So, I set out on a quest to find out just that. What follows is not trade analysis. I am not going to tell you who wins or loses a trade less than a week after it was made. What we'll be looking at is what effect, if any, a strong passing game has on the running game and vice-versa.
A Blowout, Yes, but Certainly No Walk in the Park
Yesterday, Indianapolis rolled into San Francisco as 10.5-point underdogs and left as dominant victors. Any given Sunday, right? The 49ers were stunned, incredulous, and certainly dismayed after such an unexpected and total defeat at home.
The Colts, well, you would have thought they eked it out on a last second field goal. According to Pagano, this blowout was no easy task. “That was a 15-round slugfest,” the Colts coach said after their 27-7 win. “That was exactly what we thought it was going to be. It’s what we prepared for. I’m going to give credit to them. That’s one heck of a football team as we know. What a great football game. It was a hard fought football game.
“To be able to run the ball like we ran the ball, move the chains, get first downs, it was tough sledding. We had pep talks about body punches. A 1-yard game, a 2-yard game a 3-yard game, don’t get discouraged. As long as we are not taking negative plays and getting behind the sticks and are staying on schedule, we’ll be fine. In the first half, both sides, third down, it was tough. Points and yards were tough to come by.”no comments no comments
Do we start with an offensive line which gave up 3 sacks and countless hurries and whose poor play never really allowed the team to get into a rhythm? Do we focus on the receivers who failed to create any separation in the secondary and, when the ball was thrown their way, were unable to come up with a big catch?
Or do we look at the quarterback? Called the future of the league in the preseason, he was unable to find any sort of consistency. Too many incomplete passes, too much indecision, too much wild scrambling in the backfield.
Should we turn our ire towards the coaches, who inexplicably stopped calling running plays after the first drive of the 3rd quarter, despite their brutal efficiency (19 carries for 101 yards (5.3ypc))? Coaches who seemed shocked that the opposing defense played a responsible, yet aggressive defense at all three levels?
Yes, that happened. And it's a great day to be a Colts fan.
If you had told me before today that the Colts would need to play a great game to beat San Francisco, I’d believe you. If you’d told me that the Colts run game might struggle against the heavily favored 49ers, I believe I’d be on board with that too.
However, had anyone wished to inform me that the Colts defense, especially their secondary, would play a masterpiece of a game against a very talented 49ers team, I might have had my doubts – even as a fan. Had anyone predicted Indianapolis would roll up 179 rushing yards while blowing the doors of the 49ers, well, we know where this is going. In fact, all the ingredients were in place for a blowout, just not the kind we saw today.no comments no comments
When we last left you, Colts Authority was sitting with an 0-1 record, a crappy roster, and a liquor cabinet full of whiskey. Well, two out of three are still true. While our roster still stinks and our liquor cabinet is still full, we were able to secure a win over an even-stinkier roster, with a 70-58 TROUNCING of the Cowboys blog, "How Bout Them Cowboys."
This week, we're going head-to-head with "Patriots Life." While we're still concerned about our QB situation (Roethlisberger gets to languish against Tim Jennings and the Bears defense while Flacco goes head-to-head with the Houston Texans), we do have a leg-up on the competition, as our opponent has already received a big "0" from Dwayne Bowe.
We did make one roster move: we picked up TE Coby Fleener as we dropped recently-IR'd teammate Dwayne Allen (sad face).
Some tough decisions this week: Kellen Winslow vs Buf or Fleener vs 49ers and Ridley vs TB or BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs GB. Probably going with Fleener and Ridley.
We'll let you know how it goes next week!no comments