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Peyton Manning has been outstanding this season as usual for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by admin on Saturday 31 October 2009 at 8:26 am

Peyton Manning has been outstanding this season but what more would you expect out of him?  He has started all six games for the Colts this season and he has completed 156 of 215 passes (72.6%) for 1,880 yards with 15 TD passes and only 4 interceptions (114.5 QB Rating).  He has also carried the ball 8 times for -4 yards (-0.5 ypc) but most of them were kneel downs.  The offensive line has kept Manning clean all season long as he has only been sacked two times this season.  But, Manning has had to overcome injuries to his #2 WR Anthony Gonzalez and a lack of a running game which makes his numbers even more outstanding when you look at them.  He shows no signs of slowing down so the Colts are a legit Super Bowl contender once again.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Friday 30 October 2009 at 12:33 pm

Despite Alex Smith having a great debut last week the Niners will likely run the ball a lot this week in a attempt to keep the ball away from the Colts.  Frank Gore will take dead aim at a Colts’ D that is allowing 111.8 yards rushing per game and 4.3 yards per carry.  The 49ers will then run a lot of play action passes to slow the Colts’ pass rush a little bit as Dwight Freeney (7 sacks) and Robert Mathis (4 sacks) bring the heat from the outside while the Niners are having issues at OT.  With that in mind the Niners will likely keep the passes shorter than they did last week to Vernon Davis, Josh Morgan, Michael Crabtree and Isaac Bruce. 

The Colts have the best pass blocking offensive line in all of football as Peyton Manning has only been sacked two times this season.  With that in mind the Niners might be better off using more zone coverages and using extra DBs on the field.  The Colts might be without Reggie Wayne who has a groin issue.  If he doesn’t play then Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon and Dallas Clark will do the heavy lifting against a Niners’ D that is allowing 236.0 yards passing per game this season.  The Niners are very solid against the run so don’t look for Joseph Addai to have a good game on Sunday.

PREDICTION:  COLTS 27, 49ERS 23

Antoine Bethea is playing pretty well for the Indianapolis Colts this season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by admin on Wednesday 28 October 2009 at 9:21 pm

25-year old safety Antoine Bethea has been one of the leaders on the defense this season.  He has played in all six games for the Colts this season and he has 42 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 1 forced fumble, he has defensed 2 passes and he has 2 interceptions this year.  The Colts need Bethea to keep up the good work especially in run support as teams might try to copy the gameplan of the Miami Dolphins who almost beat the Colts earlier this season.

The Indianapolis Colts lose Donald Brown for a while

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by admin on Wednesday 28 October 2009 at 9:19 pm

The Indianapolis Colts will be without rookie running back Donald Brown for 2-3 weeks due to a deep shoulder contusion.  Brown has carried the ball 46 times for 212 yards (4.6 ypc) with 2 TD runs this season and he has also caught 7 passes for 138 yards (19.7 avg) so far this season.  Joseph Addai will likely see his workload increase if he’s up to it.  Addai has carried the ball 82 times for 274 yards (3.3 ypc) with 4 TD runs and he has also caught 27 passes for 156 yards (5.8 avg) with 1 TD grab.  Chad Simpson will get more playing time as Addai’s new back up with Brown out of action.  He has carried the ball 6 times for 44 yards (7.3 ypc) with 1 TD run and he has also caught 1 pass for 2 yards.  This is a big chance for Simpson to really show what he can do.

Indianapolis Colts 42, St. Louis Rams 6

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by admin on Monday 26 October 2009 at 8:14 am

The Colts did what they were supposed to do yesterday by absolutely dominating the Rams.  Peyton Manning was outstanding again as he completed 23 of 34 passes for 235 yards with 3 TD passes and 0 INTs.  Joseph Addai was so-so again carrying the ball 20 times for 64 yards (3.2 ypc) with 1 TD run.  Donald Brown carried the ball 2 times for 58 yards (29.0 ypc) yesterday.  Little used Chad Simpson even got in on the fun carrying the ball 3 times for 35 yards (11.7 ypc) with a TD.  Reggie Wayne was solid with 7 grabs for 83 yards (11.9 avg) with a TD.  TE Dallas Clark added 3 catches for 44 yards (14.7 avg) with a TD grab.  Rookie WR Austin Collie keeps rolling along as of last as he catches 4 passes for 36 yards (9.0 avg) and a TD grab.  The Colts finished up with 391 total yards on offense (156 rushing, 235 passing) in this game.

Safety Antoine Bethea led the way for the Colts in this game with 8 tackles.  CBs Jacob Lacey (4 tackles, pass defensed, 35-yard interception return for a TD) and Kelvin Hayden (4 tackles, 1 pass defensed and 1 interception) also had outstanding games for the Colts on D in this game.  The Rams finished up with 272 total yards (155 rushing, 117 passing) in this game.  The Colts are now 6-0 on the season.

Indianapolis Colts vs. St. Louis Rams

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Friday 23 October 2009 at 3:34 pm

This game looks like a mis-match in every possible way.  The 5-0 Colts had last week off giving them two weeks to get ready for the 0-6 Rams.  The Rams have lost 16 games in a row dating back to last season and they won’t have much of a chance of winning on Sunday.  The Colts will likely come out throwing the ball with Peyton Manning (114.1 QB Rating) working against a Rams’ defense that is allowing 252.0 yards passing per game.  WRs Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon and TE Dallas Clark will likely be running free against the Rams’ secondary with Peyton Manning picking them apart with precision.  The Colts have only allowed 2 sacks this season but that won’t stop the Rams from trying to put pressure on Manning.  If the Colts jump out to a quick lead (which is likely) they might get Joseph Addai and Donald Brown more involved in the offense as the Rams are allowing 132.5 yards rushing per game and 4.1 yards per carry.

The Rams probably have seen the game film of the Monday Night Football Game between the Dolphins and Colts and they will likely try to duplicate the Fins’ game plan.  That means that Steven Jackson will have a huge workload but he’s more than capable of handling it with his wide shoulders.  The best way to beat Peyton Manning and the Colts is to keep their offense on the sidelines.  The Colts are allowing 103.2 yards rushing per game and 4.1 yards per carry this season.  Jackson has rushed for 501 yards this season and he has caught the ball for 170 more so it’s no mystery who the Colts’ defense will be focusing on stopping.  The Rams don’t have the WRs or the offensive line to give Marc Bulger much of a chance to get a passing game going this week.

PREDICTION:  COLTS 35, RAMS 13

The Indianapolis Colts need more out of the running game

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Needs to Pick It Up by admin on Friday 23 October 2009 at 3:21 pm

The Colts can’t depend on Peyton Manning to win every game this season.  They will need to find some kind of a running game to help balance the offense a little bit more.  Joseph Addai has carried the ball 62 times for only 210 yards (3.4 ypc) with 3 TD runs this season.  He has not responded to the fact that the Colts used a first round pick on someone that plays his position.  Donald Brown is the rookie who should be pushing Addai more but he has carried the ball 44 times for only 154 yards (3.5 ypc) so far this season.  The Colts are only averaging 78.8 yards rushing per game and 3.3 yards per carry and that just isn’t good enough to get the job done.  Addai and Brown have combined to catch 33 passes for 291 yards (8.8 avg) with 1 TD grab so at least they are helping out a little bit in the passing game but the Colts expected much more out of this pair.

The Indianapolis Colts are getting good production from their young WRs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up,The Draft Report by admin on Thursday 15 October 2009 at 10:46 pm

Rookie Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon have really stepped up while Anthony Gonzalez has been out of action.  Austin Collie has caught 20 passes for 228 yards (11.4 avg) with 3 TD grabs this season as he is on fire lately.  Garcon is more of a deep threat as he has caught 11 passes for 216 yards (19.6 avg) with 2 TD grabs.  The Colts have to feel real good right now as Collie and Garcon will slide right into the #3 and #4 WR roles for them when Gonzalez comes back.

The Indianapolis Colts lose Adam Vinatieri and sign Matt Stover

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Free Agent Additions,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by admin on Thursday 15 October 2009 at 7:04 pm

The Colts have lost kicked Adam Vinatieri for at least the next six weeks after he underwent surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee.  Vinatieri has made 6 of 8 field goals (75%) this season and he has nailed all 17 of his extra points for 35 total points.  The Colts have signed 41-year old Matt Stover to fill in while Vinatieri is out of action and he is a darn good kicker himself.  He played in all 16 games last season for the Ravens and he made 27 of 33 field goals (81.8%) and he all made all 41 of his extra point attempts last season as he scored 122 points last season.  Stover has now kicked in 287 games in his NFL career and he has nailed 462 of 552 field goals (83.7%) and he has also converted 558 of 561 extra points.  Stover has scored 1,944 points in his NFL career.  The Colts were lucky to find a kicker as skilled as Stover sitting at home on the couch.

The Indianapolis Colts release DT Ed Johnson

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by admin on Wednesday 14 October 2009 at 8:07 am

The Colts have released 25-year old DT Ed Johnson.  He played in 4 games for the Colts this season and he made 11 tackles and 1 tackle for a loss.  There must be something going on behind the scenes with Johnson as this seems to be a odd time for the Colts to give up on him.  We’ll keep you posted.

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