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Indianapolis Colts (1-2) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by joelapinski on Friday 30 September 2016 at 5:50 pm

The Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars will play in London this Sunday (in a Jaguars’ “home” game).  Both of these teams are desperate for a win coming into this game, as they are both off to disappointing starts in 2016.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts will probably come out throwing the ball this year, but they would be smart to run the ball a little more than usual.  The Jaguars have a good pass rush and they are going to be coming after Andrew Luck all day long this Sunday.  Luck has taken a lot of hits this year and he has already been sacked 9 times.  Luck will spread the ball around if he has time to throw the ball, but WR T.Y. Hilton will probably be his favorite guy to play catch with this Sunday.  Phillip Dorsett also has the speed to stretch the Jaguars’ D deep if Luck has time to throw the ball.  If the Jaguars are getting a good rush on Luck, look for him to get the ball on the short stuff to TEs Jack Doyle and Dwayne Allen.  The Colts can’t forget to run the ball, as Frank Gore could find some running room against a Jaguars’ D that is giving up 109.7 yards rushing and 4.0 yards per carry so far this year.

When the Jaguars have the ball:  The Colts’ defense has been flat out awful so far this year!  They are going to have a big time challenge ahead of them this Sunday, as the Jaguars have three outstanding WRs that the Colts’ secondary is going to have to deal with!  If the Colts don’t get a good pass rush going this Sunday, QB Blake Bortles is going to shred them through the air in London!  WRs Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee are going to give the Colts headaches this Sunday.  The Colts’ front seven should have a fighting chance to slow down the Jaguars’ running game, as neither T.J. Yeldon or Chris Ivory have run that well this year.

PREDICTION:  JAGUARS 31, COLTS 24

 

Erik Walden is stepping up for the Indianapolis Colts in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Thursday 29 September 2016 at 1:48 am

The Indianapolis Colts only have four sacks as a team so far this year!  But, you can’t blame 31-year old LB Erik Walden for that.  Walden has played in 3 games for the Colts so far this year and he has 9 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.  Walden has now played in 48 games in his first four years with the Colts and he has 133 tackles, 15 sacks, 15 tackles for a loss, 5 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 3 passes defensed.  The Colts need Walden to keep up the good work!

The Indianapolis Colts place Trent Cole on I.R.

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by joelapinski on Wednesday 28 September 2016 at 4:04 am

The Indianapolis Colts have placed 33-year old OLB/DE Trent Cole on the Injured Reserve List due to a back injury.  Cole played in 2 games for the Colts this year and he had 3 tackles.  Cole has now played in 16 games in his first two years with the Colts and he has 35 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 3 passes defensed.  The Colts will miss Cole, as their defense was pretty awful with him on the roster.

Indianapolis Colts 26, San Diego Chargers 22

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 10:33 pm

The Indianapolis Colts were saved at the end of this game when QB Andrew Luck hit WR T.Y. Hilton with a 63-yard TD pass with only 1:17 left in the game to put them up for good!  Luck completed 24 of 37 passes (64.9%) for 331 yards with 1 TD pass and 1 INT.  He also lost a fumble that was returned 61 yards for a TD by Chargers’ DT Caraun Reid.  Frank Gore led the way on the ground for the Colts in this game with 82 yards rushing on 21 carries (3.9 ypc) with 1 TD run.  Gore also caught 1 pass for 1 yard in this game.  Robert Turbin pitched in with 9 rushing yards on 4 carries (2.3 ypc) with 1 TD run.  Josh Ferguson only carried the ball 1 time for 2 yards in this game, but he also caught 3 passes for 29 yards (9.7 avg).  WR T.Y. Hilton was in beast mode, as he caught 8 passes for 174 yards (21.8 avg) with 1 TD grab.  TE Jack Doyle (6 rec, 65 yards), TE Dwayne Allen (3 rec, 35 yards) and WR Phillip Dorsett (3 rec, 27 yards) also pitched in for the Colts in the passing game.  The Colts finished up with 93 yards rushing on 26 carries (3.6 ypc) with 2 TD runs.  They also completed 24 of 37 passes (64.9%) for 317 yards with 1 TD pass and 1 INT (91.2 QB Rating).  The Colts had possession of the ball for 32:43 in this game.

The defense was outstanding against the run, but not so much against the pass in this game.  LBs Sio Moore (8 tackles), D’Qwell Jackson (7 tackles and 1 fumble recovery) and safety Clayton Geathers (6 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss) led the way for the Colts on D in this game.  Safety Mike Adams (3 tackles, 1 fumble recovery) and DE Kendall Langford (1 tackle and 1 fumble recovery) also made big plays on D for the Colts.  The Chargers finished up with 37 yards rushing in 17 carries (2.2 ypc) in this game.  They also completed 26 of 39 passes (66.7%) for 319 yards without a TD pass or INT (92.9 QB Rating).  The Colts are now 1-2 on the season.

 

San Diego Chargers (1-1) vs. Indianapolis Colts (0-2)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by joelapinski on Friday 23 September 2016 at 3:52 am

The San Diego Chargers got a nice rebound win last weekend when they smashed the visiting Jaguars 38-14!  The Indianapolis Colts got pasted 34-20 in Denver last weekend against the Broncos!  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Chargers have the ball:  The Chargers are going to likely be pretty balanced against the Colts this Sunday.  Look for RB Melvin Gordon to continue rolling against the Colts, as he is having a breakout season!  Gordon will be aiming at a Colts’ D that is allowing 125.0 yards rushing per game and 4.5 yards per carry so far this year.  Philip Rivers is probably foaming at the mouth after watching game film of the Colts’ pass rush and secondary!  Rivers should have time to throw the ball (Colts have 2 sacks) and QBs have a 106.6 rating against the Colts so far this year!  Look for Rivers to target WR Tyrell Williams on the deep shots down the field.  WR Travis Benjamin is turning into Rivers’ favorite guy to throw to and I see that continuing in his game!

When the Colts have the ball:  If the Colts were ever going to come out running the ball, it would be this weekend against a Chargers’ D that is allowing 76.0 yards rushing per game…..but 5.1 yards per carry.  Frank Gore will probably get his fair share of rushing yards this weekend.  Andrew Luck will need to hang in the pocket against the Chargers in order to make some throws down the field to WRs Phillip Dorsett and T.Y Hilton.  Luck will also need to keep TEs Dwayne Allen and Jake Doyle heavily involved in the passing game.

PREDICTION:  CHARGERS 26, COLTS 24

The Indianapolis Colts sign Devin Street

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Free Agent Additions,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Thursday 22 September 2016 at 6:17 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have signed 25-year old WR Devin Street off of the Patriots’ practice squad.  Street played in 14 games (2 starts) for the Cowboys last year and he caught 7 passes for 114 yards (16.3 avg) with 1 TD grab.  Street has now played in 30 games (2 starts) in his first two years in the NFL and he has caught 9 passes for 132 yards (14.7 avg) with 1 TD grab.  This was a good pickup for the Colts, as they need all the help that they can get at WR with Donte Moncrief out of action for the next 4-6 weeks.

The Indianapolis Colts lose Donte Moncrief for 4-6 weeks

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by joelapinski on Thursday 22 September 2016 at 6:12 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have lost 23-year old WR Donte Moncrief for the next 4-6 weeks due to a fractured scapula.  Moncrief has played in 2 games (0 starts) for the Colts so far this year and he has caught 7 passes for 73 yards (10.4 avg) with 1 TD grab.  Moncrief has now played in 34 games (13 starts) in his first three years with the Colts and he has caught 103 passes for 1,250 yards (12.1 avg) with 10 TD grabs.  He has also carried the ball 4 times for 17 yards (4.3 ypc) so far in his time with the Colts.  This is a big loss for the Colts moving forward, as Moncrief was a player on the rise for them!

The Indianapolis Colts release Winston Guy

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Leaving Town by joelapinski on Thursday 22 September 2016 at 6:46 am

The Indianapolis Colts have released 26-year old safety Winston Guy.  Guy played in 2 games for the Colts this year and he had 4 tackles.  Guy played in 14 games in his two years with the Colts and he had 10 tackles.  Guy has now played in 32 games in his first four years in the NFL and he has 53 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 2 passes defensed.  This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Colts.

The Indianapolis Colts sign Deiontrez Mount

Blogged under Bloglockers,Free Agent Additions,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Wednesday 21 September 2016 at 1:12 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have signed 23-year old OLB Deiontrez Mount to their practice squad.  Mount played in 4 games in his first taste of the NFL in 2015 for the Tennessee Titans and he had 0 tackles, 1 interception and 1 pass defensed.  He was a 6th round pick (#215 overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Titans.

Darius Butler is week to week for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by joelapinski on Wednesday 21 September 2016 at 1:09 pm

30-year old CB Darius Butler is week to week for the Indianapolis Colts due to a strained hamstring.  Butler has played in 1 game for the Colts so far this year and he has 1 tackle, 1 interception and 1 pass defensed.  Butler has now played in 58 games in his first five years with the Colts and he has 182 tackles, 5 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries. 10 interceptions (3 returned for TDs) and 36 passes defensed.  The Colts can’t afford to be without Butler.

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