Indianapolis Colts

It was a year to forget for Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in 2011. The franchise suffered its worst record since Manning’s rookie year in 1998.  Now, as GridironGrit.com’s Ryan Lester elaborates, the [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The holiday season couples many of the things we covet most in life—family, friends, faith, food and football. Christmas reminds us that miracles can happen and that God is always here to light the way in the darkness. It’s also important to remember that it always feels better to give than to receive. On behalf of everyone at GridironGrit.com and NFLTouchdown.com, we hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas (and Happy Hanukkah) and enjoy a Happy New Year! Week 16 was [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Much like last year, the New England Patriots (9-3) had to hold on in the fourth quarter to knock off the Indianapolis Colts (0-12) at home. The Patriots, in the end, made Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky put up Peyton Manning-like numbers (30/37, 353 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT), but it was Tom Brady's connection with tight end Rob Gronkowski (2 receiving TDs, 1 rushing TD) that gave the Patriots an asymmetrical 31-3 lead going into the 4th quarter.  Despite the defense's charity, New England won its ninth game of the season 31-24 and [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
It seems that every time the Indianapolis Colts (0-11) and New England Patriots (8-3) play each other, the 1SKILLZ Gameplan comes out the day of and much shorter than usual.  Oh well, that might not be a bad thing.  This game was originally scheduled for Sunday Night Football, but it has been flexed out to 1pm Eastern kickoff at Gillette Stadium due to the Colts' record. The Colts are coming off of a 27-19 loss at home to the Carolina Panthers in which they allowed 201 yards and 3 TDs on the ground.  The Patriots are coming off of a 38-20 win on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles; QB Tom Brady (24/34, 361 yards, 3 TDs, no INTs) found WRs Deion Branch and Wes Welker for 100+ yard days.  The Colts and Patriots have faced each other in the regular season for now the ninth season [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
This Sunday, the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts will meet up once again for the ninth straight season.  This game was supposed to be on Sunday Night Football, as it has for the past three seasons.  However, due to the Colts' 0-11 record, the game has been flexed to a 1:00pm start.  Yes, Colts QB Peyton Manning's neck surgery is a major reason why.  But to say Manning's injury alone is the cause of a winless season thus far?  Unacceptable.  Because if there's one thing the Patriots have done better than the Colts, it is become a football team that can operate independently from the most important player on the team. Many folks look at how well Tom Brady has played this season and have concluded that the Patriots would be "lost" without Brady.  I've even heard that [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
Getting ready for Week 11 by breaking down some of the film from Week 10. Bears O vs. Lions D Twenty one of Chicago’s 37 points were scored by defense or special teams. Even when the offense scored, it benefitted from favorable field position. Aside from giving up one long run to Matt Forte, the Lions did a good job at bogging down against the run. The speed of their linebackers defeated the slow-developing pull blocks from Chicago’s interior offensive line. Jay Cutler played a semi-masterful game. Mike Martz had him do more seven-step drops than he’s done in recent weeks despite the front line not being able to fend off Detroit’s fervid pass-rushing front four. Cutler made it work with athletic pocket movement, often stepping north and south rather than [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
Daryl Smith: The Jaguars' strongside linebacker is having one of his finest seasons, and has really flourished playing alongside Paul Posluszny and Clint Session. Furthermore, the play of the Jaguars' safeties has taken some coverage responsibility off of the linebackers, as they are more capable of responding to weapons in the middle of the field than anyone the team deployed last year. Smith has been excellent at the point of attack and almost as good in coverage. While Indianapolis will be without Dallas Clark and Brody Eldridge, Jacob Tamme has been effective for them in the past. Furthermore, the Colts have been running the ball more effectively of late, and Smith's play will be key in limiting their success. [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
Yeah, I doubled up this time. I wasn't able to get out any articles between the Falcons wins in both Detroit and Indianapolis. Even the bye week escaped me. So, this article will be a tale of two tapes. I'll begin with the showdown in Detroit. Going into the game, no one I knew picked the Falcons to win this game. That certainly helped me in the overall picks contest. The Falcons came out bringing pressure and appeared to get in the head of Lions quarterback Matt Stafford. By halftime, he had produced next to nothing and the Falcons were showing how you're supposed to play in a dome. It all started badly before the game when the Lions decided it would be funny to block the Falcons path to the field. This created instant drama to a game that really didn't need any. I believe the [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
Jets 27   Chargers 21 Now THAT’S what the Jets thought they were getting when they signed Plaxico Burress. Few are better equipped to thrive in the red zone, where spacing is tight, than a man who’s tall, strong and has experienced prison. Burress beat Antoine Cason, San Diego’s most talented cover artist, for all three of his red zone touchdowns Sunday. Twice he did it with physicality and once with elusiveness. One reason expectations are high for Burress is, being a Jet, he’s assured of never having to face Darrelle Revis. A week after punishing Brandon Marshall and the Dolphins for attacking him, Revis stifled Vincent Jackson, one of the toughest covers in the league. According to ESPN, “Jackson was targeted four times on passes of more than 15 [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
It was like watching two different games in Indianapolis on Sunday. The Colts were on fire early on, taking leads in the 2nd quarter of 17-0 and 24-7. Then, equally as shocking, Kansas City came roaring back with 21 unanswered points to stun the home crowd and garner its second consecutive win. The Chiefs couldn't have looked worse early on. Brandon Flowers bit hook, line and sinker on a pump fake giving Pierre Garcon the easiest 67-yard touchdown you'll ever see. The offense was stagnant and the play-calling was once again questionable at best. Then without warning, Kansas City realized it could throw the ball on Indy and the horses were out of the gate. Dwayne Bowe dominated Jacob Lacey to the point were you wondered when help is going to arrive. It never did. Bowe had his [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
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