The 6-2 Colts were facing the 3-6 Rams. Playing at home, it seemed like the Colts would get their seventh win of the season.
Well, not exactly.
By now, you probably know what happened and most importantly, how bad it was. So let’s take a look at the Colts’ three units and see how they performed against the Rams, while also picking the best player on both offense and defense.
The Indianapolis Colts lost to the Rams 38-8 yesterday. With Greg out on assignment, we wanted your take on what we should be moaning about today. After THAT game, we have a feeling you might be able to come up with something...
Feel free to have at it in the comments below!
Editor's Note: Also, here are some tweets from yesterday to inspire you.- KJRno comments
Remember never to be too high on a team after they win or too low after a loss. It’s just one game, with an early chance at redemption on Thursday. And now the bad news:
Watching this game, as with many of the Colts’ first halves, one can’t help but to wonder what this team’s film sessions are like. They talked about the Rams’ pass rush. Did they devise any ways to slow it down? Did they add any wrinkles to the offense that work against the opposition’s weaknesses, get some safety help against the Rams’ speedy rookie receiver, or adjust when things weren’t going right? And so on.
Indianapolis repeatedly appeared to treat their weaknesses as strengths: the shaky interior line blocking, kick returns, little help for the tackles against two great edge rushers, a struggling cornerback on an island against a deep threat. Certainly, with anything, there’s more than meets the eye, but today’s game didn’t pass the eye test.
12 Things to Watch For in Sunday's Colts-Rams Game
Another Missouri Clemens comes to entertain the locals this week.
Last week, the Colts rallied to top the Texans. Now with a firm two-game lead on the AFC South, they return home to take on the Saint Louis Rams. Here's what to watch for.
1. Watch some bad receivers. After rewatching tape of Sunday's win, the biggest take away was just how terrible Indy's receivers are without Reggie Wayne. Obviously, T.Y. Hilton can play in this league, but we knew that already. After watching Mssrs. Heyward-Bey (-21.8 percent DVOA), Whalen (-30.1 percent) and Brazil slap at balls and bat them to the ground, it became obvious that the Colts don't have an answer on their roster. Whalen made a huge catch late to convert a third down, but he reminds me far more of Blair White than of Austin Collie. This team needs to make a serious investment in the wideout position in the offseason and has to stop signing retread veterans as if they were a fix.no comments
“A very sound team, and unpredictable. He will pull some tricks out, so you have to be on your P’s and Q’s.” – Robert Mathis on facing a Jeff Fisher-coached team (brings back memories of a certain 2004 game and a flurry of onside kicks)
Yes, one of Indy’s more respected (former) long-time AFC South nemeses is coming to town on Sunday. The Colts will take on the St. Louis Rams, whom Fisher has been quietly molding into something similar to a few of his better Titans teams, with a reliable running game, a 4-3 defense that has a playmaker at each level, and a good, if not necessarily elite, quarterback.
It was a wild finish for the Colts and Texans on Sunday night but in the end not much changed within the suddenly stable AFC South. The pecking order remained the same and the world continued spinning as expected.
How we arrived at this point is bizarre tale however. The Jaguars rested following having their best home crowd this season in London. The Titans knocked off the Rams with Jeff Fisher at the helm on the opposite sideline. The Texans played bully to Andrew Luck until he masterminded another 4th quarter comeback. To say the least, it was a pretty exciting week in the AFC South.
Welcome to Who to Root For for Week 10 of the NFL season.
Each week I break down the schedule in grammatically incorrect fashion. That is, of course, unless you consider avoiding awkward constructions to be the heart of proper grammar in which case this column will be near and dear to your heart. Though it likely means you aren't a big football fan, in which case this will be irrelevant to your life.
EASY CALLS (Home team in bold)
Jaguars over Titans
Ravens over the Bengals
Cardinals over the Texans
Chargers over the Broncos
The big games are the Jags, Ravens and Chargers games. These are simple calculations of rooting against teams with the better record and/or rooting against AFC South teams.
Dolphins over the Buccaneers
Raiders over the Giants
Because the Colts odds of winning the South are so high, we'll root for their strength of schedule to go up. It's hard to see a scenario where the Dolphins and Colts finish tied for a playoff spot at this point. Rooting for the Raiders boosts Indy's strength of victory.no comments
This season, Colts Authority is launching a game charting project involving staff members and volunteer readers in an attempt to gather as much data as we possibly can to continue to pass as much accurate, valuable information on to you, the reader. This is the first part of this project, in which Colts Authority reader and guest contributor Ben Gundy will be charting the Colts' offensive linemen every week. We will have more charting projects rolling out in coming weeks, but big thanks to Ben for getting us started out with a fantastic piece of work. - KJR
Hello, Colts fans, and welcome to the first installment of a series breaking down Indianapolis’ offensive line play.
For the purposes of this project, I rated each lineman’s block on every play good, bad or “not involved.” The latter designation usually means the player couldn’t find anyone to block.
As with all attempts at grading offensive linemen, these ratings should be taken with a grain of salt. It’s impossible to know the linemen’s assignments, and inevitably some subjectivity comes into play. As such, the figures below should be considered ballpark estimates and not precise measurements. Still, it’s usually fairly easy to tell whether a lineman succeeds in blocking the guy in front of him.
Editor's note: Based on my review of this data set, and some of Ben's previous work, he's got a pretty good eye for this. You're in good hands. - KJRno comments