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Colts Avoid Being Skinned

Posted By Patrick Blakeslee On Oct 18 2010 @ 11:00 pm In Indianapolis Colts | No Comments

First of all, let’s all give thanks to Redskins’ CB Carlos Rogers for eating a Triple Slider Deluxe at Five Guys Burgers and Fries giving him greasy fingers and enabling him to drop two would be interceptions.

But I’m still concerned about the run defense even after the Colts escaped our Nation’s Capital with a 27-24 win on Sunday night.  You gotta give it up for the Redskins though. . .they didn’t lay down.

The Colts rightly took advantage of a Redskins team that just doesn’t defend the run all that well.  Joseph Addai broke out for 128 yds and Mike Hart chipped in 43 after Addai got injured again in the 3rd quarter.  Indy seemed to have the offense perfectly balanced yesterday as Peyton threw for 308 yds and two TDs.

Here’s my concern though.  Obviously the defensive front line’s job is getting into the backfield and disrupting the quarterback or at least stop or slow down the run.  I’m not sure the Colts’ defensive front line did that.

Freeney, Mathis, Moala and Muir combined for 13 tackles and assisted tackles and the week before against the Chiefs, only combined for 9, both tackles and assisted.  Now I don’t expect those numbers to be astronomical.  But giving consideration that the total defense only had 7 QB hits and 2 sacks. . .the amount of stops at the front line has got to improve and their rushing yards allowed stats bear this out.

Offensively, you had to be impressed with the output save one stat which would be the 4 fumbles with 3 lost.  I can’t say anyone is overly concerned with that though because it doesn’t happen with any regularity.  I think it’s safe to assume that Kenny Moore had a bad night and we’ll leave it at that for now.

Peyton Manning did what he does best, chipping away at a Redskin defensive backfield that suffers the same dilemma that others face when trying to stop the Colts:  which receiver is going to get the ball thrown to him.  Every NFL team usually sees a 8-10 players receive a pass on any given Sunday but the conundrum against the Colts is their highly talented receiving corp.  Any one of Peyton’s receivers can have a breakout game at any time.

As I pointed out earlier last week, the Colts needed to focus on WR Santana Moss and WR Chris Cooley while at the same time, let Peyton peck away and take what the Washington defense was giving him.  Thankfully, Moss did not have much of a night and Cooley left the game early with an injury.

We snuck out with a win and kept pace in the AFC South and we’re heading into the Bye Week which is very timely.  It’s time to get healthy and review the defensive objectives for the remainder of the season.

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