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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

Andrew Luck served notice last week that he’s back in the saddle for the Indianapolis Colts!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Saturday 17 September 2016 at 4:13 pm

27-year old QB Andrew Luck got the hell literally beat out of him last year for the Indianapolis Colts.  He only lasted 7 games (all starts) for the Colts last year in which he completed 162 of 293 passes (55.3%) for 1,881 yards with 15 TD passes and 12 INTs (74.9 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 33 times for 196 yards (5.9 ypc) last year.  Last week, Luck looked like his old self, as he completed 31 of 47 passes (66%) for 385 yards with 4 TD passes and 0 INTs (119.5 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 3 times for 21 yards (7.0 ypc) in this game.  Luck could be in for a huge season for the Colts, as long as he can stay healthy!

The Indianapolis Colts sign DE Ryan Davis

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Free Agent Additions,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Wednesday 14 September 2016 at 7:56 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have signed 27-year old DE Ryan Davis.  Davis played in 14 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars last year and he had 11 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery.  Davis has now played in 37 games in his first three years in the NFL and he has 34 tackles, 11 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 interception and 3 passes defensed.  Davis is a rock solid pickup for the Colts, as he will help them as far as the pass rush goes.

Detroit Lions 39, Indianapolis Colts 35

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Monday 12 September 2016 at 4:10 pm

The Indianapolis Colts took a 35-34 lead with 37 seconds left in this game, as Andrew Luck hit TE Jack Doyle with a 6-yard TD pass.  But the defense let the Lions come right down the field, setting up a 43-year old field goal, which Matt Prater nailed with 4 seconds left in the game.  And that was the game!

Andrew Luck was rock solid for the Colts in this game as he completed 31 of 47 passes (66%) for 385 yards with 4 TD passes and 0 INTs.  He also carried the ball 3 times for 21 yards (7.0 ypc) in this game.  Frank Gore led the way on the ground for the Colts in this game with 59 yards rushing on 14 carries (4.2 ypc).  He also caught 4 passes for 19 yards (4.8 avg) in this game.  WRs Phillip Dorsett (4 rec, 94 yards) and T.Y. Hilton (6 rec, 79 yards) led the Colts in the passing game yesterday.  WR Donte Moncrief (6 rec, 64 yards, TD) and TEs Dwayne Allen (4 rec, 53 yards, TD) and Jack Doyle (3 rec, 35 yards, 2 TD grabs) also pitched in with good games for the Colts.  The Colts finished up with 82 yards rushing on 19 carries (4.3 ypc) and they also completed 31 of 47 passes (66%) for 368 yards with 4 TD passes and 0 INTs (119.5 QB Rating).  The Colts had possession of the ball for 29:24 in this game.

The defense was downright awful for the Colts in this game.  LB Sio Moore (13 tackles and 1 tackle for a loss) and safety Mike Adams (8 tackles) led the way on D for the Colts in this game.  CBs Darryl Morris (6 tackles) and Patrick Robinson (5 tackles and 1 pass defensed) were also busy in this game.  The Lions finished up with 116 yards rushing on 24 carries (4.8 ypc) with 2 TD runs.  They also completed 31 of 39 passes (79.5%) for 332 yards with 3 TD passes and 0 INTs (128.6 QB Rating).  The Colts are now 0-1 on the 2016 season.

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

 

The Indianapolis Colts have signed CB Rashaan Melvin

Blogged under Bloglockers,Free Agent Additions,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Thursday 8 September 2016 at 6:04 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have signed 26-year old CB Rashaan Melvin.  Melvin played in 9 games for the Ravens and Dolphins last year in which he had 7 tackles.  Melvin has now played in 12 games in his first two years in the NFL and he has 24 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 1 pass defensed.  The Colts need all of the help that they can get on defense, so they were smart to take a flier on a young CB like Melvin.

The Indianapolis Colts waive Stephen Morris

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Leaving Town by joelapinski on Thursday 8 September 2016 at 6:00 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have waived 24-year old QB Stephen Morris.  Morris played in 4 preseason games for the Colts this year and he completed 39 of 61 passes (63.9%) for 531 yards with 4 TD passes and 1 INT (106.7 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 8 times for 50 yards (6.3 ypc) with 1 TD run this preseason.  Morris lost his roster spot through no fault of his own, as he played well in the preseason for the Colts.  They just didn’t feel the need to carry 3 QBs on the active roster in 2016.

UPDATE:  The Colts have signed Stephen Morris to their practice squad.

The Indianapolis Colts sign Akeem Ayers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Free Agent Additions,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 4:32 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have signed 27-year old OLB Akeem Ayers.  Ayers played in 16 games for the St. Louis Rams last year and he had 47 tackles, 1/2 a sack, 1 forced fumble, 3 fumble recoveries and 5 passes defensed.  Ayers has now played in 75 games in his first five years in the NFL and he has 299 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, 3 interceptions and 20 passes defensed.  The Colts needed help at OLB for the 2016 season, so they were lucky that the Rams cut Ayers loose and that he was available.

The Indianapolis Colts sign Darryl Morris

Blogged under Bloglockers,Free Agent Additions,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Tuesday 6 September 2016 at 4:33 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have signed 26-year old CB Darryl Morris.  Morris played in 12 games for the Houston Texans last year and he had 15 tackles.  Morris has now played in 36 games in his first three years in the NFL and he has 52 tackles, 7 passes defensed and 1 interception.  This was a guy worth taking a flier on, as he should add depth to the Colts’ defensive backfield in 2016.

The Indianapolis Colts release QB Jalil Brown

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Leaving Town by joelapinski on Tuesday 6 September 2016 at 2:38 am

The Indianapolis Colts have released 28-year old CB Jalil Brown.  Brown played in 8 games for the Colts last year and he had 22 tackles and 3 passes defensed.  He played in 18 games in his three years with the Colts and he had 27 tackles and 4 passes defensed.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Colts moving forward.

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