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: 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!

Posted on: September 29, 2008 7:51 am

Bye Bye, Baby!

It was a bye week for the Indianapolis Colts, so I spent my Sunday morning doing some really high level, important stuff; filling a cooler with my favorite alcoholic beverage and heading out to the golf course.  It was some much needed time away from the game.  I took the time to reflect, work on the fundamentals, and spend time with my family.  I didn't have any surgery, as I was not quite sure how long it would keep me on the sidelines, but I did get a paper cut on my thumb, for which I covered with a bandage.

The golf course was a good stress reliever.  Had a great day with my girl and 13 year-old son.  This kid has only played golf for almost 2 years and shot a 47 on the back nine.  He had 3 pars and a 240 yard drive.  He looks so natural when he swings.  It was a beautiful day to play, and I shot one of my better rounds.

Then, it was home to watch some football.  All I can say is, any given Sunday.  I could not believe some of the things I was seeing.

Who would have thought that an old quarterback, in an offense that has looked stagnant, all season, could put up six touchdowns?  Who would have thought the high-flying Denver Broncos would drop like a rock in Arrowhead Stadium.  The ready for Primetime Dallas Cowboys, are all of a suddenly tamed by the Washington Redskins that punched the 'boys in the mouths.  The Chicago Bears have found a decent, I didn't say great, but decent QB in Kyle Orton.  And though I still think the Packers made the right decision, Aaron Rodgers looked very ordinary, yesterday.

A couple of things that I noted, The Buffalo Bills look like they are the favorites in the east, to me.  They are playing, somewhat, the same
cupcakes as New England, and I think the Bills will fair better.  The Titans are rolling.  Could they be a better team with Kerry Collins?  They sure look like it. 

The Colts used the practices this past week for going over what they needed to work on and getting back to the fundamentals of the game; blocking and tackling.  Bob Sanders had arthroscopic knee surgery to clean out his knee.  It is hoped that he can be back in 2-4 weeks.

I do know that, after watching the Houston Texans take Jacksonville into overtime, yesterday, no one can be overlooked on the Colts schedule.  Hopefully the bye week will have enabled the Colts to heal up, and do what they need to to turn the record around to a winning one.  I doesn't get much easier from here.
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