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  1. Caleb3502
    A lot of Colts fans are upset with our performance on Monday Night Football and I was furious. But, it was just one other game and we just so happened to be outplayed with injuries that plagued the defense. The Colts have a completely different mindset going into Week 7, when they will have Manning come home on Sunday Night Football. Every Colts fan will be watching the game and most would be happy for whoever wins (All Colts fans hope for the Colts to win, but most should might be happy if Manning wins). The Colts may look bad after Monday, but even the Broncos are having a slight decline. A lot of people will disagree, but here is why this game:
    The Broncos have a very high powered offense, but our defense will be better this Sunday. The Broncos will get Von Miller back, but he is just one part to that defense. If we can keep Miller from Luck and the ball carrier and try to not be as conservative and let Luck throw the ball, Luck can pick apart their defense and hopefully get some touchdowns on the board. Their offense is obviously fantastic and Manning is having the best season of his career, but we know Manning and might be able to hold him on drives. As been mentioned before, Manning has struggled in the past with a 3-4 defense. Manning only knows Indy for their 4-3 defense, which he practiced hundreds of times against. But now, we have a completely different defense with only two players that Manning was teammates with on the Colts in the Super Bowl. I'm sure Robert Mathis is waiting to finally hit Peyton.
    The Colts have been good on offense for really every game except Monday Night but that was in large part to the drops and the lack of time of possession. I'm not saying we should completely go away from the offense we ran on Monday Night. Can Richardson going, with a carry or two on the first drive. If he is able to get 4-5 yards, feed him the ball. If he has two carries on the drive for 3 yards, give the ball to Luck and let him pass. He has Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton, so I think he should be able to pass the ball. Work with Fleener and DHB on receiving during practice for 6 hours a day. We are going to need everyone if we want to one. When I say everyone, I now want to get into the topic of the defense. LaRon Landry has been hurt too long and needs to come back this week. I'm not sure on the situation with Freeman and how mad his concussion was, but we will need him too. Kavell Conner would be also nice to have back this week. Greg Toler was having trouble Monday Night and who knows who he will cover this week. Probably Decker or Welker, depending if they put Welker in the slot. Then it would be Butler covering Welker, which is a good matchup for our secondary.
    Every analyst is going to be picking the Broncos over the Colts and they are going to annihilate the Colts 48-14. Denver has struggled the last two weeks and going back to the Oakland game where they won 37-21. Big margin of win, but it was not 52-20. They nearly lost the game vs the Cowboys, winning by a field goal in a 51-48 score, and allowing Romo to throw 503 yards and 5 touchdowns. Last week, they beat the Jaguars 35-19. When the Colts played the Jaguars, we won 37-3. Manning has also throw back-to-back games with an interception after starting the first four games without one. Manning is stoppable and has shown that in the past. This will be a very emotional game, but don't influence who will win the game based off our performance on Monday Night.
  2. Caleb3502
    The Colts will most likely will not have the entire backfield make the Hall of Fame like the 1950's 49ers (QB Y.A. Tittle, RB Hugh McElhenny, FB Joe Perry, and FB John Henry Johnson), but could have one of the league's top backfields. Before I hear that our backfield is unproven, just let me say what I have to say. Our starting backfield currently consists of Andrew Luck, Ahmad Bradshaw, Trent Richardson, and Stanley Havili. Next year I would substitute Havili out of the Million Dollar Backfield and just say Vick Ballard or have them both. I'm not going to include Donald Brown because unless he produces something this year its the door for him.
    QB - Andrew Luck
    This is the centerpiece of the backfield. Andrew Luck is one of the future stars of the NFL and could eventually become the best quarterback in the NFL. So there's the first piece to the "Million Dollar Backfield".
    RB - Trent Richardson
    Still a very shocking trade by the Browns. Richardson is very young at 23 years old and had a productive yardage season last year gaining 950 yards. He may have a career 3.5 yards per carry, but he had 11 rushing touchdowns. The last season the Colts had a RB with at least 10 rushing touchdowns was Joseph Addai (10) in 2009. Richardson is also a very good receiving back and caught 51 passes last year for 367 yards. He will be a good power runningback and good receiving back for Luck to check it down to. Richardson is on pace for 864 yards but I think he should be able to break the 1,000-yard mark.
    RB - Ahmad Bradshaw
    Bradshaw had a 1,000-yard season last year despite being injured. He also had 6 rushing touchdowns last year. He is very good at pass blocking which the Colts are in need of. Bradshaw is also a tough runningback to bring down and should be a good 1-2 punch with Richardson. He is on pace this year for 728 yards. Not bad for the second string runningback this year.
    FB - Stanley Havili
    He is something the Colts haven't had in awhile, a fullback. Havili is a decent run blocker and is a good receiving fullback if Luck needs to dump it off to him for a 6-yard gain. The Colts rushing offense will have a lot of fun with the addition of a true fullback. The Colts are actually 5th in the league in rushing offense this year averaging about 130 yards per game.
    (Next Year) RB Vick Ballard
    Ballard is gone for the year with an ACL tear. But, if he can get back to form next year and produce again, this might be the best trio of runningbacks in the NFL, or at least the AFC. The 49ers and Seahawks both have a good trio of runningbacks. The Seahawks have Lynch, Turbin, and Michael and the 49ers have Gore, James, and Hunter this year and should have Marcus Lattimore next year. Ballard had a decent year last year with over 800 yards and did not start until later in the season.
    I know there will be criticism for this but take a look at the NFL rosters and see if you see a better combination of a quarterback and at least two good runningbacks. THe Redskins have a good quarterback and have a good runningback but no one comes to mind for runningbacks after Alfred Morris. There is something special about our running game this year.
  3. Caleb3502
    According the football ''experts'' everywhere, the Colts do not stand a chance against the 49ers.
    This is what NFL.com picks:
    Sunday 4:25 PM ET CBS 13 29
    The San Francisco 49ers will bounce back in a major way, thwarting an Indianapolis Colts offense that will need to run the football but will have a hard time doing so, even with Trent Richardson. Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 116 yards the last time he played at the 'Stick, but that was last year, and that was for the New York Giants. Richardson, meanwhile, is too new to be expected to get his playbook, learn the offense and rack up 100 yards on the 49ers' defense. On the passing front, Indy must protect Andrew Luck by leaving a tight end in sometimes; don't forget that Dwayne Allen is out for the year. The key for Indy might be the matchup between Reggie Wayne and Niners cornerback Carlos Rogers when the veteran Colts receiver plays out of the slot. As far as the Niners' offense is concerned, we can expect Frank Gore to get 20-25 touches following a rough night in Seattle (nine carries for 16 yards) last Sunday. I don't expect San Francisco's offensive line to have trouble with Indianapolis' defensive front.
    This is what ESPN predicts (All 49ers): http://espn.go.com/nfl/picks
    This is what USA Today predicts: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2013/09/19/staff-picks-week-3-predictions/2836643/
    This is what Sports Illustrated Picks:
    4:25 p.m. ET (CBS) Indianapolis Colts (1-1) at San Francisco 49ers (1-1)
    Don't ever remember seeing Jim Harbaugh wear glasses on the sideline like he did last Sunday night in Seattle. It was almost as if the 49ers' head coach couldn't believe his eyes, given the whipping the bad-butt Seahawks were administering to his talented and well-balanced team. San Francisco was probably in a foul mood this week with wounded pride, and that means the Colts could suffer the consequences. Welcome back to the Bay Area, Andrew Luck. Now kindly prepare for defeat, signed, the 49ers.
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    After searching and searching I found a pick from SB Nation that believes in us:
    Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers (-10)
    Jim Harbaugh reunited with his former quarterback at Stanford. Somehow I suspect Harbaugh in hyper-focused coach mode has as much sentimentality about the reunion as the rest of the world does. After all, it's not like he had much time or interest in a reunion with Richard Sherman last week, another one of his former players. On the Colts' side, it doesn't sound like Trent Richardson will be ready for a full-time role this week. This is another one of those giant spreads, which I've been warning you about. The 49ers should win this one outright, but I'm picking the Colts to cover.
    The pick: Indianapolis
    Then I went to CBS.com to see what they picked:
    IND at SF Sep 22, 4:25 PM ET -10.5
    SF
    So what does all these picks really mean, nothing, but it is interesting on how people feel about the Colts. Only five people are in favor of the Colts versus all of the people that are in favor of the 49ers. This will be a tough game and the majority is probably right, but they don't give the Colts much of a chance do they. We beat the Packers after coming off a loss from the Jaguars. Who's to say we won't beat the 49ers coming off a loss to the Dolphins.
  4. Caleb3502
    This is a sad day for Colts fan everywhere. A runningback who was showing promise as our starting running with Bradshaw as an ACL tear and is done for the year. This runningback is Vick Ballard. Ballard injured his knee during practice. I was hoping Ballard would get his first career 1,000-yard season for the way he has been running since becoming the starter when Donald Brown went down with an injury and headed to Injured Reserve. I hope Ballard has a speedy recovery and comes back as Adrian Peterson next season.
    But, since Ballard is gone for 2013, Kerwynn Williams was elevated to the 53-man roster. If we had a roster spot to fill at runningback, I'm glad it's Williams and that no one signed him when he was released/waived by the Colts. He has good speed and should make a decent replacement and be the 3rd runningback on the depth chart. I guess Bradshaw and Brown will have to be the platoon attack we wanted this year. And there goes all the runningbacks on roster had their last name start with a 'b' and all those nicknames.
  5. Caleb3502
    This might go down as one of the worst moves by Grigson. He doesn't make a lot of foolish moves so this is one of the worst. Grigson sent Rayford to the Cowboys for a conditional draft pick. Now let's say what all Rayford did for us when he was a Colt. Rayford had 11 tackles, 5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. I am also certain that the draft pick that we get will not perform as well as Rayford in preseason or have that incredible size. Maybe it will, and be even better, hopefully.
    Caesar Rayford is 6'7'', 245 lb. Rayford was not good enough the first time around when he came out of college (Washington) and signed with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League. From 2009 to 2012 Rayford played in the Arena Football League for the Spokane Shock and Utah Blaze. In his career as an Arena player, he gathered 55 tackles, 26.5 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, 15 Passes Batted, and 2 interceptions. This was impressive enough for the Colts to take a shot at him by signing him on May 23, 2013. After an impressive preseason, he made the 53 man roster, but not for the Colts for very long.
    I really liked Rayford and thought he had potential to turn into a really good situational pass rusher. Lawrence Sidbury was suppose to handle that role but he landed on Injured Reserve. I thought Rayford was going to mold into the role but appently not for the Colts. I hope he has great success with the Cowboys, but will be a little angry when I see what the Colts could have had. All I know is the draft pick better be at least 6'7'' linebacker, or someone good. There is a positive thing though. We got a draft pick from an undrafted free agent who is 27 years old. Whatever happens, I trust Grigson still to put together the best team possible.
  6. Caleb3502
    2013 Indianapolis Colts Roster

    QB: Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck
    HB: Ahmad Bradshaw, Vick Ballard, Donald Brown, Kerwynn Williams (KR)**
    FB: Stanley Havili
    WR: Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton (PR) , Darrius Heyward-Bey, Griff Whalen, LaVon Brazil*, David Reed (KR)**
    TE: Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Justice Cunningham
    T: Gosder Cherilus, Anthony Castonzo, Jeff Linkenbach, Emmett Cleary
    G: Donald Thomas, Hugh Thornton, Mike McGlynn, Joe Reitz
    C: Samson Satele, Khaled Holmes
    DE: Cory Redding, Ricky Jean-Francois, Drake Nevis, Fili Moala
    NT: Josh Chapman, Aubrayo Franklin, Montori Hughes
    OLB: Robert Mathis, Björn Werner, Erik Walden, Caesar Rayford
    ILB: Jerrell Freeman, Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner, Kelvin Sheppard, Mario Harvey*
    CB: Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, Darius Butler, Cassius Vaughn, Marshay Green
    S: LaRon Landry, Antoine Bethea, Joe Lefeged, Delano Howell
    K: Adam Vinatieri
    P: Pat McAfee
    LS: Matt Overton
    *Mario Harvey takes Brazil's roster spot for the first four weeks
    **Reed and Williams will rotate as kick returner


    Practice Squad

    QB Chandler Harnish
    OLB Daniel Adongo
    WR Jabin Sambrano
    CB/S Daxton Swanson
    ILB Josh McNary
    WR Jeremy Kelley
    TE/FB Dominique Jones
    S Larry Asante


    Injured Reserve

    S John Boyett
    OLB Lawrence Sidbury
    ILB Scott Lutrus
    OLB Quinton Spears
    FB Dan Moore
    OLB Justin Hickman
    G Justin Anderson
    Josh McNary will make practice squad even though he has not played in preseason
    John Boyett will be placed on IR
    Dominique Jones could be called up from practice squad if Allen or Fleener is still hurt
    Marshay Green makes the roster after having strong performances last two games
    Harnish is put on PS to not waste a roster spot
    Delano Howell makes roster as a backup
    Lefeged makes roster if healthy. If he is placed on PUP, then Swanson will take his place
    David Reed makes team as returner
    Ben Ijalana is released in favor of Emmett Cleary



    Players That Will Be Cut

    CB Josh Gordy
    T Lee Ziemba
    FB Robert Hughes
    WR Lanear Sampson
    WR Nathan Palmer (he may head to IR)
    WR Maurice Williams (injured/waived Aug 25)
    OLB Monte Simmons
    ILB Shawn Loiseau
    C Thomas Austin
    T Ben Ijalana
    S Sergio Brown
    T Bradley Sowell
    CB Sheldon Price
    DE Lawrence Guy
    NT Martin Tevaseu
    DE Ricardo Matthews
    QB Chandler Harnish***
    WR Jabin Sambrano***
    WR Jeremy Kelley***
    TE/FB Dominique Jones***
    ILB Josh McNary***
    S Larry Asante***
    S Daxton Swanson***
    OLB Daniel Adongo***
    ***Practice Squad
  7. Caleb3502
    A lot of analysts have talked about the teams in the NFL with the best roster. They mentioned the Broncos, Seahawks, Texans, and 49ers but I think the Colts should be in the discussion. I know a lot of our players are not proven but we still have a good roster that is overlooked:
    Quarterback - Andrew Luck*, Matt Hasselbeck, Chandler Harnish
    A future NFL legend starting at QB with a veteran backup who has over 30,000 passing yards and made it to the Super Bowl and Chandler Harnish which I'll admit has done much but he made a half court shot
    Running back - Ahmad Bradshaw*, Vick Ballard,* Donald Brown, Kerwynn Williams (KR), Delone Carter
    Ahmad Bradshaw has proven he can get the job done with two 1,000-yard seasons the past 3 years. Vick Ballard came out later on in the season and rushed for over 800 yards. He would've gotten to 1,000 if he started all season. Kerwynn Williams is a good receiving running back and is very elusive when running. Williams will most likely end up as the kick returner and will show his ability to return kicks, something the Colts have not exceled at for years. Ignore Brown and Carter for now because they probably won't make the roster.
    Fullback - Stanley Havili*, Dan Moore
    The Colts have something special on this roster unlike many other Colts' rosters, fullbacks. Stanley Havili is a well rounded fullback who seems to be learning the system quite well which he needs to for a successful Pep Hamilton offense. Havili stands at 6 feet 245 lb. Moore stands at 5'11'' 240 lb. So Havili has the size factor on his side but Moore is a powerful runningback/fullback who the Colts may keep on the 53 man roster pending how he plays in preseason. I've heard a lot of good things about Dan Moore and I am eager to see how he plays in preseason. Who knows, maybe we have another Mike Alstott on our hands.
    Wide Receiver - Reggie Wayne*, DHB*, T.Y. Hilton (PR)*, Griff Whalen, LaVon Brazil
    The three starters on the team aren't exactly Thomas, Decker, & Welker but they are very good. You have a HOF player in Reggie Wayne, two very fast receivers in DHB and Hilton who are working hard on their dropped catches. If they stop dropping passes, they are better than Thomas, Decker, & Welker. Hilton is also a versatile punt returner who averages a good return on every one. Griff Whalen has his college coach back and is eager to play after spending last year on IR but before that he was doing very well. If LaVon Brazil gets his suspension out of the way and prevent it from happening again he is also a good option at wide receiver. They have a better receiving core than the 49ers right now, most of their receivers are injured or might get injured again (Collie).
    Tight End - Coby Fleener*, Dwayne Allen*, Justice Cunningham
    Coby Fleener is going to have a breakout year back from injury and reunited with Pep Hamilton. Dwayne Allen has worked over the offseason to get even better. Justice Cunningham could also make the team if he can block well. The Colts have two emerging stars at tight end and can become the next Hernandez & Gronk without the off the field issues.
    Offensive Tackle - Anthony Castonzo*, Gosder Cherilus*, Jeff Linkenbach
    Other than the last player there are two good offensive tackles that have proven they can play. Cherilus was one of the most efficient pass blockers last year and Castonzo is looking to improve.
    Offensive Guard - Donald Thomas*, Mike MyGlynn*, Hugh Thornton
    This is the only weak spot on the Colts. Donald Thomas plays decently at guard but let's not even mention the second one. Hugh Thornton could excel this year if they start him or he is not injured but for now it is the second one starting.
    Center - Samson Satele*, Khaled Holmes
    I actually like Satele and think he can make a decent starter. Holmes can play decent as well as was considered one of the top interior lineman in the draft.
    NT - Aubrayo Franklin, Josh Chapman*, Montori Hughes
    Franklin is an experienced veteran who can excel at stopping the run in which the Colts were in need of. Chapman is also a good option at nose tackle and is also one of the strongest one the team. I'm excited for Chapman to come back from injury, plus he can bench over 400lbs. Montori Hughes was a good selection in the draft and can be good as a situational DL.
    DE - Cory Redding*, Ricky Jean-Francois*, Drake Nevis, Fili Moala
    Cory Redding played very well last year for the Colts and does not get enough recognition. RJF has only started five games his entire four year career but as shown potential to become a starter. Nevis and Moala will battle for a spot on the roster after battling injuries last year.
    OLB - Robert Mathis*, Björn Werner*, Erik Walden, Lawrence Sidbury
    Mathis could also be a HOF if he continues his level of play. Björn Werner has not had experience as a 3-4 OLB but is learning from a master and he too in a few years will become a sack master like Mathis, I was overjoyed when they selected him. Sidbury has potential to become a situational pass rusher and Walden can even earn a starting role on the team.
    ILB - Jerrell Freeman*, Pat Angerer*, Kavell Conner, Kelvin Sheppard, Josh McNary
    Freeman is just a beast at ILB and has always been a strong tackler and should've been a Pro Bowler. Angerer is coming off an injury plagued 2012 season but has shown he can rack up tackles like Freeman. Conner also has been a starter and has shown he is a decent tackler. Sheppard has 150 tackles in two seasons and was a starter last year for the Bills. McNary has played football for a few years due to serving our country but was a great when he played at Army where he had 28 sacks, 195 tackles, and five forced fumbles.
    CB - Vontae Davis*, Greg Toler*, Darius Butler, Cassius Vaughn, Teddy Williams
    Davis was coming on late in the year after being injured the middle of the season. Toler was injured last year and in 2011 but when he played a healthy season he did not allow catches. In 90 targets thrown at him, only 50 were caught, which is extremely well if you can stop 40 passes being caught. Darius Butler was signed during the season by the Colts and showed that he was not a draft bust. Butler led the team in interceptions with 4 and had two returned for touchdowns. Butler is show great progress as a nickleback and will continue his success into the 2013 season.
    S - Bethea*, Landry*, Boyett, Lefeged
    Bethea has been making plays for the Colts since coming out of Howard in 2006. Landry has been injured two out of the last three years of his career but came back in 2012 with a Pro Bow selection. So you have two Pro Bowl safeties who can become the NFL's best duo. Thomas and Chancellor in Seattle are probably the NFL's best duo but after the 2013 season they may not be anymore. John Boyett played very well at Oregon but fell in the draft due to an injury that might keep him out this year, but when he does come back to play he will make an impact. Other than the gun charges, Lefeged earned the role as our Special Teams Captain with McAfee and if the Colts keep him he will make an impact on special teams.
    K - Adam Vinatieri*
    You got a future HOF inductee in Vinatieri for all the clutch kicks he has made over his career. I know he is 40 years old and the NFL's oldest player but he still can get the job done. Look at last year against the Vikings where he nailed a 53-yard field goal to win the game. Vinatieri's accuracy may be declining, but he will still be making clutch kicks for us in 2013.
    P - Pat McAfee*
    I'm glad I have his autograph. McAfee has grown to one of the best punters in the NFL and has become a very good kickoff specialist. McAfee is always booming punts towards the other teams for 60+ yards at times and will continue his success in 2013.
    LS - Matt Overton*
    When I saw that they cut him over Snow I was really surprised. Coming out of Arena Football, Overton did a great job being our long snapper last year and only had one blocked punt all of last year. He has really impressed me and will continue to impress in 2013.
    *= starter (Ballard and Bradshaw are both starters because they will switch out every few carries, Allen and Fleener are both listed as starters because the Colts will run 2 TE sets most of the time with them.)
    If you look at the starters on the team you can see that we got some really good to really great players starting for us. Plus, we have quality backup for the most part (OL is only place with not so great depth at backup) but some of the talent is not proven. After this year, though, people will be talking about the Colts' players a little more and might be thrown into the discussion for best roster.
  8. Caleb3502
    Okay, that was not a good showing by our Colts, or at least the far backup Colts. The first half was not entirely bad for the Colts EXCEPT for the 107-yard kickoff return touchdown by Goodwin. Special teams needs major improvement. The starters played well which is what is the most important. No devastating injuries. The starters were winning the game until the third string and further came in. We had some good stops in the red zone early on but midway through the second quarter the team full of third string and beyond began to collapse to a 44-20 loss. Let's break down each category for the Colts:
    Quarterback
    The Colts were outplayed entirely in this category. Luck did not play much but was 4 of 6 for 51 yards and had a drive ended thanks to a Fleener fumble. Hasselbeck then came into the game after a fumble recovery by the Colts. Hasselbeck was 4 of 8 for 75 yards with one touchdown but also was picked on a tipped pass. Harnish came in for the rest of the game and was a horrible 14 of 33 for 109 yards and was picked for a touchdown. Manuel played longer but was unstoppable. He was running wild over the defense and also was 16 of 21 for 107 yards and a touchdown on passing. Jeff Tuel who I honestly never heard was 19 of 23 for 212 yards and two touchdowns. It's preseason though and the bad statistics will most likely not see playing time during the regular season.
    Runningback
    Ballard had three carries and 18 yards on the ground. Spiller opened up the game on two straight carries for 35 yards but only had one more yard on two carries. Brown actually looked good with three carries for 10 yards but had a 22 yard catch. Kerwynn Williams led the team in rushing with four carries and 21 yards. So the Bills beat the Colts in this category too.
    Receiving
    What we learned from this game is that T.Y. Hilton is a beast and has definitely helped his drops. The catch he made looked like the catch Marvin Harrison made which was almost ten years ago. We got somebody special in Hilton and he is the receiver taken from that draft. Griff Whalen had three catches for 26 yards, Fleener had two catches for 37 yards but had a fumble, and Mr. Irrelevant Justice Cunningham had a 17 yard grab. Though, the Bills outplayed them here too. The Bills actually outplayed the Colts in pretty much every statistical category, or at least the backups did. The starters outplayed the Bills' starters.
    Defense
    A Colts player actually led in a statistical category, tackles. Delano Howell had six tackles in the game. Caesar Rayford a sack-fumble which Daxton Swanson picked up for a 72-yard touchdown. The early defense had some good stops but the second half defense was pitiful to watch. The starting defense did not even allow any points and recovered a fumble. We also didn't have Landry, Freeman, Angerer, McNary, and Werner playing. The Bills intercepted two passes and had one more sack than the Colts.
    Special Teams
    Kicking and punting was excellent but coverage on kickoff has a lot to be desired. Goodwin had over 160 yards on two kick returns. That needs to be fixed if they want to win games. Pat McAfee was good averaging 43.6 yards per punt and Vinatieri drilled a 44-yard field goal and a 25-yard field goal. Kick returning was another issue. Kerwynn Williams starting out well with a long return on his first returns but had two returns returned not past the ten yard line. If you want efficient returning, you need to get past the 20 yard line.
    There's always next week. Let's put this game behind and win the important games during the regular season. Every winning season we had for the most part we had a losing record in the preseason. The Lions went 4-0 in the preseason and then lost every game in the regular season. So, if we have a losing record in the preseason but a winning record in the regular season, and I speak for pretty much everyone, we're happy. Besides, it's not the players in the regular season that lose games, it's the 4th string players that lose games in preseason that end up not making the team.
  9. Caleb3502
    The Colts have the 3rd easiest schedule in the NFL in 2013, but that might not mean a thing. Even if it isn't easy, the Colts can find ways to win tough games. So, what do you think their record will be? I think they will be able to get at least 10 wins but I expect them to get around 11 to 13 win. With improved defense and enhanced offense, how far can this team go?
  10. Caleb3502
    2013 Indianapolis Colts 53 Man Roster

    QB: Andrew Luck, Matt Hassellbeck, Chandler Harnish
    RB: Ahmad Bradshaw, Vick Ballard, Kerwynn Williams (KR)
    FB: Stanley Havili
    WR: Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey, T.Y. Hilton (PR) , Griff Whalen, LaVon Brazil (Suspended 4 games), Nathan Palmer (First 4 games)
    TE: Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Justice Cunningham
    OT: Anthony Costanzo, Gosder Cherilus, Jeff Linkenbach, Emmett Cleary
    OG: Hugh Thornton, Donald Thomas, Mike McGlynn,
    OC: Samson Satele, Khaled Holmes
    NT: Josh Chapman, Montori Hughes, Aubrayo Franklin
    DE: Ricky Jean Francois, Cory Redding, Fili Moala, Lawrence Guy, Drake Nevis
    OLB: Robert Mathis, Erik Walden, Björn Werner, Lawrence Sidbury
    ILB: Jerrell Freeman, Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner, Kelvin Sheppard, Josh McNary
    CB: Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, Darius Butler, Cassius Vaughn, Teddy Williams
    S: Antoine Bethea, LaRon Landry, Joe Lefeged, John Boyett
    K: Adam Vinatieri
    P: Pat McAfee
    LS: Matt Overton
    Practice Squad
    OLB Daniel Adongo WR Jabin Sambrano
    OLB Caesar Rayford ILB C.O. Prime
    S/CB Daxton Swanson RB Davin Meggett
    FB Dan Moore P/K Brandon McManus
    Notes:
    LaVon Brazil is suspended for the first four games so Nathan Palmer will take his spot on the roster for those four weeks
    Josh McNary makes the 53 man roster but may not stay there for long
    The Colts keep Brandon McManus on the Practice Squad for now but he could eventually be Vinatieri's replacement
    John Boyett may start the season on PUP or be placed on IR. Daxton Swanson takes his place if that happens
    I expect the Colts to give Justin Anderson a chance after being placed on IR last year as a late draft pick
    Donald Brown is finally gone
    Delone Carter is also most likely gone, the best he could do is Practice Squad but I don't see them keeping him there either.
    Caesar Rayford is too tall to not keep him at all. He should be good for the Practice Squad.
    Lawrence Guy didn't perform to badly last year in the absence of Nevis and Moala so I think they keep him as a backup
    Dan Moore makes Practice Squad and could fill in if Havili is injured
    I have Montori Hughes listed as NT because I'm not sure if he is a DE or NT in a 3-4 defense

  11. Caleb3502
    The played good defense until the last six minutes where they let up two touchdowns. Andrew Luck seemed great the first half but quieted down in the second half. The only thing that I think Andrew Luck didn't do well was him running backwards for a 22 yard sack. Other than that, he had two touchdown passes and no picks. I saw the Overall Quarterback Rating top 5 players while watching Monday Night Football and Luck was #1 with a 95.7 passer rating or something like that.
    I know it is not entirely his fault, but Donald Brown needs more than almost 50 yards a game. I know three offensive lineman didn't play or got hurt (Satele, Justice, Reitz). I think Essex can help but he is only one person. They also need to run Donald to the outside. He's only 5'10''. He is too small to plow through the line. They also need to work more quick passes or screens with him. I know the line is bad at blocking but he still is a good receiving back.
    I liked to see Avery have a great performance and silence his critics saying he's horrible after the knee injury. He had I think 9 catches for 111 yards. Wayne had 6 grabs for 71 yards and a touchdown close to halftime. I really got scared within the last 30 seconds. How is Luck going to march down the field in that amount of time? He really surprised me. Using his timeouts and getting Vinatieri in field goal range. I really thought at his age he couldn't kick a 53 yard field goal. Especially because he missed like a 40 yarder or something last week against the Bears. I guess he still has that clutch game winning kick even at 39. He will be 40 before the season ends.
  12. Caleb3502
    This Sunday against the Vikings, Dwight Freeney will not play. How is Hughes going to do. Is he going to surprisingly do well or not do well as usual. Hughes was a 1st round pick years ago and has not lived up to expectations. His window of oppurtunity is closing in Indy.
  13. Caleb3502
    The Colts take on the Jaguars this week with teams both standing at 0-1. Luck threw for over 300 yards on Sunday but also threw three picks and completing only 51% of his passes. Luck can rebound this week over the Jaguars easily. All great QBs don't start out perfect. Manning had the same type of numbers as Luck in his debut in 1998 against the Dophins. Unitas, the greatest quarteback the Colts ever had, started his career on his first pass with a pick six. Look at the career he had after that. The other quarterback, Christian Ponder , is coming off a close overtime win against the Jaguars. He was 20 for 27, 270 yards, and completed 74.1% of his passes. He also has Adrian Peterson to hand off to who is coming off an inhury but had 84 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns. The Dwight Freeney injury is a concern if he can't play. They need all the help they can get to stop Petereson. I think the Colts could come away with a win in this one if they can pull their defense together and get a good offensive line. I know they got Trai Essex on Monday but that's not going to be enough for Donald Brown.
    Players to Watch - Colts
    ANDREW LUCK
    It is a given that he's on the "Players to Watch" list. Luck threw for over 300 yards last week but had a fumble and three interceptions. Part of the problem is the offensive line. They need to protect him so he is not running for his life every down. Luck had a rough day against one of the league's best defenses. He can rebound this week and next week and can go into the bye week with a 2-1 record.
    DONALD BROWN
    Brown had 9 rushes for 48 yards and a touchdown against the Bears. Even though he had a 5.3 yards-per-carry average. He need to pick up more yards to get a win this Sunday. Trai Essex will be an important part of Brown succeeding this goal. for 48 yards and a touchdown against the Bears. Even though he had a 5.3 yards-per-carry average. He need to pick up more yards to get a win this Sunday. Trai Essex will be an important part of Brown succeeding this goal.
    VONTAE DAVIS
    A very good idea to trade for this player. Davis is the Colts' best cornerback besides Powers. Davis needs to perform better this week than last week even though they were hesistant at first to the receiver he was covering. He has respect for his playing ability. That is one thing the Colts need for their defense that they haven't gotten, respect.
    Players to Watch - Vikings
    ADRIAN PETERSON
    Peterson is one of the best Runningbacks in the NFL. Even though he had an injury last year, he is back to form and played great against the Jaguars. Peterson can be better if Freeney can't play Sunday. Without Freeney against the Bears, the defense fell apart. He is vital to their stopping of Peterson. If he's not there, expect a 100-yard game for Peterson.
    MATT KALIL
    It is important that Kalil plays well to help Peterson. Kalil was rated the best offensive lineman in the draft and was taken 4th overall. He is a great player that will help the Vikings for years to come. Standing at 6'7'', he is a tall lineman that can stop the Indianapolis pass and rush attack. He will be an interseting player to watch Sunday.
    JOSH ROBINSON
    Robinson was one of the fastest players taken in the draft with a 4.29 40 time. He was drafted in the third round and was regarded as one of the best corners in the draft despite him being picked in Round 3. We will go up against the Colts slot reciever Avery if Collie starts this week. If Collie is inactive, He will most likely go up against Brazill. He will be a key player for the Vikings to win Sunday.
    COLTS KEYS TO THE GAME
    1. Utilize the rookie tight ends Allen, Fleener, and even Jones
    2. Protect Andrew Luck
    3. Stop Adrian Peterson's rushing attack
    VIKINGS KEYS TO THE GAME
    1. Use your new players (Carlson, Robinson, Wright, Kalil)
    2. Stop Andrew Luck
    3. Give Adrian Peterson the ball
    GAME PREDICTION
    The Colts are the better team even though they aren't even the old Colts anymore. The Vikings started off good againts a former 5-11 team. The Vikings will put up a good fight but Indy wins 28-21.
  14. Caleb3502
    The Colts made a surprising move. The Colts waived WR Griff Whalen. Whalen had only played three games this year after being on Injured Reserve all of last year. Whalen had caught two passes for 28 yards this season. I thought Whalen was going to be in the mix since Luck and him know the playbook well like Fleener because all three of them played at Stanford, and now running the Stanford Offense under Pep Hamilton. Whalen will most likely clear waivers and the Colts will sign him to the practice squad.
    To take his roster spot, the Colts signed FB Robert Hughes, who played in five games last year for the Colts. I don't know why you would sign him since you have a well-rounded fullback in Stanley Havili and a decent backup with TE Dominique Jones. Also, WR LaVon Brazill is officially done with his four-game suspension. Depending how well he plays during practice, will indicate if he will be active for Week 5 vs. the Seahawks. The Colts will have 53 players on the roster without Brazill so someone will have to be waived/released. If he is not activated or not taken off the reserve list, I don't think he would have to come back on the roster right now. If he has to be placed back on the roster, a player will have to be removed.
  15. Caleb3502
    The Colts waived S Joe Lefeged and now they signed S Larry Asante to the 53-man roster. Larry Asante was a 5th round pick by the Cleveland Browns back in 2010 and played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010-2011. He was signed to a future/reserve contract back in 2012 for the Colts and played in the 2013 Preseason for the Colts. In the Preseason, he had a 48-yard interception for a touchdown in Week 3 and had 15 total tackles in the preseason finale. In the Regular season as a Buccaneer, he had 14 total tackles and a four-yard interception.
    I'm not sure if Lefeged is allowed to be on the a Practice Squad because I think there is a rule that a player cannot be on the PS after being in the NFL so many years. Lefeged was a fill-in starter in 2011 and was a fill-in starter for Zbitowski in 2012. He had 2 interceptions and 34 total tackles in 2011 and 31 total tackles in 2012 and had only one tackles in four games this year. Lefeged has had off the field issues and that is most likely why he was waived plus Asante has the upper edge after a strong preseason performance.
  16. Caleb3502
    The Colts have been this force to be reckoned with after the loss to the Dolphins and the slight win over the Raiders. We nearly came away with a win against the Dolphins but we weren't in sync that game as a team. Week 3 we beat the NFC Champion 49ers and held them to 7 points. The 49ers steamrolled the Texans on Sunday Night Football. Week 4 we beat the Jaguars 37-3 but that is not a challenging thing to do. Week 5 was a really interesting game that kept me standing up pretty much the entire second half, but we still came away with a 34-28 win. Last year I don't think the Colts really had a lot of scoring and would win games like 21-14. We scored 30 points or more I think only twice all of last year. We beat the Packers 30-27 and beat the Lions 35-33. This year through 5 games we have done that twice. The scores from the other team have diminished thanks to a revamped defense that is missing key players like LaRon Landry and Ricky Jean Francois but players like Fili Moala and Delano Howell really have stepped up.
    Bleacher Report has a ranked at #3http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1801139-nfl-power-rankings-standings-and-outlook-for-each-team-after-sundays-action and NFL.com had us ranked at #6 last week and we will move up this week. I will get the link when they list the power rankings which is after the Monday Night Football game. The Bengals will move up because they beat the Patriots but not Top 5 since they also lost to the Browns. Sometimes they are good and sometimes they aren't. The Chiefs may be or may not be ahead of us, probably won't even though they are undefeated, they have beaten teams like the Titans without Locker, the Giants (enough said), Jaguars, Cowboys (who have been off and on), and Eagles. The only team they have beaten with a winning record is the Titans at 3-2. We have beaten the Seahawks who were undefeated but now 4-1 and the 49ers who are now 3-2.
    I think we are the second best team in the AFC and the Top 5 Team in the NFL. The Saints and Broncos right now are better than us. In my opinion, the first half of our schedule up to the bye week was the hardest part. We had the risk of going 3-4, but now sitting at 4-1, we have a good shot at 5-2 going into the bye week. We have had trouble in the past with the Chargers but this isn't the same Colts that were apart of those losses. Vinatieri, Wayne, Bethea, and Mathis were the only ones really apart of those losses. We can go there on Monday Night and get the win and go play Peyton in Lucas Oil (The fans are going to be louder than ever). If we were to beat Manning and the Broncos we would be the #1 team in the NFL and unstoppable. We have a manageable schedule after the bye: at Texans (SNL), Rams, at Titans (TNF), Cardinals, Titans, at Bengals, Texans, at Chiefs, Jaguars. We could win 7-8 of those games and finish with a 12-4 or 13-3 record with the AFC South Division Crown.
  17. Caleb3502
    So now we beat Denver and the so-called "unstoppable Manning and Broncos offense, which we stopped really well for most of the game and did not allow them to take the lead after they held a 14-10 lead in the 2nd quarter. The Colts do not have the best record in the NFL, but have beaten teams with the best records in the NFL. Denver was undefeated and now 6-1. Seattle was undefeated and now 6-1. San Francisco is back and is now 5-2. The only team with more wins than us that we haven't already beaten is the Chiefs, who currently sit at 7-0, and we play them this year. So, considering how well we have done against the NFL elite, I think we can be the best and Super Bowl contenders. I know we loss Reggie for the year but Grigson will find away to keep the receiving corps growing.
    Games Won Against Teams
    In this category I will break down the wins of teams in the NFL against the record of the team they beat. For example, we beat Denver that is 6-1.
    Indianapolis 5-2 record / 19-15 combined record of defeated opponents (7 of those losses come from the Jaguars)
    Kansas City 7-0 record / 14-33 combined record of defeated opponents (Cowboys only team beat with a current winning record)
    Denver 6-1 record / 12-28 combined record of defeated opponents (Cowboys once again only team with current winning record)
    Seattle 6-1 record / 16-25 combined record of defeated opponents (49ers only team with current winning record)
    New England 5-2 record / 14-18 combined record of defeated opponents (Saints and Jets teams with current winning record)
    New Orleans 5-1 record / 12-20 combined record of defeated opponents (Bears only team with winning record)
    Cincinnati 5-2 record / 18-15 combined record of defeated opponents (Patriots, Packers, and Lions teams with current winning record)
    Cincinnati is closest to us as fair as win-loss total of defeated opponents goes.
    Players on Team
    A lot of people don't realize how many good players or even great players are on our roster. I'll name a few but there are many more:
    QB Andrew Luck
    Not much too say that people do not know. Luck has 10 TD passes on the year with only 3 INTs. Not a lot of passing yards with 1,574 but is making good throws and leading this team to scoring drives. He also has 28 carries for 183 yards and three rushing touchdowns, not to mention how hard he is to bring down in the pocket and running. Future of the NFL and will continue his greatness for years to come.
    WR T.Y. Hilton
    We lost Reggie Wayne. It's unfortunate, but we still have a playmaker who will see a lot more receptions. Hilton has great speed and big play ability. He has struggled with drops like last year but has improved and does not miss to many catchable passes. DHB I think is getting closer to becoming what we wanted and looked better vs Denver other than the ball that was just thrown past him. He did have a nice 30-yard run and good fake on the touchdown. He and Hilton add 4.3 speed to our offense.
    ILB Jerrell Freeman
    Freeman is an outstanding linebacker who displays good pass coverage, which can lead to a sack when he blitzes like Sunday. He punishing tackler like LaRon and rarely ever misses a tackle. Such good speed and awareness that keeps the line backing corps together.
    OLB Robert Mathis
    Mathis is playing his best season of his career with 11.5 sacks already through 7 games, which leads the NFL. Mathis is making a strong case for DPOY. He might even break the single season sack record, which he is on pace to do.
    CB Vontae Davis
    Davis was unstoppable against Denver. Did not allow anything caught his way, going up against a great WR in Demariyus Thomas. Davis was thrown at 8 times and only allowed 2 completions for 4 yards. He is our top shutdown corner which helps eliminate that side of the field.
    K Adam Vinatieri and P Pat McAfee
    Vinatieri continues to get it done as the oldest player in the NFL at age 40. He made clutch field goals in the game that preserved the win. McAfee had a few bad punts but had some really good ones, not to mention his hit on Trindon Holliday.
    We have players on our roster that show we can be the best. As I said in a post months ago, we might have the best roster in the NFL.
    Remaining Schedule
    We have a bye this week to get injuries rested and heeled and they we have an easier schedule then the first half, which was the hardest part.
    Week 8: Bye
    Week 9: at Texans (Sunday Night Football) Foster was hurt yesterday and Case Keenum will most likely get the start.
    Week 10: vs Rams / They don't have Sam Bradford anymore, he is done for the season.
    Week 11: at Titans (Thursday Night Football)
    Week 12: at Cardinals / Carson Palmer is always throwing an interception
    Week 13: vs Titans
    Week 14: at Bengals / Going to be a possibly tough game. Depends on which team shows up. The team that lost to Cleveland or beat the Packers.
    Week 15: vs Texans / Never lost at home vs Texans ever
    Week 16: at Chiefs / Possibly tough team. They are 7-0 for a reason but have not defeated teams with really good records.
    Week 17: vs Jaguars / I think we know how likely this is going to end.
    The Colts have a possible shot at going 9-0 the rest of the year, but every team has a bad game and it might come against the Chiefs or Bengals. I don't think they will lose more than 2 games, only if the team can stay healthy, which has been a big issue. We can go 12-4 and take back our AFC South crown. If we do win the rest of our games, which we are capable of, we can be considered the best team in the NFL at 14-2. We did it without Chuck, we can do it without Reggie. I think we will be even more motivated now to win for Reggie.
  18. Caleb3502
    Since it is the bye week I want to gather something interesting statistics that people might have not known or is a very important statistic.
    Offense
    Andrew Luck is 1st in the NFL for fewest interceptions thrown (QBs that started every game, Matt Ryan threw 4 INTs and Manning threw 3 INTs in Week 8, they previously both had three each)
    Andrew Luck has been sacked 15 times this year, sacked 7 times in the first 2 games. Sacked 18 times through 7 games last year.
    12th in the NFL in Total Yardage with 2,413 yards
    8th in the NFL in Rushing Yards per Game with 129.3
    5 in the NFL in Points Scored with 187
    Tied for 6th in the NFL in Yards per Carry Average
    3rd in the NFL in Rushing Touchdowns with 8
    Tied for 28th in the NFL in Fumbles

    Defense
    Jerrell Freeman is tied for 9th in the NFL in Tackles with 60
    Robert Mathis is tied for 2nd in the NFL in Forced Fumbles and 1st in the NFL in Sacks with 11.5
    6th in the NFL in sacks with 21
    4th in the AFC in interceptions with 8
    Tied for 4th in the NFL in Forced Fumbles with 10
    Tied for 4th in the NFL in Touchdown Passes Allowed with 8
    8th in the NFL in Passer Rating Allowed with 78.3
    12 in the NFL in Passing Yards per Game Allowed with 228

    Special Teams
    Adam Vinatieri is tied for 4th in the NFL in Field Goals made
    Vinatieri is tied for 1st in the NFL in 50+ yards field goals made
    McAfee is 12th in the NFL in Punt Yard Avg with 46.3
    Tied for 6th in the NFL in Punts Inside the 20
    David Reed is 11th in the NFL in KR Avg with 25.1
    T.Y. Hilton is tied for 15th in the NFL in PR Avg

    Conversion/ TO Difference
    6th in the NFL in 3rd Down Conversion % with 42.7
    2nd in the NFL in Fewest Penalties
    2nd in the NFL in Penalty Yards with 227
    Tied for 9th in the NFL in First Downs
    6th in the NFL in 1st Downs by Run
    2nd in the NFL in Turnover Differential
    7th in the NFL in 3rd Down Conversion % Allowed with 34.8%

  19. Caleb3502
    After Peyton Manning's outrageous performance over the Ravens, I began to question if I would rather have Luck put up over 400 yards passing and 7 touchdown passes, or have him throw for 300 yards, 3 TDs, and Ballard and Bradshaw combine for 150+ yards. I think I would rather have the second choice. I started to think about though how one dimensional the Broncos offense was in that game. The Broncos only had around 60 yards rushing. Against the Raiders, I hope the Colts can put around 150, unlikely so I'm shooting for 100 yards rushing. If NFL defenses actually figure out the Broncos passing attack, they could be in trouble. Montee Ball was a Heisman finalist two years ago but he is not yet ready to be an elite runningback, neither is Ronnie Hillman or Knowshon Moreno.
    So what do you think? Would you rather have Luck put up Manning's Week 1 numbers or have a balanced offensive attack?
  20. Caleb3502
    A lot of people have done these so I decided to do one. Withoutfurther delay,
    Week 1: Raiders at Colts Colts Win 31-14
    Week 2: Dolphins at Colts Colts Win 27-21
    Week 3: Colts at 49ers 49ers Win 28-17
    Week 4: Colts at Jaguars Colts Win 38-20
    Week 5: Seahawks at Colts Seahawks Win 31-24
    Week 6: Colts at Chargers MNF Colts Win 28-17
    Week 7: Broncos at Colts SNF Broncos Win 42-31
    Week 8: Bye
    Week 9: Colts at Texans SNF Texans Win 27-17
    Week 10: Rams at Colts Colts Win 31-20
    Week 11: Colts at Titans TNF Colts Win 24-14
    Week 12: Colts at Cardinals Colts Win 28-17
    Week 13: Titans at Colts Colts Win 21-14
    Week 14: Colts at Bengals Colts Win 28-24
    Week 15: Texans at Colts Colts Win 27-20
    Week 16: Colts at Chiefs Colts Win 20-14
    Week 17: Jaguars at Colts Colts Win 28-14
    Colts Record: 12-4
    Wildcard Round: Texans at Colts Colts Win 27-24
    Divisional Round: Colts at Broncos Broncos Win 37-28
    Colts win one more game than last year and are able to advance to the Divisional Round after a Wildcard Round win. It will take them one more year for them to be projected to be in the AFC Championship Game. In a few more years they will be Super Bowl contenders.
  21. Caleb3502
    I'm not sure if anyone saw or even would care about Team Stats for Week 1 at all but the Colts are high up there on rushing offense. The Colts rank 6th in the league in rushing offense with around 127 yards in Week 1. I thought that was interesting. I didn't really realize how many yards Ballard, Bradshaw, and Luck gathered up. This is a statistic hopes stays high in ranking. If we can actually keep it in the Top 15 that is a huge improvement. If Ballard or Bradshaw can get 1,000 yards, that would be huge for the Colts. We haven't had a 1,000 yard rusher since Addai in 2006 and 2007. That was his first two years in the league, he never hit 1,000 yards again the rest of his career. I know I'm overreacting to the rankings of our rushing offense but I feel like it will be better this year.
    On the negative side, the Colts rank 31st in rush defense. Mainly because Terrelle Pryor was running wild for like 112 yards. Not to often does a quarterback have that speed and versatility or run with the ball. After Russell Wilson and Colin Kaeperknick we don't face really any fast quarterbacks. Alex Smith can run but not 10 times a game. We held McFadden under 50 yards rushing so if he cam continue keeping the runningbacks under 50 yards we should be alright. I'm sure our rush defense will actually get higher. It was ranked so low only because of Pryor.
    So, I just thought it was interesting that our rush offense was that productive in Week 1.
  22. Caleb3502
    These injuries are really starting to bug me and affect the 2013 season. First we loose our leading rusher, HB Vick Ballard, then we losing our starting guard, Donald Thomas, who we signed this offseason. Now, which is really putting me over the limit. TE Dwayne Allen will be placed on season ending IR due to a needed hip surgery. This is hurts even more than it did when Ballard tore is ACL in practice. If we didn't have Coby Fleener, just think how bad this would be.
    Coby Fleener did pretty good against the Dolphins. He had a touchdown reception (should've had a second one) and a 40-yard reception. Fleener has great speed for a tight end and has great size, 6'6'' 252 lb. The major issue is that we don't have a great blocking tight end. Dwayne was a very good run-blocking tight end and also had great hands and total power. The one could take him down with only one hit. What does this mean for the second tight end spot, we either have Jack Doyle or Dominique Jones step up, or we could bring back up TE Justice Cunningham to the 53-man roster when Dwayne Allen is placed on IR. I'd like to see what Cunningham brings to the table and see how well of a blocker he is. As for receiving, we will probably be running a lot of 1 RB 1 TE 3 WR sets with Bradshaw, Fleener, Wayne, Heyward-Bey, and Hilton.
    The season isn't completely lost because we lost three offensive starters. Was it bad that they got hurt, yes. Will they be missed, you bet. But there is nothing we can do about so the "Next Man Up" will determine our season. Plus we have Luck. If Luck goes down, the season is over. Luck will work with what he has, plus Luck to Fleener and Luck to Whalen can be something great to hear this year them doing that at Stanford together.
  23. Caleb3502
    The Colts will most likely will not have the entire backfield make the Hall of Fame like the 1950's 49ers (QB Y.A. Tittle, RB Hugh McElhenny, FB Joe Perry, and FB John Henry Johnson), but could have one of the league's top backfields. Before I hear that our backfield is unproven, just let me say what I have to say. Our starting backfield currently consists of Andrew Luck, Ahmad Bradshaw, Trent Richardson, and Stanley Havili. Next year I would substitute Havili out of the Million Dollar Backfield and just say Vick Ballard or have them both. I'm not going to include Donald Brown because unless he produces something this year its the door for him.
    QB - Andrew Luck
    This is the centerpiece of the backfield. Andrew Luck is one of the future stars of the NFL and could eventually become the best quarterback in the NFL. So there's the first piece to the "Million Dollar Backfield".
    RB - Trent Richardson
    Still a very shocking trade by the Browns. Richardson is very young at 23 years old and had a productive yardage season last year gaining 950 yards. He may have a career 3.5 yards per carry, but he had 11 rushing touchdowns. The last season the Colts had a RB with at least 10 rushing touchdowns was Joseph Addai (10) in 2009. Richardson is also a very good receiving back and caught 51 passes last year for 367 yards. He will be a good power runningback and good receiving back for Luck to check it down to. Richardson is on pace for 864 yards but I think he should be able to break the 1,000-yard mark.
    RB - Ahmad Bradshaw
    Bradshaw had a 1,000-yard season last year despite being injured. He also had 6 rushing touchdowns last year. He is very good at pass blocking which the Colts are in need of. Bradshaw is also a tough runningback to bring down and should be a good 1-2 punch with Richardson. He is on pace this year for 728 yards. Not bad for the second string runningback this year.
    FB - Stanley Havili
    He is something the Colts haven't had in awhile, a fullback. Havili is a decent run blocker and is a good receiving fullback if Luck needs to dump it off to him for a 6-yard gain. The Colts rushing offense will have a lot of fun with the addition of a true fullback. The Colts are actually 5th in the league in rushing offense this year averaging about 130 yards per game.
    (Next Year) RB Vick Ballard
    Ballard is gone for the year with an ACL tear. But, if he can get back to form next year and produce again, this might be the best trio of runningbacks in the NFL, or at least the AFC. The 49ers and Seahawks both have a good trio of runningbacks. The Seahawks have Lynch, Turbin, and Michael and the 49ers have Gore, James, and Hunter this year and should have Marcus Lattimore next year. Ballard had a decent year last year with over 800 yards and did not start until later in the season.
    I know there will be criticism for this but take a look at the NFL rosters and see if you see a better combination of a quarterback and at least two good runningbacks. THe Redskins have a good quarterback and have a good runningback but no one comes to mind for runningbacks after Alfred Morris. There is something special about our running game this year.
  24. Caleb3502
    There is one major question we need to be answered. Who is the season starter: Bradshaw or Richardson. Bradshaw will most likely start the next game but moving forward who will start the first series of the game or tried to be featured more. We gave the Browns a 1st round pick for Trent Richardson and you would assume that be would become the starter but Bradshaw makes a very good argument for how he has been running this season, especially against the 49ers. Let's break down the two backs:
    Ahmad Bradshaw
    Bradshaw was running "angry" at the 49ers defense and was a hard force to bring down. Bradshaw had 19 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers. He had more yards against the 49ers than he had through the first two games (91 yards, 1 TD). So Bradshaw so far this year has 186 yards rushing, 2 TDs, and a 4.5 yards per carry average. Bradshaw is also a very good pass-blocking runningback and has looked good when Luck throws the ball to him. Bradshaw is a power runningback at 5'10 214 lb. but can be elusive and breaks tackles in the open field.
    Trent Richardson
    Richardson scored on his first carry as an Indianapolis Colt on a 1-yard run. He had 13 carries for 35 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers. He might have had a measly 2.7 yards per carry average, but most of his runs were punishing and only got a few yards because of how the defense played against the lineman. But, what I saw from that was he was powering through the defense for a few yards and tired them. When, Bradshaw came on, they were too tired to stop him easily. Trent Richardson can tire a defense at 5'9'' 225 lb. and help set up the pass and even more runs.
    I think Bradshaw will be the starter for now. Richardson is going to probably be the franchise back even though Ballard should be back next year. Bradshaw has the momentum right now and has the most to prove. I know our team will be using a 1-2 punch this year with Richardson and Bradshaw but Bradshaw will get more touches. I know Richardson wasn't exactly prepared and well-rested going into the game which is why he saw limited carries. Even so, Bradshaw is probably going to get the more touches because he was here longer and has the upper edge.
    Another interesting thing is the use of Donald Brown. We will never be the starter this year unless they are injured but he adds a nice element to the run game. Bradshaw and Richardson are power backs, but Brown is more of an elusive back who does not rely on powering through defenders but trying to run around. Brown did a decent job yesterday with 3 carries for 27 yards. If he can occasionally come in and run past the defense after they were worn out by Bradshaw and Richardson, our running game will be even better. Luck is going to have fun throwing over a defense that is too tired after the effects of the running game.
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