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San Diego Chargers 36, Indianapolis Colts 14

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by admin on Tuesday 30 November 2010 at 12:36 am

The Colts got dominated last night by the Chargers, plain and simple.  Peyton Manning completed 31 of 48 passes for 285 yards with 2 TD passes and 4 INTs (two were returned for TDs by the Chargers’ D).  He was awful and he was a big reason for the loss last night….but far from the only one.  Donald Brown “led” the way on the ground for the Colts last night with 11 carries for 24 yards (2.2 ypc) and they also caught 5 passes for 47 yards (9.4 avg).  Javarris James carried the ball 2 times for 0 yards and he caught 3 passes for 22 yards (7.3 avg) but he lost a fumble.  WR Pierre Garcon (5 rec, 72 yards), TE Jacob Tamme (7 rec, 64 yards, TD), WR Reggie Wayne (5 rec, 42 yards) and WR Blair White (4 rec, 34 yards, TD) led the way in the passing game for the Colts last night.  The Colts finished up with 24 yards rushing on 13 carries (1.8 ypc) and they also completed 31 of 48 passes for 279 yards as they only had possession of the ball for 24:22.

The defense did not play well for the Colts last night.  LBs Pat Angerer (12 tackles), Kavell Conner (10 tackles) and Philip Wheeler (10 tackles) led the way for the Colts on D yesterday.  The Chargers finished up with 129 yards rushing on 34 carries (3.8 ypc) and they also completed 19 of 23 passes for 172 yards.  The Colts are now 6-4 on the year.

San Diego Chargers (5-5) vs. Indianapolis Colts (6-4)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Saturday 27 November 2010 at 3:16 am

The Colts hope that home cooking will get them back on the right track.  The Colts are 4-0 at Lucas Oil Field where they have outscored opponents 110-57.  But, it won’t be easy this weekend against a Chargers team that has beaten them 4 of the last 5 times these teams have met.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts are without a doubt going to come out throwing the ball this Sunday Night.  The Chargers are a heavy blitz team that has 32 sacks already this year.  If the Colts’ O-Line gives Manning time to throw the ball he will make them pay for blitzing.  If somehow the Chargers are getting to Manning, it could be a long night for the Colts.  Donald Brown doesn’t lend much ground support so the success of the offense hinges on Peyton Manning and his receivers.

When the Chargers have the ball:  Philip Rivers is the best QB in the NFL right now as he already has 23 TD passes this year and the Chargers are averaging 306.5 yards passing per game.  The only way the Colts can stop him is by not letting him throw the ball and that will be up to Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.  If Rivers has time to throw the ball he’s going to be effective because he has big receivers to throw to in Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd.  The Chargers will also run the ball sign with Mike Tolbert against a Colts’ D that is allowing 136.7 yards rushing per game and 5.0 yards per carry.

PREDICTION:  CHARGERS 30, COLTS 23

The Indianapolis Colts sign Al Afalava and place Chip Vaughn on I.R.

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Free Agent Additions,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by admin on Thursday 25 November 2010 at 10:51 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have signed 23-year old saftey Al Afalava.  Afalava played in 13 games as a rookie for the Bears last season and he had 53 tackles, 7 passes defensed, 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble.  With the state of the Colts’ D right now I wouldn’t be surprised to see Afalava working a lot on defense as early as this weekend.  25-year old safety Chip Vaughn has been placed on the Injured Reserve List with a ankle injury ending his season.  Vaughn played in 3 games for the Colts last season and he had 1 tackle.

New England Patriots 31, Indianapolis Colts 28

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by admin on Monday 22 November 2010 at 7:23 pm

The Colts were down 31-14 with 10:23 left in this game before Peyton Manning led them on two TD drives.  He had the Colts in field goal range late in this game and he threw a horrible pass that was picked off by Patriots’ safety James Sanders essentially ending this game.  Manning completed 38 of 52 passes for 396 yards with 4 TD passes and 3 INTs.  Donald Brown led the way on the ground for the Colts in this game with 17 carries for 68 yards (4.0 ypc) and he also added 3 catches for 40 yards (13.3 avg).  Reggie Wayne (8 rec, 107 yards, TD), Blair White (5 rec, 42 yards, 2 TDs) and Gijon Robinson (1 rec, 1 yard, TD) were the Colts’ receivers who got into the end zone yesterday.  Austin Collie (5 rec, 60 yards), Pierre Garcon (5 rec, 62 yards) and Jacob Tamme (7 rec, 60 yards) also pitched in for the Colts in the passing game.  The Colts finished up with 71 yards on 20 carries (3.6 ypc) and they also completed 38 of 52 passes for 396 yards. 

LB Pat Angerer (12 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss) and safety Antoine Bethea (8 tackles) led the way for the Colts’ D in this game.  The Patriots finished up with 168 yards rushing on 34 carries (4.9 ypc) and they also completed 19 of 25 passes for 178 yards.  The Colts are now tied with the Jaguars for first place in the AFC South with a 6-4 record.

Indianapolis Colts (6-3) vs. New England Patriots (7-2)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Friday 19 November 2010 at 4:12 pm

This is a nightmare matchup for the Colts right now as they have been a mess on the road this year.  The Colts are 2-3 on the road this year.  The Patriots are 4-0 at home this season and they have outscored their opponents 127-92.  This game could be a shootout for the ages.  Here’s a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts should come out throwing the ball in this game against a Patriots’ D that is allowing 277.8 yards passing per game this year.  The Colts are likely going to spread his receivers out and let Peyton Manning pick the Patriots’ D apart.  The Colts might want to consider running the ball just a tad more than usual in this game as the Patriots are allowing 113.0 yards rushing per game and 4.2 yards per carry so far this year.

When the Patriots have the ball:  The Patriots will likely try to throw short passes and run the ball in a attempt to control the clock which should be successful.  BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been a pleasant surprise for the Patriots this year and he will take aim at a Colts’ D that is allowing 133.2 yards rushing per game and 5.0 ypc.  Tom Brady doesn’t have a favorite receiver and that’s going to put a ton of pressure on the Colts’ secondary.

PREDICTION:  PATRIOTS 38, COLTS 27

Jim Caldwell needs to coach up the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by admin on Friday 19 November 2010 at 4:03 pm

55-year old head coach Jim Caldwell led the Colts to a 14-2 record and he got them to the Super Bowl where he was badly outcoached by Sean Payton of the Saints.  His bad coaching has carried over to this year as the Colts are only 6-3 on the year despite having one of the best offenses in the NFL.  The Colts are now 20-5 (80%) during the regular season under Caldwell is his first two years.  Caldwell got a cush job with a full cupboard of good football players so this year has been disappointing so far.

Indianapolis Colts 23, Cincinnati Bengals 17

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by admin on Sunday 14 November 2010 at 9:53 pm

The defense won this game for the Colts today.  The Colts forced 5 turnovers in this game and that was the difference as the Colts didn’t do much on offense in this game.  CB Kelvin Hayden led the way for the Colts’ D in this game with 9 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 1 pass defensed and a interception that he returned 31 yards for a TD.  CB Jacob Lacey pitched in with 9 tackles in this game.  Safety Mike Newton (fumble recovery), DT Antonio Johnson (fumble recovery), LB Tyjuan Hagler (interception) and safety Aaron Francisco (interception) all made big plays in this game for the Colts’ D.  The Bengals finished up with 72 yards rushing on 20 carries (3.6 ypc) and they also completed 31 of 42 passes for 269 yards as they had possession of the ball for 34:11.

Peyton Manning didn’t have the ball much in this game but he was working with a lot of short fields.  He completed 20 of 36 passes for 185 yards with 0 TD passes and 0 INTs.  Donald Brown (12 carries, 50 yards) and Javarris James (10 carries, 26 yards, TD) led the way on the ground for the Colts today.  TE Jacob Tamme (7 rec, 73 yards), Pierre Garcon (5 rec, 37 yards), Brandon James (4 rec, 36 yards) and Reggie Wayne (3 rec, 34 yards) led the way in the passing game for the Colts today.  The Colts finished up with 76 yards rushing on 22 carries (3.5 ypc) and they also completed 20 of 36 passes for 180 yards.  The Colts are now 6-3 on the year.

Cincinnati Bengals (2-6) vs. Indianapolis Colts (5-3)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Saturday 13 November 2010 at 3:03 pm

The Colts have been dominant at home this year as they are 3-0.  They have outscored opposing teams 87-40 at home this year.  The Bengals come into this game on a five game losing streak.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts should come out throwing the ball to try to jump to a quick lead and kill the will of the Bengals.  The Bengals only have 7 sacks so far this year so Peyton Manning should have plenty of time to survey the field and get the ball to the open man.  If the Colts build a lead in this game, that’s when they will turn to the running game to grind out the clock with Donald Brown getting most of the work.

When the Bengals have the ball:  The Bengals don’t likely want to get into a fire fight with the Colts so they will likely come out feeding the ball to Cedric Benson.  The Colts are allowing 140.9 yards rushing per game and 5.1 yards per carry so that would be a sound strategy.  The Colts will have to get to Carson Palmer because he’s still a good QB and he has nice targets in Chad Ocho Cinco, Terrell Owens, Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham.

PREDICTION:  COLTS 33, BENGALS 20

The Indianapolis Colts will be without Austin Collie this weekend

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports,Needs to Pick It Up by admin on Wednesday 10 November 2010 at 4:48 pm

The Colts will be without starting WR Austin Collie due to a nasty concussion that he suffered against he Eagles last weekend.  Collie has played in 7 games for the Colts so far this year and he has 45 catches for 502 yards (11.2 avg) with 6 TD grabs.  Peyton Manning is an amazing 45 of 56 (80.4%) when throwing the ball to Collie so far this year.  The Colts will need 23-year old WR Blair White to step up this week with Collie out of action.  White has played in 6 games for the Colts so far this year and he has caught 9 passes for 108 yards (12.0 avg) with 1 TD grab. 

The Indianapolis Colts waive CB Deshea Townsend

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Leaving Town by admin on Wednesday 10 November 2010 at 4:43 pm

The Colts have waived 35-year old CB Deshea Townsend.  Townsend played in 8 games for the Colts this year and he only had 10 tackles.  The Colts won’t miss Townsend as he doesn’t look like he has any gas left in the tank.

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