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The Indianapolis Colts lose Bjoern Werner for a while

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by joelapinski on Tuesday 1 October 2013 at 10:06 pm

The Colts will be without 23-year old rookie OLB/DE Bjoern Werner for the next four to six weeks due to a torn plantar fascia.  Werner has played in 4 games so far this year for the Colts and he has 5 tackles and 1/2 a sack.  The Colts hope that Werner gets healthy soon, as he has a huge upside.

Indianapolis Colts 37, Jacksonville Jaguars 3

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Monday 30 September 2013 at 2:49 am

The Colts destroyed the Jaguars completely in Jacksonville earlier today.  Andrew Luck was sharp in this game as he completed 22 of 36 passes for 260 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 INT.  He also carried the ball 2 times for 26 yards (13.0 ypc) for the Colts today.  Matt Hasselbeck finished up this game at QB by completing 2 of 3 passes for 37 yards without a TD pass or INT.  Donald Brown led the way on the ground for the Colts with 65 yards rushing on 3 carries (21.7 ypc) and he also caught 2 passes for 11 yards.  Trent Richardson pitched in with 20 carries for 60 yards (3.0 ypc) with 1 TD run.  WR Reggie Wayne (5 rec, 100 yards, TD grab), TE Coby Fleener (5 rec, 77 yards, TD grab) and WR T.Y. Hilton (5 rec, 48 yards) led the way in the passing game for the Colts today.  The Colts finished up with 154 yards rushing on 29 carries (5.3 ypc) and they also completed 24 of 39 passes (61.5%) for 283 yards as they had possession of the ball for 36:38.

The defense was amazing for the Colts today.  They sacked Jaguars’ QB Blaine Gabbert four times and they continued to force him into making mistakes all day long.  CB Darius Butler (6 tackles, 1 pass defensed and a interception that he returned 41 yards for a TD) and OLB Robert Mathis (5 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 tackles for a loss and 4 QB hits) led the way for the Colts on D in this game.  DE Cory Redding (3 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for a loss and 2 QB hits), CB Vontae Davis (3 tackles, 2 passes defensed and 1 interception) and CB Josh Gordy (2 tackles, 1 pass defensed and 1 interception) also made big plays in this game for the Colts on D.  The Jaguars finished up with 40 yards rushing on 18 carries (2.2 ypc) and they also completed 17 of 32 passes (53.1%) for 165 yards in this game.  The Colts are now 3-1 on the year.

The Indianapolis Colts won’t have Ahmad Bradshaw this weekend

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports,Needs to Pick It Up by joelapinski on Friday 27 September 2013 at 7:15 pm

The Colts will be without 27-year old RB Ahmad Bradshaw for this weekend’s game against the Jaguars due to a neck injury.  Bradshaw has played in all three games for the Colts so far this year and he has carried the ball 41 times for 186 yards (4.5 ypc) with 2 TD runs.  He has also caught 7 passes for 42 yards (6.0 avg) so far this year.  It will be up to 22-year old RB Trent Richardson to carry the load in the running game this weekend for the Colts.  He carried the ball 13 times for 35 yards (2.7 ypc) with 1 TD run in his Colts’ debut last weekend against the 49ers.  This is the reason why the Colts dealt for Richardson, so they need him to step up this Sunday.

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

Jerrell Freeman is in beast mode for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Wednesday 25 September 2013 at 5:34 pm

27-year old ILB Jerrell Freeman is in beast mode right now for the Colts.  He has played in all 3 games for the Colts so far this year and he has 26 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 tackles for a loss and 2 forced fumbles.  He has now played in 19 games in his first two years for the Colts and he has 171 tackles, 8 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 interception (which he returned for a TD) and 2 passes defensed.  Freeman has been a machine defensively for the Colts and I see no reason to think that he is going to slow down any time soon.

The Indianapolis Colts will be without Ricky Jean-Francois for a week or two

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by joelapinski on Wednesday 25 September 2013 at 5:29 pm

The Colts will be without 26-year old DE Ricky Jean-Francois for a week or two due to a groin injury.  He has played in 3 games for the Colts so far this year and he has 5 tackles and 1 tackle for a loss.  He has now played in 53 games in his first five years in the NFL and he has 54 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 tackles for a loss, 1 forced fumble and 3 passes defensed.  The Colts will miss Jean-Francois a little bit in the run defense the next week or two.

The Indianapolis Colts bring back DE Lawrence Guy

Blogged under Bloglockers,Free Agent Additions,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Tuesday 24 September 2013 at 7:20 pm

The Colts have signed 23-year old DE Lawrence Guy.  Guy played in 9 games as a rookie for the Colts last year and he had 18 tackles and 1 sack.  This was a good move for the Colts as Guy will give them some depth on the D-Line this year.

Indianapolis Colts 27, San Francisco 49ers 7

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Monday 23 September 2013 at 12:19 pm

The Colts whipped the 49ers in San Francisco yesterday.  Andrew Luck was solid as he completed 18 of 27 passes for 164 yards without a TD pass or INT.  He also carried the ball 4 times for 24 yards (6.0 ypc) with 1 TD run.  Ahmad Bradshaw led the way for the Colts on the ground with 95 yards rushing on 19 carries (5.0 ypc) with 1 TD run and he also caught 3 passes for 16 yards (5.3 avg) in this game.  Trent Richardson rushed for 35 yards on 13 carries (2.7 ypc) with 1 TD run in his Colts’ debut.  Donald Brown pitched in with 25 yards rushing on 3 carries (8.3 ypc).  WRs Reggie Wayne (5 rec, 63 yards) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (5 rec, 59 yards) led the way in the passing game for the Colts.  The Colts finished up with 179 yards rushing on 39 carries (4.6 ypc) and they also completed 18 of 27 passes (66.7%) for 157 yards as they had possession of the ball for 36:25.

The defense was pretty impressive for the Colts yesterday.  LB Jerrell Freeman led the way for the Colts with 8 tackles, 1 sack and 1 tackle for a loss.  Safety Antoine Bethea (5 tackles), LB Kavell Conner (4 tackles and 1 fumble recovery), OLB Robert Mathis (3 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 tackle for a loss and 2 QB hits) and CB Cassius Vaughn (1 pass defensed and 1 interception) also made big plays on the D for the Colts in this game.  The 49ers finished up with 115 yards rushing on 23 carries (5.0 ypc) and they also completed 13 of 27 passes (48.1%) for 139 yards.  The Colts are now 2-1 on the season.

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

The Indianapolis Colts acquire Trent Richardson from the Browns

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 19 September 2013 at 4:41 am

The Colts have acquired 22-year old RB Trent Richardson for their first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.  Richardson played in 2 games for the Browns this year in which he carried the ball 31 times for 105 yards (3.4 ypc) and he caught 7 passes for 51 yards (7.3 avg).  Richardson has now played in 17 games in his first two years in the NFL and he has carried the ball 298 times for 1,055 yards (3.5 ypc) with 11 TD runs.  He has also caught 58 passes for 418 yards (7.2 avg) with 1 TD grab so far in his NFL career.  Richardson will bump Ahmad Bradshaw to the bench when he’s comfortable with the plays.  He could start against the 49ers this weekend, if he picks up the offense quickly.  This was an outstanding move for the Colts, as Richardson will help them be a real threat to win the Super Bowl this year.

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