Posted on: September 22, 2008 11:00 am

Monday Morning Blues

The Jacksonville Jaguars came into Lucas Oil Stadium, yesterday, at 0-2.  They knew that an 0-3 start would be very hard to overcome in one of the tightest and toughest divisions in the NFL.  They would not be denied, as they punched the Colts defense in the mouth with a 1-2 combination, all day, of Jones-Drew & Taylor.

I must say, the officiating was not the best.  There were two times, that I saw the defender yank Marvin Harrison's jersey so hard the it left the top of his shoulder pads exposed, resulting in no flag, and an interception.  The shot to Dallas Clark looked like the result of a forearm or shoulder to the head.  The pass interference call on the last drive seemed kinda hokey, at best.

That being said, when it comes to beating a team, the defense has to make a stop.  Yesterday, they let the Jaguars run all over them.  My 10 year-old son could have ran through some of the holes being opened up by a reserve Jags o-line.

I am not going to bang on the Colts offense because they did move the ball a lot better than they did the first two games.  However, to be able to move the ball, you have to be on the field.  The defense could not put it together.  You can blame the injury of Bob Sanders, however, Bob Sanders is not the entire defense.  The inability to stop the run has plagued the Colts for years.  For a coach that is considered a defense minded coach, Tony Dungy has yet to put a run stopping defense together.  We just do not have the beef up front to adequately plug the gaps.

As a huge fan of Marvin Harrison, I do have to say that he looked a step slower, yesterday.  Yes, he scored a touchdown.  Yes, he made a clutch catch.  However, there were some balls thrown his way that were catchable a couple years ago.  He has a harder time shaking coverage, and at times, just seems slower.  It might not have been a bad idea to hold onto Devin Aromashodu .

Well, the Colts are in their bye week.  So, maybe they take this time and get healthy, come back and put a string of wins together.  I am not so worried about the loss, as I know that they will improve, and I always know that they will drop one to Jacksonville and Tennessee each year.  There is still a lot of time left in this season.  Quite honestly, after watching some of the games in the league yesterday, I am convinced that there is not that big of a gap between 1-2 and 3-0, right now.
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Posted on: September 19, 2008 10:02 am

Blue Friday

As I sit at my desk, wearing my blue jeans and Colts golf shirt, I ponder the possibilities of the weekend and what the Colts will face on Sunday.

The Colts have had their issues during the first two games, and look to turn things around this week.  Yes, I know that they won against Minnesota, but I am in hopes that the Colts put 4 solid quarters of football, together.

Jacksonville comes into Indianapolis hungry and winless.  The running back tandem of Taylor and Jones-Drew are averaging a paltry 47 yards per game.  Jacksonville will game plan around getting the ball in their hands and running over a Colts defense that has had issues with the run, in the past two games.  With the absence of Bob Sanders, it could be a big day on the ground for Jacksonville.

That being said, I believe the Colts defense steps up to the plate.  I think the D steps up with a couple of big stops   David Garrard has thrown 3 INT's to 1 TD, so far this season, and I look to see the the Colts come up with at least one pick.  I think that this is the game that Peyton has his first real breakout game of the year.  Look for Indy to establish the running game, with Saturday and Clark, back in the lineup.

What does the game mean?  Nothing, really.  If the Colts lose, they head into the bye week at 1-2 and are able to lick their wounds and come back strong.  Jacksonville will still be 1-2 with a not so friendly schedule.  If the Colts win, they get the first one in "The Luke" and start working on the first priority of winning the division.  If Jacksonville loses, it could mean the season.

My pick for the game:

Colts 28  Jaguars 10
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