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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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Indianapolis Colts (3-5) vs. Green Bay Packers (4-3)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by joelapinski on Saturday 5 November 2016 at 3:39 pm

The Indianapolis Colts got pushed around at home by the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend, losing 30-14.  They have not lost two of their last three games.  The Green Bay Packers lost a heart breaker on the road last weekend, 33-32 to the Atlanta Falcons.  The Packers have also lost two of their last three games.  The Packers are 3-1 at home this year, while the Colts are only 1-3 on the road.  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 a Packers’ D that is giving up 247.1 yards passing per game so far this year.  The offensive line is going to have to slow down blitzing Packers’ LBs (Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Nick Perry) or Andrew Luck is going to be a pinata again this weekend.  If Luck has time to throw the ball, he will be effective.  Look for him to challenge the Packers down the field with throws to WRs T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett.  He will also focus on getting the ball to WR Sidney Moncrief, TD Jack Doyle and RB Frank Gore on the shorter stuff.  His secret weapon in the passing game will like be TE Erik Swoope, who is averaging 20.5 yards per catch so far this year.  RB Frank Gore will still get his usual amounts of touches combined both running and catching the ball out of the backfield, but he will have to fight for every yard, as the Packers are only allowing 74.4 yards rushing per game and 3.3 yards per carry so far this year.

When the Packers have the ball:  The Packers should have RB/WR Ty Montgomery back this weekend, as he missed last week due to being pretty sick.  The Colts giving up 114.8 yards rushing per game and 4.5 yards per carry, so look for Montgomery to get 10-15 carries this weekend and for him to catch some passes out of the backfield.  Montgomery getting covered by linebackers when he goes out for passes is a quarterback’s dream.  Fullback Aaron Ripkowski and QB Aaron Rodgers will also likely get a few runs in this game between them tomorrow.  The Colts don’t have much of a pass rush, so Aaron Rodgers is in line to have a huge game throwing the ball against a Colts’ D that is giving up 287.8 yards passing per game.  With Randall Cobb more than a little iffy for this game, look for Rodgers to spread the ball around to WRs Davante Adams, Jordy Nelson, Jeff Janis and RB/WR Ty Montgomery.

PREDICTION:  PACKERS 37, COLTS 27

Kansas City Chiefs (4-2) vs. Indianapolis Colts (3-4)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by joelapinski on Saturday 29 October 2016 at 9:27 pm

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the visiting New Orleans Saints 27-21 last weekend, for their second win in a row.  The Indianapolis Colts won a thrilling 34-26 game at Tennessee against the Titans last weekend.  This has the makings of a high scoring game.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Indianapolis Colts are likely to come out throwing the ball tomorrow.  Something has to give as the Chiefs only have 8 sacks so far this year, while Colts’ QB Andrew Luck has been sacked 25 times already this year.  If Luck has time to throw the ball, he will have to be careful with it, as the Chiefs already have 10 interceptions so far this year (CB Marcus Peters has 5 of them)!  The Chiefs are likely going to put CB Marcus Peters on WR T.Y. Hilton, which will be fun as hell to watch!  WR Sidney Moncrief, TEs Jack Doyle, Erik Swoope and RBs Frank Gore and Josh Ferguson will also be involved in the passing game for the Colts.  RB Frank Gore will also get his usual 15-20 carries against a Chiefs’ D that is giving up 114.3 yards rushing per game and 4.5 yards per carry so far this year!

When the Chiefs have the ball:  I have a feeling that the Chiefs are going to ride RB Spencer Ware hard tomorrow against a Colts’ D that is giving up 118.6 yards rushing per game and 4.7 yards per carry.  Then as soon as the secondary cheats up to help on Ware, QB Alex Smith is going to go downtown to WR Jeremy Maclin.  The Colts only have 11 sacks and 2 interceptions this year, so Smith should have time to throw the ball without many worries of turning the ball over.  In addition to Maclin, look for RB Spencer Ware, TE Travis Kelce and WRs Chris Conley and Tyreek Hill a lot in tomorrow’s game.  Smith should have a good day throwing the ball as the Colts are giving up 281.2 yards passing per game and a 101.5 QB Rating against them so far this year!

PREDICTION:  COLTS 30, CHIEFS 27

Indianapolis Colts (2-4) vs. Tennessee Titans (3-3)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by joelapinski on Friday 21 October 2016 at 4:50 pm

The Indianapolis Colts lost a brutal game last Sunday Night, 26-23 in O.T. to the Texans in Houston last week….despite having a 23-9 lead in the 4th quarter!  They have beaten the Tennessee Titans 9 times in a row, so at least they have that going for them this weekend.  The Titans beat the Cleveland Browns 28-26 last weekend, so they are on a two game winning streak.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts ran the ball pretty well last weekend and it would be smart to keep RB Frank Gore heavily involved in the offense this weekend against the Titans.  The Titans are giving up only 88.5 yards rushing per game, but they are also giving up 4.0 yards per carry far this year, so he should be able to find some running room.  The Colts need some semblance of a running game or the Titans are going to be coming after QB Andrew Luck full force and they already have 18 sacks so far this year (which six in each of their last two games)!  Andrew Luck has been incredible despite being sacked 23 times so far this year.  His best bet to be effective throwing against the Titans will be to get the ball out quick to his WRs and TEs and let them the chance to get yards after the catch.

When the Titans have the ball:  The Titans are going to do what they do best against the Colts, and that is running the ball to set up play action passes for QB Marcus Mariota.  The Titans are going to feed the ball to RBs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry against a Colts’ D that is giving up 117.7 yards rushing per game and 4.8 yards per carry.  If the Colts’ D can’t slow the Titans’ running game, they are in for a very long day!  They must also contain Mariota in the pocket, because he can break long runs at any time due to his speed.  Mariota likes to spread the ball around in the passing game, so WRs Kendall Wright, Tajae Sharpe, Rishard Matthews, TD Delanie Walker and RB DeMarco Murray will all get looks in the passing game this Sunday.

PREDICTION:  TITANS 27, COLTS 23

Indianapolis Colts (2-3) vs. Houston Texans (3-2)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by joelapinski on Saturday 15 October 2016 at 8:17 pm

The Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans will be playing a big game this Sunday Night in Texas.  The Texans are currently in first place in the AFC South with a 3-2 record, but the Colts and Titans are only one game behind them as they both sit at 2-3 on the year.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts throw the ball 64.7% of the time so far this year and I don’t look for that to change this Sunday Night.  That being said, Andrew Luck is going to need to start getting rid of the ball quicker or he could get knocked out of this game, as he has been sacked 20 times already this year and the Texans have 13 sacks so far this year.  They still mount a good pass rush even with DE J.J. Watt out for the season.  WR T.Y. Hilton is Luck’s favorite target and he will be the key to the Colts’ passing game.  If he has a good game, they will have a solid shot of winning the game.  But, if he has a bad game, Luck will have a hard time beating the Texans by throwing the ball to WR Philip Dorsett, TEs Jake Doyle, Dwayne Allen and RBs Frank Gore and Josh Ferguson.  Gore is still a solid back but he can’t handle 20-25 carries in a game anymore, as the Colts have been capping him around 15 carries per game.  The Texans are giving up 119.4 yards rushing per game so far this year (4.1 ypc), so Gore should have success against them.

When the Texans have the ball:  This could be the game that gets the Texans’ offense going in the right direction!  The Colts are giving up 109.6 yards rushing per game (4.6 ypc) and 301.0 yards passing per game (104.9 QB Rating) per game so far this year.  Look for the Texans to feed the ball early to RB Lamar Miller and he is in line to have his biggest game of the year.  He has yet to score a TD so far this year for the Texans.  The Colts only have 7 sacks and 1 interception so far this year, so Brock Osweiler (he has thrown at least 1 INT in every game so far this year) should have time to throw the ball in this game.  He should be aggressive in throwing the ball down the field to WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, as they are both big time players.  On the shorter stuff, look for Osweiler to target TE Ryan Griffin and RB Lamar Miller out of the backfield.

PREDICTION:  TEXANS 27, COLTS 20

Chicago Bears (1-3) vs. Indianapolis Colts (1-3)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by joelapinski on Saturday 8 October 2016 at 2:29 pm

The Chicago Bears have to be feeling good about themselves after winning 17-14 at home against the Lions last weekend.  The Indianapolis Colts lost a tough one 30-27 in London last weekend and they will be the first team the NFL didn’t give a bye week to after playing over there, so they could be tired.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Indianapolis Colts are going to do what they always do…..they are going to come out passing against the Bears.  The Bears don’t have anyone with with more than 1 sack so far this year (6 as a team) and the Colts have allowed 15 sacks so far this year, so something has to give.  Andrew Luck has played pretty well so far this year despite being a pinata.  Look for Luck to take shots down the field to WRs T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett.  He will also likely try to get his TEs back involved in the passing game, as he didn’t look much in the direction of Jack Doyle or Dwayne Allen last weekend.  Frank Gore will also get his usual 15-20 carries tomorrow in an effort to keep the Bears’ offense somewhat honest.

When the Bears have the ball:  The Bears are going to probably come out pretty balanced offensively in this game.  They will feed the rock to RB Jordan Howard against a Colts’ D that is giving up 105.8 yards rushing and 4.2 yards per carry.  Howard is a power runner, so the Colts’ front seven better tighten up the chinstraps.  QB Brian Hoyer will make some plays with throws down the field to WRs Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal and TE Zach Miller, as long as he has time to throw the ball.  In the past, Hoyer gets happy feet after he has been hit a few times in this game, so the Colts will need to blitz a lot.

PREDICTION:  COLTS 21, BEARS 20

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

 

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

Indianapolis Colts (0-1) vs. Denver Broncos (1-0)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by joelapinski on Saturday 17 September 2016 at 9:53 pm

The Indianapolis Colts are coming of a brutal home loss last Sunday to open up the 2016 season!  The Broncos got lucky in their season opener as the Panthers missed a game winning field goal on the last play of the game.  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 tomorrow against the Broncos.  For them to have success, they are going to need to keep OLBs Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware out of the backfield.  That will be easier said than done, as they combined for 2.5 sacks last week against the Panthers.  Even if Andrew Luck has time to throw the ball, he’s going to have to be careful with it, as the Broncos have a lot of ballhawks in their secondary!  That being said, WRs Phillip Dorsett, T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief are all fast enough to get deep on almost any team.  Look for Luck to keep the TEs heavily involved in the passing game to make the Broncos pay for double teaming any of their WRs.  Dwayne Allen and Jack Doyle (the TEs) combined for 7 catches for 88 yards (12.6 avg) with 3 TD grabs against the Lions last weekend.  Frank Gore will be asking for the coaches to give him the ball a lot against a Broncos’ D that gave up 157 yards rushing and 4.9 yards per carry last week!

When the Broncos have the ball:  Even though the Colts have a lot of injuries in their secondary, I still see the Broncos being a run first team with C.J. Anderson getting the bulk of the work.  He is a power runner with speed, who is also good at catching passes out of the backfield.  ILBs D’Qwell Jackson and Sio Moore better be ready for a lot of work against Anderson and they need to slow him down!  Broncos’ QB Trevor Siemian has a weak arm and he threw 2 pickoffs against a young Panthers’ secondary.  Demaryius Thomas has a hip injury and he’s iffy to play in this game, but they still have a big time receiver in Emmanuel Sanders.  If the Colts can get some semblance of a pass rush, they could force Siemian into some mistakes with the football.

PREDICTION:  COLTS 23, BRONCOS 20

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