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|Posted by Andrew Aziz on December 9, 2013 at 3:45 AM||comments (0)|
Cincinnati Bengals 42 vs Indianapolis Colts 28
TD M.Jones 29 yd. pass from A.Dalton (M.Nugent kick) (10-83, 5:22)
TD B.Green-Ellis 1 yd. run (M.Nugent kick) (8-66, 3:54)
TD B.Green-Ellis 1 yd. run (M.Nugent kick) (9-80, 4:19)
TD D.Rogers 69 yd. pass from A.Luck (A.Vinatieri kick) (3-74, 0:44)
TD L.Brazill 19 yd. pass from A.Luck (A.Vinatieri kick) (3-48, 1:02)
TD J.Gresham 1 yd. pass from A.Dalton (M.Nugent kick) (6-60, 3:15)
TD A.Green 9 yd. pass from A.Dalton (M.Nugent kick) (7-59, 3:25)
TD L.Brazill 29 yd. pass from A.Luck (A.Vinatieri kick) (8-75, 3:37)
TD A.Dalton 8 yd. run (M.Nugent kick) (5-29, 3:15)
TD D.Rogers 2 yd. pass from A.Luck (A.Vinatieri kick) (10-72, 2:43)
What the Colts did Right
The Colts did manage to score 28 points in the 2nd half, which is a positive.
Andrew Luck had a great game and really picked it up in the 2nd half. Luck threw 4 touchdowns passes on the day and did not force too many throws. He was able to rally the Colts in the 2nd half and with a better defensive performance, the Colts could have won.
The Colts received two great performances from Lavon Brazill and newbie Da'Rick Rogers. Rogers was especially great in the early part of the 2nd half with his 69 yard touchdown. It helped spark the Colts and Brazill was able to get two touchdowns after Rogers' touchdown. It shows that there's hope going forward. Luck needs to start developing a connection with these guys.
Despite the mediocrity, the offensive line should be happy with the fact that they allowed no sacks on the day, which is a feat in itself. Gosder Cherilus did a nice job against Carlos Dunlap.
On defense, Antoine Bethea had 17 tackles which is an impressive feat. The nose tackles, Aubrayo Franklin and Josh Chapman both had good performances drawing double teams and Chapman made a nice stop on Benjarvus Green Ellis to hold them on 4th down. Too bad the idiot referees saw something else. Had the referee Jeff Triplette not made a dumb mistake, it would have been a 7 point game and it would have changed a lot.
A shoutout to Sergio Brown on special teams who had an outstanding day. This is a guy fighting for a Pro Bowl spot. Today's game was a great one for him as he made a ton of plays at the goaline to keep the ball from going in. Pat McAfee also gets a shoutout for making some nice tackles.
What the Colts did Wrong
The Colts really struggled on defense and it ended up costed them. Both sides of the ball struggled in the first half.
On offense, unlike previous weeks, the Colts got absolutely nothing on the ground, and Andrew Luck's 29 yard run accounted for nearly 50% of the total yards on the ground. That's just embarassing and in a game where they needed to establish a ground game, they failed to do that and it hurt them. Donald Brown was useless and with the exception of one drive, Trent Richardson was useless as well. It hurt them.
Darrius Heyward Bey had another drop and his spot he'll most likely be the #4 guy going forward.
The offensive line was "better" than what it was in previous weeks, but it was still a below average outing from them. They struggled stopping blitzes from their linebackers and although Luck did not get sacked, he was pressured often and was forced to release the ball quicker than he would like. He got away with some throws. The offensive line lost to their defensive line... I sound like a broken record.
The coaching staff did not seem energized this game. They seemed very demotivated after the terrible call from the referees. They didn't do a great job rallying their players.
As for the defense, the front 7 did a terrible job defending the run and their ability to run the ball was the main reason why they won the game. Gio Bernard was able to run it against them all day thanks to good blocking and his elusiveness. He was able to run it especially well to the left side against Fili Moala and Pat Angerer. Both those guys had bad games.
The Colts (and the Bengals too ) failed to get a sack on the quarterback, and in the Colts situation, they lacked a lot of pressure on Dalton. Robert Mathis was invisible out there, and everyone knows when he gets no pressure, the Colts as a team don't get much pressure. It's sad and unfortunate, but it's true. The guy is responsible for more than half of the Colts' sacks.
The secondary was pretty terrible receiving bad performances from Darius Butler, Laron Landry and Cassius Vaughn. Vontae Davis wasn't anything great either. Butler struggled playing outside cornerback, Landry struggled in coverage and on some tackles, and Davis was beat a few times in coverage. It hurt the Colts on those deep passes, including the touchdown passes.
Coach Greg Manusky did not do a good job of adjusting to the Bengals' offense and a lot of the runs the Bengals used in the 2nd half were done in the first half. Bernard kept running the ball to the left side of the line and he was able to do that with success run after run. He also struggled defending the deep ball.
Colts Player of the Game
The player of the game is Andrew Luck. Luck had a great outing, throwing for 326 yards with 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. It was an outstanding performance and he really helped the Colts in the 2nd half, putting up 28 points. Without Luck, the Colts would be hard pressed to even put up half of those points. On a negative day, he was one of the few positives.
|Posted by Andrew Aziz on December 7, 2013 at 3:35 PM||comments (0)|
The 8-4 Indianapolis Colts will travel to Cincinnati to play the 8-4 Bengals. The Colts will look to make it 2 wins in a row, and the Bengals look to make it 3 in a row. The game is expected to be played in cold, potentially snowy conditions, which should only add to the excitement. The winner of this matchup will also have an advantage at getting the #3 seed in the AFC.
What the Colts have to do to Win
Firstly, Andrew Luck has never played in cold rainy or snowy conditions. This will be a first for him, and it could be bad.
What the Colts have to do is quickly establish a running game and have a run happy attack. This is a game where the Colts cannot overly rely on Andrew Luck. As mentioned, he's not used to these conditions so asking him to do a lot is too much. They need to get that ground game going, and once that happens they'll be seeing a lot of long drives that will end in at least field goals. In what I expect to be a low scoring game, field goals are huge.
As for Luck though, he'll need to make good decisions this game. He cannot afford to make mistakes, because in this game TURNOVERS WILL BE THE DIFFERENCE. Luck should also use his legs because if there's nothing there, there is no need to force the ball into coverage, especially if it's rainy. The Colts should try and utilize a lot of short passes, like screen passes or dump off passes, just stuff that will get the ball moving and are guaranteed completions. They need to continue to move the ball and this is a sure way of doing that.
As mentioned earlier, the Colts need to get the ground game going this game. Donald Brown will be given a ton of opportunities and he'll need to use his vision to find the open holes. They should give him draw plays and some lead runs. Trent Richardson should also get his fair shares of runs. I'd also like to see the Colts give him some draw plays which should open up the passing game and give him some opportunities in space, which is exactly what the coaches want. They should mix it up between the two, but Brown should get the bigger bulk of the carries and snaps.
The offensive line will have to perform in this game because the Colts need Luck to stay upright and the inside running game to get going. They will be a few guys down, but with the way they're playing, they can't get much worse. They'll need to be able to recognize blitzes and realize when the ends are stunting and twisting. They'll need to pick those up because that's been the main problem over the past month: recognizing and seeing what the defense is doing. When they realize what they're doing, they're solid.
As for the defense...
The Colts must be able to stop the Bengals' rushing attack. If they can stop their rushing attack, they will have a very good chance at winning this game. Once they stop the attack, they need to take away the deep ball so Green and Jones cannot have big games.
The defensive line will need to get some inside penetration. The nose tackle, whether it's Franklin or Chapman, will need to consistently draw double teams in order to give Redding and Moala one on ones. Once that happens, getting penetration and pressure on the quarterback will be a lot easier. Another one of ensuring one on ones is that they can bring down the linebackers and make them blitz the A gap. The center or one of the guards will have to worry about the linebacker giving Redding/Moala a one on one. They need to find the right matchups and get some penetration to shut off the inside running game.
The linebackers will have to worry about the running game and Tyler Eifert. In terms of the running game, they cannot let the running backs get behind them. Robert Mathis and Erik Walden will have to play contain against the running game and not allow the running backs to get to the outside. If you look at the Cardinals game, Ellington and Mendenhall were able to get outside and it really empowered their running game. The Colts cannot let that happen again and must keep Green Ellis and Bernard on the inside. Once they're running inside, they'll need to have Jerrell Freeman and Pat Angerer (or Kelvin Sheppard) play gap cotnrol and burst through their gaps and make tackles. Not only can they not miss tackles, but they have to know which gap their hitting and they have to read the play. If they miss the hole, their running back will be able to get some big runs off, which is the last thing the Colts need. They did a great job against Johnson last week and they should adopt a similar gameplan in terms of how the linebackers should play.
The secondary will have the tough duty of covering AJ Green and Marvin Jones, two big play threats, especially Green. The Colts should put Vontae Davis against him and have Landry play deep because you want to take away the deep passes. If you take away the deep passes, you're limiting Jones a lot and you're taking away Green's best asset. So, the Colts must have a safety playing off on most of the plays, and on pretty much every 3rd down. They have to take away their best abilities.
What the Bengals have to do to Win
On offense, the Bengals, like the Colts, will need to adjust their offense to the weather. They should have a run happy attack, and unlike the Colts, they have the perfect group of running backs to do that. Benjarvus Green Ellis is a bruiser running back that can get you a few extra yards on each carry. Gio Bernard is the perfect change of pace back that can give you that explosive speed and elusiveness. They should evenly mix it up on the ground and give each of these guys at least 10 carries each. They need to have an effective ground and pound attack to move the ball well.
In terms of passing the ball, the Bengals should definitely try to utilize a conservative short passing attack. They need completed passes that move the ball. They cannot be too aggressive. They should target guys like Tyler Eifert and AJ Green because both guys are consistent receivers that you know will not drop the ball.
On defense, the Bengals' main worry will be to make the Colts go pass heavy. That means that they'll have to take away the running game. To take away the running game, they'll need to stack the box with an extra safety and have the linebackers playing close to the line of scrimmage. They need to take away inside running. Vontaze Burfict should keep an eye on Donald Brown the whole game and follow his every move.
Once they've taken away the running game, it means the Colts will be forced to pass the ball (and that will definitely happen if they're down early). Once they start passing more, the Bengals need to take away TY Hilton, Luck's current favorite target. To take him out, they should play man to man on him with safety help over the top to take away the deep passes. If that eliminates Hilton, the Bengals should try and put Maualugo on Fleener or have a safety on him. After that, they'll need to bring some double A gap blitzes and some outside linebacker blitzes to attempt to get pressure on Luck.
To recap, on offense they'll need to mix it up in the running game and to go run heavy during the game. On defense, they'll need to make the Colts go pass heavy and eliminate TY Hilton by putting safety help over the top and getting inside gap pressure on Luck.
I think considering the weather conditions, the Colts will tend to run the ball a bit more often this game which means that the most intriguing matchup will be the Colts' running backs vs the Bengals' linebacker. Vontaze Burfict is a above average linebacker who excels in tackling and he will need to stop Donald Brown in this game. The winner of this matchup will have a big say in how the Colts' offense does.
Neither quarterback will have more than 240 passing yards.
Cincinnati Bengals 20 vs Indianapolis Colts 13
|Posted by Andrew Aziz on December 4, 2013 at 2:50 AM||comments (0)|
The Indianapolis Colts have made some moves and added former rugby star LB Daniel Adongo and OT Xavier Nixon, as well as putting RB Daniel Herron and LB Mario Harvey on the injured reserve.
The former Rugby star project is now on the 53 man roster. Just in July, Daniel Adongo was learning how to put on a helmet. Now, he's on the active roster and takes that next big step in the NFL world. Adongo has slowly improved and has been using his rare athleticism to develop at the position. He's still extremely raw and a project, which means that he will most likely not see the field at all this field unless the Colts have several injuries at the linebacker spot.
The Colts signed OT Xavier Nixon, who provides depth on an O-line that needs it. Nixon has been on the Colts' roster before, and most recently was on the Redskins' practice squad.
The Colts also signed FB Robert Hughes to the active roster as well as signing defensive tackle Jerris Pendleton to the practice squad.
The Colts also placed reserve running back Daniel Herron and reserve linebacker Mario Harvey on injured reserve.
Harvey played in all 12 games this season and totaled 11 tackles and eight special teams stops. In two years with the Colts, he has appeared in 25 games, making 15 tackles (13 solo) and 15 special teams tackles.
Herron was signed by the Colts from the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad on October 9, 2013. In six games this season, he recorded five rushes for 33 yards and one reception for 57 yards. He also contributed with six special teams tackles.
The Colts continue to be active and are forced to make moves based on injury.
|Posted by Andrew Aziz on December 3, 2013 at 2:25 AM||comments (0)|
This week's rankings, with little changes to the top 10:
1. Seattle Seahawks (Last Week's Ranking: #1)
The Seahawks welcomed the Saints to Seattle and completely knocked them out and asserted themselves as the best team in the league.
2. Denver Broncos (Last Week's Ranking: #2)
The Broncos beat the Chiefs again and have a nice lead in the AFC.
3. New England Patriots (Last Week's Ranking: #4)
The Patriots were down early but Brady brought them back on the road and got the Pats the win.
4. Carolina Panthers (Last Week's Ranking: #5)
The Panthers continue their great winning streak and have now won 8 games in a row. This is a legit team!
5. New Orleans Saints (Last Week's Ranking: #3)
The Saints went to Seattle and were completely destroyed by the Seahawks, so they take a 2 spot tumble.
6. San Francisco 49ers (Last Week's Ranking: #6)
The 49ers got the nice victory over the Rams and seem to be coming together at the right time.
7. Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week's Ranking: #7)
The Chiefs lost to the Broncos again making it 3 losses in a row, but this loss wasn't horrible.
8. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week's Ranking: #8)
The Colts went back to their winning ways with a nice win over the Titans, and have pretty much guaranteed the division.
9. Dallas Cowboys (Last Week's Ranking: #9)
The Cowboys were down early but they came back and handily beat the Raiders in the end.
10. Detroit Lions (Last Week's Ranking: #10)
The Lions got the huge 30 point over the Rodgers-less Packers and have a good grip on the division.
11. Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week's Ranking: #12)
The Bengals went to San Diego and got the big win over the Chargers to take a good lead in the division.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week's Ranking: #14)
The Eagles held off the Cardinals albeit with a bit of controversy. The Eagles are for real and Nick Foles is a good quarterback.
13. Arizona Cardinals (Last Week's Ranking: #11)
The Cardinals took a step back after a loss to the Eagles and it hurt their playoff chances.
14. Baltimore Ravens (Last Week's Ranking: #16)
The Ravens got the huge win to keep them alive in the division as well as having the advantage for the last wildcard spot.
15. Chicago Bears (Last Week's Ranking: #13)
Trestman made some dumb decisions and it ended up costing them big in the end. They're now trailing in the division.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week's Ranking: #15)
The Steelers had a good chance at the Ravens, but they failed to get that 2 point conversion and it hurt their playoff chances.
17. Miami Dolphins (Last Week's Ranking: #23)
The Dolphins got the big win against the Jets, and received an outstanding performance from their defense.
18. New York Giants (Last Week's Ranking: #24)
The Giants got the win against the Redskins and stay alive in their division, but they'll most likely need to win out to have a chance.
19. San Diego Chargers (Last Week's Ranking: #17)
The Chargers shot themselves in the foot with a loss to the Bengals at home, but they still have a chance at the playoffs.
20. St Louis Rams (Last Week's Ranking: #18)
The Rams lost to the 49ers and pretty much ended their chances of making the playoffs.
21. Tennessee Titans (Last Week's Ranking: #19)
The Titans made too many dumb errors in the Colts game and have really hurt their chances of making the playoffs.
22. Green Bay Packers (Last Week's Ranking: #20)
The Packers suffered another terrible loss and prove that without Rodgers, they are a bottom tier team.
23. Cleveland Browns (Last Week's Ranking: #22)
The Browns were in a shootout with the Jaguars, but couldn't win, but at least they have a star in Josh Gordon.
24. Minnesota Vikings (Last Week's Ranking: #28)
The Vikings received a 200+ yard performance from Adrian Peterson and got the nice overtime win against the Bears.
25. Buffalo Bills (Last Week's Ranking: #25)
The Bills had the game in their hands, but two very dumb fumbles costed them the win, plain and simple.
26. New York Jets (Last Week's Ranking: #21)
The Jets look just horrible against the Dolphins, with Geno Smith continuing his streak of terrible play.
27. Oakland Raiders (Last Week's Ranking: #26)
The Raiders put up a good fight in Dallas, but McGloin and company couldn't get the job done, again.
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week's Ranking: #27)
The Buccaneers were handily beat by the Panthers and they looked lifeless on both sides of the ball.
29. Atlanta Falcons (Last Week's Ranking: #30)
The Falcons went to Toronto and although they were lucky with two fumbles from the Bills, they got the overtime win.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week's Ranking: #31)
The Jaguars traveled to Cleveland and won a shootout, they move up a spot.
31. Washington Redskins (Last Week's Ranking: #29)
The Redskins had the game won, but a referee error and some own errors costed them the win.
32. Houston Texans (Last Week's Ranking: #32)
The Texans put up a great fight against the Patriots, but they fell short and prove that they are just terrible.
|Posted by Andrew Aziz on December 2, 2013 at 3:50 AM||comments (0)|
Indianapolis Colts 22 vs Tennessee Titans 14
FG A.Vinatieri 47 yd. Field Goal (12-59, 6:09)
FG A.Vinatieri 48 yd. Field Goal (5-32, 1:09)
TD R.Fitzpatrick 1 yd. run (R.Bironas kick) (10-80, 4:20)
FG A.Vinatieri 45 yd. Field Goal (8-57, 2:47)
FG A.Vinatieri 37 yd. Field Goal (5-45, 0:26)
TD C.Johnson 1 yd. pass from R.Fitzpatrick (R.Bironas kick) (14-80, 7:31)
FG A.Vinatieri 49 yd. Field Goal (4-1, 1:14)
TD D.Brown 4 yd. run (A.Vinatieri kick) (11-92, 6:12)
What the Colts did Right
The offense was able to move the ball much better this game and that was thanks to better play designs and play calling as well as better decisions from Andrew Luck. Efficiency is the key to this offense.
Luck also used his feet well and had a huge 24 yard run that generated a lot of momentum. He needs to continue to develop his running ability and he needs to show other teams that he's a running threat too.
Donald Brown took over the starting job and had a great 2nd half. His play on the Colts' only touchdown drive was great and he put the cap on a win with his 4 yard touchdown. He's reading holes well and can cut well to avoid tackles. Stanley Havili had a nice game as well, blocking well and making a few big catches.
Coby Fleener had a few nice catches and TY was not bad. Lavon Brazill made a big catch towards
Adam Vinatieri was the main source of scoring for the team as he scored 16 of the 22 points and made a ton of big field goals. He's absolutely clutch.
As for the defense, the Colts received a few big performances. Jerrell Freeman and Robert Mathis really stood throughout the whole game with either pressure on the QB, making key tackles or making that big interception to seal the game. Speaking of interception, Cassius Vaughn had 2 of them, and both were because of him putting himself in the right place. He had a great game.
The Colts did a nice job containing and for the most part stopping Chris Johnson. He did not have one run over 9 yards and averaged under 4 yards per carry. He wasn't able to get loose and as the game went on, they needed to rely on Fitzpatrick more, which is exactly what they wanted.
Fitzpatrick threw the ball 37 times which is probably more than what I think the Titans wanted. Either way, he wasn't able to get comfortable all day and forced a lot of throws. That was thanks to great coverage and good pressure from a few different Colts, especially Mathis. The Colts made plays on defense and it's a big reason why they won today. They couldn't make any plays the last 4 weeks and that's why they either got killed or narrowly escaped games.
The defensive gameplan was a good one, they forced the Titans to go pass heavy and they were very aggressive in coverage, which is something that worked extremely well earlier in the season. They didn't really have too many guys deep (usually just one and that was Landry), and they played a lot of man to man. The cornerbacks were on their game and all 3 of the starters played well.
The defense won the Colts this game.
What the Colts did Wrong
Despite the nice victory, it was a relatively sloppy game for the Colts.
Andrew Luck was still a bit careless with the ball, and he needs to be more accurate with the ball. To be more specific, he needs to stop forcing a lot of throws and he needs to have better ball placement on passes to the receivers' outside shoulder.
Trent Richardson failed to do anything again. It's the same issues too, he's not reading the right holes and he's not explosive. It's good they didn't stick with him and went away from him after seeing that he couldn't do anything.
Darrius Heyward-Bey had another bad game. He had an opportunity to make a huge play late in the game, but tried catching with his chest and of course it bounced off it and he dropped the ball. The guy just doesn't learn and is costing the Colts A LOT of big plays. It's disgusting.
The offensive line was pretty horrid and Luck was tossed around for a big part of the game. Jurell Casey had a huge game against the Colts' interior lineman and was almost always in the backfield. He had a sack on Luck, and overall, the Titans had 5 sacks. That just can't happen and at times, it killed the Colts. It would completely stall a drive. It would also hurt in the running game and the interior offensive line was the main reason why the running game took so long to develop in this game.
On defense, the Colts really struggled with stopping Ryan Fitzpatrick on the ground. Fitzpatrick has some wheels and he used them. He had 8 rushes for 54 yards which is silly, and a few of those rushes came on 3rd downs which hurt them even more. The coaches needed to adjust to that as the game went on and should have had a spy on him or something. They cannot let that happen again. They'll be playing Alex Smith, Case Keenum and Andy Dalton before the end of the year, and all 3 can run (especially Smith), so the Colts have to prepare for that.
They also need to watch out for being too aggressive. Being aggressive is good, but when you start blitzing too many people, have no safety help on man to man coverage, you can catch yourself in some trouble on occasion. The Colts were fortunate it didn't happen more often, but the Titans took advantage of their over-aggressiveness on some big passes.
Colts Player of the Game
The player of the game is Adam Vinatieri. Vinatieri had one of the best games of his career nailing all five of his field goals. He made 37, 45, 47, 48 and 49 yard field goals, which is just down right crazy. Vinatieri was the Colts' offense today and scored 16 of the Colts' 22 points and without him, the Colts would not have won this game.
|Posted by Andrew Aziz on November 30, 2013 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
The 7-4 Indianapolis Colts look to get back on track and will play against the 5-6 Tennesee Titans. The Colts have never lost back to back games in the Pagano/Luck era, and that streak will continue with a win on Sunday. A win for the Titans means that they are right back in the thick of the division. A win for the Colts almost guarantees a division title.
What the Colts Need to do to Win
On offense, Andrew Luck will be the key. He's still struggling to adjust without Reggie, and this game he'll need to find his secondary options. TY Hilton will probably not be there for a good part of the game because he'll be going up against Alterraun Verner who is a stud cornerback. He'll need to be more wary with the ball and if he's being sacked, not to flick balls in the air to a guy he thinks is open. He needs to take care of that football.
The offensive line will be crucial in the running game and for the protection on Luck, especially on 3rd downs. They cannot let their D-line, especially Jurell Casey, get in the backfield on a consistent basis. The interior lineman have to read the stunts and they have to read the blitzes, because they fail to do that and that's what has killed them.
The offensive philosophy should be to go with a balanced attack, and as the game goes on, start adjusting to the scoreboard. If it's a close game, they should continue with their gameplan. If they're up, they should try to run the ball and take time off the clock. If they're down, they have to start passing.
On defense, the Colts need to eliminate Chris Johnson and the inside running game. They have to force the Titans to go pass heavy. To do that, they should begin the game by stacking the box, getting penetration and plugging up each inside gap. That should slow down their running game.
The defensive line will need to get inside penetration on their offensive line, and they'll need to jam the inside gaps to help stop the inside running game. Cory Redding should always try and find a 1 on 1 matchup because if you can get him to go up against Chance Warmack, he'll have a good chance of finding the backfield.
The linebackers will have to control the open inside gaps and be the guys that will have to play contain against Chris Johnson. They can't let Johnson get past the 2nd level. They should even put Freeman on Johnson on third downs and have him follow Johnson if he plans on doing some short routes. He needs to be all over Johnson because if Johnson takes off, the Titans will
The secondary will need to be wary of the intermediate routes, especially when it's Kendall Wright, because that's what also hurt the Colts last game. Vontae Davis should go up against him and Vaughn against Washington as they have good skillsets to cover those guys.
What the Titans Need to do to Win
On offense, the Titans need to utilize Chris Johnson more often. Last game in the first half, their offensive strategy gameplan was golden as they utilize Chris Johnson perfectly. Then, in the 2nd half, they took the ball away from him and only gave him 4 touches. That's ridiculous. They're much better when they utilize him. So, the gameplan this week should be to give him the ball and to have a consistent ground attack. They should go run heavy and if they have a successful running game, they'll be able to keep the Colts off the field and be able to move the ball effectively. They had the right plays picked in the passing game and they were able to move the ball on the ground; that's why they killed the Colts in the 1st half last game. They need to stick to that this game.
On defense, the Titans need to do everything they can to get pressure on Andrew Luck, because that's their biggest weakness in the last few weeks. The Titans should try to bring pressure up the middle, and really try and create trouble for the interior lineman, who have been horrendous recently. They need to bring some stunts and some twists to confuse the interior lineman and then blitz some linebackers through the open holes. They need to also take away TY Hilton in the passing game and they can do that by putting Alterraun Verner on him and having a safety play over the top to eliminate the deep passes.
Last time the Colts played the Titans I went with TY Hilton vs Alterraun Verner and although that should be a huge matchup again, I'll change it up and go with the Colts O-line vs the Titans' D-line. What's been killing the Colts recently on offense has been the little amount of time the O-line has been able to give Luck, which has led to bad decisions and a lot of short drives. If the Colts can give him protection, they'll be able to put up a good amount of points. If the Titans consistently get to him, they're as good as done.
Both teams will combine for less than or equal to 3 sacks.
Indianapolis Colts 27 vs Tennesee Titans 23
|Posted by Andrew Aziz on November 26, 2013 at 2:20 AM||comments (0)|
Here's this week's power rankings:
1. Seattle Seahawks (Last Week's Ranking: #2)
The Seahawks take over the number 1 spot because they are the first team to reach 10 wins and are outstanding on both sides of the ball, something you can't say about the Broncos.
2. Denver Broncos (Last Week's Ranking: #1)
The Broncos had a 24 point lead and blew it in New England. The only reason New England is not above Denver is because the game was played in New England with the Pats having a big advantage. As a team, they are not better.
3. New Orleans Saints (Last Week's Ranking: #4)
The Saints continue to win and after next week's game, could potentially establish themselves as the best team in the league.
4. New England Patriots (Last Week's Ranking: #6)
Read the Broncos blurb, but the Pats got a huge win and assured everyone that Brady is still Brady and that they are very dangerous.
5. Carolina Panthers (Last Week's Ranking: #5)
The Panthers had to pull a rabbit out of a hat in Miami but a flawless game from Cam gave them the last minute win.
6. San Francisco 49ers (Last Week's Ranking: #9)
The 49ers got the easy decisive win over the Redskins in Washington with Kaepernick coming alive.
7. Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week's Ranking: #3)
The Chiefs drop a bit because a loss to San Diego, at home, where they allowed 41 points. You can't stay in the top 5 after allowing a total of 68 points in two losses.
8. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week's Ranking: #7)
If you want to talk about blowout losses, look no further than the Colts who have seen there fair share of those recently. A loss to Tennesee this week would catapult them out of the top 12.
9.Dallas Cowboys (Last Week's Ranking: #11)
The Cowboys went to New York to play the Giants, and Romo lead the Boys down the field with the game on the line and delivered. Welcome to the top 10.
10. Detroit Lions (Last Week's Ranking: #10)
The Lions don't move even though they suffered a bad loss to the streaking Bucs. They have to prove whether they're real or not because it's obvious that's still a question.
11. Arizona Cardinals (Last Week's Ranking: #14)
The Cardinals made mince meat of the Colts and have now won 4 in a row and have put themselves in the middle of the playoff hunt. This is a dangerous team to play.
12. Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week's Ranking: #12)
The Bengals were off this week and will have some tough games ahead of them that will show us if they're top 10 caliber or not.
13. Chicago Bears (Last Week's Ranking: #8)
The Bears were blown out by the Rams in St Louis, and although it's far from over, having no Jay Cutler may cost them.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week's Ranking: #13)
The Eagles were off this week and because of a Cowboys win, are now tied with them at the top of the division.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week's Ranking: #15)
The Steelers continue to win after they got a nice win over the Browns and have put themselves in the playoff hunt.
16. Baltimore Ravens (Last Week's Ranking: #16)
The D stood up against the Jets and completely shut them down (holding them to 3 points). The Ravens are in the playoff hunt as well.
17. San Diego Chargers (Last Week's Ranking: #24)
Talk about a great win! The Chargers went to KC and won a shootout over the 1 loss Chiefs. Unbelievable and they are our biggest movers of the week.
18. St Louis Rams (Last Week's Ranking: #21)
The Rams got the big win over the Bears at home and continue to prove that they don't need Sam Bradford to win.
19. Tennesee Titans (Last Week's Ranking: #20)
The Titans got the last second victory over the Raiders and with Indy next week, this division is still in reach.
20. Green Bay Packers (Last Week's Ranking: #17)
The Packers showed lots of life with Matt Flynn at quarterback, but they continue to fall without Rodgers.
21. New York Jets (Last Week's Ranking: #18)
The Jets looked lifeless again after a horrible loss to the Ravens and a terrible performance from Geno Smith. Is it time to bench the rookie?
22. Cleveland Browns (Last Week's Ranking: #19)
The Browns had so much potential this year but a couple of injured quarterbacks later and some tough losses and their chances seem to be slipping away.
23. Miami Dolphins (Last Week's Ranking: #22)
The Dolphins had the game in their hands against Carolina and they blew it. Speaking of in their hands, Wallace had a hail mary in his hands but a little tip prevented him from catching it.
24. New York Giants (Last Week's Ranking: #23)
The Giants played the Cowboys tough, but the Cowboys proved that this year, they are the better team.
25. Buffalo Bills (Last Week's Ranking: #25)
The Bills were off this week and funny enough are still in the playoff hunt. All they need is a run.
26. Oakland Raiders (Last Week's Ranking: #26)
The Raiders get the slight nod over the Bucs because of consistency this year. They endured another very close loss to Tennessee.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week's Ranking: #30)
The Buccaneers are on a 3 game win streak, and this win was the most impressive as they went to Detroit and knocked off the division leading Lions.
28. Minnesota Vikings (Last Week's Ranking: #27)
The Vikings got the tie against the Packers but considering how the game was going, this should have been an easy win.
29. Washington Redskins (Last Week's Ranking: #28)
The Redskins looked lifeless against the 49ers and RG3 was tossed around like a ragdoll. This just isn't a good Redskins team.
30. Atlanta Falcons (Last Week's Ranking: #29)
The Falcons continue to trend downwards, but at least they put up a great fight against the Saints at home.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week's Ranking: #32)
The Jaguars got the nice win against the Texans and have bought themselves some insurance from the basement of the league.
32. Houston Texans (Last Week's Ranking: #31)
The Texans are your new no.32! Andre Johnson was right, they are the worse team in the league, as they can't do one damn thing right. Injuries and idiots have hurt them a lot this year and I think it's time for a COMPLETE OVERHAUL IN HOUSTON!
|Posted by Andrew Aziz on November 25, 2013 at 3:40 AM||comments (0)|
Arizona Cardinals 40 vs Indianapolis Colts 11
TD L.Fitzgerald 4 yd. pass from C.Palmer (J.Feely kick) (10-80, 4:58)
FG A.Vinatieri 27 yd. Field Goal (9-71, 4:23)
TD L.Fitzgerald 26 yd. pass from C.Palmer (J.Feely kick) (5-80, 2:46)
FG J.Feely 48 yd. Field Goal (9-38, 4:15)
TD K.Dansby 22 yd. interception return (J.Feely kick)
FG J.Feely 50 yd. Field Goal (7-19, 1:49)
TD R.Mendenhall 5 yd. run (J.Feely kick) (11-64, 5:11)
TD C.Fleener 17 yd. pass from A.Luck (A.Luck-D.Heyward-Bey pass) (11-84, 4:22)
FG J.Feely 21 yd. Field Goal (7-36, 3:06)
FG J.Feely 25 yd. Field Goal (7-33, 3:40)
What the Colts did Right
When you lose by 29 points, not much went right.
In terms of offense, there was not much to be proud of. Their production came late in the game with a score to Coby Fleener, who actually had a pretty good game blocking and receiving.
Anthony Castonzo deserves some credit on the offensive line for stopping John Abraham for most of the game.
On defense, Robert Mathis had a stellar game getting a strip sack, was a force in the running game and even covered well. That's exactly what you expect from him. Ricky Jean Francois had a nice game with 2 sacks and got consistent pressure on Carson Palmer.
Considering the amount of times the Cardinals went into the redzone, they could have come away with more points, so the Colts deserve a bit of credit there.
They also get props for blocking a field goal in the 1st quarter.
That's all that went right.
What the Colts did Wrong
The Colts were beat by 29 points and received the majority of their production in garbage time. A lot went wrong.
Andrew Luck was completely out of sync and did not look good. He made horrendous decisions, none worse than his pick 6 as he was going down. He likes to try and make plays that just aren't there and more often than not, he'll get intercepted or nearly intercepted. He still struggles with that. He forced a lot of throws into coverage. He just was not there mentally today and it costed the Colts big time.
What also doesn't help is that he received absolutely no help from his running game, which the coaches went away from as the game went on. Trent Richardson was terrible today. I'm a guy that will usually defend him, but today there were some plays where the holes were there and he just failed to explode through them. He lacks some energy when he plays running back. They didn't give Donald Brown a chance either which is pretty surprising.
On top of having nothing from the running game, the receivers did nothing as well. TY Hilton was shut down by Patrick Peterson, DHB failed to get open and that was due to horrible routes. Brazill didn't do anything in the game either. They just failed to receive a good performance from any of these guys.
The offensive line, especially the interior part, was just horrendous. They allowed Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett to have big games and they completely shut down the inside running game. When the Cards blitzed up the middle too, they had their way. This is an interior O-line that can be man-handled by any unit in the league and it costed them in the passing game and in the running game. Both Mike McGlynn and Hugh Thornton were disgusting out there and were consistently beat. It was embarassing to watch.
The offensive play calling and strategy was lacking this game. They did not adjust properly to the game and it's why they couldn't move the ball effectively. They needed to mix it up more and get those 3rd downs.
That's just offense, on defense, the Colts were just torched drive after drive after drive. They could throw it anywhere on the field and it seemed like their receivers would get it. They failed to get much pressure on Palmer with the exception of a few plays from RJF and Mathis. Bjoern Werner was lost out there too, and it hurt the Colts in the running game, especially when it came down to running to the outside. Ellington and Mendenhall both had nice games and that was because they ran it well inside and outside. They were able to open up big holes and their running backs would explode through them. Their O-line handle the Colts' front 7.
In the secondary, Antoine Bethea was horrendous and missed a ton of assignments. Vontae Davis was beat on several plays and Cassius Vaughn was just as bad. They were inconsistent and they costed the Colts on a lot of big plays. Had they had a better performance, this game would have been a bit closer.
On defense, they failed to adjust to the Cardinals game plan and picked the wrong defense at the wrong time. They weren't the reason they lost but they made some bad errors in the game, and did little to motivate their players throughout the game (although this statement I cannot make with 100% certainty).
It was just a disgusting game overall and they should be mad at themselves.
Colts Player of the Game
The player of the game is Robert Mathis, who really was the only good consistent player on both sides of the ball. He had a strip sack early on in the game that gave the Colts hope early on, and had an outstanding game defending the run. He gave the Colts some spark early on, which in this game, is enough to merrit this title.