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Indianapolis Colts 30, New York Jets 17

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter,The Playoffs by admin on Monday 25 January 2010 at 7:19 pm

The Colts were down 17-13 at the half but then Peyton Manning took over the game showing why is the the reigning MVP of the NFL.  He completed 26 of 39 passes for 377 yards with 3 TD passes and 0 INTs.  Joseph Addai even gave the Colts a little running game with 80 yards rushing on 16 carries (5.0 ypc).  He also caught 1 pass for 13 yards yesterday.  Pierre Garcon (11 rec, 151 yards, TD) and rookie Austin Collie (7 rec, 123 yards, TD) were both awesome yesterday as the Colts made the Jets pay for using Darrelle Revis on Reggie Wayne.  Wayne only caught 3 passes for 55 yards (18.3 avg) in the game yesterday.  TE Dallas Clark pitched in with 4 grabs for 35 yards (8.8 avg) with a TD grab.  The Colts finished up with 461 total yards on offense in this game (101 rushing, 360 passing).

LB Gary Brackett (8 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss) and CB Kelvin Hayden (6 tackles, 2 passes defensed and 1 INT) led the way for the Colts’ D yesterday.  The Jets finished up with 388 total yards on offense (86 rushing, 302 passing) in this game.  Still, the Colts will take on the Saints in the Super Bowl in Miami.

New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Playoffs,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Saturday 23 January 2010 at 10:15 am

The Colts can’t afford to let down at any point in this game if they are going to win tomorrow.  They need to jump the Jets quick on the scoreboard and then keep attacking the whole game.  The Chargers made a big mistake in letting off the gas pedal last week and it let the Jets off the mat.  The Colts should get Joseph Addai more involved in this game to keep the Jets’ linebackers honest.  But, that doesn’t mean that Peyton Manning won’t be throwing the ball all over the place because he will.   In fact I look for the Colts to keep the offense the way it has been all year long with Manning challenging Jets’ CB Darrelle Revis by throwing the ball just as much as usual to Reggie Wayne.  I think a mis-match that the Colts will go to a lot is TE Dallas Clark against Kerry Rhodes or Jim Leonhard.  This will result in a lot of big plays, mark my words.  Manning also has a lot of confidence in young receivers Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie so look for him to get the ball to them a lot too.

The Colts know what the Jets are going to do and that is run the football.  The Colts need to bring the safeties up to help with dealing with Shonn Greene and Thomas Jones.  But, Mark Sanchez has been good in throwing play action passes specifically to TE Dustin Keller so the Colts’ safeties will have to read him before coming up to help against the run.  That means that CBs Jacob Lacey and Kelvin Hayden will likely be playing man to man against Jerricho Cotchery and Braylon Edwards. 


Indianapolis Colts 20, Baltimore Ravens 3

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Playoffs,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Monday 18 January 2010 at 1:11 pm

The Colts pushed the Ravens around a little bit on Saturday Night and it showed on the scoreboard.  Peyton Manning was solid completing 30 of 44 passes for 246 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 INT.  Joseph Addai had a hard time getting much going for the Colts in this game with 11 carries for 23 yards (2.1 ypc) and he also added 3 catches for 14 yards (4.7 avg).  Reggie Wayne (8 rec, 63 yards, TD), Dallas Clark (7 rec, 59 yards, FR) and Austin Collie (4 rec, 52 yards, TD) all had solid games for the Colts on Saturday Night in the passing game.  The Colts finished up with 275 total yards in this game on offense (42 rushing, 233 passing).

It was the defense that won this game for the Colts.  DT Daniel Muir had one of the best games of his career leading the way for the Colts with 7 tackles (1 tackle for a loss).  Linebacker Clint Session also had a solid game with 4 tackles and 1 fumble recovery.  CB Jerraud Powers and S Antoine Bethea each pitched in with 1 interception apiece.  The Ravens finished up with only 270 total yards on offense (87 rushing, 183 passing).  Only the Jets stand between the Colts and the Super Bowl now.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Playoffs,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Friday 15 January 2010 at 10:32 am

The Colts will face a Ravens’ team that is on a roll.  Hopefully the rest the Colts had pretty much the last three weeks will have them ready to go tomorrow night.  The Colts must jump on the Ravens quick in a attempt to take them out of their gameplan.  The Ravens want to run the ball and keep it away from the Colts’ offense.  The Ravens’ CBs are the weakness of the defense so look for Peyton Manning to be targeting Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie a lot.  It would also be smart for the Colts to run the ball some with Joseph Addai to keep the Ravens from bringing a big pass rush.

This is not a good matchup for the Colts’ D which is more equipped to stop the pass than the run.  The Colts need DTs Daniel Muir, Antonio Johnson and middle linebacker Gary Brackett to stop the inside running game of the Ravens and that will not be easy.  If the Ravens are running the ball well and there is no reason to think they won’t the Colts could be in some trouble in this game.  DEs Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis will likely be negated in this game as the Ravens won’t be throwing the ball much.


The Indianapolis Colts got outstanding production at QB as usual in 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by admin on Thursday 7 January 2010 at 12:35 pm

33-year old Peyton Manning keeps rolling along as he became only the 4th QB in NFL history with over 50,000 passing yards this year.  He started all 16 games for the Colts this season and he completed 393 of 571 passes (68.8%) for 4,500 yards with 33 TD passes and 16 INTs (99.9 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 19 times for -13 yards (-0.7 ypc) this year.  Manning has now played in 192 games in his NFL career and he has completed 4,232 of 6,531 passes (64.8%) for 50,128 yards with 366 TD passes and 181 INTs (95.2 QB Rating).  Manning has also carried the ball 328 times for 704 yards (2.1 ypc) with 17 TD runs in his career.  Manning is now #4 all-time in passing yards behind John Elway (51,475 yards), Dan Marino (61,361) and Brett Favre (69,329 and counting).  He is also #3 all-time in TD passes behind only Dan Marino (420) and Brett Favre (497 and counting).  I would have to think that Manning will be the all-time leader in both TD passes and pass yards if he can just stay healthy and that shouldn’t be a problem as he has never missed a game in his NFL career yet.

24-year old rookie Curtis Painter was pathetic when he was on the field.  He played in 2 games for the Colts this season and he completed 8 of 28 passes (28.6%) for 83 yards with 0 TD passes and 2 INTs (9.8 QB Rating).  Painter also carried the ball 3 times for 4 yards (1.3 ypc) this season.  Painter will likely be the #3 QB on the Colts next season if he even makes the final roster.

UPDATE:  Peyton Manning won his 4th MVP of his NFL career this year becoming the first player in NFL history with that many.  His trophy case now has MVP Awards from the 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Buffalo Bills 30, Indianapolis Colts 7

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by admin on Monday 4 January 2010 at 9:23 am

It was cold and nasty up in Buffalo yesterday but that will be the last game the Colts will play in conditions like that this season.  The Colts didn’t look like they wanted to play as the Bills destroyed them.  Peyton Manning started the game by completing 14 of 18 passes for 95 yards with 1 INT.  Rookie Curtis Painter showed once again that he is not ready for prime time.  He completed 4 of 17 passes for 39 yards with a INT and he also lost a fumble.  Mike Hart was the leader on the ground for the Colts yesterday with 28 yards rushing on 10 carries (2.8 ypc) with a TD run.  Dallas Clark (7 rec, 52 yards) and Reggie Wayne (5 rec, 21 yards) led the way for the Colts in the passing game yesterday.  The Colts finished up with only 157 total yards on offense (25 rushing, 132 passing) in this game as they only had the ball for 22:26.

The Colts didn’t have any luck on defense as the Bills pushed them around the whole game.  Fred Jackson rushed for 212 yards for the Bills yesterday and Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 3 TD passes which should tell you all you need to know about this game.  CB Jamie Silva (10 tackles, 2 passes defensed) and LB Freddy Keiaho (9 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss and 1 pass defensed) led the way on D for the Colts yesterday.  The Bills finished up with 403 total yards on offense (248 rushing, 155 passing) in this game.  The Colts finished the season with a 14-2 record earning a bye next week.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Friday 1 January 2010 at 11:30 am

This will likely look like the final pre-season game for the Colts who get their starters in and out really quickly to keep them healthy.  That means that this game will likely be in the hands of rookie QB Curtis Painter who looked overmatched last weekend against a outstanding Jets defense.  But, this week he should do better although he will likely just be trying to manage the game with the Colts leaning on the running game against a Bills’ D that is allowing 165.1 yards rushing per game and 4.8 yards per carry.  I have a feeling that rookie RB Donald Brown is going to have a monster game this Sunday afternoon.

The Colts are likely going to rest DEs Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis so they will need someone to step up and pressure the Bills’ QB.  The Bills are hoping that the QB will be Ryan Fitzpatrick instead of Brian Brohm.  If it is Fitzpatrick the Colts might have a tougher time defensing the pass.  The Colts must be able to contain Lee Evans and Terrell Owens to have a legit chance of winning this game.  The Colts can’t cheat to stop the passing game or Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch might gash them.


Jim Caldwell was right to rest his players last weekend for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by admin on Friday 1 January 2010 at 11:15 am

While last week’s game meant a lot to both the Jets and all the team’s that are trying to make the playoffs in the AFC, I still think Coach Caldwell did the right thing in pulling his players in the second half.  The goal is not to go 16-0 during the regular season, it’s to win the Super Bowl.  If Caldwell had went for the perfect record and Peyton Manning got hurt think of how much flak he would be getting right now.  The Colts earned the right to rest their players due to what they had done the first 14 weeks of the season.  All the crybabies……especially the whining Pittsburgh Steelers need to look in the mirror rather than blame the Colts if they don’t make the playoffs.  After all, the Steelers did lose to the Browns, Chiefs and Raiders so do they really deserve to make the playoffs?