Found November 08, 2012 on
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Last week: 9 (+2)
If the playoffs were to start today, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts would travel to the Denver Broncos to play Peyton Manning, who through 8 games, has exactly the same amount of passing yards as his replacement Luck, 2404. The Colts are 4-1 in their last 5, since Chuck Pagano had to leave the team to undergo treatment for Leukemia, with that one loss coming against the Jets in a game in which they were understandably flat off a huge emotional win at home against the Packers in the first ChuckStrong game. This team is playing with purpose and for something greater themselves. Anyone who watched Chuck Pagano’s post-game speech can’t help but believe in this team.
On a less poignant, more concrete note, the Colts may be 5-3, but they still are -32 in points differential and have yet to win by more than a touchdown, going 5-1 in games decided by 7 points or fewer, something they can’t rely on going forward. However, their schedule is a joke from he...
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Finally. It's been difficult to judge how far the Colts have come this year, and at last we were able to see Indy win big. Remember when they lost to Jacksonville at home? Remember Cecil Shorts? Hard to forget; apparently, he's the best wideout in the league (just ask the Colts's secondary!). Mark Long recaps the game with some great quotes by Andrew Luck.
Things have changed quickly over the past week. I have just two new entries into the Playoff Picture for Week 10 and it is due largely to the fact that the Dolphins and Eagles failed to take advantage of the promising situations in front of them. With the Eagles, it was more about the team that failed to take advantage of an opportunity. For the Dolphins, it's about having that...
The strong start by the Indianapolis Colts has everyone talking about the possibility of making the playoffs.
Interim coach Bruce Arians is more concerned with protecting No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Luck.
One day after beating Jacksonville 27-10 to improve to 6-3, Arians talked about everything from two personal foul calls on the Jaguars for hitting Luck in the head or near...
The Jaguars secondary should be scared of the young gun
Indianapolis Colts (5-3) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) 8:20 p.m.
Not many people would have thought the Colts would be playoff contenders after saying goodbye to Peyton Manning and welcoming rookie Andrew Luck to be the franchise quarterback. But that is right where the Colts are right now, fighting for a playoff spot...
Andrew Luck may not be Robert Griffin III when it comes to running the football, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting out of the pocket like his Washington counterpart.
Luck scored two rushing touchdowns on Thursday night against the Jaguars. But on one particular scramble in the fourth quarter, the Colts quarterback took a major hit hit from Jacksonville safety Dawan Landry...
It’s something that most of us never imagined saying just two months ago, but if the NFL playoffs started today, the Andrew Luck led Indianapolis Colts would be in it.
With their fifth win in six games, and their fourth straight overall, the Colts all of a sudden find themselves in familiar territory in the playoff hunt. In fact, if the Houston Texans drop their Sunday Night...
Cam Newton knows he can learn a thing or two from Peyton Manning, beginning with his ability to win close football games.
With his swagger back after outplaying one of the NFL's bright young quarterbacks last week in Robert Griffin III, Newton faces one of the all-time great signal-callers Sunday when the Panthers host Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Manning closes out games...
At the outset of the Thursday night live blog, commenter War Machine said, “Every off-season, I promise myself that I’ll watch football when I can, given that the time between seasons feels like an almost insurmountable expanse. This is one of the games that tests the tenacity of that vow.”
Well put. Though if we’re already channeling that sense of dedication, it worries...
Will the Arkansas economy improve with the next Arkansas football coach hire? That might sound crazy, but Peyton Manning has apparently helped the economy in Denver.
Indianapolis and Jacksonville always keep things interesting between them, even if apart they are far from interesting.Jacksonville has been absolutely atrocious this season.Kansas City, who has yet to hold a lead, have been compared to the infamous 2008 Lions (0-16). Kansas City has accumulated -107 net points on the season while on their way to a 1-7 record. Jacksonville has -102...
LAST WEEK: 9-4
SEASON: 85-46 (65%)
The Colts lost to the Jags already, but this seems like a much better team now. This is a game they need to win to be in the playoff hunt.
Eli Manning has had a really rough stretch, but the Bengals secondary is just what he needs to rebound. Expect some big numbers coming from this offense.
In this week’s D&D Mailbag, a fan asked a great question, “Who is playing better right now, Eli or Peyton?” Although the italics are mine, that’s what I focused on with my answer in the mailbag. Giving you the bottom line up front for this article: It is not even debatable that Peyton is playing better right now. Digging deeper into the numbers as well as each team’s...
Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn’t have the strongest or most accurate arm in the league. He isn’t the fastest runner and he doesn’t even win that many games. But he’s the only NFL starting quarterback who owns a diploma from Harvard. ”The League” on FX played off of Fitzpatrick’s nerdiness in his brief appearance on the show that will appear tonight...