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Posted on: January 2, 2009 1:10 pm
 

Big Week For The Colts

It's a big weekend for the Indianapolis Colts, as the meet the San Diego Chargers.  To start off the weekend off, Peyton Manning was awarded the League MVP Award, as he drove the Colts to a 12-4 record, after starting 3-4.

The Colts go ito this game as favorites, albeit a 1 point favorite.  This will be a dangerous game for the Colts as and the Chargers always play a smashmouth game the is usually settled late in the game.  There is no reason to think this game will end any differently.

The Colts have just completed a 9-game winning streak, but the Chargers have just completed a streak of their own, winning their last 4.

This will be a tough game for both teams.  It remains to be announced whether LaDanian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates will play, as both are on the injury report.

This season has been different for a Colts squad that usually wraps up a division title by week 13 or 14.  This year, each win has been hard fought and down to the wire.  Look for every playoff game to be the same.

Posted on: November 23, 2008 11:47 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2008 11:12 am
 

Colts Electric Against The Chargers

It was a tough game in San Diego, but the Colts leave San Diego with a win.

This was a game that the Colts needed to get under their belt ot have the confidence to move on to the next few games.

Jamey Richards stepped in for Jeff Saturday, and didn't do too bad.  With the early season injuries, Richards was allowed to get some playing time to be able to experience the protection calls that he needed to make, today.

The running game was great, but was good enough to allow for some great throws.  It was just enough to keep the Chargers off-balance.  The Chargers played a really good game, but just could not make the stops when they needed to.

The Colts defense was hurting without Bob Sanders.  However, Dwight Freeney is showing that the injury of  last year is starting to have little affect on his play.  He was really good tonight. 

The offensive line looked great.  For the most part, Peyton had a lot of time to get rid of the ball.

We now enter a few weeks of a weaker schedule for the Colts.  They cannot sleep on some of these teams coming up.  They just cannot do it!

I believe that the Colts run the table for the rest of the season.  And will be a shoe in for the wild card.  But, and this is a big BUT; they have to get a healthy Bob Sanders into the lineup, and soon.  They are giving up too much on defense.

However, this week is now over.  I will revel in the victory, and celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday knowing that the Colts will NOT miss the playoffs this year.

By the way; isn't Adam Vinatieri, magic?  Mr. Clutch. 

I have to say, though, that I am very impressed with Anthony Gonzalez.  He gets my game ball.  Joseph Addai gets a close second with over 100 total yards.

Next week, we're at the Cleveland Browns.

Posted on: November 3, 2008 9:58 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2008 9:59 pm
 

Oh What A Night!

It was all that the hype had promised!  Oh wait, that was last year.  Last night was a do or die game for the Colts, and the Colts, though it wasn't pretty, hung on for a tough win against the New England Patriots.

Where do I start?  Peyton Manning looked absolutely awesome, last night.  Joseph Addai was back and looking like his normal self; very ordinary.The offense looked like it was finally clicking.

The defense showed flashes of brilliance.  Good enough to hang on to a 3 point win.

Now, for my observations.

Joseph Addai should not be the featured back until he learns to hit the hole and quit dancing around behind the line waiting for defenders to hit him.  Dominick Rhodes has been golden for the Colts, this year.  Explosive.

The defense is great, except for when it came to third down.  I lost count of how many 3rd and 8's that were converted by the Patriots.  They held the Pats to field goals for most of the night, but still didn't seem to be able to get off of the field.

The Patriots had a big hand in losing the game.  At one point the Patriots could have kicked the field goal, but went for it and lost.  Then, they went for it, got the first down, but Belechik had called a last second time out.

It was a weird game.  It puts us up on the Patriots in case of a tie-breaker for a wild card. 

Next week, a bruising Steelers team.  I hope we're ready.

Posted on: October 27, 2008 11:40 pm
 

The Colts Are Finished. The Door Closed.....

Tomorrow, in every sports journal or newspaper in America, you will read how the Indianapolis Colts run of being an elite team in the NFL has come to an end.  The obituary will be written that Peyton Manning is washed up and that Marvin Harrison is done.

The window is closed.

You know what I say to that?  Baloney!

What you saw tonight was a Titans team, playing in their home stadium, that went up hard against a division opponent.  The Colts came out on the short end.

Is it over for the Colts?  No.  Is it a guartantee that the Titans are going to the Super Bowl, like the sign I just read?  That's laughable.  There are still 9 games left in this season, and plenty of time for the Colts to win games, and make a run at the division.  Even if they don't win the divivsion, it is still a close conference.  Beat up on the AFC North and the Patriots, and whomever else may come our way, and lets see what happens.

Congratulations to the Tennessee Titans on a game well played.  However, the season is not over yet.

For the Colts, I felt that the defense improved a lot and next week, Bob Sanders returns.  I'm not overly excited about Joseph Addai's return, as I think that he is accident prone, and is not as explosive as he needs to be.

I still have a lot of hopes for the end of the season.

As to the game, we ran the ball well.  We played better on defense.  Tennessee was the better team, tonight.

Sunday Night, 8:15pm......New England @ The Luke.

Posted on: October 26, 2008 12:33 pm
 

Big Week

I was on a cruise all week, but it didn't stop me from thinking about football.  Although, I was out of touch as to what has transpired, during the week, I did run into plenty of football fans; NFL fans.

I met William and Jacqueline from Nashville.  We jested about the big matchup on Monday night.  William spoke of how this season felt so much like the Super Bowl season for the Titans.  We talked about how strong the Tennessee defense was and how Lendell White was having a great year.  He also spoke of his respect for Peyton Manning and how you could never count the Colts out.

That is the biggest point, right there.  Don't count the Colts out.

If you look on ESPN, CBS, Fox, and any sports website, the Colts window has slammed shut and they are out of the playoffs.  This will be a defining game for the Colts.  They face a smoking hot Titans team, on the road, and will need to step up the performance, if they are to come home with a win.

Can they do it?  I believe that Peyton Manning is still under center.  I believe.  The Colts just need to do what they do.  They need to play their game.  I don't believe any window has closed for the Colts.  With 3 losses early in the season, I have yet to see anything that they are doing which cannot be corrected.  Fundamentals.  Fundamentals.  Fundamentals!  Tackle, and be physical, which is what they can do.

I heard Keyshawn Johnson talk of how it is not certain whether Tony Dungy is a lame duck coach, or not.  Whether this is his last year or not, Tony Dungy is a winner.  His mind is on winning.  He would not have coached this year if his head was not in the game.

This will take an all out effort, by the Colts, as a team.  Can they do it?  You betcha.

Do what they do.  That's what they need to do.  That's what they will do.

Posted on: October 19, 2008 7:31 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2008 4:43 pm
 

What A Day..............

The Colts went into the Packers game after a big win against the Baltimore Ravens.  The Colts that showed up in Green Bay were not those same Colts that played last week,

It was painful to watch this team, today.

Was it injuries?  Was it too many rookies?  No.

It was reckless, inconsistent play that was marred by penalties and poor tackling.

The defense could not get off of the field because they could not stop the run game.  They could not stop the passing game, and even when they did make a stop, they commited a stupid penalty to keep the Packers drive alive.

Tim Jennings played like a high schooler, today.  He commited 3 stupid penalties that resulted in Packers first downs.  The offense is still not clicking completely.  When Manning has two INT's returned for touchdowns, there is a problem.

The Packers played a great game.  They had a good game plan.

I will say one thing.  Part of the game of football is momentum.  Tony Dungy needs to step out there and take a chance.  There is no reason why we should have not gone for the first down on 4th and 1; especially when your defense cannot stop the other team.  If we make it, it swings our way.  It was crucial, and I fully believe we could have made it.

I'm gonna have to forgot about this for now, because I'm so upset.

I'm going on vacation!

Posted on: October 12, 2008 10:13 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2008 10:15 pm
 

Wow! These Guys Look Familiar!

I sit in my living room with a hoarse voice and slight buzzing in my ear from a stadium that was absolutely crazy.  There was a lot of tension heading into this game as everyone thought that this would be a statement game as to how the rest of the season would go.  After all, the Colts had only beaten the Texans and the Vikings, thus far, and only did so in the very latter stages of the game.

Today was a statement.  The Colts are back.

From the very first series, the Colts defense smacked the Baltimore offense around.  They beat them on the line and beat them continuously.  Flacco was picked 3 times and the Colts recovered 2 fumbles.  They also allowed less than 60 yards on the ground.  But more of statement was that they took the Number 1 defense in the league to the woodshed.  Ray Lewis did a lot of talking, but was not a factor.  Peyton Manning sliced and diced the Ravens defense with a two pronged attack of an aerial displayand a workable running game that helped the play-action work. 

The Ravens could do very little against a defense that finally answered the call, and showed themselves as the same team that was the Colts defense of last year. 

It was nice to see the offense, not only clicking, but hitting on all cylinders.  The only concern was the combination of Joseph Addai and Mike Hart going out with injuries.  Considering the lack of depth at the running back position, it could mean that that the Colts look to bring a free agent onto the roster, sometime this week.

It looked, though, like the timing issues of the offense have gone by the wayside.  Peyton torched the Ravens with throws all over the field.  There was only one real miscue that I saw, as Marvin zigged as Peyton was expecting a zag.  Which, by the way, Marvin Harrison also looked like a man out to prove he was not washed up.

Next up, the Aaron Rodgers' Packers.  This should be an interesting game.

Just a note to Tennessee....Don't get too comfortable at the top of the Division.  We're coming for you!

 
 
 
 
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