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Indianapolis Colts 31, Green Bay Packers 26

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Monday 7 November 2016 at 9:18 pm

The Indianapolis Colts raced out to a quick lead yesterday when RB Jordan Todman returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a TD!  He returned 2 kickoffs for 160 yards (80.0 avg) in this game!  The Colts were up 31-13 with 9:35 left in the game when the Packers unleashed a furious comeback.  The Colts hung on to beat the Packers when Andrew Luck made some big throws late in the game!  Andrew Luck completed 23 of 36 passes (63.9%) for 281 yards with 1 TD pass and 2 INTs.  He also carried the ball 7 times for 15 yards (2.1 ypc) yesterday.  Frank Gore led the way on the ground for the Colts with 60 yards rushing on 19 carries (3.2 ypc) with 2 TD runs.  He also caught 2 passes for 11 yards (5.5 avg) in this game.  Robert Turbin rushed for 10 yards on 2 carries (5.0 ypc) and he also caught 2 passes for 13 yards (6.5 avg) in this game.  WR T.Y. Hilton (6 rec, 82 yards), TE Jack Doyle (5 rec, 61 yards) and WR Donte Moncrief (3 rec, 55 yards, TD grab) led the way for the Colts in the passing game.  The Colts finished up with 85 yards rushing on 28 carries (3.0 ypc) with 2 TD runs.  They also completed 23 of 36 passes (63.9%) for 270 yards with 1 TD pass and 2 INTs (74.0 QB Rating).  The Colts finished up with 85 yards rushing on 28 carries (3.0 ypc).  They also completed 23 of 36 passes (63.9%) for 270 yards with 1 TD pass and INTs (74.0 QB Rating).  The Colts has p0ssession of the ball for 30:03 in this game.

The defense played pretty good until the 4th quarter in this game.  The Packers scored the last two TDs in this game!  Safety Clayton Geathers (8 tackles, 1 pass defensed), LB D’Qwell Jackson (7 tackles), safety T.J. Green (6 tackles and 1 QB hit) and DT Arthur Jones (6 tackles) led the way for the Colts on D in this game.  CB Darius Butler pitched in with 2 tackles, 1 pass defensed and a interception.  The Packers finished up with 116 yards rushing on 19 carries (6.1 ypc).  They also completed 26 of 43 passes (60.5%) for 289 yards with 3 TD passes and 1 INT (94.8 QB Rating).  The Colts are now 4-5 on the year.

 

 

 

 

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

Erik Walden keeps bringing the heat on opposing QBs for the Indianapolis Colts!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Saturday 5 November 2016 at 3:18 pm

The Indianapolis Colts only have 14 sacks so far this year, but you can’t blame 31-year old OLB Erik Walden for that!  Walden has played in 8 games for the Colts so far this year and he has 20 tackles, 6 sacks, 1 tackle for a loss and 2 forced fumbles.  So he has 42.9% from the Colts’ sacks so far this year!  Walden has now played in 53 games in his first four years with the Colts and he has 144 tackles, 18 sacks, 16 tackles for a loss, 5 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 3 passes defensed.  The Colts need Walden to keep up the good work moving forward.

D’Qwell Jackson is still a tackling machine for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Saturday 5 November 2016 at 3:14 pm

33-year old inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson is still a tackling machine for the Indianapolis Colts.  He has played in 8 games for the Colts so far this year and he has 51 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 passes defensed.  Jackson has now played in 40 games in his first three years with the Colts and he has 341 tackles, 7 sacks, 19 tackles for a loss, 2 forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries, 1 interception (he returned it for a TD) and 12 passes defensed.  The Colts need him to keep up the good work the rest of the way in 2016!

Kansas City Chiefs 30, Indianapolis Colts 14

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Monday 31 October 2016 at 2:57 pm

The Indianapolis Colts never had much of a chance yesterday against the visiting Chiefs.  Andrew Luck was under siege the whole game, as he was sacked six times yesterday!  Luck completed 19 of 35 passes (54.3%) for 210 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 INT.  He also carried the ball 9 times for 60 yards (6.7 ypc) with a lost fumble.  Frank Gore pitched in with 9 carries for 37 yards (4.1 ypc) and he also caught 2 passes for 25 yards (12.5 avg) with a TD grab.  Robert Turbin carried the ball 2 times for 9 yards (4.5 ypc) and he also caught 3 passes for 25 yards (8.3 avg) in this game.  WR Donte Moncrief returned to action in this game and he led the way for the Colts in the passing game with 4 catches for 41 yards (10.3 avg) with 1 TD grab.  TE Jack Doyle (2 rec, 36 yards), WR Phillip Dorsett (5 rec, 33 yards), TE Erik Swoope (2 rec, 30 yards) and WR T.Y. Hilton (1 rec, 20 yards) also pitched in for the Colts in the passing game.  The Colts finished up with 105 yards rushing on 21 carries (5.0 ypc) and they also completed 19 of 35 passes (54.3%) for 172 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 INT (79.5 QB Rating).  The Colts only had possession of the ball for 26:24 in this game.

The Colts played well against the run, but not so good against the pass in this game.  The Colts did have 3 sacks yesterday, which was a bright spot.  Safety Clayton Geathers (8 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss and 1 pass defensed), LB D’Qwell Jackson (6 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss) and CB Rashaan Melvin (6 tackles) led the way for the Colts on D in this game.  LBs Robert Mathis (5 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for a loss and 1 QB hit) and Edwin Jackson (4 tackles, 1 sack and 1 QB hit) also pitched in for the Colts on D in this game.  The Chiefs finished up with 88 yards rushing on 27 carries (3.3 ypc).  They also completed 25 of 41 passes (61%) for 334 yards with 3 TD passes and 0 INTs (112.9 QB Rating).  The Colts are now 3-5 on the season.

 

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 34, Tennessee Titans 26

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Monday 24 October 2016 at 6:51 pm

This was a great game, but when OLB Robert Mathis of the Indianapolis Colts recovered a Marcus Mariota fumble and returned it 14 yards for a TD with 1:47 left in the game to give the Colts a 34-23 lead…..it broke the Titans’ will!  QB Andrew Luck was outstanding in this game as he completed 27 of 39 passes (69.2%) for 353 yards with 3 TD passes and 0 INTs.  He also carried the ball 5 times for 17 yards (3.4 ypc) in this game.  Frank Gore led the way on the ground for the Colts in this game with 61 yards rushing on 17 carries (3.6 ypc).  He also caught 5 passes for 22 yards (4.4 avg) with 1 TD grab in this game.  Robert Turbin pitched in with 2 carries for 3 yards (1.5 ypc) and he also caught 1 pass for 19 yards in this game.  WR T.Y. Hilton led the way in the passing game for the Colts with 7 grabs for 133 yards (19.0 avg) with 1 TD grab.  TEs Jack Doyle (9 rec, 78 yards, TD grab) and Erik Swoope (2 rec, 51 yards) also pitched in for the Colts in this game.  The Indianapolis Colts finished up with 81 yards rushing on 24 carries (3.4 ypc).  They also completed 27 of 39 passes (69.2%) for 341 yards with 3 TD passes and 0 INTs (123.1 QB Rating).  They had possession of the ball for 32:30 of this game.

LB D’Qwell Jackson (9 tackles, 1 pass defensed and 1 QB hit) and safety Mike Adams (8 tackles) led the way for the Colts on D in this game.  OLB Robert Mathis had 2 tackles and a fumble recovery that he returned 14 yards for a TD!  The Colts had three sacks as a team on the day!  The Titans finished up with 124 yards rushing on 28 carries (4.4 ypc) with 1 TD run.  They also completed 22 of 37 passes (59.5%) for 207 yards with 2 TD passes and 0 INTs (95.8 QB Rating).  The Colts are now 3-4 on the year.

The Indianapolis Colts are getting solid work from their running game in 2016-17

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Friday 21 October 2016 at 4:58 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have been pretty effective running the ball so far this year, as they are averaging 101.8 yards rushing per game and 4.2 yards per carry so far this year.  33-year old RB Frank Gore has been solid despite getting older, as he has played in 6 games (all starts) for the Colts so far this year in which he has carried the ball 100 times for 434 yards (4.3 ypc) with 2 TD runs.  Gore has also caught 15 passes for 72 yards (4.8 ypc) with 1 TD grab so far this year.  Last weekend, Gore had his best game of the season, carrying the ball 22 times for 106 yards (4.8 ypc) and he also caught 1 pass for 2 yards in the Colts 26-23 O.T. loss to the Texans.  26-year old RB Robert Turbin is Gore’s top backup.  He has played in 5 games (0 starts) for the Colts so far this year and he has carried the ball 12 times for 27 yards (2.3 ypc) with 1 TD run.  He has also caught 8 passes for 40 yards (5.0 avg) so far this year.  23-year old undrafted rookie RB Josh Ferguson was the star of training camp, but he hasn’t run the ball too well in limited chances.  He has played in 6 games (0 starts) for the Colts so far this year and he has carried the ball 8 times for 8 yards (1.0 ypc).  He also has caught 19 passes for 127 yards (6.7 avg) so far this year.  27-year old QB Andrew Luck has pitched in with 132 yards rushing on 22 carries (6.0 ypc) with 1 TD run so far this year.  The Colts would probably like it if Luck ran the ball less, but a lot of the time he is taking off because his pass protection was breaking down.

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

The Indianapolis Colts sign Kelcy Quarles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Free Agent Additions,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Thursday 20 October 2016 at 3:10 am

The Indianapolis Colts have signed 24-year old DT Kelcy Quarles to the practice squad.  Quarles’ only NFL game experience came back in 2014 for the Colts.  He played in 2 games for the Colts in 2014 and he had 1 tackle, 1 sack and 1 pass defensed.  Quarles could get a shot later this year for the Colts, as they need all of the help that they can get.

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