rob Morris and rookie Freddie Keiaho to split the snaps in the middle.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills

Blogged under Front Page,This Week's Matchup Report by ravenhater on Thursday 9 November 2006 at 3:57 pm

The Buffalo Bills will try to win their second game in a row after defeating the Packers 24-10 last week. The Colts look to stay undefeated this season and take care of business at home on Sunday.

The Buffalo Bills to have one thing going for them this Sunday…..the Colts run defense! The Colts have allowed 165.4 yards rushing per game this season and 5.3 yards per carry. Look for the Bills to run the ball every play if they have to. The A-Train (Anthony Thomas) is getting the start at tailback and he’s the kind of bruiser that gives the Colts headaches. The Colts will probably go all out to stop Thomas and dare Losman to try to beat them with his arm. If the Bills give Losman time (he’s been sacked 26 times this season) he should be able to get the ball downfield against the Colts pass defense.

The Colts will probably come out running the ball with Joe Addai (490 yards rushing) and Dominic Rhodes (312 yards rushing) to eat some clock and keep the Bills offense off of the field. After the Colts establish the running game, look for Peyton Manning to kill them with play-action passes to Marvin Harrison (52 rec, 698 yards) and Reggie Wayne (44 rec, 732 yards). Manning also has been throwing to his tight-ends (Dallas Clark & Ben Utecht) often, so the Bills’ rookie safeties (Donte’ Whitner and Ko Simpson) will be tested early & often.

This should be a game where the Colts can breathe easy and coast to a victory.

Peyton Manning

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by ravenhater on Wednesday 8 November 2006 at 11:22 pm

Peyton Manning has been fantastic so far this season. A lot of pressure has been put on Manning and the offense because the defense is really stinking it up. Manning has completed 65.1% of his passes for 2,291 yards with 17 TDs and 3 INTs. Manning has a QB rating of 106.0. Peyton has only been sacked 10 times this season as his line has done a good job of keeping him clean and allowing him to do his thing. Manning has also scored two TDs rushing the ball this season.

Colts get huge win over Patriots 27-20

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by ravenhater on Monday 6 November 2006 at 12:17 am

The Colts defense picked off 4 Tom Brady passes and the offense put enough points on the board to win the game. Peyton Manning completed 20 of 36 passes for 326 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT. Joseph Addai had a hard time with 18 carries for 43 yards (2.4 ypc) and a TD. Dominic Rhodes carried the ball 4 times for 13 yards (3.3 ypc). Marvin Harrison had a huge game with 8 catches for 145 yards and 2 TDs. Reggie Wayne pitched in with 6 catches for 90 yards. Ben Utecht caught 4 passes for 49 yards and they all seemed like big ones.

S Bob Sanders had 11 tackles and an interception. Rookie S Antoine Bethea had a huge game with 9 tackles and an interception. LB Cato June had 9 tackles and 2 INTs. The Colts had a rough time with the Patriots running game. The Patriots carried the ball 33 times for 148 yards (4.5 ypc). The Patriots completed 20 of 35 passes for 201 net yards passing.

This was a huge win that gives the Colts the inside track on home-field advantage in the playoffs for the Colts.

Colts vs. Patriots

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,This Week's Matchup Report by ravenhater on Thursday 2 November 2006 at 12:34 pm

This could be a battle for home field advantage in the playoffs in the AFC. The Colts are 7-0 and the Patriots are 6-1, and both have a solid lead in their division. This game has alot of sub-plots as Peyton Manning is only 1-7 in his career at Gillette Field (that win came last season) and Adam Vinatieri returns to Foxboro in a different uniform after helping the Pats win 3 Super Bowls.

The Colts will probably try to miss up the run and pass to keep the Patriots off-balance and keep their own defense (which is absolutely pathetic) off of the field. Rookie RB Joseph Addai (447 yards rushing, 5.1 ypc) is emerging as the Colts #1 RB, but he’ll find every yard tough against a Patriots defense that allows only 78.3 yards rushing and 3.4 yards per carry. Peyton Manning (1,965 yards passing, 15 TDs) will have to be careful against a Patriots secondary that has already picked off 8 passes this season. Look for Manning to try to spread the ball around and keep the defense on their toes.Â

The Patriots no doubt will be able to do whatever they want against a Colts defense that can’t stop the run or the pass. Look for the Patriots to run the ball alot, to limit the time Manning has the football.  The Colts allow 167.9 yards rushing per game and 5.4 yards per carry! Rookie Laurence Maroney (395 yards rushing) and Corey Dillon (333 yards rushing) will have a field day running the ball against the Colts. The Colts pass defense allows opponents to complete 65.8% of their passes and have allowed 10 TD passes already. Tom Brady (1,598 yards passing, 14 TDs) will spread the ball around to alot of receivers (he completed the ball to 10 different receivers on Monday Night!) and keep the Colts defense off-balance.

I like the Patriots to win this game. The Colts haven’t played a team as good as the Patriots this season and Belichick will out-coach Tony Dungy again.

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