Hopefully Arian Foster doesn’t leave his cleat marks on the back of Colts’ defensive jerseys tonight like he did the last time the Colts played the Houston Texans. That is, if the Colts are lucky enough to even touch him based on the last performance Foster had against Indy. He downright torched the Colts for 231 rushing yards in the first game of the season and let’s face it. . .the Colts’ run defense ain’t got any better. Maybe some home cooking at Lucas will do us good.
Add in the fact that Duane Brown is back after a four game “rest” and the Colts’ should expect the same dose of running-it-down-your-throat offense.
There is no secret formula the Colts can put together for tonight, it only comes down to execution by the players. The defense ranks 26th in the league against the run and trying to keep Foster under his 105 yds per game average will be a difficult task. . .for even the best defenses in the NFL.
The Colts’ offense is banged up and is gonna stay banged up for awhile. Joseph Addai is still doubtful for tonight and Donald Brown is still struggling with the hammy so it appears Mike Hart is going to get most of the snaps tonight out of the backfield. Now as Colts’ fans we never expect any glorious running totals at the end of the game so if Hart can pump out a few breakaways just to keep the Texans’ defense honest, that will open up Manning’s passing game. Even without Collie and Clark out with injuries, expect Peyton to still find Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, rookie WR Blair White and TE Jacob Tamme who are filling in for Collie and Clark, respectively.
While the Colts are nursing their injuries and trying to get their defense where they want it for the remainder of the season, they may be in a position where they just have to plain “outscore” their opponents. Indy still has enough offensive weapons even with key players out or playing hurt. The Colts average about 27 points per game and the Texans average giving up about 27 per game. Given Foster’s ability to run and open up the game for QB Matt Schaub to throw, I figure Manning is going to have to throw for over 350 yds and at least 3 TD’s tonight to counter the points the Texans throw on the board.
I’m thinking it’s going to be a high scoring affair. . .hopefully the Colts winning at home by a score of 34-31.
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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.