Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/27/13
Andrew Luck and the Colts have the chance to run wild on their lesser division rivals. In the long, strange history of motivational techniques in professional sports, the one Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano pulled this week has to rank near the top. In a radio interview with ESPN’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning,” Pagano intimated to the shows’ hosts that he had the coaching staff put mouse traps in the locker of each player. The message? Don’t fall into the trap against Jacksonville. Coming off what is considered a huge upset win against the 49ers in San Francisco, the Colts head to Jacksonville to face a winless Jaguars team that ranks at or near the bottom in just about every relevant offensive and defensive category.  When asked by co-host Mike Greenberg if the traps were sprung or unsprung, Pagano laughed and let them know the traps weren’t dangerous (they were, in fact, fake), explaining: “We have enough injuries already.” You have to appreciate to creativity, but it also serves as a great reminder that no matter what happened the previous week, you have to forget about it and move on to the current challenge. Failing to prepare and focus each week like its the Super Bowl can land a team in exactly the kind of situation Coach Pagano wants his team to avoid. The Colts recent rash of injuries certainly won’t make things easier against the Jaguars. They’ve alrady lost Vick Ballard, Donald Thomas, and Dwayne Allen for the season. It has been announced also that LaRon Landry will miss his second consecutive game, and Ahmad Bradshaw has now been ruled out with an undisclosed neck inury he apparently suffered after his big game against the 49ers last Sunday. That should open up a huge opportunity for Trent Richardson to make a big impact. He will be the primary back against a defense that is allowing 167.7 yards per game against the run. You couldn’t ask for a better situation for a young man still trying to learn the offense of his new team. This could be the huge confidence boost he needs to get on track for the remainder of the season after a so-so outing last week in San Francisco (in all fairness, it was just his third day on the team). With Ahmad Bradshaw out, Trent Richardson will get his first full chance to shine for the Colts. If you look at the numbers alone, Jacksonville does currently have the ninth-best pass defense by yardage, giving up just 203 yards per. But don’t be fooled – they aren’t good in that area either. In their first two games, they faced Kansas City and Oakland, two teams not known for their air superiority. In their last game against Seattle, they let Russell Wilson go drop 202 yarda and 4 TDs on them – and that was just through 3 1/2 quarters. You think Andrew Luck (by arm AND legs), Reggie Wayne, Coby Fleener, and T.Y. Hilton can’t put up some numbers? Just wait and see. The only real big “but” there is to the whole thing is Indy’s long-time nemesis – Maurice Jones-Drew. For his career, he has made a habit out of embarassing the Colts defense with his uncanny ability to break through tackles and drag extra defenders. It seems that MJD could fall down and get 100 yards and two TDs against the Colts. But things could be different – in a good way – this year. For the first three games, MJD is averaging just 2.6 yards per carry, though they have played against two of the better defenses in the NFL this year in KC and Seattle. But against Oakland, who ranks even worse against the run that the Colts do, he only managed to get 27 yards on 10 carries. MJD has tortured the Colts defense his entire career. This year could be the one he finally gets stopped. Bottom line: There is a huge opportunity here for the Colts to put up the kind of offensive numbers we haven’t seen since the Peyton Manning days. All it’s going to take is the proper execution. And to avoid that big fake mousetrap. Colts win big, 35-7.  Follow me on Twitter @IrishColt1
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

SEC commissioner wrote classy note to injured Arkansas RB

John Daly taken to hospital after collapsing on course

Rex Ryan keeping Bills' starting quarterback a secret

Braves fan dies after falling from upper deck

Randall Cobb suffers shoulder injury vs. Eagles

WATCH: John Harbaugh, Jay Gruden get into shouting match

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Brian Hartline drags toes on great TD catch

Julio Jones, Falcons agree on 5-year contract extension

WATCH: Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion blasts three homers, extends hit streak

WATCH: Usain Bolt does LeBron stomp dance after relay win

WATCH: Vick's first pass as a Steeler is a 63-yard bomb

WATCH: Montana's Ben Roberts makes amazing TD catch

Will Jimmer Fredette find success with Spurs?

Every NBA division's most interesting rookie for 2015-16

American Pharoah upset at Travers Stakes

Steve Smith joins family in stands after getting ejected from game

WATCH: Cordarrelle Patterson rips off 107-yard return TD

Steve Sarkisian giving up most of USC's playcalling duties

Animal shelter cancels fundraiser at Heinz Field

Mets acquire RP Addison Reed from Diamondbacks

WATCH: James Rodriguez scores unreal goals

Vin Scully: I believe next year will be my last

Charles Barkley wants to blow his former agent’s brains out

The Texas Rangers are firing on all cylinders

WATCH: Rutgers ends training camp with dance off

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Every NBA division's most interesting rookie for 2015-16

Fantasy football round-by-round draft strategy

Ronda Rousey's Carl’s Jr. ad

The WWE Divas Revolution is getting ugly

The NFL’s season kickoff isn’t going as planned, but plans don’t matter in the NFL

The Opening Drive: What happened to all the great Michigan tailbacks?

The 1980s Lakers represent the NBA’s ultimate creation story

The Orioles’ frustrating season

Five greatest NBA players of all-time

Finding signs of life for the Red Sox

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker