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Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5) vs. Indianapolis Colts (5-5)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by joelapinski on Thursday 24 November 2016 at 2:30 am

The Pittsburgh Steelers won 24-9 in Cleveland against the Browns last weekend to snap a 4-game winning streak and to pull into a tie in the AFC North with the Baltimore Ravens.  The Indianapolis Colts beat the visiting Tennessee Titans 24-17 at home last weekend, to pull within 1 game of the Houston Texans in the AFC South.  The Colts will be without Andrew Luck in this game as he suffered a concussion last weekend.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts are likely going to be more balanced than usual in this football game.  I look for Frank Gore to have his heaviest workload of the year, both running the ball and catching passes out of the backfield.  I also look for backup RB Robert Turbin to have more of a role for the Colts offensively tomorrow night.  The Steelers have not rushed the passer too well this year until last weekend against the woeful Cleveland Browns’ offensive line.  The Colts have given up 35 sacks so far this year, so they will likely have new QB Scott Tolzien throwing shorter passes and letting his WRs and TEs get yards after the catch.  WRs T.Y. Hilton, Sidney Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett can all turn short passes into long ones with their deep speed.  The Colts will also use TEs Jack Doyle, Dwayne Allen and Erik Swoope to attack the middle of the field in the passing game.

When the Steelers have the ball:  The Steelers will likely have the same game plan as they did last weekend against the Browns.  Ben Roethlisberger has not played well on the road so far this year, so look for RB Le’Veon Bell to do the heavy lifting offensively for the Steelers tomorrow night both running the ball and catching it out of the backfield.  The Colts only have 3 interceptions this year, so look for Roethlisberger to feel brave and try to get the ball into tight windows to Antonio Brown.  Look for him to also get WR Eli Rogers and TEs Jesse James and Lardarius Green involved in the passing game early and often tomorrow night.

PREDICTION:  STEELERS 27, COLTS 17

 

Darius Butler has been fighting throught injuries in 2016 for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Thursday 24 November 2016 at 1:59 am

30-year old CB Darius Butler has been trying to fight through injuries this year for the Indianapolis Colts.  He has played in 7 games for the Colts so far this year and he has 25 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions and 3 passes defensed.  He has now played in 62 games in his first five years with the Colts and he has 206 tackles, 6 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 11 interceptions (3 returned for TDs, 199 return yards), 38 passes defensed and 3 tackles for a loss.  The Colts really need Butler to stay healthy the rest of the way in 2016, as he is one of the best playmakers in the Colts’ secondary.

The Indianapolis Colts sign Stephen Morris to their active roster

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Leaving Town by joelapinski on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 9:39 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have signed 24-year old QB Stephen Morris to their active roster.  He had been on the practice squad.  Morris has never played in a regular season NFL game.  He will likely back up Scott Tolzien at QB tomorrow, with Andrew Luck even less likely to play tomorrow after this move.  To make room on the active roster for Morris, the Colts have waived 25-year old WR Devin Street.  Street played in 2 games (0 starts) for the Colts this year and he caught 1 pass for 20 yards.  Street has now played in 32 games (2 starts) in his first three years in the NFL and he has caught 10 passes for 152 yards (15.2 avg) with 1 TD grab.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Colts, as they are pretty well stocked at WR with talented players.

Andrew Luck is likely going to miss the Indianapolis Colts’ next game

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports,Needs to Pick It Up by joelapinski on Tuesday 22 November 2016 at 5:02 pm

27-year old QB Andrew Luck is likely going to miss the next game for the Indianapolis Colts (against the Steelers on Thanksgiving), as he is in concussion protocol.  Luck has played in 10 games (all starts) for the Colts so far this year and he has completed 236 of 375 passes (62.9%) for 2,827 yards with 19 TD passes and 8 INTs (93.9 QB Rating).  He has also carried the ball 51 times for 246 yards (4.8 ypc) with 1 TD run so far this year.  If Luck isn’t cleared in time to play Thursday, the Colts are in trouble because they will have to start 29-year old Scott Tolzien at QB.  He hasn’t started a game since 2013 for the Green Bay Packers.  Tolzien has played in 6 games (2 starts) in his first five years in the NFL and he has completed 56 of 91 passes (61.5%) for 721 yards with 1 TD pass and 5 INTs (67.1 QB Rating).  He has also carried the ball 8 times for 52 yards (6.5 ypc) with 1 TD run.  He is 0-1-1 as a starting QB so far in his NFL career.

The Indianapolis Colts have placed Kendall Langford on I.R.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by joelapinski on Tuesday 22 November 2016 at 2:58 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have placed 30-year old DE Kendall Langford on the Injured Reserve List due to a knee injury.  Langford played in 7 games for the Colts this year and he had 10 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 2 passes defensed and 1 tackle for a loss.  He has now played in 23 games in his first two years with the Colts and he has 48 tackles, 7 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 5 passes defensed and 5 tackles for a loss.  This will hurt the Colts’ depth on the D-Line moving forward.

Indianapolis Colts 24, Tennessee Titans 17

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Monday 21 November 2016 at 1:39 am

The Indianapolis Colts rushed out to a 21-7 lead at the half and then they had to hold on for dear life to put the Titans away!  Andrew Luck completed 15 of 28 passes (53.6%) for 262 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 INT.  He also carried the ball 8 times for 22 yards (2.8 ypc) in this game.  Frank Gore led the way in the running game with 18 carries for 50 yards (2.8 ypc) and he also caught 4 passes for 71 yards (17.8 avg) today!  RB Robert Turbin pitched in with 2 carries for 4 yards (2.0 ypc) with 1 TD run today.  WRs T.Y. Hilton (5 rec, 97 yards, TD grab), Phillip Dorsett (1 rec, 50 yards) and Donte Moncrief (4 rec, 37 yards, TD grab) led the way in the passing game for the Colts today.  The Colts finished up with 76 yards rushing on 28 carries (2.7 ypc) with 1 TD run.  They also completed 15 of 28 passes (53.6%) for 251 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 INT (94.6 QB Rating).  The Colts had possession of the ball for 28:59 in this game.

The defense was solid against the run, but not so much against the pass despite sacking Titans’ QB Marcus Mariota five times!  CB Rashaan Mathis (11 tackles, 2 passes defensed), safety Clayton Geathers (9 tackles, 1 pass defensed), LB D’Qwell Jackson (9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for a loss, 1 pass defensed and 1 QB hit) and LB Edwin Jackson (7 tackles, 1 sack and 1 QB hit) led the way for the Colts on D in this game.  The Titans rushed for 97 yards on 27 carries (3.6 ypc) in this game.  They also completed 25 of 38 passes (65.8%) for 254 yards with 2 TD passes and 0 INTs (106.3 QB Rating).  The Colts got a huge win today to improve to 5-5 on the year.

Tennessee Titans (5-5) vs. Indianapolis Colts (4-6)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by joelapinski on Saturday 19 November 2016 at 7:01 pm

The Tennessee Titans unloaded on the visiting Green Bay Packers last weekend, pounding them 47-25!  The Titans have won four of their last six games, but one of those losses was at home (34-26) to the Indianapolis Colts.  The Colts are coming off of their bye week, so they are well rested for this game.  With the Houston Texans leading the AFC South with a 6-3 record, this is a big game for both teams.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts are going to come out passing against a Titans’ D that is giving up 267.7 yards passing per game so far this year.  The O-Line is going to have to give Andrew Luck time to throw the ball (he has been sacked 33 times so far this year) as the Titans love to blitz (they have 28 sacks so far this year).  Luck will be looking down the field to WRs Sidney Moncrief, T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett.  On the shorter stuff, Luck will be looking for TEs Jack Doyle, Dwayne Allen and Erik Swoope.  RB Frank Gore will get his typical 15 carries and catch a couple of passes out of the backfield in this game.

When the Titans have the ball:  The Titans will probably come out running the ball with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry against a Colts’ D that is allowing 114.9 yards rushing per game and 4.7 yards per carry.  Marcus Mariota will likely take off running a few times in this game too, but he is going to be focused mostly on throwing the ball down the field to TE Delanie Walker and WRs Rishard Matthews, Tajae Sharpe and Kendall Wright.  Mariota and the Titans are going to be able to move the ball well against a Colts’ D that is giving up 402.8 yards per game (114.9 rushing and 287.9 passing) so far this year, but more importantly, they will need to protect the football!

PREDICTION:  TITANS 28, COLTS 27

 

 

 

 

Andrew Luck is hanging in there so far in 2016 for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Saturday 19 November 2016 at 6:57 pm

27-year old QB Andrew Luck‘s right shoulder is barking right now and that comes as little surprise.  Luck has been sacked 33 times this year for a loss of 208 yards, with both lead the NFL.  But, Andrew Luck keeps playing well despite the beating he takes from week to week.  He has played in 9 games (all starts) for the Indianapolis Colts so far this year and he has completed 221 of 347 passes (63.7%) for 2,565 yards with 17 TD passes and 7 INTs (93.9 QB Rating).  Luck has also carried the ball 43 times for 224 yards (5.2 ypc) with 1 TD run so far this year.  The Colts need to start blocking better for Luck because the dropoff from him to 29-year old backup Scott Tolzien is huge.

Luck has now played in 64 games (all starts) in his first five years with the Colts and he has completed 1,445 of 2,453 passes (58.9%) for 17,403 yards with 118 TD passes and 62 INTs (86.2 QB Rating).  Luck has also carried the ball 265 times for 1,325 yards (5.0 ypc) with 13 TD runs so far in his career.  Luck is #4 in passing yards (260 behind Bert Jones) and he is also #4 in TD passes (4 behind Bert Jones) in Colts’ history.  Luck is also #23 in rushing yards and he is tied for #20 in TD catches in Colts’ history.  Luck will have to stay healthy and productive for a long time in order to catch Peyton Manning (54,828 passing yards, 399 TD passes) or Johnny Unitas (39,768 passing yards, 287 TD passes) in the Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts’ record book!

The Indianapolis Colts are getting solid production at TE so far in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Wednesday 9 November 2016 at 5:07 pm

The Indianapolis Colts are getting solid production out of their TEs so far this year in 2016.  26-year old Jack Doyle has been the best TE on the team so far this year.  Doyle has played in 9 games (8 starts) for the Colts so far this year and he has caught 36 passes for 379 yards (10.5 avg) with 4 TD grabs.  He has caught 36 of the 45 (80%) passes thrown in his direction so far this year, showing off an awesome pair of hands!  26-year old Dwayne Allen has been a little banged up so far this year.  He has played in 7 games (all starts) for the Colts so far this year and he has caught 19 passes for 207 yards (10.9 avg) with 2 TD grabs.  Allen has caught 19 of 29 (65.5%) passes so far this year.  24-year old Erik Swoope is a very good looking TE, as he is big and fast!  He has played in 9 games (3 starts) for the Colts so far this year and he has caught 7 passes for 130 yards (18.6 avg).  He has caught 7 of 12 passes (58.3%) thrown in his direction so far this year.  This is a pretty rock solid trio for the Colts, so things are looking up right now and down the road for their TEs.

The Indianapolis Colts waive WR Tevaun Smith

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Leaving Town by joelapinski on Wednesday 9 November 2016 at 5:00 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have waived 23-year old WR Tevaun Smith.  Smith got his first taste of the NFL earlier this year for the Colts and he played in 2 games (0 starts), but he didn’t catch any passes.  The Colts brought back Smith as insurance against some injuries at WR later this year.

UPDATE:  (11/10/2016) – The Colts have re-signed Tevaun Smith to their practice squad.

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