Did anyone happen to get the license plate number of the truck that ran over the Colts’ defense yesterday?
Okay….so maybe Arian Foster isn’t a truck but I’m guessing by the end of the fourth quarter yesterday in Houston, he felt like one to the defensive line of the Colts. And after searching for an excuse for the inability of the Colts to stop Foster, I can’t find one. Or maybe there is one explanation. . .
The Texans just wanted it more, and specifically. . . Arian Foster wanted it more. If there was ever a guy who felt like he had something to prove yesterday, it was him.
Last season, a stingy Colts defense only gave up 30 or more points in three games and it took till week 10 for the first occurrence. One game into the 2010 season, the Texans blew by that number and it appears that the chances of the Colts stopping the run are about as good as the Pirates winning the NL Central. This coming weekend, the Colts might not fare any better when the Giants come to town. Ahmad Bradshaw is a capable RB as is Brandon Jacobs and the Giants’ offensive line is probably comparable with the Texans in most respects.
Luckily, Manning was doing what Manning does best, reading D’s and finding open receivers. Even though the offensive line was shaky and got pushed around most of the afternoon, Manning was lighting up the Texans defense for 433 yds and 3 TDs which is an outstanding output for any NFL quarterback, even the perennial All Pro Manning. Addai was a nonfactor, only gaining 44 yds, but considering the Colts were playing catch-up for most of the game, his touches were limited to 10 carries. He did average about 4.4 yds per carry which is where the Colts would like him to be but that average won’t help much when your team is chasing its opponent all day on the scoreboard.
As expected, it wasn’t going to be a gimmie for the Colts. The Texans are indeed improved and could throw a monkey wrench in the gears of the AFC South. The Colts run defense was atrocious and Jim Caldwell needs to ramp up the front line on defense and close the door on their opponent’s running game.
Otherwise, to steal a quote from Yogi, it’s gonna be déjà vu all over again…all season long.
About the Author
Written by Patrick Blakeslee
I am currently a full-time student at State University of New York at Cobleskill. As a life long fan of sports, I hope to bring some research, insight and knowledge to the readers.