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Contain Vick or Else

Posted By Patrick Blakeslee On Nov 7 2010 @ 11:04 am In Indianapolis Colts | No Comments

This would be a good day for the law of averages to catch up with Eagles QB Michael Vick.

Vick has thrown 96 passes without an interception and you figure he’s going to attempt somewhere between 20-30 passes today.  Not to take anything away from Vick, he’s having a pretty decent season thus far filling in for the injured Kevin Kolb.  But sooner or later, Vick is either going to make a mistake or force a pass where he shouldn’t.

Hopefully for the Colts, today is the day. Because if Vick isn’t contained, it’s gonna be a hard, long day for Indy.

Do the Colts have the defensive ability to induce a passing mistake by Vick?  Not likely.  The Colts only have 6 interceptions on the season ranking them 20th in the league.  Not exactly a stat that instills fear in the hearts of an opposing quarterback or receiver.  Compound that fact with Vick’s ability to scramble and create when called plays break down and Indy could be in for a long, defensive afternoon.  The defensive front for the Colts will have to bring their “A” game on the road today, breaking through on pass rushes and getting to Vick quickly before he can read the coverage.  It’s really the only way defenses can be moderately successful in containing him.

The Colts’ offense is still in a state of managed chaos.  Manning is still the forever constant, starting his 200th career game.  What isn’t constant though are the options he has for both the pass and the run.  RB Donald Brown, playing hurt but active, is in for the injured Joseph Addai and Mike Hart and hopefully he can find just enough holes to open up the lanes for Manning to throw into.  Brown will probably share carries with Javarris James in the backfield.  Austin Collie is expected back, albeit in a limited role, but his presence should still take some of the pass coverage away from Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon.  Anthony Gonzalez was the latest Colt placed on the IR this week, another injury making the Colts’ training room look like a MASH unit.  TE Jacob Tamme had a decent game last week and the Colts are hoping he can continue to pick up the slack.

The Eagles’ defense and in particular, CB Dimitri Patterson, will try to make a statement at home against Peyton and the Colts’ receivers.  He’s going to have his chances.  The Colts are going into this game with little or no running game and Manning is going to have to throw the ball 30-40 times to win this game.  It should be a high scoring affair with both teams scoring 30 or more points.  Look for the Colts to win it with Manning’s experience at the helm the difference late in the game.

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