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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 16, 2008 8:55 pm
 

The Colts of Old?

Today in Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Colts put an end to the playoff hopes of the Houston Texans.  They did so in a way that looked familiar, as the Colts of old. 

The first half looked to be a struggle for the Colts as they did very little to help themselves.  While they were on defense, the Colts could do little more than to let the Houston offense run over the top of them.  On offense, the Colts killed themselves with stupid penalties.  Tony Ugoh accounted for 3 straight penalties.

At halftime, adjustments were made.  The offense came out firing on all cylinders.  The Colts finally put a respectable run game together, and every receiver contributed.

The one thing that made this win possible was the play of the offensive line.  No sacks.  They put together a good pretection scheme and opened holes for a productive running game.

The Colts never really figured out a way to stop the Texans run attack, but did enough to post a win.  You never want to put too much emphasis on one person, but without Bob Sanders, this is a different defense.  Hopefully he will be back next week against the San Diego Chargers.

I do have to pass on props to Marvin Harrison.  I'm not sure if he got tired of hearing everyone rag on him about his productivity, or what.  He looked more like vintage, clutch, Marvin Harrison.  It was great to witness.

Next week, the Colts go on the road to face the Chargers, whom have beaten them the last two times out.  This will go a long way in putting the Colts up on the Chargers in tie-breakers, if they can come home with a win. 

All in all, a good win.

Posted on: November 10, 2008 4:22 pm
 

Remember When: Marvin Harrison, The Old Days

Remember a few years back when Marvin Harrison took the field against the, I believe, New England Patriots on Monday Night?  In the first series, he got into a scuffle into the end zone with a Patriots DB because he was so pumped.  Those days seem like days so lost in the past.

Since that time he went down for, what may as well have been, a season ending knee injury, and has yet to fully come back.

Will he ever?  I'm not feeling to comfortable with that answer.

All year we have heard analyst after analyst say that Marvin has lost a step.  While that may be true, i think Marvin may have lost something more.  Desire.  A will to win.

Marvin Harrison caught 3 balls for 37 yards, yesterday.  Meager stats compared to two years ago.  However, he still flies down the field.  He can still beat most DB's in the game.  One thing that I saw yesterday was the lack of desire to try.  Two balls, in particular, that I saw were thrown his way that were slightly overthrown would have been catches in the past.  Yesterday, it looked like Marvin barely tried to stretch out for the completion.

Is there too much water under the bridge?  Did his knee injury make him gun-shy?  Speaking of guns; is the of-the-field legal issue coming into play, too much, taking his mind off of his game?

I'm not sure of the answers to these question, but I think that it's time that Harrison has a heart-to-heart with himself and ask himself some serious questions.  If he is not going to be an active, aggressive participant in trying to get back to the Super Bowl, maybe it's time for someone to take his place.  There are 52 other guys on that field, counting on him to step up.  There is a city that loves Marvin, and respects his play.

Marv, if you're still in there, we want you back.  We want the real "you."
Posted on: November 10, 2008 10:36 am
 

Bend But Don't Break

Last night, the Indianapolis Colts showed what they were made of.  At the first of the game, it looked as though Pittsburgh would have an easy go of it, by driving down the field and putting 7 on the board.  However, it was the start of a very long game for the Steelers, and Ben Roethlisberger.

The Colts came back to match the 7 when a ball was tipped into Reggie Wayne's hands, completing a 65 yard touchdown play.  The Steelers went back up, but because of a Keiwan Ratliff interception, the Colts drove down and put 7 more on the board, to go in down, only 3, at halftime. 

This was the way the Steelers day would go.  Playing through a 17-17 tie, into the 4th quarter, undrafted rookie Eric Foster stuffed Mewelde Moore at the one, which would have put the Steelers up by 7.  Instead, they settled for a field goal and a 3 point lead.  Tim Jennings then stepped to teh plate, intercepting Big Ben and giving the Colts good field position.  A couple of plays later, Dominick Rhodes caught Manning pass and carried it to the endzone.  The fate of the Steelers would be known, only after a Melvin Bullitt interception in the endzone as time expired.

It was 40 years since the Colts last won in Pittsburgh.  Indianapolis Offensive Coordinator, Tom Moore, was 30 years old.  That is history.  Yesterday, the Colts played with what Pittsburgh gave them.  And yesterday, Pittsburgh gave them the ball and a short field, for most of the day.

What was the big difference?  Defense.  The defense got off the field.  Not only did they get off the field, they gave the offense a short field to work with and a lot of momentum.

So if you're a Pittsburgh fan, you can say that it was injuries.  If you're a Colts fan, you can say that we outplayed Pittsburgh.  You can't really look at injuries in the RB position, as Moore has been lighting it up for Pittsburgh's running game.  You can say it was Ben's injuries, but I don't think so.  Actually, I think Ben took some chances that he should not have taken.  He made some throws that were just poor decisions.  He threw into tight coverage too many times.  The kid has a gun, but just made some poor decisions.

To me, it looked like a really good game plan, along with a swarming defense, and a little bit of luck.  But, luck doesn't hurt anyone!

By the way, have you noticed the Colts run defense, they didn't look too shabby, at all.  The team is really starting to come together.

From here on out, the schedule presents opponents whom are tough and will present weekly challenges.  I think that the Colts are up to task. 

Next up:  Houston Texans @ Lucas Oil Stadium, Sunday @ 1:00pm.  This team will try to avenge a 4th quarter melt-down that cost them the first game against the Colts.  It will be a tough game.
Posted on: November 6, 2008 10:52 am
 

Colts vs. Steelers

This week the Colts face, probably, the biggest challenge of the season.  The Pittsburgh Steelers have put together 6 impressive wins, this year, and will be looking to improve their position in the AFC North, by going 7-2.

The Colts have struggled this year.  They have yet to put a consistent string of wins together, but have looked impressive over the last two games against the Tennessee Titans and the New England Patriots.  The Pittsburgh Steelers is a whole different animal.

It is not certain whether Big Ben Roethlisberger will lead his team this weekend, as he is trying to rehab a shoulder injury that was aggravated in the game against Washington.  However, Big Ben or not, the Steelers are formidable foes, as Byron Leftwich can step in for Ben.  Leftwich knows the Colts very well, as he faced us many times as QB for the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Though his success with Jacksonville was limited, against the Colts, he would be more of a threat to Indianapolis, as Pittsburgh has the weapons in the backfield, and a tremendous corps of receivers to keep the Indy defense off-balanced.

Indianapolis must do what it can to get out and score, and score often.  They cannot falter against a team that can throw AND run the ball.  I am sure that the Steelers will do what every other team has tried to do this year.  Control the clock and keep Peyton and Company off of the field.

The Colts have added some beef ot their defensive line, this week, in the signing of Antonio Johnson (6-3), 310 lbs) off of Tennessee's practice squad.  Will he be a big help?  We can only hope.  More beef on the D-line should help to slow down the run.  The Colts also get Dante Hughes and Freddie Keiaho back.  Hopefully that will beef up the defense a bit.

This will be a great game.  If the Colts win, the strengthen their bid in the race for a wildcard.  If Pittsburgh wins, they potentially can put another game between them and the Ravens, pending a Ravens loss.

Game time 4:15pm.  This one, you won't want to miss!
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.

 
 
 
 
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