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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!
 
 
 
 
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