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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.

Philadelphia Eagles 26, Indianapolis Colts 24

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by admin on Monday 8 November 2010 at 5:05 pm

The Colts looked out of sync in this game on offense and they were terrible on D.  Peyton Manning completed 31 of 52 passes for 294 yards with 1 TD pass and 2 INTs yesterday in one of his worst games in quite a while.  Donald Brown led the way on the ground for the Colts yesterday with 15 carries for 50 yards (3.3 ypc) and he also caught 3 passes for 47 yards (15.7 avg) in this game.  Javarris James pitched in with 12 yards rushing on 4 carries (3.0 ypc) with 2 TD runs.  TE Jacob Tamme (11 rec, 108 yards, TD) and Reggie Wayne (11 rec, 83 yards) led the way for the Colts in the passing game yesterday.  The Colts finished up with 62 yards rushing on 19 carries (3.3 ypc) and they also completed 31 of 52 passes for 276 yards.

Aaron Francisco (8 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss), Pat Angerer (7 tackles) and Antoine Bethea (7 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss) led a poor effort by the Colts’ D yesterday.  The Eagles finished up with 195 yards rushing on 31 carries (6.3 ypc) and they also completed 17 of 29 passes for 207 yards.  The Colts are now 5-3 on the year.

The Indianapolis Colts put Anthony Gonzalez on I.R.

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by admin on Sunday 7 November 2010 at 9:27 am

The Colts have placed 26-year old WR Anthony Gonzalez on the Injured Reserve List with a knee injury.  Gonzalez’ season ends with him making 5 catches for 67 yards (13.4 avg) in two games.  Gonzalez has now played in 32 games in his career with the Colts (4 years) and he has caught 99 passes for 1,307 yards (13.2 avg) with 7 TD grabs.  Hopefully, Gonzalez will be able to recover from this injury and be ready to go for 2011.

The Indianapolis Colts lose Clint Session for a couple of weeks

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by admin on Sunday 7 November 2010 at 9:25 am

26-year old linebacker Clint Session is going to miss at least 2 games due to a fractured forearm and a dislocated elbow.  Session has played in 5 games for the Colts so far this year and he has 38 tackles, 1 sack and 1 pass defensed.  Session is going to be replaced in the starting lineup by 28-year old Tyjuan Hagler.  Hagler has played in 4 games for the Colts so far this year and he has 4 tackles.  This is a big dropoff for the Colts.

Indianapolis Colts (5-2) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (4-3)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Saturday 6 November 2010 at 11:15 pm

The Colts appear back on track as they have won 3 games in a row.  The Eagles had a bye last week giving them two weeks to get ready for the Colts.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the football:  The Eagles are going to come after Peyton Manning with the blitz as that is what they do.  The Colts have only given up 7 sacks this year while the Eagles have 21 of them.  Peyton Manning usually carves up teams that come after him.  The Eagles are giving up 206.1 yards passing per game this year but they also have 11 interceptions so Manning is going to have to be careful with the ball.  It looks like Donald Brown is going to have to carry the load in the running game this Sunday and he should be able to get his fair share of yards against a Eagles’ D that is allowing 109.9 yards rushing per game and 4.0 yards per carry.

When the Eagles have the ball:  The Eagles are like a Sandlot team with Michael Vick at QB.  He likes to send everyone deep and then take off running.  I expect him to do that quite a few times tomorrow.  The Colts are allowing 133.1 yards rushing per game and 4.9 yards per carry so look for Lesean McCoy and Michael Vick to come after them on the ground.  Vick has been throwing deep a lot and why not when you have speed burners like DeSean Jackson & Jeremy Maclin.

PREDICTION:  EAGLES 34, COLTS 27

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