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Baltimore Ravens 24, Indianapolis Colts 9

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter,The Playoffs by admin on Monday 7 January 2013 at 3:45 pm

It seemed to me that Andrew Luck’s WRs heard a lot of footsteps yesterday and it caused them to drop a lot of very catchable footballs.  Luck completed 28 of 54 passes for 288 yards with 0 TD passes and 1 INT.  He also carried the ball 4 times for 35 yards (8.8 ypc), but he lost a fumble.  Vick Ballard led the way on the ground with 91 yards rushing on 22 carries (4.1 ypc) for the Colts in this game.  WRs Reggie Wayne (9 rec, 114 yards), T.Y. Hilton (8 rec, 66 yards) and TE Dwayne Allen (4 rec, 51 yards) led the way in the passing game for the Colts yesterday.  The Colts finished up with 152 yards rushing on 30 carries (5.1 ypc) and they also completed 28 of 54 passes (51.9%) for 267 yards as they had possession of the ball for 37:32.

The defense was awful for the Colts yesterday.  Safety Antoine Bethea (10 tackles) and DE Cory Redding (7 tackles) led the way for the Colts on D in this game.  LB Pat Angerer (6 tackles, 1 fumble recovery) and DE Lawrence Guy (4 tackles and 1 fumble recovery) also had solid games for the Colts on D.  The Ravens finished up with 172 yards rushing on 32 carries (5.4 ypc) and they also completed 12 of 23 passes (52.2%) for 269 yards.  The Colts’ season ended on a sour note, but it was still a rock solid 2012 season for them.

Indianapolis Colts (10-6) vs. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Playoffs,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Friday 4 January 2013 at 9:23 pm

Head coach Chuck Pagano returned last weekend and the Colts beat the Texans in Houston.  They are hoping that they don’t have a let down this weekend against the Ravens, coming off such an emotional football game.  The fans of Indianapolis would love to stick it to Baltimore once again this Sunday.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts should change things up and come out running the ball against the Ravens.  The Ravens have had issues stopping the run as they are giving up 122.8 yards rushing per game and 4.0 yards per carry so far this year.  Running the ball with rookie Vick Ballard will help the Colts in a couple of ways, as long as he is effective.  It will help slow the Ravens’ pass rush a bit and it would help the Colts control the ball and keep the Ravens’ offense on the sidelines.  Andrew Luck needs to be careful with the football this Sunday as the Ravens have a solid secondary.  That being said, I look for Luck to attack the Ravens’ D by spreading the football around in the passing game to Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Donnie Avery, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener.

When the Ravens have the ball:  The Colts are going to need to slow down Ray Rice and force the Ravens to pass the ball.  That will be easier said than done as the Colts are giving up 137.5 yards rushing and 5.1 yards per carry so far this year.  Not only will the front seven have to deal with Rice, but they will also have to deal with power running rookie RB Bernard Pierce.  The Colts need OLBs Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney to get pressure on Joe Flacco, or he’s going to have a good day throwing the ball.  On the shorter stuff, the Colts’ secondary will have to worry about slowing down WR Anquan Boldin and TEs Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta.  When Flacco goes deep, he will be looking for WRs Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, who are blazers.

PREDICTION:  RAVENS 28, COLTS 20

The Indianapolis Colts don’t have a lot of playoff experience offensively

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Playoffs by admin on Thursday 3 January 2013 at 9:03 pm

Chuck Pagano will be taking a pretty youthful roster with him to play his old team in Baltimore.  Only two offensive skill players have experience in the playoffs.  WR Reggie Wayne is one of them of course.  Wayne has played in 17 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he has caught 83 passes for 1,128 yards (13.6 avg) with 9 TD grabs.  Wayne will probably Andrew Luck’s go to guy this Sunday.  Backup RB Mewelde Moore has played in 8 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he has carried the ball 12 times for 47 yards (3.9 ypc).  He has also caught 7 passes for 54 yards (7.7 avg) in the playoffs.  At least the Colts have to feel good if this game comes down to a last season kind, as Adam Vinatieri has been a money kicker in the playoffs.  He has played in 24 games so far in the playoffs in his NFL career and he has made 45 of 54 field goals (83.3%) and all 52 of his extra points, good for 187 points.

New York Jets 17, Indianapolis Colts 16

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter,The Playoffs by admin on Sunday 9 January 2011 at 11:31 pm

The Colts thought they were in good shape with 53 seconds left in this game as Adam Vinatieri had just nailed a field goal to put the Colts up 16-14.  But then the special teams, defense and head coach all failed them.  CB Antonio Cromartie returned the kickoff 47 yards to set up the Jets with outstanding field position.  The Jets then threw a couple of nice, short passes to get them within the edge of Jets’ kicker Nick Folk’s range.  Then, for some reason, Colts’ head coach Jim Caldwell called a timeout with 29 seconds left.  This gave the Jets more than enough time to come up with a good play.  They pretty much ran a jump ball pass down the right sideline for Braylon Edwards on which he made an outstanding grab.  Nick Folk then trotted out on the field and nailed a 32-yard field goal on the last play of the game to end the Colts’ season with a loud thud!

Peyton Manning was not at his best in this game.  He completed 18 of 26 passes for 225 yards with 1 TD pass and 0 INTs.  Joseph Addai (13 carries, 60 yards) and Dominic Rhodes (14 carries, 33 yards) handled the heavy lifting in the running game for the Colts last night.  Pierre Garcon led the way in the passing game for the Colts last night with 5 grabs for 112 yards (22.4 avg) with a TD grab.  WR Blair White (6 rec, 54 yards) and TE Jacob Tamme (5 rec, 46 yards) also pitched in for the Colts in the passing game.  WR Reggie Wayne was shut down in this game by the Jets as he only caught 1 pass for 1 yard!  The Colts finished up with 93 yards rushing on 27 carries (3.4 ypc) and they also completed 18 of 26 passes for 219 yards.

The defense played well in the first half last night but the Jets wore them down in the second half.  CB Jacob Lacey (9 tackles) and rookie LB Kavell Conner (8 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss) led the way for the Colts’ D last night.  CB Justin Tryon pitched in with a interception in this game.  The Jets finished up with 169 yards rushing on 38 carries (4.4 ypc) and they also completed 18 of 31 passes for 184 yards.  It’s back to the drawing board for the Colts after this very tough to swallow loss last night.

New York Jets (11-5) vs. Indianapolis Colts (10-6)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Playoffs,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Saturday 8 January 2011 at 5:23 am

The Colts come into the playoffs on a 4-game winning streak but none of the teams they beat were over .500 teams.  The Colts were 6-2 at home this year where they play quite a lot better.  The Jets are 6-2 on the road this year and they will be seeking revenge on the Colts who beat them 30-17 last January at Lucas Oil Stadium in the AFC Championship Game.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts stink at running the ball and the Jets are only giving up 90.9 yards rushing per game and 3.9 yards per carry so far this year.  With that in mind, this game likely hinges almost completely on Peyton Manning’s ability to beat the Jets’ secondary.  The Colts’ O-Line should be able to keep the Jets’ pass rush out of the backfield but the Jets have some playmakers in the secondary.  CB Darrelle Revis & Antonio Cromartie will likely be matched up with Reggie Wayne &  Pierre Garcon.  That means that Blair White and Jacob Tamme are going to be really important in the passing game tomorrow night.

When the Jets have the ball:  DTs Dan Muir, Antonio Johnson and LBs Gary Brackett and Pat Angerer are going to get their manhood tested tomorrow as the Jets are going to come out running the ball.  Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson and Brad Smith are going to attack the Colts’ front seven and the results of that aren’t likely to look to pretty.  The Colts better get to Mark Sanchez because if Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney are getting kept out of the backfield they are in trouble.  WRs Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery and Dustin Keller are going to give the Colts fits tomorrow night.

PREDICTION:  JETS 26, COLTS 20

New Orleans Saints 31, Indianapolis Colts 17

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter,The Playoffs,The Super Bowl by admin on Monday 8 February 2010 at 9:39 am

Things were looking good for the Colts yesterday at the end of the first quarter with them up 10-0.  Even at the half with the Colts up 10-6 the coaches had to be happy.  But then the roof caved in as the Saints recovered a onside kick to start the second half and they never looked back outscoring the Colts 25-7 the rest of the game.  Peyton Manning’s overall numbers looked pretty good yesterday but the fact his that the Colts only scored 17 points.  Manning completed 31 of 45 passes for 333 yards with 1 TD pass and 1 interception.  The pickoff was returned 74 yards for a TD by Saints’ QB Tracy Porter which was a huge blow in the 4th quarter as it put the Saints up 14 points with not much time left in the game.  Manning is now a very pedestrian 9-9 in his career in the post season.  Joseph Addai had a solid game for the Colts as he carried the ball 13 times for 77 yards (5.9 ypc) with a TD run and he also caught 7 passes for 58 yards (8.3 avg).  Donald Brown pitched in with 18 yards on 4 carries (4.5 ypc) and he also caught 1 pass for 11 yards.  Dallas Clark led the way in the passing game for the Colts yesterday with 7 grabs for 86 yards (12.3 avg).  Austin Collie (6 rec, 66 yards) and Pierre Garcon (5 rec, 66 yards, TD) pitched in with solid games for the Colts yesterday.  Reggie Wayne had a tough game as he caught 5 passes for 46 yards (9.2 avg).  He dropped a ball that hit both of his hands that would have been a TD late in the 4th quarter that would have cut the lead to 31-24.  The Colts finished up with 432 total yards on offense (99 rushing, 333 passing) but it wasn’t enough to win the Super Bowl.

The Colts defense played great in the first half yesterday but they were awful in the second half.  Linebacker Gary Brackett led the way for the Colts on D yesterday with 13 tackles and 1 pass defensed.  DE Dwight Freeney made little impact in the game as he played finishing with 1 tackle and 1 sack.  The Saints finished up with 332 total yards on offense (51 rushing, 281 passing) in this game. 

The Colts had a great season but it’s back to the drawing board as they didn’t reach their goal for 2009 which was to win the Super Bowl.

Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Playoffs,The Super Bowl,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Saturday 6 February 2010 at 10:08 am

Tomorrow in Miami, Florida Peyton Manning is going to try to lead his Colts to their 2nd World Championship in Indianapolis.  It won’t be an easy task though.  The Saints have a solid secondary that makes a lot of big plays so Manning will have to be careful when throwing the ball downfield.  With all of the talk about Dwight Freeney this week you just know that the Saints’ Will Smith (DE) wants to put his name in the bright lights.  That means that OTs Ryan Diem and Charlie Johnson are going to have their hands full with him.  If they can keep him out of the backfield then Peyton Manning will have a lot of time to throw the ball.  I think the Saints are going to have to play straight up on defense with the way that Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon have played in the playoffs so far.  That brings Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark back into the gameplan as major players.  The Colts are also going to run the ball a bit more than usual in this game to keep the ball away from Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense.

The Saints have a more balanced offense than the Colts do and that will cause problems for the D.  The Colts can’t afford to play extra defensive backs to deal with the WRs of the Saints because of Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush.  The Saints should really be worried about Reggie Bush who is playing like a man possessed during the playoffs as he is averaging 7.7 yards per carry and 9.5 yards per reception.  When Drew Brees drops back to pass the Colts better get someone in his face.  That will be easier said than done with Dwight Freeney either playing gimpy or not playing at all.  If Raheem Brock is forced to start at DE the Colts are in trouble because the Saints will double-team Robert Mathis on the other side every single play.  The hard thing about defending the Saints is that they like to keep the passing game short to lull you into a sense of security then they got up top to Devery Henderson who is one of the fastest receivers in the NFL. 

PREDICTION:  SAINTS 34, COLTS 30

Pierre Garcon is taking his game to a new level for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up,The Playoffs,The Super Bowl by admin on Tuesday 2 February 2010 at 11:58 pm

23-year old WR has taken advantage of the single coverage he has been getting in the playoffs.  He has caught 16 passes for 185 yards (11.6 avg) with a TD grab so far in the playoffs.  I see no reason to think that Garcon won’t be huge in the Super Bowl as I would think the Saints would go all out to try to stop Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark.  Garcon also had a breakthrough regular season for the Colts.  He played in 14 games this year for the Colts and he caught 47 passes for 765 yards (16.3 avg) with 4 TD grabs.  He also carried the ball 2 times for 10 yards (5.0 ypc).  This is just the beginning for Garcon who has the speed and hands to just get better for the Colts with experience.

Raheem Brock is suddenly an important player for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Needs to Pick It Up,The Playoffs,The Super Bowl by admin on Tuesday 2 February 2010 at 11:51 pm

31-year old DE Raheem Brock might be called on to replace Dwight Freeney in the starting line-up if he can’t go on Sunday.  He has played in 2 games in the playoffs this season and he has 7 tackles, 1 forced fumble and he has defensed 1 pass.  Brock played in all 16 games during the regular season for the Colts in which he made 32 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 3.5 sacks and 1 pass defensed.  I have a feeling that Raheem Brock has a good game left in him and that he will do a solid job if called upon to start in the Super Bowl.

Peyton Manning wants to lead the Indianapolis Colts to there 2nd Super Bowl Championship

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up,The Playoffs,The Super Bowl by admin on Monday 1 February 2010 at 2:35 pm

Peyton Manning is coming down to Miami, Florida which is where he won his first Super Bowl Championship against the Bears.  He’s looking to repeat that feat this weekend against the Saints.  Manning’s job just got tougher with the injury to DE Dwight Freeney.  His injury makes it more likely that the Super Bowl will be a offensive shootout putting a lot of the pressure on Peyton Manning to have a big game.  That seems to be when he plays his best football however so look for him to turn in a superhuman effort this Sunday.  Manning has completed 56 of 83 passes (67.5%) for 623 yards with 5 TD passes and 1 INT (104.6 QB Rating) in his two playoff games already this season.  The great thing about Manning’s numbers is that he produced them against the Jets and Ravens who both have better defenses than the Saints do.