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

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by joelapinski on Thursday 26 September 2013 at 9:31 pm

The Indianapolis Colts are back on the right track after thrashing the 49ers 27-7 in San Francisco.  They travel to Jacksonville to play easily the worst team in the NFL…..the Jaguars.  The Jaguars are resorting to offering people two free beers (or soft drinks if they are under 21 years old) to come to this game.  The Jaguars are only averaging 9.3 points per game so far this year.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts will likely come out running the ball with Ahmad Bradshaw, Trent Richardson and Andrew Luck against a Jaguars’ D that is allowing 167.7 yards rushing per game and 5.2 yards per carry.  The Jaguars don’t have much of a pass rush and they have a very young secondary, so look for Luck to take a lot of shots down the field after the Colts establish the running game.  WRs Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Darrius Heyward-Bey and TE Coby Fleener are all likely going to have good games this Sunday.  I look for the Colts’ offense to move at will this weekend against an overmatched Jags’ D.

When the Jaguars have the ball:  The Colts will likely gang up on RB Maurice Jones-Drew and force the Jaguars to beat them by getting someone else the football.  Blaine Gabbert is back at QB for the Jaguars and he makes mistakes with the ball when he gets hit early in the game.  Look for LBs Jerrell Freeman and Robert Mathis to be chasing Gabbert around this Sunday quite a bit.  WR Cecil Shorts is by far the best receiver on the Jaguars, so look for the Colts to double team him and dare Gabbert to throw the ball to someone else.  Gabbert is going to make some mistakes with the ball this Sunday and the Colts need to make him pay for them (I think they will).

PREDICTION:  COLTS 34, JAGUARS 10

Indianapolis Colts (1-1) vs. San Francisco 49ers (1-1)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by joelapinski on Friday 20 September 2013 at 4:43 pm

The Colts will venture away from home for the first time this year.  The 49ers are still licking their wounds after getting pasted 29-3 in Seattle last weekend by the Seahawks.  Here is a look at the matchups in a very interesting game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts are likely to be a little more balanced offensively, as Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw will share the workload in the running game.  They are going to have to work hard for every yard they get as the 49ers’ front seven is pretty stout against the run, especially ILBs Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman.  But, the 49ers can be passed on, as long as the Colts’ O-Line can keep OLB Aldon Smith away from QB Andrew Luck.  Luck will spread the ball around in the passing game to WRs T.Y. Hilton,. Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey and TE Coby Fleener.

When the 49ers have the ball:  The Colts are pretty soft in the front seven, so I look for the 49ers to come out running the ball with Frank Gore and Colin Kaepernick.  The Seahawks proved last weekend that Kaepernick will put the ball up for grabs when he gets hit in the pocket a few times early in football games.  Look for the Colts to send OLB Robert Mathis and his buddies after Kaepernick all day long.  They need to contain him in the pocket, which is easier said than done, as he is better throwing the ball on the run.  I look for the Colts to pay special attention to WR Anquan Boldin and TE Vernon Davis in the passing and dare Kaepernick to throw the ball to someone else.

PREDICTION:  49ERS 27, COLTS 20

Indianapolis Colts (1-0) vs. Miami Dolphins (1-0)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by joelapinski on Friday 13 September 2013 at 12:52 am

Both the Colts and Dolphins won their first games of the 2013 season late weekend.  But, the Colts didn’t play that well against the Raiders, while the Dolphins pushed the Browns around in Cleveland.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts probably want to stay balanced if possible offensively this weekend.  The Colts need to establish a running game early this weekend in an effort to slow down the Dolphins’ pass rush but making them play honest defensively.  Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw will likely split the workload more evenly this week against a Dolphins’ D that only gave up 47 yards rushing (3.6 ypc) last week.  The Colts’ need better work from the offensive line pass blocking wise or Andrew Luck is going to be in trouble this weekend, as the Dolphins had six sacks last week against the Browns.  If Luck has time to throw the ball, I think he will have some success.  The Dolphins will likely double cover WR Reggie Wayne and dare Luck to beat them by throwing the ball to T.Y. Hilton, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener.

When the Dolphins have the ball:  The Dolphins will try to get a running game going this week.  The front seven of the Colts’ defense must play better than they did last weekend.  RBs Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas combined to carry the ball 18 times for 17 yards (0.9 ypc), but the Colts gave up 171 games (5.2 ypc) against the Raiders, so something has to give here.  The Colts need to get a good pass rush on Ryan Tannehill or he’s going to have success throwing the ball.  I look for the Dolphins to make a concerted effort to get the ball down the field to WR Mike Wallace as he only caught 1 pass last week.  Tannehill also has other solid targets in WRs Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson and TE Charles Clay.

PREDICTION:  DOLPHINS 24, COLTS 20

Indianapolis Colts vs. Oakland Raiders

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by joelapinski on Friday 6 September 2013 at 6:12 pm

The Colts have drawn what should be a very easy opener at home against the Raiders this Sunday.  But, you can’t overlook any team in the NFL, so they will need to remain focused for all 48 minutes in this game.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts aren’t going to change the offense this year, as they are going to come out throwing the ball this Sunday.  Andrew Luck should have time to throw the ball against the Raiders, but he has to be smart with the football, as they have a lot of experience in the secondary.  That being said, I still think WR Reggie Wayne will catch around 10 passes this Sunday.  But, Wayne might not have the most yards receiving against the Raiders, as WRs T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey both have the speed to go the distance whenever they catch a pass.

When the Raiders have the ball:  The Colts are going to have to go all out to stop the Raiders’ running game.  Darren McFadden and Terrelle Pryor are both good athletes, but the Raiders’ don’t have much of an offensive line, so the Colts should be able to slow them both down.  The Colts also must contain Pryor into the pocket on passing downs, as he is less effective as a passer that way.  The Raiders do have speedy WRs in Denarius Moore, Rod Streater and Jacoby Ford……..but only Ford has a good set of hands.

PREDICTION:  COLTS 27, RAIDERS 9

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

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

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

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

Indianapolis Colts (8-4) vs. Tennessee Titans (4-8)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Friday 7 December 2012 at 10:58 pm

The Colts beat the Lions 35-33 in Detroit on the last play of the game last weekend.  The Titans lost 24-10 at home against the Texans last weekend.  The Colts beat the Titans 19-13 in O.T. in Tennessee, six 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 throwing the ball against the Titans this Sunday.  The Titans don’t have much of a pass rush, so Andrew Luck should have plenty of time to throw the ball.  That is bad news for a Titans’ secondary as they are giving up 257.5 yards passing per game so far this year.  Look for Luck to spread the ball around to WRs Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Donnie Avery and TEs Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener with success this Sunday.  The Colts will hand the ball off to Vick Ballard and Donald Brown once in a while to try to catch the Titans’ D off guard.

When the Titans have the ball:  The Titans are going to come out running the ball with Chris Johnson against a Colts’ D that is giving up 122.6 yards rushing per game and 4.8 yards per carry.  That makes perfect sense, so the defense is going to have to be ready to slow Johnson down and try to force Jake Locker to beat them with his arm.  The Colts need to contain Locker in the pocket while getting pressure on him.  If Locker has time to throw the ball, he’s going to have success as Nate Washington, Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright and Jared Cook are all good WRs and TEs.

PREDICTION:  COLTS 30, TITANS 27

Indianapolis Colts (7-4) vs. Detroit Lions (4-7)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Friday 30 November 2012 at 10:52 pm

The Colts got a nice win at home last weekend, 20-13 over the Bills.  The Lions lost a heartbreaker, 34-31 in O.T. on Thanksgiving against the Houston Texans.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts are going to come out throwing this weekend, in what looks to be a high scoring game.  If the Colts’ O-Line can give Andrew Luck, he’s going to make some plays down the field against the pretty awful secondary of the Lions.  WRs Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Donnie Avery and TE Dwayne Allen are all in line to have solid games for the Colts this Sunday.  RBs Vick Ballard and Donald Brown should have success on the ground when the Colts decide to try to trick the Lions’ D.

When the Lions have the ball:  The Colts could be in trouble in this game if they can’t get to Matthew Stafford.  The secondary just doesn’t match up well with WR Calvin Johnson.  They will likely double cover him, but he’s still going to get his catches and yards this Sunday.  WR Ryan Broyles and TE Brandon Pettigrew are also going to have to concern the Colts’ secondary too, as they have really played well for the Lions lately.  The Lions also have a good power runner in Mikel Leshoure and a solid all-around back in Joique Bell for the Colts’ D to worry about.

PREDICTION:  LIONS 27, COLTS 23

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