FOOTBALL'S BACK! The Colts open up the 2013 Regular Season with a home game against the Oakland Raiders! Here's your open thread, where you can discuss the game, rant about RUNNING THE BALL, and celebrate the greatness of Andrew Luck.
Saved by an excellent play by Bethea. Beautiful read, gorgeous decision making. He was in a position to make a difference, and that was awesome. Great job, Antoine!
At the same time, this was a win by FLUKE, not one by DESIGN. This team has real problems. It didn't come down to winning by superior gameday design, excellent playcalling, and good execution. It came down to something unplanned. That's never a good thing. Wins like that are due to circumstances that can come back around and bite the Colts on the a**.
Well, let´s all thank Terrelle Pryor for that last set of downs, ´cause otherwise, this would have been a stunner.
Ok, on the one hand, that was a brilliant decision by Luck: He saw that all the defenders were so keyed on their assignments that they'd not see him until he was all the way downfield.
But on the other, **there should be no need for him to take off like that**. Not against freakin' Oakland, of all teams.
Wait, I think my Directv dish is picking up signals from another universe. Pretty sure I just saw a forward pass.
Well, they gave up on a decent lineman (Nevis) who could generate plays in order to get their scheme all tidy. And that leaves the linebackers - none of whom is anything approaching being a star - for the pass rush, but it's hard to get a rush going with very average LBs.
Hate to say it, but the defense is going to be an open liability this year. It'll just need some upgrades, and those aren't going to be found on their current roster, nor on the street.
Colts are going to have to outscore opponents, but 17 points isn't a lot. So the real question is... where the hell is the offense? 14 points against this defense?
If the Colts can't figure out how to blitz effectively they are going to get torched all year. There is zero pass rush. Granted, Pryor's ability to Bo Jackson around the backfield aggravates the situation, but better quarterbacks will pick them apart far quicker.
That right there is why Marvin Harrison was so spectacular in his day. He would've did his trademark foot-drag to nail the TD.
Well, going for it there made a lot of sense, at least... But it doesn´t look like Luck´s being protected any better than last year.
This is a pretty awful performance by the offense. Raiders just blitz every play and Luck has nothing to do. Run game will hit for 9 and then zero yards on the next two plays.
Going to be another extremely up and down year and I think that is being generous.
He just ran past the outside containment. Jesus Christ. They played full containment and he just ran the hell around them.
Where the hell is the D coordinator to fix this?
Outside containment is non-existent. This is some terrible run defense.
The sooner we get rid of McGlynn, the better.
Ok, keep in mind that that wasn't an offensive line failure as much as it was just a bring-the-house blitz. It's why Luck had all that room in the midfield to pick up the first down.
Well, one of Indy's problems is that they *still* have that late 2nd quarter meltdown. Somehow, that hasn't been coached out of them yet.
Damn, Indy got lucky there. They only got saved by an errant pass; otherwise, blown coverage could've led to a huge setback.
I wonder if Harnish ran the read option for the scout team. Doesn't look like we're ready for Pryors speed.
Andrew Luck is absolutely DOMINATING. Not beating. Dominating. I knew he was good, but already he's made a couple throws that I can't believe.
Due to many forces conspiring against me, I'm limited to twitter & fantasy as my game trackers. Can someone tell me how many snaps TY has had so far?
ROFL... I have this image of Manning sitting in his living room in Denver and laughing his ass off at Oakland's attempt to draw offsides.
I know its just the Raiders, but I'm enjoying seeing some pressure on Pryor...and the defense is swarming better than I've seen recently.
What a pass. Notice it was just out of the defender's reach, but right into Reggie's back shoulder. And without even stretching himself out.
What's further mindblowing is that it wasn't some seriously high-arching rainbow pass, even though it did have a pretty arch. And he *still* kept it right outside the DB's reach. Sometimes you wonder if Luck could hit a shoebox sized opening.
Yeah, Landry got the guy on the run. Solid, if not spectacular read, which is something that's been missing from too many Colts safeties in the recent past.
That said, back in Bobzilla's days, Sanders would've stoned the guy in his tracks and possibly sent him backwards.
BTW, thanks Greg and Kyle for discussing my question about the active roster on the podcast. I'd like to get an answer from the NFLPA or the competition committee someday.
Unrelated...what in the blue hell are the Jaguars wearing? Those are the shittiest jerseys I've ever seen.
@BDiddy Not even. Raiders have beat them "straight up" for much of the 2nd half
@AJ_ Considering Luck´s great statline and play, being up by only 7 is disappointing indeed. The D isn´t there yet.
@ManiacalOne enjoying it, but they are on like their 3rd or 4th LT. Not getting TOO excited, just yet.
@smonroe I'd prefer if they just did away with it...NFL has the worst roster-management of the big 4 team leagues
@MrNFL It's a smart strategy if you think about it - distract from the product on the field by the "sparkle".
@smonroe Ballard is listed as the starter, but I bet it's Bradshaw.
@jlandz09 DON'T JINX IT