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Andrew Luck is raising his game in 2013 for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 September 2013 at 6:15 pm

24-year old QB Andrew Luck was rock solid as a rookie in 2012, but he’s getting better.  Luck has started both games for the Colts so far this year and he has completed 43 of 66 passes (65.2%) for 499 yards with 3 TD passes and 1 INT (96.7 QB Rating).  Luck has also carried the ball 10 times for 76 yards (7.6 ypc) with 1 TD run so far this year.  Luck has a big time right arm and he is also a very good runner.  I look for Luck to make a real run for the Pro Bowl in 2013, as long as he stays in one piece.

The Indianapolis Colts lose Dwayne Allen for the rest of the 2013 season

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports,Needs to Pick It Up by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 September 2013 at 6:12 pm

The Colts have lost 23-year old TE Dwayne Allen for the rest of the 2013 season due to hip surgery.  Allen played in 1 game for the Colts this year and he caught 1 pass for 20 yards and it went for a TD.  Allen has played in 17 games in his first two years with the Colts and he has caught 46 passes for 541 yards (11.8 avg) with 4 TD grabs.  24-year old Coby Fleener will need to step up now that he’s the main man at TE for the Colts in 2013.  Fleener has played in 2 games for the Colts so far this year and he has caught 5 passes for 76 yards (15.2 avg) with 1 TD grab.  Fleener has now played in 14 games in his first two years with the Colts and he has caught 31 passes for 357 yards (11.5 avg) with 3 TD grabs.  Fleener was Andrew Luck’s teammate at Stanford, so they will likely be on the same page quite a bit in 2013.

The Indianapolis Colts lost Donald Thomas for the rest of the 2013 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports,Needs to Pick It Up by joelapinski on Tuesday 17 September 2013 at 5:56 pm

The Colts have lost 27-year old starting left guard Donald Thomas for the rest of the 2013 season due to a torn quadriceps tendon.  Thomas started both games for the Colts this year.  He has now played in 45 games (23 starts) in his first six years in the NFL.  He was one of the Colts biggest signings in free agency.  22-year old rookie Hugh Thornton will replace Thomas in the starting lineup.  He played in both of the Colts first two games off the bench.  He was a 3rd round pick (#86 overall) in last April’s NFL Draft for the Colts.  The Colts drafted Thornton with the idea that he would start for them some day, they just didn’t think that day would be in Week #3 of the 2013 NFL season.

UPDATE:  The Colts have officially placed Donald Thomas on the Injured Reserve List.

Miami Dolphins 24, Indianapolis Colts 20

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Monday 16 September 2013 at 5:17 pm

The Colts’ offense couldn’t overcome the giving nature of the defense yesterday against the Dolphins.  Andrew Luck was solid again as he completed 25 of 43 passes for 321 yards with 1 TD pass and 1 INT.  He also carried the ball 4 times for 38 yards (9.5 ypc) in this game.  Ahmad Bradshaw led the way for the Colts in the running game with 15 carries for 65 yards (4.3 ypc) with 1 TD run.  He also caught 3 passes for 19 yards (6.3 avg) in this game.  Donald Brown carried the ball 7 times for 30 yards (4.3 ypc) and he recovered a fumble.  WR T.Y. Hilton led the way for the Colts in the passing game with 6 grabs for 124 yards (20.7 avg).  TE Coby Fleener (4 rec, 69 yards, TD grab) and WR Reggie Wayne (5 rec, 46 yards) also pitched in for the Colts in the passing game.  The Colts finished up with 133 yards rushing on 26 carries (5.1 ypc) and they also completed 25 of 43 passes (58.1%) for 315 yards as they had possession of the ball for 30:34.

The Colts had five sacks, as they put good pressure on Ryan Tannehill, but it didn’t stop him from having a good game.  Safety LaRon Landry (11 tackles), LB Pat Angerer (11 tackles, 1/2 a sack and 1 QB hit) and LB Jerrell Freeman (8 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles for a loss and 1 QB hit) led the way for the Colts on D in this game.  OLB Robert Mathis (5 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 tackle for a loss and 1 QB hit) and safety Joe Lefeged (1 fumble recovery) also pitched in with big plays for the Colts in this game.  The Dolphins finished up with 101 yards rushing on 27 carries (3.7 ypc) and they also completed 23 of 34 passes (67.6%) for 297 yards in this game.  The Colts start off the 2013 season with a 1-1 record.

The Indianapolis Colts lose RB Vick Ballard for the rest of the 2013 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports,Needs to Pick It Up by joelapinski on Saturday 14 September 2013 at 7:13 pm

The Colts have lost 23-year old RB Vick Ballard for the rest of the 2013 season.  He has been placed on the Injured Reserve List.  He tore his ACL in yesterday’s practice.  This is a huge blow to the Colts’ running game.  Ballard rushed for 63 yards on 13 carries (4.8 ypc) and he caught 1 pass for -5 yards against the Raiders last weekend.  Ballard has now played in 17 games (12 starts) in his first two years with the Colts and he has carried the ball 224 times for 877 yards (3.9 ypc) with 2 TD runs.  He has also caught 18 passes for 147 yards (8.2 avg) with 1 TD grab for the Colts so far in his career.  27-year old Ahmad Bradshaw will take over as the Colts’ starting RB.  He carried the ball 7 times for 26 yards (3.7 ypc) and he caught 1 pass for 7 yards last weekend against the Raiders.  26-year old Donald Brown will be the Colts’ new #2 RB moving forward.

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

The Indianpolis Colts’ safeties were overworked in the season opener

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Tuesday 10 September 2013 at 8:51 pm

28-year old LaRon Landry and 29-year old Antoine Bethea were overused against the Raiders last Sunday.  Landry had 15 tackles and 1 pass defensed and Bethea had 11 tackles, 1 pass defensed and 1 interception to lead the way for the Colts’ on D last Sunday.  It’s a bad sign when your safeties lead your defense in tackles, but that is exactly what happened against the Raiders.  The Raiders rushed for 171 yards on 33 carries (5.2 ypc) last week, and it’s hard for a team to beat a team that runs the ball that effectively.  So tip your hat to Landry and Bethea, while hoping that they never has as many tackles as they did last Sunday again in 2013.

Indianapolis Colts 21, Oakland Raiders 17

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Monday 9 September 2013 at 11:44 am

The Colts held on against a very pesky and game Oakland Raiders’ squad yesterday.  Andrew Luck was very precise yesterday as he completed 18 of 23 passes for 178 yards with 2 TD passes and 0 INTs.  He also carried the ball 6 times for 38 yards (6.3 ypc) with 1 TD run yesterday.  Vick Ballard (13 carries for 63 yards, 4.8 ypc) and Ahmad Bradshaw (7 carries for 26 yards, 3.7 ypc) shared the workload running the ball for the Colts in this game.  WR Reggie Wayne led the way in the passing game with 8 grabs for 96 yards (12.0 avg) with 1 TD run.  WRs Darrius Heyward-Bey (3 rec, 33 yards), T.Y. Hilton (3 rec, 20 yards) and TE Dennis Allen (1 rec, 20 yards, TD grab) also pitched in for the Colts in the passing game yesterday.  The Colts finished up with 127 yards rushing on 26 carries (4.9 ypc) and they also completed 18 of 23 passes (78.3%) for 147 yards as they had possession of the ball for 27:13.

The defense gave up a lot of yards, but not a lot of points in this game.  Safeties LaRon Landry (15 tackles and 1 pass defensed) and Antoine Bethea (11 tackles, 1 pass defensed and 1 interception) led the way for the Colts on D in this game.  LB Jerrell Freeman (10 tackles), OLB Robert Mathis (5 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for a loss and 1 QB hit) and CB Greg Toler (3 tackles, 2 passes defensed and 1 interception) also pitched in with solid games on D for the Colts.  The Raiders finished up with 171 yards rushing on 33 carries (5.2 ypc) and they also completed 19 of 29 passes (65.5%) for 201 yards in this game.  The Colts start out the 2013 season with a 1-0 record.

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

The over/under for Indianapolis Colts’ wins in 2013 is 8.5

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Vegas Lines by joelapinski on Friday 6 September 2013 at 6:04 pm

The over/under for Colts’ wins in 2013 is 8.5.  The Colts were 11-5 last year.  The Colts rallied around head coach Chuck Pagano, who missed twelve weeks last year due to his getting treated for leukemia.  I wonder where the Colts are going to find the motivation to draw on this year?  I would make a small play on the over because of QB Andrew Luck.  The Colts are 40-1 to win the Super Bowl in 2013.