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Indianapolis Colts 28, Houston Texans 16

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by admin on Monday 31 December 2012 at 2:00 am

The Colts were electrified by the return of head coach Chuck Pagano today.  Andrew Luck was efficient as he completed 14 of 28 passes for 191 yards with 2 TD passes and 0 INTs.  Vick Ballard carried the ball 27 times for 78 yards (2.9 ypc) with 1 TD run and he also caught 2 passes for 9 yards (4.5 avg).  WRs T.Y. Hilton (4 rec, 111 yards, TD) and Reggie Wayne (4 rec, 40 yards) led the way in the passing game for the Colts today.  The Colts also got an explosive 101-yard kickoff return for a TD from RB Deji Karim.  The Colts finished up with 81 yards rushing on 33 carries (2.5 ypc) and they also completed 14 of 28 passes (50%) for 184 yards as they had possession of the ball for 31:09.

The Colts played solid on D when they had to in this game.  They sacked Matt Schaub four times today.  CB Cassius Vaughn (10 tackles), LB Jerrell Freeman (10 tackles), safety Antoine Bethea (6 tackles) and CB Vontae Davis (5 tackles, 3 passes defensed and 2 interceptions) led the way for the Colts on D today.  The Texans finished up with 102 yards rushing on 20 carries (5.1 ypc) and they also completed 24 of 36 passes (66.7%) for 250 yards in this game.  The Colts finish up the regular season with a 11-5 record and the #5 seed in the AFC Playoffs.

Indianapolis Colts (10-5) vs. Houston Texans (12-3)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Saturday 29 December 2012 at 2:00 am

Head coach Chuck Pagano is going to be back on the sidelines this Sunday and that will likely electrify both his Colts and the crowd.  The Colts are going to need all of the help they can get as the Texans are playing for home field advantage in the AFC Playoffs.  The Texans beat the Colts 29-17 in Houston, just two weeks ago.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts are going to come out passing this Sunday.  For that to work, the O-Line is going to have to keep DE J.J. Watt and his buddies away from Andrew Luck.  That is going to be easier said than done.  If Luck has time to throw the ball, he should be able to make plays down the field to WRs Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and Donnie Avery.  If Luck has to get rid of the ball quickly, he’s going to be looking for TEs Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen.  Look for Luck to turn around and hand off to Vick Ballard if the Texans start putting extra DBs on the field.

When the Texans have the ball:  The Colts are going to have to tighten up their chinstraps as RBs Arian Foster, Ben Tate and Justin Forsett are coming to town.  The Colts are giving up 139.9 yards rushing per game and 5.1 yards per carry so far this year, so they are going to have to step up big time to slow down the Texans’ RBs.  The Colts must get a good pass rush on Matt Schaub, or he’s going to be playing a glorified game of catch with WR Andre Johnson and TE Owen Daniels.

PREDICTION:  TEXANS 26, COLTS 20

Antoine Bethea has been solid at the back end of the D for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by admin on Thursday 27 December 2012 at 2:42 pm

28-year old safety Antoine Bethea has been a hammer at the back end of the Colts’ D.  He has played in 15 games for the Colts so far this year and he has 94 tackles, 2 sacks, 7 passes defensed and 1 tackle for a loss.  Bethea has now played in 106 games in his first seven years with the Colts and he has 690 tackles, 12 interceptions, 41 passes defensed, 10 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries.  Bethea continues to be one of the more dependable players on the Colts’ D.

Chuck Pagano is going to return for the regular season finale for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by admin on Wednesday 26 December 2012 at 7:13 pm

Head coach Chuck Pagano will return to the sidelines for the regular season finale against the Houston Texans.  Pagano left the team on September 26th, and he has been treated for leukemia ever since.  The Colts were only 1-2 when he got sick.  Offensive co-ordinator Bruce Arians took over for Pagano and he led the Colts to a 9-3 record.  That being said, the Colts are likely going to be fired up to have Pagano back in charge as they have been playing for him all year long, even though he wasn’t with them physically.

Indianapolis Colts 20, Kansas City Chiefs 13

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by admin on Monday 24 December 2012 at 3:56 am

The Colts barely got out of Arrowhead Stadium with a win today.  Andrew Luck was good enough today as he completed 17 of 35 passes for 205 yards with 1 TD pass and 0 INTs.  He also carried the ball 6 times for 21 yards (3.5 ypc) in this game.  Vick Ballard led the way on the ground with 20 carries for 69 yards (3.5 ypc).  WRs Reggie Wayne (5 rec, 81 yards, TD) and Donnie Avery (5 rec, 38 yards) led the way in the passing game for the Colts.  The Colts finished up with 90 yards rushing on 26 carries (3.5 ypc) and they also completed 17 of 36 passes (47.2%) for 198 yards as they had possession of the ball for 27:40.

The defense was excellent against the pass, but pitiful against the run today.  LB Jerrell Freeman (10 tackles), DE Lawrence Guy (8 tackles), safety Joe Lefeged (6 tackles and a fumble recovery) and LB Pat Angerer (6 tackles) led the way for the Colts on D in this game.  CBs Vontae Davis and Darius Butler (32-yard return for a TD) each intercepted a pass each in this game.  The Chiefs rushed for an amazing 352 yards on 44 carries (8.0 ypc) and they also completed 10 of 22 passes (45.5%) for 155 yards in this game.  The Colts are now 10-5 on the year and they have secured a spot in the playoffs.

Indianapolis Colts (9-5) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (2-12)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Saturday 22 December 2012 at 5:31 am

The Colts need one more win to lock up a playoff spot for sure and they could get it this weekend against the Chiefs in K.C.  The Colts lost 29-17 to the Texans in Houston last weekend.  The Chiefs are in a free fall right now and they hit rock bottom last weekend in losing 15-0 to the Raiders in Oakland.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  Look for the Colts to come out passing to get a lead and then grind it out on the ground with rookie RB Vick Ballard.  The Chiefs have two good OLBs in Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.  If the Colts’ O-Line can keep them out of their backfield, Andrew Luck could have a monster game.  Luck will likely spread the ball around to WRs Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Donnie Avery and TEs Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener in the passing game.  Vick Ballard has really run the ball well lately and the Chiefs are giving up 136.4 yards rushing per game and 4.6 yards per carry so far this year.

When the Chiefs have the ball:  The Chiefs are going to try to come out running the ball with Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis, so the front seven of the Colts is going to get challenged.  If the Colts can slow down Charles, they are going to shut down the Chiefs’ offense.  Brady Quinn and his receivers couldn’t scare the Indiana Hoosiers’ DBs.  The Colts won’t have to double team anyone that goes out for a pass on the Chiefs.

PREDICTION:  COLTS 27, CHIEFS 10

The Indianapolis Colts need Andrew Luck to step back up the last two weeks of the season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Needs to Pick It Up by admin on Thursday 20 December 2012 at 10:39 pm

The Colts need 23-year old QB Andrew Luck to step up the last couple of weeks of the regular season against the Chiefs in K.C. this weekend and at home next weekend in a re-match with the Texans.  The Colts are 2-1 so far in December and they have scored 79 points in those games, but Andrew Luck has not played that well.  He has completed only 53 of 115 passes (46.1%) for 773 yards with 7 TD passes and 5 INTs so far this month.  He has also carried the ball 10 times for 50 yards (5.0 ypc) so far in December.  The Colts need him to be more accurate the last two weeks of the regular season.  Luck has now played in 14 games so far this year and he has completed 308 of 564 passes (54.6%) for 3,978 yards with 20 TD passes and 18 INTs (75.5 QB Rating).  He has also carried the ball 51 times for 233 yards (4.6 ypc) with 5 TD runs so far this year.

Houston Texans 29, Indianapolis Colts 17

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by admin on Monday 17 December 2012 at 3:25 pm

The Colts weren’t quite ready for prime time yesterday against the Texans in Houston.  Andrew Luck completed 13 of 27 passes for 186 yards with 2 TD passes and 0 INTs.  He also carried the ball 2 times for 10 yards (5.0 ypc).  Vick Ballard was electric for the Colts in this game with 18 carries for 105 yards (5.8 ypc).  WRs T.Y. Hilton (3 rec, 78 yards, TD), Donnie Avery (3 rec, 37 yards) and TE Dwayne Allen (3 rec, 36 yards, TD) led the way in the passing game for the Colts.  The Colts finished up with 124 yards rushing on 25 carries (5.0 ypc) and they also completed 13 of 27 passes (48.1%) for 148 yards as they only had possession of the ball for 26:54.

The defense and special teams also let the Colts down yesterday.  Pat McAfee had a punt blocked by LB Brayn Braman, who returned it 8 yards for a TD.  LB Jerrell Freeman (10 tackles) and CB Vontae Davis (9 tackles) led the way for the Colts on D in this game.  The Texans finished up with 178 yards rushing on 32 carries (5.6 ypc) and they also completed 23 of 31 passes (74.2%) for 239 yards in this game.  The Colts are now 9-5 on the year.

Indianapolis Colts (9-4) vs. Houston Texans (11-2)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Sunday 16 December 2012 at 6:35 am

The Colts beat the Titans 27-23 in Indianapolis last weekend.  The Texans got embarrassed 42-14 by the Patriots in New England last Sunday.  Here is a look at the matchups in this huge game in the AFC South:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts are going to come out passing the ball later today.  The offensive line is going to have to step up and give Andrew Luck time to throw the ball, or it’s going to be a long day offensively for the Colts.  DE J.J. Watt (16 sacks) and OLB Whitney Mercilus (6 sacks) are going to be relentless in chasing after Luck tomorrow.  Luck is going to have to get rid of the ball quickly and accurately and let his receivers get yards after the catch.  Reggie Wayne, Donnie Avery, T.Y. Hilton and Dwayne Allen are all more than capable of making things happen after Luck gets them the ball.  Rookie RB Vick Ballard is going to have to make the Texans’ pay once in a while if they have too many DBs on the field.

When the Texans have the ball:  The Colts are going to have their hands full in trying to stop Arian Foster and the other backs (Justin Forsett and Ben Tate) of the Texans.  The Colts are giving up 120.6 yards rushing per game and 4.7 yards per carry so far this year.  The Colts are also going to need to get pressure on Matt Schaub, or they are going to be in trouble.  That is because WR Andre Johnson and TE Owen Daniels are big time players in the passing game.

PREDICTION:  TEXANS 33, COLTS 20

Reggie Wayne is still a force for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by admin on Sunday 16 December 2012 at 6:27 am

34-year old WR Reggie Wayne is still a force for the Colts.  He has played in 13 games for the Colts so far this year and he has caught 94 passes for 1,220 yards (13.0 avg) with 4 TD grabs.  Wayne has caught 94 of 152 passes (61.8%) thrown in his direction so far this year.  21 of his receptions have went for at least 20 yards this year and 65 of his catches have resulted in first downs.  Wayne has now played in 186 games in his first 12 years with the Colts and he has caught 956 passes for 12,928 yards (13.5 avg) with 77 TD grabs.  He is currently #2 in Colts’ history in receptions (956), receiving yards (12,928) and TD grabs (77), behind only Marvin Harrison.