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Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by dawgpounded on Friday 28 September 2007 at 9:07 am
The Denver Broncos are the luckiest 2-1 football team football team in the NFL as they could just as easily be 0-3 and they are flying to Indianapolis to play the defending World Champions. The Colts have been challenged in the last two games, but they won their only home game 41-10 over the Saints this season.

The Broncos would love to keep the ball on the ground this week. That will be easier said than done against the improved Colts’ defense that is allowing only 95.7 yards rushing per game and 3.7 yards per carry. But, Travis Henry (302 yards rushing, 5.0 ypc, TD) has been outstanding this season. He is the key as the Broncos need to control the clock and lessen the pressure on Jay Cutler to make big plays. Still, Cutler does have three nice receivers to throw to in Javon Walker (19 rec, 230 yards), Brandon Marshall (17 rec, 267 yards, TD) and Brandon Stokley (9 rec, 144 yards) so the Colts must get pressure on Cutler.

The Colts will no doubt be foaming at the mouth to run the football all over the Broncos defense which is allowing 166.0 yards rushing per game and 4.6 yards per carry. Joseph Addai (271 yards rushing, 4.2 ypc, 4 TDs) should have a field day running behind the solid offensive line of the Colts this week. Don’t expect Peyton Manning to back down from the Broncos pass defense which is only allowing 88.3 yards passing per game! Look for Manning to attack CBs Champ Bailey and Dre’ Bly with WRs Reggie Wayne (16 rec, 269 yards, 2 TDs) and Marvin Harrison (16 rec, 223 yards, 1 TD). The Colts will also attack the safeties of the Broncos with TE Dallas Clark (13 rec, 175 yards, 2 TDs).

PREDICTION: Look for the Broncos to get smoked pretty badly in this game. They don’t have the offensive firepower to deal with the Colts who have a much improved defense.


The Indianapolis Colts lose rookie WR Roy Hall for several weeks

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by dawgpounded on Wednesday 26 September 2007 at 5:21 pm

The Colts have lost rookie WR Roy Hall for several weeks after he was involved in the hit that hurt DT Cedric Killings of the Texans. Hall’s injury is a severe one to his shoulder that he hit Killings with. The Colts will likely miss Hall on special teams as he played well there, but he was way down the depth chart at WR.

Indianapolis Colts 30, Houston Texans 24

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by dawgpounded on Monday 24 September 2007 at 11:41 am

The Colts won this game with an efficient offense and some outstanding defense. Peyton Manning was his usual stellar self as he completed 20 of 29 passes for 273 yards with 1 TD pass and 0 interceptions. RB Joseph Addai got a lot of tough yards for the Colts as the Texans were bopping him pretty good. He finished up with 22 carries for 72 yards (3.3 ypc) with 2 TD runs and he also caught 3 passes for 19 yards (6.3 avg). Kenton Keith got some scraps from the table as he carried the ball 7 times for 20 yards (2.9 ypc). WRs Reggie Wayne (4 rec, 84 yards) and Marvin Harrison (6 rec, 53 yards) both played pretty well yesterday but TE Dallas Clark made some nice plays as he caught 4 passes for 58 yards and a TD. The Colts finished up with 92 yards on 29 carries (3.2 ypc) and they completed 20 of 29 passes for 270 yards.

CB Marlin Jackson (15 tackles) and linebacker Gary Brackett (9 tackles, interception) both played inspired defense yesterday. The Colts held he Texans to 40 yards rushing on 17 carries (2.4 ypc) and they completed 27 of 33 passes for 214 yards. The Colts special teams also had issues as KR Jerome Mathis returned the opening kickoff 84 yards for a TD and rookie PR Jacoby Jones returned a punt 74 yards.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by dawgpounded on Friday 21 September 2007 at 10:36 am

The Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans are playing for first place in the AFC South this Sunday. The Colts will likely attack the Texans through the air first and then try to grind the game out on the ground. For this to work the Colts must keep the Texans impressive young defensive line away from QB Peyton Manning. The Texans already have 6 sacks this season including 2 each for rookie DT Amobi O’Koye and 2nd year DE Mario Williams. The Texans have given up 212.5 yards per game passing and they have had problems with injuries to their safeties so look for TE Dallas Clark (9 rec, 117 yards) and rookie WR Anthony Gonzalez (3 rec, 49 yards). Don’t think for a minute that Peyton Manning won’t be throwing the ball deep to Marvin Harrison (10 rec, 170 yards, TD) and Reggie Wayne (12 rec, 185 yards, 2 TDs).

With the Texans likely without running back Ron Dayne and WR Andre Johnson due to injury the Texans must keep the ball on the ground to keep the ball away from the Colts offense. RB Ahman Green will likely have his biggest workload of the season and he should have success against the Colts defense which is allowing 123.5 yards rushing per game. Without Andre Johnson available for this game look for QB Matt Schaub to spread the football around to a lot of receivers in the short passing game. TE Owen Daniels (6 rec, 72 yards) and FB Vonta Leach (6 rec, 29 yards) will likely be the most targeted receivers in the passing game. That will put pressure on the safeties and outside linebackers of the Colts. WR Kevin Walter (2 rec, 17 yards) and Jacoby Jones (2 rec, 33 yards) must stretch the field a little bit or the Colts will constrict the offense of the Texans by moving more defenders into the box….including Bob Sanders and that would be bad for the Texans’ running game.

PREDICTION: If Andre Johnson weren’t injured I might have picked the Texans to pull an upset here. But, without Johnson I just can’t see the Texans staying with the Colts on the scoreboard. Look for the Colts to win this game by more than a TD.

Peyton Manning is off to a fantastic start for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by dawgpounded on Friday 21 September 2007 at 10:17 am

Peyton Manning is off to another great start for the Colts. He has completed 46 of 72 passes (63.9%) for 600 yards with 4 TD passes and 1 interception (102.8 QB Rating) so far this season. There is no reason to think that Peyton Manning won’t be in the Pro Bowl again this season as long as he stays healthy. Manning got the monkey off his back last season in beating the Patriots in the playoffs and they might be on another collision course to meet up again in the battle for the Super Bowl in the AFC.

Indianapolis Colts 22, Tennessee Titans 20

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by dawgpounded on Monday 17 September 2007 at 11:07 am

The Colts always know that the Titans come to play and they did again yesterday giving the Colts a scare. The Colts offense was pretty sharp as usual. Peyton Manning completed 28 of 42 passes for 312 yards with 1 TD pass and 1 interception. RB Joseph Addai had another solid game with 2o carries for 81 yards (4.1 ypc) with 1 TD run. Marvin Harrison (6 rec, 87 yards) and Reggie Wayne (5 rec, 70 yards) each had solid games. But, Dallas Clark was the go-to man on this day as he caught 7 passes for 69 yards and a TD. Rookie slot receiver Anthony Gonzalez caught his first 3 NFL passes for 49 yards. The Colts finished up with 81 yards rushing on 22 carries (3.7 ypc) and they completed 28 of 42 passes for 300 yards.

The Colts defense moved a lot of defenders into the box to stop the Titans’ running game and they did a good job against the running backs, but Vince Young broke some nice runs. Safety Bob Sanders had a huge game for the Colts’ defense with 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks. The Titans finished up with 141 yards rushing on 34 carries (4.1 ypc) and they completed 17 of 27 passes for 172 yards.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by dawgpounded on Thursday 13 September 2007 at 3:23 pm
This is a key battle in the AFC South Division. The Colts rolled in their season opener 41-10 over the Saints while the Titans stunned the Jaguars 13-10 in Jacksonville. The Titans and Colts split games last season with each team winning on their own turf. The Titans beat the Colts last season in Tennessee by pushing the Colts around as they rushed for 219 yards. The Titans will try to run the football and control the clock against the Colts. They ran the ball 49 times for 282 yards (5.8 ypc) last week against the Jaguars are they held onto the football for 36:55 of the football game! Look for Chris Brown (175 yards, 9.2 ypc) and LenDale White (66 yards rushing) to provide the muscle behind a solid offensive line. QB Vince Young will also take off as he rushed for 22 yards and had a TD run last week. If the Colts can’t stop the running game of the Titans it could be a long day for them this Sunday.Â

The Colts will likely come out throwing the ball against the Titans to try to get a quick lead and take the Titans out of their game plan. Peyton Manning was excellent as always against the Saints last week as he completed 18 of 30 passes for 288 yards with 3 TDs and 0 pickoffs. Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison will cause huge match up problems for the Titans corners who will likely need help from the safeties. That might not be easy for the Titans to do because TE Dallas Clark and WR Anthony Gonzalez could be lining up in the slot. And if the Titans defense didn’t already have enough to worry about don’t forget 2nd year running back Joseph Addai who had 143 combined yards rushing and receiving last week (he also scored a TD).

PREDICTION: This will be a close football game but I have to side with the Colts by a field goal in this one. I wouldn’t be surprised though if the Titans pulled an upset here because they play the Colts tough and they are the more physical team.


Linebacker Freddy Keiaho might miss game

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by dawgpounded on Thursday 13 September 2007 at 2:52 pm

Starting linebacker Freddy Keiaho might miss this week’s game with the Titans due to a dislocated right elbow. He has missed a lot of practice time and he is unsure as to whether or not he will be able to play of Sunday. Keiaho played well in his first start against the Saints as he had 6 tackles, defensed a pass and intercepted a pass. If Keiaho can’t go the Colts will start Tyjuan Hagler in his spot. Hagler had 2 tackles against the Saints in the opener but he has been a special teams player until now. He has played in 10 NFL games in his career and he has made 9 tackles.

The over/under for the Indianapolis Colts is 10.5 wins for 2007

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,If I Were a Betting Man,Vegas Lines by dawgpounded on Saturday 8 September 2007 at 11:07 pm

I know that it’s a little late to make this bet, but I would have taken the over. The Colts are a machine on offense. The Colts did let a lot of their defensive players leave but it won’t matter as long as Peyton Manning, Joseph Addai, Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne stay healthy.

Indianapolis Colts 41, New Orleans Saints 10

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by dawgpounded on Friday 7 September 2007 at 3:55 pm

Something went on in the locker room at halftime with the game tied at 10 because the Colts came out of the locker room looking like a Mad Dog in a Meat Market! The Colts pounded the Saints 31-0 in the 2nd half of the game as it was complete domination on both sides of the football. QB Peyton Manning didn’t look sharp in the 1st half but he turned it on in the 2nd half of the game. He finished up completing 18 of 30 passes for 288 yards with 3 TD passes. Joseph Addai carried the load in the running game with 118 yards rushing on 23 carries (5.1 ypc) with 1 TD run. Backup RB Kenton Keith also got some work in and he looked good carrying the ball 5 times for 32 yards (6.4 ypc). Reggie Wayne made up for a costly fumble in the first half that was returned for a TD by CB Jason David (formerly of the Colts). He made up for it by torching David for two TD receptions in the 2nd half of the game. Wayne finished up with 7 catches for 115 yards (16.4 avg). WR Marvin Harrison was also outstanding as he caught 4 passes for 83 yards and a TD. The Colts finished up out-yarding the Saints 452-293 in this football game.

The defense was outstanding for the Colts. They even scored a TD when backup safety Matt Giordano returned an interception 83 yards to paydirt. The secondary was outstanding for the Colts as Marlin Jackson (12 tackles), Kelvin Hayden (9 tackles) and Bob Sanders (9 tackles) kept the Saints receivers in front of them and they made them pay when they caught the football. LBs Gary Brackett (9 tackles) and Rob Morris (8 tackles) both were outstanding as they stuffed Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush in the running game.

This Colts team looked Super again last night so the rest of the NFL better give them their respect.

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