The Indianapolis Colts won again Sunday. This time they took down Buffalo at home 20-13. With the win, the horseshoes have put themselves in prime playoff position with just five games remaining. Follow me on Twitter @thadvandeventer and @IndySportsCrew.
On this week’s weekly edition, we look back at the ugly game that was Colts vs. Browns. Indianapolis comes away with the victory 17-13 and get back to a .500 record. Listen to my points of the game and let me know what you think on Twitter @thadvandeventer and @IndySportsCrew.
The Colts got pounded by the New York Jets yesterday. The Jets flew back to their old form of running the football and playing aggressive defense. Indianapolis on the other hand had a very poor performance. I discuss it all here and you can keep the discussion going by tweeting me @thadvandeventer or @IndySportsCrew.
Vinatieri’s 53-yard Boot Saves Luck & Pagano’s First Win
Vinatieri and McAfee Celebrate the 53yd Game Winner
The Indianapolis Colts narrowly escaped with their lives on Sunday at Lucas Oil but escaped none the less. Andrew Luck was fist pumping and smiling following a hard fought and narrow victory in front of the first sell out of the season. The #1 pick in last April’s Draft was roughed up last weekend in Chicago and turned the ball over 4 times. He was far better then that on Sunday. Dare I say it, he looked like a younger version of Peyton Manning.
As Luck watched the Vikings drive the length of the field and tie the score with just seconds left. He grabbed his helmet and the game by the throat during the game winning drive. He connected on 2 big passes on the game ending drive one to sudden go to guy Donnie Avery, and the next to super stud Reggie Wayne. The final drive took all of 31 seconds and covered 45 yards, the Colts were also helped by some miscues by the Vikings defense and a rash of penalties all day. But on the final drive Luck looked every bit the part of a up and coming NFL franchise QB.
Andrew Luck celebrates after Sunday’s Win
The good things I saw on Sunday were the emergence of a second play making WR opposite Reggie Wayne. Yes, Donnie Avery the same Avery who pre-game I muttered “this guy sucks, he couldn’t even make it in St. Louis” yep once again showing why I’m not an NFL scout or front office executive. Avery seemed to make every big play Indy needed on Sunday and made almost every kind of tough catch in the book. Look for more good things from Avery as the season progresses. Other good things I saw were OC Bruce Arians didn’t make Luck sling the rock 40+ times as he did against Chicago. The running game wasn’t fantastic but the Colts ran it enough to keep Jared Allen and Co. off the young signal caller. The balance Indy showed was nice to see and one can only hope that Donald Brown can get his game together and become worthy of his 1st Round pick.
With the good also comes the bad, on Sunday the bad was the bad play of the Offensive Line once again. Yes, I did just say I liked the balance on offense, but Andrew Luck had to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge all afternoon. I for one am scared he won’t make the tenth game of the season without some vast improvements to the front five. Yes they were better than last week, but Jared Allen was inches away from a few sacks Sunday and with a little more suitable secondary the Vikings could’ve beat Luck around more. This unit needs to get it together and quickly. The pass rush of teams on the Colts schedule will be able to destroy poor Mr. Luck if they can’t open running lanes and pass block longer then two seconds.
At the end of the day Andrew Luck and Chuck Pagano were fortunate to get their first Win. The offense was better, especially Luck. The defense was better as the secondary didn’t get torched all day again. But there will be stiffer tests ahead, maybe not in Jacksonville on this coming Sunday. Without a doubt the Colts aren’t out of the dark times, but being 1-1 after their first two games is much better then a 0-13 start like they endured last season. Things aren’t great, but things could be a lot, lot, lot worse. Just remember that last year Kerry Collins and Curtis Painter had each started and we were the worst team in football.
Coach and I hit the gridiron hard this week. We look at the Colts upcoming preseason game and how injuries may affect the team moving forward. We also kick off our college football talk by running through the four bowl subdivision teams in the state- IU, Purdue, Ball State, and Notre Dame. Plus our new “Quick Hitters” feature where the Coach grills me with questions.
The Coach and I are back at it with a special edition of Inside the Man Room. This week we take a brief look at Colts preseason game #1. Then we turn our complete attention to the Olympics. Talking all things from the Hoosier Olympians to some of the big story lines coming from London in the XXX Olympiad. Take a listen and let us know what you think by tweeting us @thadvandeventer, @C_K_42, and @IndySportsCrew. Also ISC podcasts are now available on iTunes now!!
This week in the Man Room I am joined by my new wife Jessica! We discuss our wedding and our honeymoon to the Pacers-Magic Game 2. Jess gives her take on the Pacers and what she saw in Game 2. I also talk about the Colts draft and how they tried to load up on some offensive talent. Follow me on Twitter @thadvandeventer and @IndySportsCrew.