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I wasn't able to watch the game live, but I saw that we basically had NO running game today. What happened? With our dominant run blocking OL we should be able to run on just about anyone. And Houston doesn't strike me as a great run defense team. 

 

I think having no run game definitely kept Houston in the game, as they kept having chances on offense to even up the score. Good thing our defense had a few turnovers to seal the game!

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Houston has a good line. That’s a Crennell staple. 
 

My issue is this:

 

We do a lot of telegraphing. We love to run the play where we motion Doyle inside, and then run in his direction. We ran it at least 3 times today. We’ve seen it in every game this year. The last two times we ran it today the Texans were ready and blew it right up. 
 

Maybe not running that same play the same way multiple times a game would be a decent idea. 

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2 minutes ago, BProland85 said:

 

We have the unquestioned best run blocking OL though. 

They have one of the best DLs.  We met in the trenches and nobody had a clear advantage.  Mack had a hard time finding gaps.  Meanwhile the offense was happening through the air so it was hard to spend too many downs on a losing proposition.

 

I think Reich still ran too much. Gotta pivot to what's working sooner than that.

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I’m not really worried about the running game because the Texans are good at defending it. I think our team should be more like the Pats, meaning we adapt to each teams strength and weaknesses. We did that this week, which is why we got the win.

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37 minutes ago, BProland85 said:

And Houston doesn't strike me as a great run defense team. 

 

They were easily top 10 coming in to the game (and some other teams only had 5 games)

 

17 minutes ago, Imgrandojji said:

I think Reich still ran too much. Gotta pivot to what's working sooner than that.

 

Colts were 10-1 when Mack got >15 carries. He got 18 today.  Now 11-1

 

JB did carry the team Q 1-3 with his arm though. Both teams D's stiffened Q4

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48 minutes ago, BProland85 said:

I wasn't able to watch the game live, but I saw that we basically had NO running game today. What happened? With our dominant run blocking OL we should be able to run on just about anyone. And Houston doesn't strike me as a great run defense team. 

 

I think having no run game definitely kept Houston in the game, as they kept having chances on offense to even up the score. Good thing our defense had a few turnovers to seal the game!

People want to label the Colts as a run team especially after that Kansas City game.  I don’t see them that way.  The Colts will play whatever style is needed to win...kinda like the Patriots.  Today they faced a team in the Texans that excel against the run yet struggle against the pass.  So Reich attacks them with the passing game and Brissett throw for 326 yards and 4 touchdowns.  
 

 

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5 minutes ago, ColtsBlueFL said:

JB did carry the team Q 1-3 with his arm though. Both teams D's stiffened Q4

Spot on. That was playoff football against a team that had a lot at stake. 

 

Winning in their house will be quite the challenge. 

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This is exactly how I saw this season. If we are stopped in passing our run wont be beat. If other team stop our run we have good QB in JB that can take care thru pass. Love the season so far. Again would have love to see little more running thru Jordan Wilkins so didn't have to be stressed out at the end. 

 

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38 minutes ago, IndyD4U said:

Houston Bill Belichicked us. Made Brissett beat them through the air.

I was just about to say the exact say thing. The Texans sold out in two things in D, the run and TY.  Forcing Brisset to beat them. And he did

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5 hours ago, IndyD4U said:

Houston Bill Belichicked us. Made Brissett beat them through the air.

You mean they TRIED to Belichick us.  They tried to take away Mack and TY.  Unfortunately for them, Pascal stepped up and Ebron stepped up and forced them to spread their D, and Brissett was better than the Texans thought he was

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Against good run defense with poor secondaries we're an air raid team.  Against good secondaries with a poor line we pound the rock.  Reich has built our offense into a Swiss army knife.  We can pivot to attack any defense at its weakest point, or just grind you down and win on field position.

 

We are very, very tough to beat and Reich is doing a good job of keeping this young team from beating itself.

 

So far the man looks like Bill Walsh out there.  So glad he's our coach!

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We have no real weakness except giving up an occasional big play sometimes. The running game didn't work today against a good run defense, but we adapted, and Brissett played an excellent game. Hilton, Ebron, and especially Pascal stepped up to the plate. I hope we can do this every week, and be in every game to the end.

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5 hours ago, Mr.Debonair said:

We abandoned it. I think there were more yards to be had. One drive we picked up 6 on first down and then threw two straight incompletions.

 

They made 3 great tackles in a row on that 2nd  possession we had. It was second and 6 and it looked like Mack had a first down easily but a great tackle (Cunningham) stopped him in his tracks a yard short. 3rd down Watt and another made a great stop on what looked to be an easy 1st down. 4th down they stuffed Mack again. 

 

That series seemed to set the tone for our running game. Texans made great sure handed tackles the whole game. Plus Mack usually makes a guy miss and gets extra yards. He never did that today . Plus I'm not sure he hit the holes quite like he should have .

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5 hours ago, teganslaw said:

The Colts usually go with the passing game against the Texans. If I recall,  last year they had trouble running the ball against this team, so they go with what works. 

Also them having almost all their starting secondary out was a reason for that.  The sideline gal mentioned when she talked Frank at halftime he admitted to trying to take advantage of that.

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Just now, 2006Coltsbestever said:

They played 8 men up so we couldn't run as usual, dared Brissett to beat them. He did and they lost. This game showed me a ton about Brissett. 

Same here. He won't put up that stat-line every game, but he showed he's capable of it today, and that's huge for us. Now we can run and pass when needed, and have a truly balanced team. This game made me a believer in Brissett.

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5 minutes ago, 2006Coltsbestever said:

They played 8 men up so we couldn't run as usual, dared Brissett to beat them. He did and they lost. This game showed me a ton about Brissett. 

Which is how I figured teams were going to try to start playing the Colts at some point.  This is very good to get on tape to show playing them that way isn’t very smart.  Only one team really had some success with it and that’s the Titans who not only the Colts beat but have a secondary that is far better than most teams in the NFL.

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Just now, Jared Cisneros said:

Same here. He won't put up that stat-line every game, but he showed he's capable of it today, and that's huge for us. Now we can run and pass when needed, and have a truly balanced team. This game made me a believer in Brissett.

Yeah even though I have stood by JB, I have had my doubts too because I love Luck. After today I really believe JB may be good lmao . I always have said he is better than average but today he was outstanding :thmup:. This win here is gigantic and JB played great on top of it against a good defense and good QB.

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5 hours ago, ColtsLegacy said:

I would have liked to have seen Wilkins get a few more touches. It wasn't working to Mack today and yards were left on the field.

The lack of run game almost cost us today I credit the defense for stopping them but run game must get more consistent.

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2 minutes ago, 2006Coltsbestever said:

Yeah even though I have stood by JB, I have had my doubts too because I love Luck. After today I really believe JB may be good lmao . I always have said he is better than average but today he was outstanding :thmup:. This win here is gigantic and JB played great on top of it against a good defense and good QB.

Agreed, he outdueled Watson, which is very impressive. His TD/INT ratio is also ridiculous at 14/3. To put that into perspective, Andy Dalton threw 3 interceptions in one quarter today. We may be closer than we all think to being a SB team. I'm thinking one draft away! :thmup:

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Change in game plan.  One of the announcers even said today he was surprised the Colts weren't running more and I would expect the Texans were too.  Next time I would not be surprised if they try to run it more just to change it up.  When you play a team twice a year it is wise to mix things up.

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5 minutes ago, Jared Cisneros said:

Agreed, he outdueled Watson, which is very impressive. His TD/INT ratio is also ridiculous at 14/3. To put that into perspective, Andy Dalton threw 3 interceptions in one quarter today. We may be closer than we all think to being a SB team. I'm thinking one draft away! :thmup:

Our schedule is favorable now too. I don't want to jinx it but we may reel off several wins in a row. I felt like you when Andrew retired, I was like 8-8 haha and was so mad. This is turning out to be something I did not expect. JB is the real deal.

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Just now, 2006Coltsbestever said:

Our schedule is favorable now too. I don't want to jinx it but we may reel off several wins in a row. I felt like you when Andrew retired, I was like 8-8 haha and was so mad. This is turning out to be something I did not expect. JB is the real deal.

I live in Colorado, and the Broncos look like garbage. Flacco may be the worst starting QB in the NFL, the Offensive Line is offensive, and Chubb is out for the year on the defense, so we just have to double team Von. I expect a decisive victory next week with a balanced offense and a nice pass rush!

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