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@DougEngland Memories of the Jets at home still haunt my dreams. If Chuck throws the last two games, he'll be no better than Jim Caldwell.... well. Never mind. It'd take a lot more to make me say that.
1 week, 1 day ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts take care of the Titans
All true. Still, a lot of these problems plagued Manning for years - an inconsistent defense and a shotty run game, for example. After the superbowl, the o-line broke down and hasn't recovered.
Out of curiosity, why did Indy hide Donald Brown last game, as if they were embarrased? Three touches all game? REALLY? Of all the things that went wrong last week, it hurts that, after one player finally went beyond anyone's expectations, the same guy was basically benched the following game.Just another reason to hate the coaching this year.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Colts fans need some perspective for their perspective
@Payton @Bobman1 Now that Wayne's gone for the season, Luck needs a reliable option; Fleener and Hilton have been up and down (productivity-wise) this season, and he really doesn't have another underneath option.Richardson might not be good, but he's good for Luck.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts comeback (again) to win in Tennessee
@Bobman1 Not saying I called this, but I totally called this.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Pagano, Like Everyone Else, Wonders Where the Run Game Went
@Payton @Lou Pin @DougEngland Don't get me wrong - Indy can't run the ball at all. First down on the one line yard last week, and Indy didn't even think about running the ball.
It's just, I never realized that Indy's ground game was that good early on. To be running like they are and still averaging that?
I miss Vick Ballard.
1 month ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts lose to the Rams
@DougEngland The Colts are still averaging like, 110 yards on the ground ... strangely. And their secondary wasn't terrible. Vontae Davis was terrible. Didn't go full out on the kickoff, let those two long touchdowns go - basically a 21 point difference if he plays well.
@paulcareyjr @pierrezombie I could be wrong, but I think Wells was an NBA guy before this ... if I remember, from the offseason, he was supposed to be helping Mike Chappell at the Star this year. Not sure what panned out, but I'm starting to miss Kuharsky.
1 month ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts complete comeback versus Houston
@buymymonkey It's a shame; he broke a seven yard run earlier in the game against Houston, and they proceeded to run him up the gut three plays in a row, killing the drive. No idea why.
1 month, 1 week ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts complete comeback versus Houston
@Bobman1 See, I think the Colts actually have a much better chance against Kansas City than Cincy. The strange thing about KC's offense: on average, they score about a point less than the team's average points against average (10.9 points less over eight games).Indy's averaging 18.7 points against; going by their average, KC would be on line to score about 16.3 points against them. Indy's only fallen below 20 points once this season.The best offensive performance KC's put up was against Tennessee, in which they scored 26 points on a team that generally allows 21. If KC duplicated that effort, they would have 24 points against Indy.On average, Indy does 3.9 points better than the opposing defense's average - largely due to defensive scoring. Still, that would put their 'probable' score at 16.1 - 0.2 points lower than Kansas City. The teams are even from that perspective, except:Indy has, against top-tier offenses (Denver, San Fran, and Seattle - first, sixth, and ninth respectively) played exceptionally well, limiting them to 9.2 points below their season average. If that held true in KC, the Chiefs would be in line for 13.8 points.Kansas City has played ONE top-tier offense (Dallas), and limited them t0 16 points. Impressive, except that Dallas is 1-3 on the road and barely averages over 20 points. Hypothetically, however, were they to repeat that effort against Indy, the Colts would be in line for 21.7 points.IN SHORT: the Colts in Kansas City looks like a close game. If their opponents were all of the same caliber, their expected scores would be 16.3 vs. 16.1. Still, when factoring schedule strength, the Colts look like a possible 21.7-13.8 point favourite. Almost eight points.I could see a 22-14 Colt victory myself, actually.
1 month, 1 week ago on The AFC Midseason Blackout Shindig
@hankster A lot of this depends on how good Kansas City really is - because no one knows. They look good - usually. They have a great defense - against bad teams. More importantly, early wins against the NFC East are less impressive every week.
ESPN has them power-ranked first, but I think they're the third, maybe fourth, best team in the AFC alone.
@Bobman1 I like the analogy at the end, works perfectly.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Is Trent Richardson to Blame for Indy's Rushing Woes?
@hankster That's the point - he's been brutal so far, helped the run game very little ... and yet, on Monday, he had a pretty solid game (and a pretty solid catch-and-run).I'm more than happy to credit improvement :)
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Positive Side of the Colts' loss to San Diego
@Payton The Colts weren't good at bringing the runner down yesterday, yet Harvey went for 9 solo tackles. After watching players sluggishly perform through the second half yesterday, I was mostly impressed with his hustle.
They're going to need another running back, right? The way they've been dropping, only having two seems a bit dangerous to me.Bloody conditioning staff.
2 months ago on Colts Notebook: Roster Updates, Odds and Ends from Bethea, Freeman, & Pagano
@mrpenney After watching Indy collapse against San Diego periodically over the last ten years, I get your concern. They seem to play Indy very well regardless.
2 months ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts upset the Seahawks
@Bobman1 He's let them down on blocking twice this year - in huge situations (the first, against Miami) - but his running ability is there. Dunno why they had him on the punting unit to be honest.I'll be surprised if he's still on it in San Diego.
@DougEngland I dunno. After Ballard and Allen went out, I think Indy's management saw a team in disarray, needing some sort of momentum; by signing Richardson, they totally changed their team's attitude. It went from 'we're losing players left and right' to 'holy christ, look who we just picked up!'If signing Richardson allows Indy to get momentum (check) and keep momentum (we'll see on Sunday), that trade - despite everything attached to it, and the loss of a draft pick - helped convert Indy's season. Without that trade, Indy looked like a sinking ship; with it, they look like a team ready to make a push this year. And hey, two touchdowns later ... I like it.
2 months, 1 week ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts vs Seahawks, NFL Week 5
Hm. Indy went 7-1 at home last season despite hosting the Vikings, Packers, and Texans; Seattle went 3-5 on the road last year, and almost suffered losses to Carolina and Houston this year. Were the game in Seattle, I'd call it a wash, but ... I dunno. I'm feeling Indy on this one.
KNOCK. ON. WOOD.
@bradicus18 @MarcusDugan My secret! No, but that's exactly what I did. Kudos ... and thanks.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts beat 49ers
@DougEngland To be fair, Nate's a better writer than some of the guys who DO get press credentials. Just saying.
3 months ago on Dunlevy: Worst week one win? ... probably.