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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

Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by joelapinski on Saturday 10 September 2016 at 7:55 pm

The Indianapolis Colts are limping into tomorrow’s season opener with the Detroit Lions to massive injuries, especially in the defensive backfield.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:   The Colts would like to have some balance on offense tomorrow, but I don’t think they will.  The Lions have  as solid front seven on D, so RB Frank Gore might have a hard time finding running room!  That puts the onus on the Colts’ offensive line to give QB Andrew Luck time to throw the ball.  That will be easier said than done as the Lions have one of the best pass rushing DEs in the NFL in Ezekiel Ansah!  If they somehow give Luck time to throw the ball, he will have success in throwing the ball down the field to WRs T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett.  The Colts will also try to get TE Dwayne Allen involved in the passing game tomorrow.

When the Lions have the ball:  The Colts will likely have to blitz linebackers Erik Walden, Trent Cole and Robert Mathis a lot in this game in an effort to put some heat on Lions’ QB Matthew Stafford.  If Stafford has time to throw the ball, the Colts are in deep trouble tomorrow.  They will be starting Patrick Robinson and Antonio Cromartie at CB tomorrow with only Darryl Morris and Rashaan Melvin behind them.  That could wind up being a disaster for the Colts as Stafford has three rock solid WRs to throw to in Anquan Boldin, Marvin Jones and Golden Tate.  The Lions also have a decent TE (Eric Ebron) and one of the better pass catching RBs in the NFL (Theo Riddick).  The front seven for the Colts’ D will be in charge of slowing down RB Ameer Abdullah and inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson should be up for that challenge.

PREDICTION:  LIONS 33, COLTS 24

 

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

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