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    2009 Regular Season - Week 1: Jacksonville

    Line-up is subject to change as injuries become known:-

    Indianapolis Colts

    QB: Peyton Manning
    RB: Joseph Addai
    H-B: Gijon Robinson
    TE: Dallas Clark
    LWR: Reggie Wayne
    RWR: Anthony Gonzalez
    LT: Charlie Johnson
    LG: Ryan Lilja
    C: Jeff Saturday
    RG: Mike Pollak
    RT: Ryan Diem

    LE: Keyunta Dawson
    UT: Daniel Muir
    NT: Antonio Johnson
    RE: Dwight Freeney
    WLB: Freddie Keiaho
    MLB: Gary Brackett
    SLB: Tyjuan Hagler
    LCB: Kelvin Hayden
    RCB: Jerraud Powers
    FS: Melvin Bullitt
    SS: Jamie Silva

    PK: Adam Vinatieri
    P: Pat McAfee
    H: Pat McAfee
    LS: Justin Snow
    KR: TJ Rushing
    PR: TJ Rushing

    Current Injuries:

    Tom Santi – TE: Out
    Robert Mathis – DE: Questionable
    Raheem Brock – DE: Questionable
    Ed Johnson – DT: Suspended
    Clint Session – LB: Questionable
    Antoine Bethea – S: Questionable
    Bob Sanders – S: Doubtful
    Adam Vinatieri – PK: Probable

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    QB: David Garrard
    RB: Rashad Jennings
    FB: Greg Jones
    TE: Marcedes Lewis
    LWR: Troy Williamson
    RWR: Tory Holt
    LT: Eugene Monroe
    LG: Vince Manuwai
    C: Brad Meester
    RG: Maurice Williams
    RT: Eben Britton

    LE: Reggie Heyward
    UT: Terrance Knighton
    NT: John Henderson
    RE: Derrick Harvey
    WLB: Clint Ingram
    MLB: Justin Durant
    SLB: Daryl Smith
    LCB: Derek Cox
    RCB: Rashean Mathis
    FS: Reggie Nelson
    SS: Sean Considine

    PK: Josh Scobee
    P: Adam Podlesh
    H: Adam Podlesh
    LS: Jeremy Cain
    KR: Brian Witherspoon
    PR: Brian Witherspoon

    Current Injuries:

    Maurice Jones-Drew – RB: Questionable
    Zach Miller – TE: Probable
    Clint Ingram – LB: Probable

    Matchup

    Key injuries for the Colts on the defensive side of the ball will make this a very, very tough game. We lost to Jacksonville in Lucas Oil last year and the Colts could have similar problems against Jacksonville this year.

    Pass Offense:


    The key for the Colts is that there currently are no real injuries in the Passing Game (Tom Santi is the only Offensive Player carrying a knock and he probably wouldn’t have featured heavily anyway). Manning has had a full Training Camp, has his starting Offensive Line in front of him, has both starting Receivers, and a number of other options like Collie and Garcon. The Colts need to win a number of individual matchups though, one of which could be very tough. Charlie Johnson needs to allow Peyton Manning to get into his rhythm and he will be coming up against Derrick Harvey, the 8th Pick in 2008 NFL Draft. Harvey started off slowly last year but came more into his game as the year went on and could be a very good pass rushing threat this year. Johnson needs to keep Harvey out of the backfield. The other key matchup is much more favourable. That is Anthony Gonzalez against Derek Cox. Cox is a 3rd Round pick from this year’s draft, but is expected to start against the Colts. Gonzalez needs to step up his game and a matchup against a Rookie good be a brilliant start.

    Run Offense:


    Here’s where the problems started for the Colts last year. They need to run the ball more consistently and keep the Jaguars’ defense on the field for longer, and more importantly, keep the Colts’ defense off the field for longer. Last year, in the corresponding fixture, the Colts had 18:25 minutes of possession, compared to Jacksonville’s 41:35. That is nowhere near good enough. The good part is that the Colts now have 2 1st Round Running Backs, a fully fit Offensive Line, and Peyton Manning. Manning’s knee meant that until basically the BYE week the Colts couldn’t even practice the stretch play. I expect the see the stretch play back to being the mainstay of the Colts’ running game. The Line now has Charlie Johnson at LT, who is a better Run Blocker than Ugoh, Ryan Lilja is now fit, and he’s the team’s best Run Blocker, while Mike Pollak now has another year under his belt and was able to attend Training Camp. All in all, I feel the Line will be better in the Run Game this year. The Jacksonville Run Defense was almost as bad as our Run Defense was last year, and while he wasn’t particularly good, they have lost one of their starting Defensive Tackles for the season. The Colts need to take advantage of this and really start running the ball better.

    Pass Defense:


    Panic time. The Colts’ have one of the best pass defences in the NFL. The problem is that our second best Pass Rusher is injured, our best interior Pass Rusher is suspended, our second best interior Pass Rusher is injured, our playmaking Weakside Linebacker is injured, one of our starting Cornerbacks is returning from an ACL tear, our starting Free Safety is injured and our starting Strong Safety is injured. Not the role call you want to hear in your first game back. Now, with the exceptions of Bob Sanders and Ed Johnson, all those players can and probably will play. The problem is though, even if those players do play, are they going to be firing on all cylinders? The key matchup is LE against RT. If Robert Mathis is playing he will have Eben Britton looking for his mommy. The problem is that I feel Britton will be able to handle Keyunta Dawson pretty well. We need performances out of Bullitt, and we need Bethea to be able to play because I question Silva’s contribution outside of Special Teams.

    Run Defense:


    Really, panic time. We started with Keyunta Dawson and Eric Foster last year. It didn’t end well. We are missing three starting members of our front 7, while the Jaguars Offensive Line could really be back with a vengeance. Add this to the loss of Bob Sanders and we will really struggle to stop the run. The Colts really need Jones-Drew to be either out of the game, or playing under his usual level. I don’t know how much of a threat Jennings would be if Jones-Drew is out or misfiring. We need Mookie to have a key game and Dawson to show that while he wasn’t a good Defensive Tackle that he can defend pretty well at end.

    Special Teams:


    We need our coverage teams to be playing very well. We can’t allow the Jaguars to start every single drive on the 30 or 40 yard line, nor can we afford to start all of ours on 10 yard line. Witherspoon is a very good returner, who has unbelievable straight line speed, so they really need to get him stopped before he gets going. Rushing showed glimpse in Preseason of being back to his best at returning the ball and McAfee really impressed me but we really need Nougatieri to be there and playing well. I could see this game being a close one and could be won or lost on a field goal.

    Prediction: Jaguars – 20 vs Colts - 24
    Last edited by Seamus2602; 11-22-2009, 01:14 PM.
    Originally posted by George Carlin

    In Football the object is for the Field General to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the Defence by hitting his Receivers with deadly accuracy, in spite of the Blitz, even if he has to use the Shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack which punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy’s Defensive Line.

    In Baseball the object is to go home and be safe.

  • #2
    I definitely like the Colts in this game. Sure they will be without their best DT in Ed Johnson and their best safety in Bob Sanders, but the defense gets a boost playing at home. And the offense will lead the way to victory.

    The Colts offense is experienced and ready to roll, they will find success on both ground and air against a retooling Jacksonville defense imo. The Colts can still do things against the Jax pass defense.

    The Jaguars offensive line doesn't have its chemistry yet, the receivers don't have their chemistry with Garrard yet. This is why I love the Colts playing the Jaguars right out of the gate.

    Plus Maurice Jones-Drew is currently dealing with some shin injury, although I expect him to play - but, like I've thought all offseason, I don't expect him to last as a real workhorse RB (say 350 touches) that some fantasy football people think he'll be.

    Normally I don't hazard to guess a score, but just as a differing example to Seamus, I think something along the lines of 34-20 in favor of the Colts.
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    • #3
      I just worry about the D-Line. We really need both Mathis and Brock to play. If neither plays then here's our D-Lines.

      Run Downs:

      LE: Dawson
      UT: Muir
      NT: Mookie
      RE: Freeney

      Pass Downs:

      LE: ??? Do we play either Glenn or Wheeler with their hand in the dirt?
      UT: Foster
      NT: Dawson
      RE: Freeney

      If Tra Thomas and Vince Manuwai can successfully double team Freeney, and you have to imagine that they will, and I'd imagine the other three Jags O-Line men could keep our other three rushers out, sans Brock and Mathis, then I don't see any pass rush. Even Garrard, with rusty Receivers, will do well if we can't get to him quickly.
      Originally posted by George Carlin

      In Football the object is for the Field General to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the Defence by hitting his Receivers with deadly accuracy, in spite of the Blitz, even if he has to use the Shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack which punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy’s Defensive Line.

      In Baseball the object is to go home and be safe.

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      • #4
        Rotoworld says rookie Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton have won the left and right tackle spots, respectively, for the Jags.

        Two rookies against Freeney and Mathis, in the Oil Drum.

        I just jizzed in my pants.


        The only thing is that, for the love of good football, pay all attention to Maurice Jones-Drew on third downs. Doesn't matter what distance.
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        • #5
          Even still, if we have those injuries, I would wory even if it is Freeney against Monroe and Manuwai. The key thing is Mathis. If Mathis is fit then he will destroy Ebon Britton, an Offensive Tackle who was told he wouldn't cut it as a Left Tackle because he can't keep out elite speed rushers. If Mathis is fit then they will struggle to double block him with Britton and Lewis, which will give an easier matchup inside. They need internal pass rush to keep Manuwai away from Freeney.
          Originally posted by George Carlin

          In Football the object is for the Field General to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the Defence by hitting his Receivers with deadly accuracy, in spite of the Blitz, even if he has to use the Shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack which punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy’s Defensive Line.

          In Baseball the object is to go home and be safe.

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          • #6
            This game will be won by the Colts offense

            I have more confidence in the Colts offense to force the Jags to play catch up to make Freeney and Mathis more effective.

            I think that is what is going to happen and the only 2 positions of confidence for me on defense in this game would be DE (if Mathis plays) and CB (our depth is solid there). If we can force the Jags to play catch up, this game is OVER in our favor.:) I think that is what will happen.

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            • #7
              I hate that the Patriots were able to get a 1st rounder from the Raiders for Richard Seymour. They just keep on swindling that senile fool Al Davis.

              The positive is that hopefully the Colts will take advatage of their short-term loss (before a long-term gain) just like in 2006 when, before the season, the Pats traded Deion Branch to Seattle for a 1st round pick. That helped the Colts get a higher seeding for the playoffs and the AFCCG victory. The Colts had difficulty running to Seymour's side, as I recall, so now they will hope run better and block better to that side which bodes well for them.

              And also, seeing as how Randy Moss has been relatively healthy the last two years, I think there is a chance that he might have to deal with injury this season. Just the way things work, it tends to be cyclical.

              I think the cycle for the Colts is strongest these next two years, just like it was in 2005 and 2006.

              Which could be prolonged further with some really good drafts and acquisitions. Ex. picking up undrafted free agent Ed Johnson in 2007.
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              • #8
                That is why this year is ripe for the plucking

                Originally posted by Geo View Post
                I hate that the Patriots were able to get a 1st rounder from the Raiders for Richard Seymour. They just keep on swindling that senile fool Al Davis.

                The positive is that hopefully the Colts will take advatage of their short-term loss (before a long-term gain) just like in 2006 when, before the season, the Pats traded Deion Branch to Seattle for a 1st round pick. That helped the Colts get a higher seeding for the playoffs and the AFCCG victory. The Colts had difficulty running to Seymour's side, as I recall, so now they will hope run better and block better to that side which bodes well for them.

                And also, seeing as how Randy Moss has been relatively healthy the last two years, I think there is a chance that he might have to deal with injury this season. Just the way things work, it tends to be cyclical.

                I think the cycle for the Colts is strongest these next two years, just like it was in 2005 and 2006.

                Which could be prolonged further with some really good drafts and acquisitions. Ex. picking up undrafted free agent Ed Johnson in 2007.
                Merriman, I heard is still not 100% in explosiveness, plus has the off-the-field issues to worry about. So, the Chargers, with their tough schedule, can almost be guaranteed to finish #4 in the AFC again winning a lousy division and hosting a 10 or 11 win team in the wild card (could be Ravens or Titans, IMO since we will win our division:) ). This may be a year where the Chargers could also lose the wild card round at home. Then, the Pats can be had on their defensive side with so many questions lingering on D for them. The Steelers are the most solid threat to the Colts this year.

                This is a good year for us to get a #1 or #2 seed. Given the luck the #1 seeds have had in the AFC recently (except when it is the Pats who have gone to the SB every time they were #1):( , I'd rather have the Steelers take the #1 and us at #2 (rather go to Heinz field than to Foxboro).

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                • #9
                  Seamus I am with you on your concern for the defense. Preseason was pretty much shot as far as getting practice with the starters in the new defensive scheme. Too many injuries to starters and key players. I am frustrated because a: if everyone was healthy and stayed that way I think it could've been something special, and b: with so many injuries the defense might just be flat out bad.

                  That said, I think the Colts will win by a TD or more.

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                  • #10
                    The Jags are going to spend so much of their focus on Reggie Wayne, because he slays them. Reggie is a Jaguar killer.

                    Btw, I don't know if you guys heard, but the Colts are easing Marlin Jackson back into playing so he's going to be the nickelback. Either Tim Jennings or Jerraud Powers will start opposite Kelvin Hayden, who feels good about coming back in time. Sounds good to me, all around.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Geo View Post
                      I hate that the Patriots were able to get a 1st rounder from the Raiders for Richard Seymour. They just keep on swindling that senile fool Al Davis.
                      This is, in my opinion, a good deal for both teams. The Patriots get what could be, without going beyond the realms of possibility, the 2011 1st Overall Pick. It could, also in theory, be the 32nd pick (less likely). Either way, anywhere from an awesome pick to a good one for the Patriots, in return for giving up a year's production from Richard Seymour. Seymour wouldn't have been resigned next summer.

                      The Raiders give up a pick that they had an 80% of wasting anyway and get a potential Hall of Famer, with some juice left in the aul motor. If they can sign Seymour to a long term deal then this is also a very good pick for the Raiders.

                      The key thing for the Colts is that we finish with the highest record. Remember, last year, with a **** Offensive Line, no running game, and for half the season an injured Peyton Manning, now run defense or Bob Sanders for most of the Season, we still finished 12-4, 1 game away from being the best team in the AFC. If we had beat the Titans in Tennessee then we would have had Home Field advantage for the entire playoffs. The key thing is to get that, so that if we get to the Divisional and Championship games, we are playing them on our own turf instead of the rather chilly Heinz Stadium or Foxbrough.

                      Originally posted by killxswitch View Post
                      "I am frustrated because a: if everyone was healthy and stayed that way I think it could've been something special, and b: with so many injuries the defense might just be flat out bad.
                      I'm just hoping that we get all the injuries out of our game here and now and retain relatively good health for the rest of the season. I'm not terribly worried about the Secondary. We have some of the best depth in the league at Secondary. Similar at Linebacker and Defensive Tackle. I just worry about our entire Defense if either Freeney or Mathis are out.
                      Originally posted by George Carlin

                      In Football the object is for the Field General to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the Defence by hitting his Receivers with deadly accuracy, in spite of the Blitz, even if he has to use the Shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack which punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy’s Defensive Line.

                      In Baseball the object is to go home and be safe.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Geo View Post
                        I don't know if you guys heard, but the Colts are easing Marlin Jackson back into playing so he's going to be the nickelback. Either Tim Jennings or Jerraud Powers will start opposite Kelvin Hayden, who feels good about coming back in time. Sounds good to me, all around.
                        Heard now that it seems Jerraud Powers is getting the edge and will start against Jacksonville.
                        Originally posted by George Carlin

                        In Football the object is for the Field General to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the Defence by hitting his Receivers with deadly accuracy, in spite of the Blitz, even if he has to use the Shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack which punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy’s Defensive Line.

                        In Baseball the object is to go home and be safe.

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                        • #13
                          Powers was such a find by the Colts, spectacular job by the scouting department. He's not only going to break the 3rd round curse, he's going to start for the Colts opposite Hayden for years to come.

                          Omg Bill Polian talks with Brian Burke, President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs! My two favorite Pres/GMs for my two favorite teams! Wonderful!

                          (I heard this on Leafs Lunch today.)
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                          • #14
                            Injury report

                            JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

                            JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

                            Status Report

                            OUT TE Zach Miller (knee)
                            PROBABLE DT Derek Landri (knee), T Tra Thomas (back)

                            Practice Report

                            DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
                            Wednesday TE Zach Miller (knee), T Tra Thomas (back)
                            Thursday TE Zach Miller (knee)
                            Friday TE Zach Miller (knee)

                            LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
                            Thursday DT Derek Landri (knee)
                            Friday DT Derek Landri (knee), T Tra Thomas (back)

                            FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
                            Thursday T Tra Thomas (back)

                            INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

                            Status Report

                            OUT S Bob Sanders (knee), TE Tom Santi (ankle), CB Jamie Silva (abdomen)
                            QUESTIONABLE DT Fili Moala (knee)

                            Practice Report

                            DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
                            Wednesday S Bob Sanders (knee), TE Tom Santi (ankle), CB Jamie Silva (abdomen)
                            Thursday CB Tim Jennings (not injury related), DT Fili Moala (knee), S Bob Sanders (knee), TE Tom Santi (ankle), CB Jamie Silva (abdomen)
                            Friday CB Marlin Jackson (not injury related), DT Fili Moala (knee), S Bob Sanders (knee), TE Tom Santi (ankle), CB Jamie Silva (abdomen)

                            FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
                            Friday CB Tim Jennings (not injury related)
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                            • #15
                              Wow, Marshall Faulk is picking the Jags to win.
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