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Houston Texans (4-2) vs. Indianapolis Colts (4-2)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Saturday 30 October 2010 at 11:03 am

The Colts are out for revenge in this game as the Texans beat them 34-24 earlier this year in Houston.  The Colts are a different team at home as they play some D there.  The Colts are 2-0 at home this year as they have outscored the competition 57-23.  The Texans are a good road team as they are 2-0 away from home outscoring the opponents 61-51.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts have a ton of injuries heading into this game as Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark and Austin Collie will not be playing on Monday Night.  That means the Colts are going to be depending on guys like Mike Hart, Donald Brown, Jacob  Tamme, Anthony Gonzalez and Blair White.  Somehow though all things become possible with Peyton Manning.  Don’t forget he still has Pierre Garcon & Reggie Wayne and the Texans are giving up 306.2 yards passing per game.

When the Texans have the ball:  The Colts better go all out to stop RB Arian Foster or the Texans are going to beat them again.  All he did in the first meeting was rush for 231 yards and 3 TDs.  The Texans aren’t just a running team by any means as Matt Schaub has developed into one of the best QBs in the NFL.  He has a lot of serious weapons in the passing game like Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, Owen Daniels and Jacoby Jones. 

PREDICTION:  TEXANS 34, COLTS 30

The Indianapolis Colts sign punter Jeremy Kapinos

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Free Agent Additions,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by admin on Thursday 28 October 2010 at 4:22 pm

The Colts have signed 26-year old punter Jeremy Kapinos.  Kapinos played in all 16 games for the Packers last season and he punted the ball 66 times for 2,891 yards (43.8 avg).  Kapinos had 10 touchbacks last season (15.2%) and he pinned the opposition inside their own 20-yard line 15 times (22.7%).  He has now played in 21 games in his three years in the NFL and he has punted the ball 88 times for 3,766 yards (42.8 avg).  Kapinos has 12 touchbacks (13.6%) in his NFL career and he has pinned the opposing team inside their own 20-yard line 24 times (27.3%).  It’s likely that Kapinos’ only game with the Colts will be on Monday Night against the Texans as the Colts’ regular punter, Pat McAfee is serving a 1-game team suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.

The Indianapolis Colts hope these two guys step up

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Needs to Pick It Up by admin on Thursday 21 October 2010 at 4:06 pm

With the injuries to WR Austin Collie and TE Dallas Clark the Colts are hoping that WR Anthony Gonzalez and TE Jacob Tamme step up.  Gonzalez has only played in 1 game for the Colts this year and he has caught 1 pass for 12 yards.  In his first two years, Gonzalez played in 29 games for the Colts and he caught 94 passes for 1,240 yards (13.2 avg) with 7 TD grabs.  He lost his starting job because of an injury so he will be inspired to step up.  Jacob Tamme played in 28 games in his first two years with the Colts and he caught only 6 passes for 47 yards (7.8 avg).  The Colts think Tamme can step up and help out in the passing game.

The Indianapolis Colts lose Antonio Johnson indefinitely

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by admin on Thursday 21 October 2010 at 4:00 pm

The Colts will be without 25-year old DT Antonio Johnson indefinitely due to knee surgery.  Johnson has played in all six games for the Colts this year and he has 8 tackles.  25-year old Fili Moala will likely get more P.T. with Johnson out of action.  Moala has played in all six games for the Colts so far this year and he has 12 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 1 pass defensed and a fumble recovery.  The Colts need Moala to step up while Johnson is out of action.

Austin Collie is having a great year so far for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by admin on Thursday 21 October 2010 at 1:03 pm

24-year old Austin Collie looked solid as a rookie last season.  He played in all 16 games for the Colts in 2009 and he caught 60 passes for 676 yards (11.3 avg) with 7 TD grabs.  But this season, Collie is taking his game to a whole new level.  Peyton Manning has targeted Collie 54 times in the first six games completing an amazing 44 of them (81.5%)!  Collie has caught 44 passes for 503 yards (11.4 avg) with 6 TD grabs so far this year.  With Dallas Clark out for a while look for Peyton Manning to throw the ball even more to Austin Collie.

UPDATE:  (10/21/2010) – Austin Collie will miss the next several weeks due to hand surgery.   This is a big blow to the Colts’ offense.

The Indianapolis Colts suspend punter Pat McAfee for one game

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by admin on Thursday 21 October 2010 at 12:58 pm

The Colts have suspended punter Pat McAfee for one game due to conduct detrimental to the team.  He was arrested for public intoxication the other day.  McAfee has played in all six games for the Colts so far this year.  McAfee has punted the ball 24 times for 1,072 yards (44.7 avg) so far this year.  He has pinned the opposition inside their own 20-yard line 8 times (33.3%) and he has only 6 touchbacks (25%).  This will hurt the Colts as they will likely have to sign someone off the street to replace McAfee for the next game.

The Indianapolis Colts lose Joseph Addai for a while

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by admin on Thursday 21 October 2010 at 12:54 pm

The Colts will be without starting running back Joseph Addai indefinitely due to a left shoulder injury.  Addai has played in all six games for the Colts so far this year and he has carried the ball 93 times for 406 yards (4.4 ypc) with 3 TD runs.  He has also caught 18 passes for 118 yards (6.6 avg) so far this year.  The Colts need 24-year old Mike Hart and/or 23-year old Donald Brown to step up until Addai is ready to return to action.  Hart has played in 5 games for the Colts so far this year and he has carried the ball 26 times for 93 yards (3.6 ypc) with 1 TD run.  He has also caught 1 pass for 5 yards so far this year.  Donald Brown is also a little dinged up right now.  He has played in 3 games for the Colts this year and he has carried the ball 23 times for 81 yards (3.5 ypc) with 1 TD run.  Brown also has caught 2 passes for 26 yards (13.0 avg) so far this year. 

The Indianapolis Colts lose Dallas Clark indefinitely

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by admin on Thursday 21 October 2010 at 12:48 pm

The Colts will be without starting TE Dallas Clark indefinitely due to a wrist injury.  Clark has played in all 6 games for the Colts so far this year and he has caught 37 passes for 347 yards (9.4 avg) with 3 TD grabs.  Clark was playing really well following up his breakout 2009 season for the Colts.  Clark played in all 16 games for the Colts last season and he caught 100 passes for 1,106 yards (11.1 avg) with 10 TD grabs.  Peyton Manning will miss Clark a lot so he hopes he recovers soon.

UPDATE:  (10/22/2010) – The Colts have placed Dallas Clark on the Injured Reserve List ending his season.

The Indianapolis Colts claim a player on waivers and release another one

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Leaving Town by admin on Tuesday 19 October 2010 at 5:40 pm

The Colts have claimed 23-year old RB Andre Brown off waivers from the Broncos and they have released KR/WR Kenny Moore.  Brown played in 3 games for the Broncos this year and he carried the ball 2 times for -1 yard (-0.5 ypc).  It’s possible that Brown will get a chance to return Moore on kickoff returns.  Moore played in 2 games for the Colts and he returned 5 kickoffs for 102 yards (20.4 avg) and 6 punts for 36 yards (6.0 avg).

Indianapolis Colts 27, Washington Redskins 24

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by admin on Monday 18 October 2010 at 9:55 am

The Colts dominated the stats sheet last night but they had to hold off a very determined Redskins team last night in Washington, D.C.  Peyton Manning was his usual solid self completing 25 of 38 passes for 307 yards with 2 TD passes and 0 INTs.  Joseph Addai was incredible for once last night with 17 carries for 128 yards (7.5 ypc) with 1 TD run.  Mike Hart pitched in with 11 carries for 43 yards (3.9 ypc) in this game.  Pierre Garcon led the way in the passing game for the Colts last night with 4 grabs for 103 yards (25.8 avg) with a TD grab.  Reggie Wayne (6 rec, 71 yards), Austin Collie (7 rec, 57 yards, TD) and Dallas Clark (6 rec, 52 yards) also pitched in for the Colts last night in the passing game.  The Colts finished up with 170 yards rushing on 29 carries (5.9 ypc) and they also completed 25 of 38 passes for 299 yards.

Defensively, the Colts were better than usual but still not good last night.  CB Jerraud Powers led the way for the Colts’ D last night with 11 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 2 passes defensed and 1 INT.  Rookie LB Pat Angerer got the start instead of the gimpy Gary Brackett and he looked pretty good finishing with 11 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 1 sack, 2 passes defensed and 1 QB hit.  Linebacker Clint Session (10 tackles) and safety Aaron Francisco (7 tackles, 1 pass defensed and an amazing interception on the Redskins last play of the game) also had solid games for the Colts.  The Redskins finished up with 113 yards rushing on 24 carries (4.7 ypc) and they also completed 29 of 45 passes for 222 yards.  The Colts are now 4-2 on the year.

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