I’m betting that Chiefs’ Offensive Coordinator Charlie Weis would give up his last donut for a chance to run against a Colts’ defense that is giving up an average of about 150 yards on the ground per game.
Yup, the Colts need to expect a heavy dose of RB Jamaal Charles and RB Thomas Jones today. And why wouldn’t they expect it? The Colts are ranked 29th in the league against the run and the two headed monster that is coming to town today is not ferocious but is consistent. Charles averages about 80 yds per game and Jones averages about 72 so that puts them right around the Colts’ magic “give up run yardage” per game.
I’m still stuffed from all the humble pie I had to eat all week after I predicted the Colts would cruise on by the Jaguars last week. Hopefully, a little Colts home cooking will serve us well.
But how can the Colts’ accomplish that?
First they gotta stop the run. Defending the run is the Colts’ Achilles heel and it’s no surprise they will see that in droves on Sunday. The defensive front has been pushed around more this season than an old lady at a Black Friday sale and it’s time to man up.
Does QB Matt Cassel scare anyone offensively? He’s been effective so far this season but it’s not like he’s been a human highlight reel. He has only thrown the ball 77 times this season (in comparison to Manning who has thrown it 172 times) and he only has 4 TDs in the air. His protection is good as he’s only been sacked twice in 3 games so given the Colts’ performance against the Jags last week, maybe we shouldn’t expect Cassel to pick much turf out of his face guard today. Simply put, play a tight standard pass defense and don’t give up the big play…focus on stopping the run.
Offensively, the Colts need to do well what they have consistently done worst. Run dammit. And I don’t think they need to run just because they haven’t. Running the ball against the Chiefs will accomplish one important goal. . .keeping the Chiefs’ running backs off the field. Manning can throw the ball when he needs to but Indy needs to do what everyone else is doing to them. Pound the ball and let Addai get busy.
The Colts are 2-2 for the first time ever in the AFC South. At this juncture of the NFL season, this division seems wide open but the Colts can make a statement by taking the Chiefs out behind the woodshed. I’m expecting the Colts to win it handily, 34-17.
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.