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Colts win a tough battle with the Dolphins 27-22

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by ravenhater on Sunday 31 December 2006 at 10:24 pm

The Colts won this game because they have a better offense than the Dolphins, period. Peyton Manning completed 22 of 37 passes for 282 yards with 2 TDs. He also ran the ball 1 time, for an 11-yard TD run. Joseph Addai carried the ball 21 times for 64 yards. He also caught 3 passes for 29 yards. Dominic Rhodes ran well today with 9 carries for 42 yards (4.7 ypc). Marvin Harrison had a solid game, as usual, with 5 catches for 74 yards and a TD. Reggie Wayne also had a solid game with 6 catches for 70 yards. Dallas Clark had a decent game with 4 catches for 56 yards. Dan Klecko caught a 2 yard TD pass.

LB Cato June had a good game with 9 tackles, 1/2 sack and an interception. The Dolphins clobbered the Colts on the ground with 26 carries for 150 yards (5.8 ypc). The Dolphins also completed 18 of 36 passes for 204 net yards passing.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Miami Dolphins

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,This Week's Matchup Report by ravenhater on Friday 29 December 2006 at 5:15 pm

The Miami Dolphins have struggled the last 4 weeks as they’ve only scored 41 points in those games combined. So they’re going to start Cleo Lemon as they really have nothing to lose. The Colts have struggled lately as they’ve lost 3 of their last 4 games.

Look for the Dolphins to unleash Ronnie Brown (893 yards rushing) on the Colts terrible run defense that is allowing an absurd 174.5 yards rushing per game and 5.3 yards per carry this season. After the running game is established look for the Dolphins to run some play action passes to freeze the pass rush. Cleo Lemon will probably keep the passes short because the Colts do have a decent pass rush.

Look for the Colts to run the ball and try to keep the Dolphins offense on the sideline. That is easier said than done against a stout Dolphins run defense that is allowing 100.1 yards rushing per game and only 3.5 yards per carry. The Dolphins pass defense is leaky so Peyton Manning will get his yards throwing the ball even if the Colts are leaning towards the run. Manning (4,115 yards passing) shouldn’t have much trouble getting the ball to his 2 favorite receivers…..Marvin Harrison (90 rec, 1,292 yards) and Reggie Wayne (80 rec, 1,240 yards).

The Colts will force Cleo Lemon into a couple of mistakes that will cost the Dolphins the game on Sunday.

Colts playoff scenarios

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by ravenhater on Thursday 28 December 2006 at 6:49 pm

The Colts have clinched the AFC South Division. They can clinch a first round bye with a win and a Baltimore loss.

The Colts should be able to do their part and beat the Dolphins in Indy……but, the Ravens should have little trouble winning at home against the Buffalo Bills.

Colts fall in last seconds 27-24 to Texans

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by ravenhater on Monday 25 December 2006 at 2:32 am

Once again, the Colts offense couldn’t keep up with their opponent, because the defense played lousy again. Peyton Manning had a solid game as he completed 21 of 27 passes for 205 yards and 3 TDs. Joseph Addai had a good game too with 15 carries for 100 yards (6.7 ypc). Marvin Harrison had another fantastic football game with 8 grabs for 112 yards and 2 TDs. Reserve TE Aaron Moorehead caught 1 pass and it was a 9 yard TD.

DB Marlin Jackson (14 tackles) and LB Gary Brackett (11 tackles) led the way for the Colts defense. Once again, the Colts couldn’t stop the opponent from running all over them. The Texans carried the ball 42 times for 191 yards (4.5 ypc). The Texans also completed 16 of 23 passes for 163 yards passing.

The Colts fell to 11-4 on the season and they will make an early exit in the playoffs if they don’t start playing better defense.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,This Week's Matchup Report by ravenhater on Wednesday 20 December 2006 at 7:00 pm

The Colts beat up on the Bengals on Monday Night football 34-16 to break their 2 game losing streak. The Texans have lost two games in a row and were soundly thumped 40-7 last week against the Patriots.

The Colts will likely be able to do whatever they want on offense. The thought here is that the Colts will throw the ball to get a lead and then grind out the win on the ground. Peyton Manning (3,910 yards passing) should have no trouble throwing the football all over the place against the Texans. The Texans are allowing 218.6 net yards passing per game and Manning had a good game in their first meeting. Marvin Harrison (82 rec, 1,180 yards) and Reggie Wayne (77 rec, 1,213 yards) should both have big games. Joseph Addai (917 yards rushing) should be back for this game after leaving last week’s game early, but if he’s not Dominc Rhodes (584 yards rushing) can carry the load. The Texans have allowed 122.5 yards rushing per game and 4.2 yards per carry so far this season.

The Texans would be smart to run Ron Dayne and Wali Lundy right at the heart of the Colts defense and try to shorten the football game while keeping Peyton Manning & Co. on the sideline. The Colts have the worst run defense in the NFL as they are allowing a whopping 173.4 yards rushing and 5.4 yards per carry so far this season. After the running game is established, look for David Carr (2,518 yards passing) to take some deep shots to Andre Johnson (97 rec, 1,087 yards) and Eric Moulds.

The Colts won the first meeting 43-24 against the Texans. I look for a similar type of final score that favors the Colts.

Colts get back on track and blast the Bengals 34-16

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by ravenhater on Tuesday 19 December 2006 at 2:27 am

The Colts totally dominated this football game. Peyton Manning was on fire as he completed 29 of 36 passes for 282 yards and 4 TDs. Joseph Addai was having a good game until he got injured. Addai carried the ball 8 times for 50 yards (6.3 ypc) and caught 2 passes for 29 yards. Dominic Rhodes took over and carried the ball 19 times for 52 yards (2.7 ypc) and he caught 4 passes for 26 yards. Marvin Harrison had a fantastic game as he caught 8 passes for 86 yards and 3 TDs. Reggie Wayne also had a good game with 7 catches for 84 yards and a TD. Ben Utecht caught 4 passes for 35 yards.

Cato June led an outstanding effort by the defense with 12 tackles. Dwight Freeney finally showed up for the season and had 3 sacks. The Colts still had problems stopping the run as the Bengals carried the ball 30 times for 133 yards rushing (4.3 ypc). The Bengals completed 14 of 28 passes for only 145 net yards passing.

The Colts improved to 11-3 on the season with this victory.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,This Week's Matchup Report by ravenhater on Saturday 16 December 2006 at 1:58 am
The Bengals have been on fire lately and have won for straight by a combined score of 101-33! The Colts have lost 2 in a row and 3 of their last 4 games.

The Bengals will give the ball to Rudi Johnson early and often. The Colts are allowing 176.5 yards rushing per game and 5.4 yards per carry. Johnson (1,054 yards rushing) should get 25+ carries and the Bengals are 17-0 when Johnson totes the rock at least 25 times in a game. Don’t think for a minute that Carson Palmer won’t be coming after the Colts secondary too. Chad Johnson (77 rec, 1,247 yards) and TJ Houshmandzadeh (73 rec, 894 yards) should have big games on Monday Night. Chris Henry will be the secret weapon for Palmer as he has caught 7 TDs this season.

The Colts would love to try to pound Joseph Addai (867 yards rushing) and Dominic Rhodes (532 yards rushing) at the interior of the Bengals defense which has allowed 109.0 yards rushing per game and 4.2 yards per carry. The Colts would be smart to run the ball to keep the Bengals offense on the sideline, because the Bengals might score every time they get the ball. The Bengals are giving up 238.5 net yards passing per game, so Peyton Manning (3,628 yards passing) should get his yards as long as the Colts line keeps him clean. Marvin Harrison (74 rec, 1,094 yards) and Reggie Wayne (70 rec, 1,129 yards) should have big games.

This should be a shoot-out similar to last seasons contest won by the Colts 45-37. I have a feeling that the Bengals are going to turn the tables on them this time and win the game.

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Colts linebackers busy

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by ravenhater on Thursday 14 December 2006 at 3:19 pm

The defensive line of the Colts is playing so bad against the run that it has put a ton of pressure on the linebacking corps. Cato June has stepped up as he has 113 tackles, 1/2 a sack, a fumble recovery and 2 interceptions. He undoubtedly has been the leader of the poor Colts defense. Gary Brackett is currently second on the team with 92 tackles, but he hasn’t made many big plays. It’s been tough on the linebackers, because the line isn’t doing their part thus the linebackers are having to deal with offensive linemen and linebackers usually lose those battles.

Dallas Clark out

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by ravenhater on Thursday 14 December 2006 at 12:51 am

Dallas Clark will miss Monday Night’s game with the Bengals with a bad knee. Ben Utecht and Bryan Fletcher will have to pick up the slack.

Brandon Stokley out for season

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by ravenhater on Tuesday 12 December 2006 at 5:43 pm

Brandon Stokley will miss the rest of the season after he ruptured his Achilles Tendon in the game against the Jaguars last Sunday. Stokley had a rough season as he only played in 4 games and caught 8 passes for 85 yards (10.6 avg) and a TD. Ricky Proehl will take his place. Proehl has a similar skill set to Stokley and he should fit right in for the Colts.

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