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|Posted by Andrew Aziz on September 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
In November 2010, I decided to start a blog that would allow me to share my insight and my viewpoints on the Indianapolis Colts. Over the course of almost 4 years, I turned this site into not only a Colts based site, but a site you can come to for NFL news, NFL Draft news and even Fantasy news. Over the course of these 4 years, I've managed to garner tens of thousands of views as well as job opportunities and advertisement deals.
WIth an increased role at both Pro Football Spot and Stampede Blue, I've just lost the passion I used to have for this site. It's hard to maintain and I would miss some deadlines. It is for this reason that I'm deciding to end Everything-Colts.com and shift my focus to Pro Football Spot and Stampede Blue.
At Pro Football Spot, I am the Colts writer and NFL Draft Expert, and I have similar duties at Stampede Blue. If you intend on following me and my viewpoints, then you should direct yourself to those websites. Both are great sites and have a lot of content for any type of fan.
It's been an incredible 46 months on this site and this isn't easy, but it must be done.
I'd like to finally thank every single person who has spent time on the site, reading my articles and looking at my content. Without you, I would have quit a long time ago; I really appreciate all that you guys have done. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
|Posted by Andrew Aziz on September 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
This week’s power rankings with some changes at the top.
1. Seattle Seahawks (Last Week’s Ranking: #3)
The Seahawks pulled off the thriller at home against the Broncos, and because of their overtime win, they move back up to #1.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week’s Ranking: #2)
The Eagles got the shootout win against the Redskins, but needed a huge performance from Jeremy Maclin to pull it out. Because of the win, they move to 3-0 and remain perfect.
3. Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week’s Ranking: #4)
The Bengals are also perfect and have steam rolled over their opponents. This week they demolished the Titans and look to be on track for the #1 spot in the rankings.
4. Denver Broncos (Last Week’s Ranking: #1)
The Broncos take a bit of a tumble after their overtime loss against the Seahawks in Seattle. It may be a bit harsh (for them to lose 3 spots), but that game was theirs, but the defense couldn't stop anything in overtime.
5. New England Patriots (Last Week’s Ranking: #5)
The Patriots struggled heavily against the Raiders in their home opener and it allowed the Raiders to have a chance to tie the game late in the 4th quarter. The Patriots don't look like their usual self.
6. Arizona Cardinals (Last Week’s Ranking: #8)
The Cardinals are the final perfect team after beating the 49ers. They also got their last two wins with their backup quarterback Drew Stanton, making this 3-0 start even more impressive.
7. Atlanta Falcons (Last Week’s Ranking: #9)
The Falcons killed the Buccaneers with an explosive offense and the game was already out of reach by the middle of the 2nd quarter. The Falcons look good.
8. New Orleans Saints (Last Week’s Ranking: #10)
The Saints got their first win of the year against a lowly Vikings team with many players missing. Nevertheless, the defense looked very good and Drew Brees is playing nicely.
9. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week’s Ranking: #12)
The Colts got their first win of the season by destroying the Jaguars in Jacksonville. Andrew Luck had a perfect day and the entire team looked to be on the same page and motivated.
10. Green Bay Packers (Last Week’s Ranking: #7)
The Packers laid an egg against the Lions and were horrible on offense. Rodgers didn't look comfortable and they got nothing going with the running game. This has not been an ideal start for the Packers.
11. Chicago Bears (Last Week’s Ranking: #14)
The Bears got another impressive victory on the road, this time in New York against the Jets. Cutler and the offense look explosive and playmakers on defense are making their team look legit.
12. San Francisco 49ers (Last Week’s Ranking: #6)
The 49ers lost their 2nd game in a row against the Cardinals, where they looked weak on offense and didn't show up much on defense. This team needs to turn it around and fast.
13. San Diego Chargers (Last Week’s Ranking: #13)
The Chargers got the nice road win against the Bills and continue to show people that this team is for real and can do some damage.
14. Baltimore Ravens (Last Week’s Ranking: #15)
The Ravens got the last second win against the Browns and in the process, stay close to the Bengals at the top. The Ravens look good on defense and Steve Smith is keeping that offense alive.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week’s Ranking: #16)
The Steelers dominated the Panthers in Carolina, with great performances from the Steelers' running backs and Antonio Brown. The defense also did a great job in shutting down Cam Newton. That was a great win.
16. Carolina Panthers (Last Week’s Ranking: #11)
The Panthers lost a bad one at home against the Steelers and looked lifeless on both sides of the ball. They need to regroup and get a big win next week against the Ravens, where they meet Steve Smith again.
17. Detroit Lions (Last Week’s Ranking: #20)
The Lions handily beat the Packers at home and looked fantastic on defense shutting down that explosive offense. If they can continue to play like this, they'll be a force going forward.
18. Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week’s Ranking: #21)
The Chiefs got the big win on the road against the Dolphins where the backup running back Knile Davis stole the show with his big performance. This Chiefs team is trending in the right direction but faces a tough test against the Patriots in New England next week.
19. Dallas Cowboys (Last Week’s Ranking: #22)
The Cowboys came back from 21 down on the road to beat the Rams. Romo had a great game as did Demarco Murray and the defense showed up late to seal the win. If the defense can play like that for now on, watch out!
20. Buffalo Bills (Last Week’s Ranking: #18)
The Bills lost badly at home against the Chargers and EJ Manuel was out of sorts. The offense was very weak and they couldn't get anything going. Manuel must stay consistent in order for this team to have any chance.
21. Miami Dolphins (Last Week’s Ranking: #19)
The Dolphins had the home field advantage and the Chiefs were without their best player, yet they still lost by 19 points. Tannehill and the offense look weak and the defense couldn't stop Knile Davis. Ouch!
22. New York Giants (Last Week’s Ranking: #30)
The Giants got the big win against the Texans and it looks like their team is trending in the right direction. Eli to Cruz is back!
23. Houston Texans (Last Week’s Ranking: #17)
The Texans lost a tough one on the road against the GIants, where their offense looked weak and their defense got picked apart. This team has potential but needs to be mistake free on offense in order to win.
24. New York Jets (Last Week’s Ranking: #23)
The Jets lost a tough one at home against the Bears. Although Geno Smith had his moments, it was his mistakes in the end that cost them the game. They need to make less mistakes passing the ball in order to have any chance at the playoffs.
25. Cleveland Browns (Last Week’s Ranking: #24)
Cleveland continues to show up in games. It's exciting to be a Browns fan! They've lost two games in the last second and beat the heavily favored Saints. This team could go on a run soon.
26. St Louis Rams (Last Week’s Ranking: #25)
The Rams look very good with Austin Davis at quarterback, but ultimately in the end, the Cowboys came back and beat them. The offense did a fine job (until the end), the defense must do the same, especially when they're up by 21 points.
27. Washington Redskins (Last Week’s Ranking: #26)
The Redskins lost a close one to the Eagles in what was a very physical game. Cousins had a great game and looks to be a good fit in that offense. They just need a better performance from their defense going forward.
28. Tennessee Titans (Last Week’s Ranking: #27)
The Titans were killed by the Bengals on the road and lack any sort of firepower on either side of the ball. They also have no identity and seem to be heading in the wrong direction... fast.
29. Minnesota Vikings (Last Week’s Ranking: #28)
The Vikings couldn't do much against the Saints and lacked any firepower on offense. This team looks weak but Bridgewater gives them hope on offense.
30. Oakland Raiders (Last Week’s Ranking: #32)
The Raiders may have lost to the Patriots, but it took a big defensive stand from the Patriots to beat the Raiders. Carr had a nice defense and the defense looked outstanding on the road.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week’s Ranking: #29)
The Bucs were man-handled by the Falcons and lacked any sort of spark on either side of the ball. This team is weak and something needs to change going forward, because there is talent despite all the bad things that have been happening.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week’s Ranking: #31)
The Jaguars were destroyed by the Colts in Jacksonville, and although the defense was horrid and the offense was just as bad, there is some hope with Blake Bortles at the helm. Starting him going forward was the right move.
|Posted by Andrew Aziz on September 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Indianapolis Colts 44 vs Jacksonville Jaguars 17
IND FG A.Vinatieri 48 yd. Field Goal (12-50, 5:23)
IND TD A.Bradshaw 6 yd. pass from A.Luck (A.Vinatieri kick) (9-74, 5:46)
IND TD D.Allen 1 yd. pass from A.Luck (A.Vinatieri kick) (7-76, 3:27)
IND FG A.Vinatieri 43 yd. Field Goal (6-33, 2:07)
IND FG A.Vinatieri 25 yd. Field Goal (9-73, 4:14)
IND TD C.Fleener 7 yd. pass from A.Luck (A.Vinatieri kick) (4-29, 0:31)
JAC FG J.Scobee 41 yd. Field Goal (8-59, 3:07)
IND TD H.Nicks 1 yd. pass from A.Luck (A.Vinatieri kick) (10-64, 4:42)
JAC TD A.Hurns 63 yd. pass from B.Bortles (J.Scobee kick) (5-80, 2:02)
IND TD G.Toler 47 yd. interception return (A.Vinatieri kick)
JAC TD C.Shorts 10 yd. pass from B.Bortles (J.Scobee kick) (8-80, 2:40)
What the Colts did Right
A lot went right for the Colts.
The first big performance came from the face of the franchise Andrew Luck as he put up marvelous numbers. He was nearly perfect throughout the game. He didn't force any throws and made the right reads the majority of the time. Luck picked apart this Jaguars defense and was the driving force of this entire offense.
Ahmad Bradshaw had another big game, running and catching the ball. Bradshaw ran with power and his vision was at an all time high. Trent Richardson made some nice runs too and ran hard. The running game was able to amass 144 rushing yards. They were able to effectively move the ball and they established the run as the game went on.
Four receivers had big games: TY Hilton, Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief. The most surprising of them all was Moncrief, who broke some tackles and got some big yards after the catch. He was perhaps the most impressive of the four. Wayne made some great catches and looked like his usual self. Hilton made some big catches too and was able to get some good yards after the catch. Finally, Nicks had a few nice catches and it was good to see him get involved.
The offensive line had a good day overall. For the most part of the game, they gave Luck protection in the pocket and he was rarely pressured for the first half and for the beginning of the 2nd half. The tackles played well and the interior offensive line held their own, even when the Jaguars' linebackers blitzed the quarterback.
The play calling was fantasic on offense. Last week, they took a lot of criticism from the media, but this week they came back strong. Pep called a great game, going pass heavy early on and getting everyone involved. As the game went on, they got the running game involved too.
On defense, the Colts shut down the Jaguars for the first half. They completely shut down the running game for the entire game. They shut it down early on and the Jaguars were discouraged from using it as they were down big early on. They received great performances from D'Qwell Jackson and Erik Walden who both got pressure on the quarterback and were strong against the run.
In coverage, the entire secondary looked fantastic. Vontae Davis made some big plays, as did Greg Toler. Mike Adams looked good all over the field and Laron Landry made some big plays in the box. It's not often you see an entire secondary look great as a group, but that was the case for the Colts as they completely shut down Chad Henne and did extremely well versus Blake Bortles.
The defensive gameplan was great, they disguised the blitzes well and were great and aggressive in coverage.
Overall, it was a great game from the Colts and it was exactly the game they needed after a collapse and a 0-2 start.
What the Colts did Wrong
When you win a game by 27 points and putting 44 points on the board, there isn't much that went wrong.
On offense, Trent Richardson, with the exception of a 28 yard run, only had 30 yards on 13 carries. Some plays were his fault but most of the broken plays came because of the interior offensive line. There were times during the game where they were weak and allowed a lot of pressure up the middle.
Coby Fleener had himself another bad game. On top of dropping a perfect pass in the endzone, Fleener just couldn't get open. This is 3 bad games for Fleener now and he needs to turn it around or he'll see his snap count numbers diminish.
On defense, the defense didn't look great at times versus Blake Bortles. Bortles was able to rush for 30 yards, with a 20 yard run and make some nice plays with his arm. He was able to move the ball against the Colts, especially on his earlier drives and that just cannot happen.
Other than that, there were a few broken plays, like the Allen Hurns 63 yard touchdown in the 4th quarter. It was garbage time but nevertheless it was a bad play allowed by the Colts defense.
Colts Player of the Game
The player of the game has to be Andrew Luck as he had a dominant performance against this lowly Jaguars defense. He put up a 370 yards, 4 touchdowns and a 79% completion percentage performance and was making a lot of big plays. Luck's great day gave the Colts a great spark on offense, and at the end of the day, were able to get 44 points on the board.
|Posted by Andrew Aziz on September 20, 2014 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
The Indianapolis Colts, coming of back-to-back losses, look to get in the win column by beating the lowly Jaguars in Jacksonville. Jacksonville Jaguars got off to a quick start against the Eagles in their first game, but struggled mightily in the last 6 quarters. Which of these teams will get their first win of the year?
What the Colts Need to do to Win
The Colts should be more motivated than ever after last week’s collapse to the Eagles. They need to come out strong and have a relentless attack against the Jaguars. They must regain their confidence and regain their focus.
They will need a mistake free, low risk performance on offense. They need to minimize the amount of risks they take on offense and they need to establish a running game.
Andrew Luck will need to have a much better performance than the one he had last week. He needs to make more plays, he needs to let the ball out quicker, and he cannot force throws. Luck did not do enough last week and relied on his running game to get the job done. Although it’s important to have a focus on the running game, they need more production from Andrew Luck, especially on third downs. Their third down conversion percentage last week was 33%, which is horrible. Luck needs to have a bigger role this game; give him the ball.
In terms of running the ball, it seems like the 2 back attack of Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw works very well. Both played very well last week, with the only knock being Richardson’s fumbling issues. Both can get the job done in this system and both should have an active role running the ball this game if the Colts intend on having a balanced attack.
In terms of the receivers and tight ends, all of them will need to have bigger roles. Only Hilton played (relatively) well last week. Wayne will need to be more of factor on third downs. Hakeem Nicks will need to show up on important downs. Dwayne Allen will need to be a reliable pass catcher for Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener needs to be open in the red-zone. Those are their roles and so far this year, they are not fulfilling them. If you own TY Hilton on a fantasy team, this is the week to play him.
The offensive line had a lot of bright spots last week, especially when it came to run blocking. They need to continue this going into this week’s game against the Jaguars. They shouldn’t change anything in between the tackles and go with the similar mindset they had last week (in terms of running the ball). They ran it extremely well in between the tackles. In terms of pass protection, they’ll have an easier task against the Jaguars’ edge defenders. They’ll need to give Luck more time than last week to make his reads and his throws.
The offensive philosophy should be to establish a running game early on, like they did last week, but become more aggressive as the game goes on. They cannot be conservative in the 2nd half, unless their lead is large. The over conservatism will not help them.
On defense, they’ll need to find ways to pressure Chad Henne and they’ll need to find the right matchups. Erik Walden dominated Andrew Gardner, the backup right tackle for the Eagles last week. The Colts should match up Walden against their right tackle Sam Young, as that’s a matchup they could win. The Colts should not be afraid to bring Josh McNary up the middle on a disguised blitz. They should try and bring pressure from every angle with occasional disguised blitzes.
Up front on the defensive line, they’ll need to stuff up the middle. The Jaguars ran about 60% of their runs up the middle and if they can eliminate the in between the tackle runs then they’ll be able to almost shut down their running game. They will need consistent penetration from Ricky Jean Francois and Cory Redding as well as Josh Chapman drawing double teams.
The linebacker unit will have a big role in this game. The inside linebackers should have run responsibilities and be worried about stopping runs up the middle. On top of that, Josh McNary should worry about their tight end, Mickey Shuler. McNary struggled last week but against a guy like Shuler, he’ll have a much better chance. The outside linebackers, as mentioned earlier, will need to get consistent pressure on Chad Henne and set the edge on early downs. Erik Walden needs to play like he did last week, simple as that. Bjoern Werner should have more of a pass rushing focus, and he’ll need to win his battle against Luke Joeckel.
The defensive backs will have the task of covering this underrated Jaguars unit. Cecil Shorts seems like he’s going to be back, Allen Hurns has surprised many and Marqise Lee has the speed and athleticism to be a big play threat. This unit is nothing to sneeze at and one could argue they are more talented than the Eagles’ receiving unit (it’s just that Henne is throwing to them). Davis should go up against Shorts (if he’s playing), and Toler against Hurns or the other outside receiver with Butler in the slot against their slot receiver. As for the safeties, Laron Landry will need to be a more consistent tackler and play in the box. Mike Adams should play all over the field and cover the deep part of the field. If the Jaguasr intend on winning this game, they’ll need to have a lot of big plays, so if the Colts eliminate that threat, they’ll be fine.
The defensive gameplan should be to eliminate the run by having an inside gap approach and stuff the middle. They’ll also need to have a conservative approach in coverage, taking away the deep part of the field and being tough at the line of scrimmage. On top of that, Erik Walden and Bjoern Werner will need to get pressure on Chad Henne and in turn, that should cause mistakes from him. The Colts must capitalize on his mistakes.
What the Jaguars Need to do to Win
The Jaguars need to make a lot of things happen on offense in order to win. They not only need to hit plays but they need to establish a balanced attack. They need to get Toby Gerhart going on the ground. The Jaguars should attack the side where Bjoern Werner is playing. Werner isn’t strong against the run and the Colts are missing Arthur Jones on that side as well. So, getting Gerthart out to the left side should be a point of emphasis in the running game. Even Jerrell Freeman is out, so the right inside linebacker for the Colts is the backup, Josh McNary. In terms of passing the ball, they should target Allen Hurns if he’s against Greg Toler. Toler is great versus deep passes but isn’t always reliable on short and intermediate passes. Marqise Lee should be someone else to target as he has some speed against this Colts defense. If Cecil Shorts is healthy, he’ll most likely go up against Vontae Davis. They should target Shorts, but Henne needs to be aware of his other targets.
On defense, they’ll need to do their best to slow down the running game early, discourage it, and make the Colts start passing the ball. The Colts will intend on doing both, and emphasizing a balanced attack, so if you make them rely on either running or passing the ball, then you have a good start. The Jaguars cannot stop Andrew Luck and the passing offense, but they can take away the ground game. They should stack the box, and have spies on the running backs for the early part of the game. Once they’ve done that, they should then try and focus on limiting what the Colts do in the passing game. This is take away the deep passes, get rushers on the end and get pressure on Luck. The Eagles did this perfectly last week and were able to significantly slow down the Colts’ passing attack.
An intriguing matchup has to be the matchup between Erik Walden and right tackle Sam Young. Young is new to the lineup and Walden had an impressive week last week versus the Eagles’ right tackle. The Colts need to get pressure on the opposing quarterback, and it seems like they’ll need to get a lot of their pressure from Erik Walden. Walden has the best matchup and they’ll be relying on him to get the pressure.
The Colts register 5 sacks.
Indianapolis Colts 27 vs Jacksonville Jaguars 10
|Posted by Andrew Aziz on September 16, 2014 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
Here are this week’s rankings with some interesting changes in the top 10.
1. Denver Broncos (Last Week’s Ranking: #2)
The Broncos needed a goal line stand to win the game but they got the big win over their division rivals and take the #1 spot in these rankings.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week’s Ranking: #4)
The Eagles came back against the comeback Colts with 24 points in the 2nd half. This team is resilient and with their weapons on offense, could be dangerous going forward.
3. Seattle Seahawks (Last Week’s Ranking: #1)
The Seahawks take a step back with the loss to the Chargers, but it was a close loss and they competed hard on the road.
4. Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week’s Ranking: #5)
The Bengals got a dominating win against the Falcons and showed that they could be a force to be wrecking with going forward.
5. New England Patriots (Last Week’s Ranking: #6)
The Patriots got back on track with a dominating win against the Vikings with every part of their team clicking.
6. San Francisco 49ers (Last Week’s Ranking: #3)
The 49ers had their game in hand but with miscues on defense and mistakes on offense, they blew their lead and let the Bears beat them at home.
7. Green Bay Packers (Last Week’s Ranking: #8 )
The Packers were behind by a lot of points early, but they marched back and got the big win thanks to a great performance from Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson.
8. Arizona Cardinals (Last Week’s Ranking: #11)
The Cardinals came back again, this time on the road, against the Giants
9. Atlanta Falcons (Last Week’s Ranking: #12)
The Falcons got beat badly against the Bengals on the road, and now need to regroup and get some players back.
10. New Orleans Saints (Last Week’s Ranking: #7)
The Saints trailed early, but marched back but a last second field goal puts them in the loss column and 0-2 on the season.
11. Carolina Panthers (Last Week’s Ranking: #13)
The Panthers continue to surprise many people. After last week’s win, they come back and put up a great performance against the Lions.
12. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week’s Ranking: #9)
The Colts drop back after suffering a bad collapse. They allowed the Eagles to get back in the game, and the coaches were weak in the loss. They are now 0-2.
13. San Diego Chargers (Last Week’s Ranking: #15)
The Chargers picked up the huge win against the Seahawks at home and got a huge performance from the old man Antonio Gates, who had 3 touchdowns. If they can close out games, which they did, they're dangerous.
14. Chicago Bears (Last Week’s Ranking: #17)
The Bears marched back in the game in the 2nd half and got a great performance from Kyle Fuller and Brandon Marshall. They won against the 49ers and picked up some valuable spots in these rankings.
15. Baltimore Ravens (Last Week’s Ranking: #19)
The Ravens, after all the stuff they dealt with the past few weeks, got the huge win against the Steelers, where they shut down on offense and wore them out on defense.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week’s Ranking: #10)
The Steelers drop down 6 spots because of their bad performance against the Ravens. Roethlisberger was getting killed and they received no help from any of their impact players.
17. Houston Texans (Last Week’s Ranking: #21)
The Texans are 2-0 with two great performance from their defense. Arian Foster is playing well on offense as well, making this team a surprise candidate going forward.
18. Buffalo Bills (Last Week’s Ranking: #23)
The Bills got a big win against the Dolphins at home and were motivated by Jim Kelly's return. The Bills are 2-0 and with the way their defense is playing, they could get a few more wins in the coming weeks.
19. Miami Dolphins (Last Week’s Ranking: #14)
The Dolphins drop back due to the bad loss against the Bills. The Dolphins have trouble staying consistent and they proved it this week with weak performances on both sides of the ball.
20. Detroit Lions (Last Week’s Ranking: #16)
The Lions were handily beat by the Panthers but that offense is always dangerous. They just need to improve their efficiency on defense and once they do, they'll be creeping towards the top 10.
21. Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week’s Ranking: #18 )
The Chiefs, well actually Alex Smith, tried real hard to get the win against the Broncos but they fell just short but this team, despite the injuries, is a team to watch out for.
22. Dallas Cowboys (Last Week’s Ranking: #25)
The Cowboys got the nice win against the Titans with a surprisingly good performance from the defense, an error free performance from Tony Romo and a big day on the ground from Demarco Murray. They'll win a lot of games like that.
23. New York Jets (Last Week’s Ranking: #20)
The Jets had the big lead early on but they failed to hold onto it and a dumb error from the coaching staff at the end of the game killed any chances of a comeback.
24. Cleveland Browns (Last Week’s Ranking: #29)
The Browns pulled off the shocking win against the Saints, thanks to a great performance by Brian Hoyer. This team made plays and considering how they played in the 2nd half of Week 1 and the game against the Saints, this team is something to watch going forward.
25. St Louis Rams (Last Week’s Ranking: #28 )
The Rams pulled off a last second victory over the Bucs on the road. Even without Bradford, this team can still find a way to win which is a testament to their coaching staff.
26. Washington Redskins (Last Week’s Ranking: #30)
The Redskins destroyed the Jaguars at home and that was with Kirk Cousins at the helm. RG3 may be more talented, but Cousins is the better quarterback for this offense.
27. Tennessee TItans (Last Week’s Ranking: #22)
The Titans did not look good against the Cowboys and it was rather disappointing considering how they dominated the Chiefs the week before. On top of that, they lack an indentity.
28. Minnesota Vikings (Last Week’s Ranking: #24)
The Vikings were absolutely demolished by the Patriots and Matt Cassel laid an egg. They should not hesitate to put in Teddy Bridgewater. This team needs Adrian Peterson.
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week’s Ranking: #26)
The Bucs lost on a last second field goal to the Bucs. For a team with a lot of hype, the Bucs have been very disappointing and look to be at the bottom of the NFL for another year.
30. New York Giants (Last Week’s Ranking: #27)
The Giants were playing well against the Cardinals, but their defense allowed Drew Stanton and that offense to take the lead and eventually win. They fail to remain consistent for 4 quarters.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week’s Ranking: #31)
The Jaguars couldn't get anything going and took their first snap in Washington territory in the 4th quarter. They need to put in Blake Bortles and fast.
32. Oakland Raiders (Last Week’s Ranking: #32)
The Raiders remain at the bottom thanks to their abysmal performance against the Texans. They lack effort and that blame goes out to Dennis Allen. In the words of Charles Woodson: "We suck".
|Posted by Andrew Aziz on September 16, 2014 at 2:30 AM||comments (0)|
Philadelphia Eagles 30 vs Indianapolis Colts 27
PHI FG C.Parkey 31 yd. Field Goal (11-69, 3:45)
IND TD A.Bradshaw 1 yd. pass from A.Luck (A.Vinatieri kick) (9-72, 4:30)
IND FG A.Vinatieri 46 yd. Field Goal (11-44, 5:58)
PHI FG C.Parkey 23 yd. Field Goal (12-58, 3:41)
IND TD J.Doyle 2 yd. pass from A.Luck (A.Vinatieri kick) (10-58, 5:23)
IND FG A.Vinatieri 27 yd. Field Goal (10-62, 3:45)
PHI TD L.McCoy 1 yd. run (C.Parkey kick) (7-80, 2:11)
PHI TD D.Sproles 19 yd. run (C.Parkey kick) (5-26, 1:42)
IND TD A.Bradshaw 7 yd. pass from A.Luck (A.Vinatieri kick) (12-80, 5:55)
PHI TD J.Maclin 6 yd. pass from N.Foles (C.Parkey kick) (5-76, 1:43)
PHI FG C.Parkey 36 yd. Field Goal (4-42, 1:56)
What the Colts did Right
On offense, the running game carried the offense. It has been a long time since we have been able to say that the running game carried the offense, but against the Eagles, they did. Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw combined for almost 150 yards on the ground and ran with authority up the middle and outside the tackles. The Eagles' defense had no answer for those guys. It was refreshing to see the interior offensive line work in sync with each other and open up holes for the running backs.
TY Hilton managed to have a good game, but he was the only good receiver out there. Hilton made some big catches and was able to keep drives alive with his play after the catch.
The offensive line, as mentioned earlier, had a great game in terms of run blocking and did very well in the 1st half protecting Andrew Luck. The interior offensive line was extremely impressive with Mewhort, Shipley and Thornton. All three were in sync and they look like a good group to have going forward.
The play calling was good for the 1st half on offense. I like what Pep Hamitlon did in the 1st half with his direction and he made some great play calls. He was a big reason why they had that big lead going into halftime.
On defense, the Colts did a great job of slowing down the Eagles' offense in the first half and their redzone defense was oustanding, holding them to 3 field goals (missing one of them). This was thanks to great gang tackling and endless pursuit. They didn't let McCoy do much and they took away the big plays. As a matter of fact, they took away the big plays for the Eagles all game, which is something that is crucial in order to succeeding against the Eagles.
Erik Walden had a great game for the Colts. In Mathis' absence, he was able to get pressure on Foles and consistently found himself in the backfield for the Colts. He made a lot of plays and deserves a lot of credit. Josh McNary also filled in admirably for Jerrell Freeman and has proven that he deserves some playing time even with Freeman in the lineup.
Overall, the cornerbacks played extremely well. Vontae Davis, outside of one costly penalty, had a great game and shut down the man he went up against (whether it was Maclin or Cooper). Greg Toler made one of the plays of the week with his great interception and Butler made some nice plays as a nickelback. Despite 331 yards passing from Foles, only 70 of those yards came from the receivers and that's a testament to this squad.
The defensive play calling was great early on. They mixed it up with some nice disguises and some good, well timed blitzes.
What the Colts did Wrong
The latter portion of the 3rd quarter and the entire 4th quarter was atrocious for the Colts. The fact that the Colts play only one good half of football each game is terrible and that falls on the shoulders of Chuck Pagano. Pagano has been weak this season and for the majority of last season as he fails to get his team to play consistent football and that's why they find themselves down going into the 2nd half. It just happened that in this game, they had the lead but blew it (other way aroudn from what they are normally used to).
Andrew Luck did not have a good game. It may say that he had 3 touchdowns, but all were within the 7 yard line and Luck failed to make any big plays with his arm or his leg. Luck forced a lot of passes as well and just was not in sync with his receivers. His off night was a big reason why the Colts lost.
Despite the good overall game from Trent Richardson, he did fumble twice and one of those fumbles was recovered by the Eagles at a crucial moment in the game. He has a bad habit of doing that.
The offensive line struggled at times, especially in pass protection. They couldn' give Luck enough time to make his reads and his throws. The offensive tackles were man-handled on some plays and Fletcher Cox had a very good game inside. They needed to step it up in the 2nd half, but rather, they got worst and it hurt the production of that offense, as they were only able to get 10 points on the board in the 2nd half.
As described earlier, Pep Hamitlon had a great first half where he was a big reason why the Colts were able to have a big lead. Well, Hamitlon was a big reason why the Colts blew that lead. His conservative play calling and the fact that he didn't give Luck the ball when it mattered showed his indecisiviness.
On defense, most of their troubles came in the 2nd half. The major issue was stopping Darren Sproles. I think Indianapolis will celebrate when this man retires, because he has torched this team many times over the years; more than any other team he has faced. He had over 150 receiving yards and one 19 yard rushing touchdown against the Colts. They couldn't tackle him. He and McCoy (but more Sproles) single handedly destroyed the Colts' defense in the 2nd half.
After Arthur Jones left the game, the run defense was weak. Their tackling was weak and they failed to do to the simple basics of tackling (breakdown, wrap and drive), but instead, tried to launched themselves at two of the most elusive runners in the game. That just won't work.
Laron Landry had a very weak game with many missed tackles and missed assignments in coverage. Bjoern Werner was silent, but he went up against Jason Peters, so it was expected.
Colts Player of the Game
There is a tie between Ahmad Bradshaw and Erik Walden. On offense, Bradshaw was able to effectively move the ball in between the tackles and was able to snag two receiving touchdowns which put the Colts up big in the earlier part of the game. On defense, Walden took advantage of the weak right tackle Andrew Gardner and had a great night for himself with 3 tackles and many pressures. Both players were crucial for the Colts tonight.
|Posted by Andrew Aziz on September 14, 2014 at 4:20 PM||comments (0)|
The Indianapolis Colts play their home opener Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are coming off a victory against the Jaguars, in a game where they scored 34 unanswered points. The Colts came up short against the Broncos, but were very close to tying it up late. Both teams have highly efficient, fast paced offenses and you can expect this game to rack up a lot of points.
What the Colts Need to do to Win
The Colts have never lost back-to-back games in the Luck/Pagano era, so their intensity should be at a high.
On offense, the offense will need to be much more consistent than what they were last week. They have to be within 7 points of the Eagles at halftime in order for them to have a strong chance of winning; they cannot go down by 24 like they did last week. Last season and in this year’s preseason, the Colts got off to quick starts by going on pass heavy, no huddle drives and they effectively got the ball down the field. This is what the Colts should do in this game, they should come out with a bang and pass the ball 7 out of every 8 plays. This will eventually soften up the Eagles defense and then the Colts can establish a running game (as the game goes on). They need to have a quick start; it’s almost crucial in this game.
Andrew Luck needs to reduce the amount of risks and mistakes he makes. Luck needs to use his legs as well and he needs to gain yards with his feet. What he likes to do is force passes, even when there is a running lane open. He needs to stop taking risks and start utilizing his running ability more often.
In terms of the running backs, both Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw should see the field an equal amount of times. Both played well last week and their different skill sets compliment each other well, making it tough for the Eagles’ defense to predict. I’d like to see Trent Richardson on third downs, as he caught passes last week and blocked well. He’s the better option on those downs, but Bradshaw is good in short yardage situations and on early downs.
The receivers need to have a big game. Last week, only Wayne had a good game, with Hilton and Nicks having off nights. All three need to be on the same page tonight and they’ll need more of an impact from TY Hilton. Hilton had a crucial drop and didn’t have any impactful plays. He needs to be open down the field and needs to come up on crucial third downs. He needs to take some pressure off of Reggie Wayne. Hakeem Nicks doesn’t need to have a huge game as the #3 receiver but he needs to show up at times and he needs to make plays when the ball is coming his way; that is his role with the team.
Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener need to show up in the redzone. Allen played well last week but Fleener was horrendous and made some crucial errors. The Colts were close to winning the game and Fleener’s mistakes attributed to the loss, so he cannot have another week like that.
The offensive line will have a tough task against the Eagles front 7. Trent Cole is a tough player to handle, but Anthony Castonzo should do well against him. The issue is up the middle. Fletcher Cox can do some damage up the middle and the Eagles can get sacks from everything. They (and Andrew Luck) need to be wary of the blitzes the Eagles bring from every angle.
The offensive gameplan should be to come out and pass the ball a lot early on, and then as the game goes on, start to establish the run. In the 2nd half, they should obviously adjust to what happened in the first half but come out with a pass heavy attack. They need to get everyone involved.
On defense, they’ll need to get in Nick Foles’ face and make him make mistakes. He looked very bad in the first half last week against the Jaguars and that was due to the Jaguars getting great pressure on him and making him force passes.
The defensive line will be crucial in terms of stopping the running game. The Eagles have one of the best running games in the NFL with Lesean McCoy and Darren Sproles and they’ll need to slow down any runs up the middle. They’ll need to clog up holes and need to make McCoy second-guess his choices. That’s only half the battle with him, once he’s stuttering in the backfield; he needs to be wrapped and tackled, which is easier said than done with him. Getting to and swarming McCoy is crucially important to hindering their running game. They need to clog up the middle.
The linebackers are responsible for taking care of the running game and getting pressure on Nick Foles. Jerrell Freeman is out and Josh McNary will replace him. McNary played well last week and could do a good job as a starter. They should use him in blitz packages and let him penetrate the offensive line. He needs to get pressure up the middle and cover the tight ends. Jackson should worry about the running game and the running game only. He is not good in coverage. Bjoern Werner needs to try and get some pressure on Foles, but he’s going up against Jason Peters, so he should have a quiet game. That means that Erik Walden will have to get some pressure on the outside while setting the edge. He will be an important player for the Colts.
The secondary must eliminate the deep threat posed by the Eagles offense. The Eagles love to go deep and they do it often, so the safeties must eliminate that threat by playing extra deep on obvious passing downs and even on some early downs. They must play jam/man coverage on the line and they need to play the safeties over the top. If they can limit this passing offense, they’ll have a good chance of winning, because the Eagles offense thrives on those big plays. Jeremy Maclin needs to be watched as he can be a threat down the field or on quick, short passes.
The defensive gameplan should be to get pressure up the middle and to swarm Lesean McCoy and the running game. They should be cautious in coverage and completely eliminate any deep passes.
What the Eagles Need to do to Win
On offense, the Eagles need to stick to what they do best: wear down defenses with their fast paced offense. They need to have a balanced attack, and they need to make sure that they establish a running game. What the Eagles did so well was that gave McCoy the bulk of the carries, but they weren’t afraid to ride with Darren Sproles and give him carries when he was hot. The Eagles should ride the hotter back. In terms of passing the ball, Nick Foles needs to have a mistake free game. It will be tough with some of his offensive linemen out, but if the pressure is getting to him, they should establish a short, conservative passing attack with a fierce ground attack. If the Eagles can stay mistake free, establish a running game and keep Foles upright, they’ll be able to put up a lot of points on offense.
On defense, the Eagles will need to get pressure on Luck and they need to blitz up the gut. Their interior offensive line is weak and they’ll need to exploit it. They need to get Luck on the move and make him feel uncomfortable. In terms of coverages, Reggie Wayne needs to be watched over the intermediate part of the field and the safety need to play deep on obvious passing downs to eliminate the deep threat posed by TY Hilton. They need to have extra guys in coverage on passing downs, and get extra pressure on Luck to force him outside the pocket.
When you have two high flying offenses, you can expect to have some intriguing matchups at the skill positions, and that seems to be the case in this game.
The first big battle is between the Colts’ front 7 and the Eagles’ offensive line. The Eagles’ offensive line is banged up and the Colts don’t have Robert Mathis, meaning they’ll need to get pressure from other guys. If the Colts intend on slowing down their offense, they’ll need a stout pass rush.
Another big battle is between the Colts’ receivers and the Eagles’ secondary. The winner of this battle will have a big say in who wins the game. The Colts rely on their passing offense, and if the Eagles do a good job in taking away the Colts’ receivers, they’ll hinder what the Colts can do on offense.
No interceptions are thrown in the game.
Indianapolis Colts 26 vs Philadelphia Eagles 24
|Posted by Andrew Aziz on September 10, 2014 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
Here are this week's rankings, with some big drops and some big rises.
1. Seattle Seahawks (Last Week’s Ranking: #1)
The Seahawks put on a dominant performance against the Packers and keep the top spot in the league.
2. Denver Broncos (Last Week’s Ranking: #2)
The Broncos had to hold off a Colts comeback, but they got the win and got some big performances from their star players.
3. San Francisco 49ers(Last Week’s Ranking: #3)
The 49ers put on a great show in Dallas, demolishing them on both sides of the ball and making Tony Romo look terrible.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week’s Ranking: #8)
The Eagles jump up a lot of spots thanks to a great 34 point 2nd half performance against the Jaguars.
5. Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week’s Ranking: #9)
The Bengals got the nice win on the road against the Ravens and had a nice performance on both sides of the ball.
6. New England Patriots (Last Week’s Ranking: #4)
The Patriots suffered a tough loss agianst hte Dolphisn on the road, but it's merely a bump in the road for what should be a great Patriots team.
7. New Orleans Saints (Last Week’s Ranking: #5)
The Saints lost a tough one in overtime against the resilient Falcons, but the team looks great overall, but the defense must get better.
8. Green Bay Packers (Last Week’s Ranking: #6)
The Packers suffered an embarassing loss to the Seahawks and looked horrendous on both sides of the ball.
9. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week’s Ranking: #7)
The Colts made a great comeback to make the game very close, but the Broncos were able to hold on. The Colts need to get off to better starts and stop falling behind early.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week’s Ranking: #12)
The Steelers jumped out to a huge lead early but let the Browns get back in the game and needed a last second field goal to win. They showed a lot of potential but they can't let teams get back into games.
11. Arizona Cardinals (Last Week’s Ranking: #14)
The Cardinals needed a big 4th quarter to beat the Chargers, but they need to perform better on offense to have a chance of beating elite teams.
12. Atlanta Falcons (Last Week’s Ranking: #17)
The Falcons pulled off the gutsy win against their rival Saints and got a career day from Matt Ryan. They'll need a better performance on defense, but this is a good sign of things to come for them.
13. Carolina Panthers (Last Week’s Ranking: #15)
The Panthers didn't have Cam Newton and many were expecting a loss, but Derek Anderson came in and they won a big game on the road. This team finds a way to win.
14. Miami Dolphins (Last Week’s Ranking: #20)
The Dolphins got one of their biggest wins in the past few seasons but demolishing the Patriots in the 2nd half to win by 13 points. Their defense rose to the occasion and Knowshon Moreno had a huge day on the ground.
15. San Diego Chargers (Last Week’s Ranking: #10)
The Chargers could have won in Arizona, but they blew it. If they cannot win games in the 4th quarter, they won't be a playoff team.
16. Detroit Lions (Last Week’s Ranking: #22)
The Lions demolished the Giants thanks to a booming day from Calvin Johnson. He may have to carry this team again.
17. Chicago Bears (Last Week’s Ranking: #11)
The Bears lost in overtime to the Bills (at home). This is beyond disappointing and they'll be in big trouble if they continue to play poorly.
18. Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week’s Ranking: #13)
The Chiefs got killed at home versus the Tennesee Titans and Jamaal Charles was not given the ball often and their offense suffered because of it.
19. Baltimore Ravens (Last Week’s Ranking: #16)
The Ravens put up a good fight against the Bengals, but they came up short. Now they need to deal with this Ray Rice sage, which should not help their team.
20. New York Jets (Last Week’s Ranking: #21)
The Jets were far from impressive, but they got the win at home and that's all that matters. This is a big year for them.
21. Houston Texans (Last Week’s Ranking: #25)
The Texans had a great performance on defense and got a nice day from Arian Foster and a mistake free day from Fitzpatrick. If they can continue to stay on this path, they could contend for the playoffs.
22. Tennessee Titans (Last Week’s Ranking: #27)
The Titans shocked everyone by demolishing the Chiefs on the road and received a great game from Jake Locker, who if healthy, can be a good player in this league.
23. Buffalo Bills (Last Week’s Ranking: #29)
The Bills had a great day against the Bears and got the win in overtime on the road. Let's see if they can keep these good times rolling.
24. Minnesota Vikings (Last Week’s Ranking: #28)
The Vikings impressed with a dominant performance and Matt Cassel had a nice game. They have some playmakers on both sides of the ball. This was a great start to their year.
25. Dallas Cowboys (Last Week’s Ranking: #17)
The Cowboys laid an egg at home against the 49ers, but I don't know what's more embarassing: Tony Romo's bad game or the fact that the amount of 49ers fans outnumbered the amount of Cowboys fans.
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week’s Ranking: #18)
The Bucs had the home field advantage as well as the fact that the opponent's starting QB wasn't playing, yet they still lost and blew the game in the 4th quarter. This team disappointed many people.
27. New York Giants (Last Week’s Ranking: #23)
The Giants got killed on Monday Night and Eli doesn't look good. Could he be past his prime? Either way, that team is a mess.
28. St. Louis Rams (Last Week’s Ranking: #24)
The Rams are missing Sam Bradford and now they could lose Shaun Hill the backup. The Rams are heading in a downward spiral.
29. Cleveland Browns (Last Week’s Ranking: #30)
The Browns made a resilient comeback in the 2nd half but they came up short. Surprisingly, they have some good players on that offense even without Josh Gordon.
30. Washington Redskins (Last Week’s Ranking: #26)
The Redskins limited RG3 to what he can do and that's what ultimately killed them. Had he been able to do what he does best (run and make plays based off his instincts), they could have won.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week’s Ranking: #31)
The Jaguars got out to a big lead early on against the Eagles on the road, but completely blew in the 2nd half and allowed 34 unanswered points. They just can't do that.
32. Oakland Raiders (Last Week’s Ranking: #32)
The Raiders stay at the bottom even with the close loss to the Jets. It's obvious though that Derek Carr is the answer at quarterback.