First off I would like to say I am glad I do not have to write a season ending article. And I hope that trend continues for an extended period of time, preferably till February.
Now, let’s look ahead at what the Indianapolis Colts’ need to fix and their upcoming matchup against the New England Patriots.
I really liked what I saw from the offense in the second half, as usual.
The no huddle pass-happy offense is the best way for the horseshoe to put up points on the scoreboard. But it needs to start from the opening kickoff.
Mix in a little halfback delays to Donald Brown and they got themselves an offense that can keep up with any in the NFL, as they proved this Saturday.
Andrew Luck gives you the chance to win any game so the biggest concern is on the defensive side of the ball.
Even in the second half I didn’t like what I saw all that much.
Sure, the run defense improved a little but that was also without having to deal with Jamaal Charles. And then Knile Davis went down, too.
And there is absolutely NO pass rush outside of Robert Mathis. It’s very concerning, the opposing quarterback has all day to throw the ball and it’s unrealistic to expect the secondary to cover for that long.
The offense line has been much better the past few weeks and yesterday wasn’t a terrible day for them but it could’ve been better.
Maybe I am bias as I have come to despise the play of Samson Satele and Mike McGlynn at the guard position, but they just didn’t look good.
I was expecting McGlynn to be shifted to center with Xavier Nixon/Hugh Thornton and Joe Reitz starting at each guard position. Alas, that wasn’t the case and the Colts can’t be changing the line midway through the playoffs.
Just hope the interior line improves and the Colts can take advantage of New England’s weak spot, the middle of their defense.
It should be a tough matchup, especially with a matchup against Tom Brady and Bill Belicheck, but Vontae Davis has prepared for Brady before (against the Broncos) and the Colts have Luck manning the offense.
Don’t expect anything short of a hard fought game between these two teams with a possible second date with Peyton Manning in the AFC Championship.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, one game at