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Fourth Preseason Contest Provides Final Opportunities for Bubble Players
August 29th, 2013 at 9:55 AM
The final preseason contest during the Indianapolis Colts' 2013 schedule arrives Thursday, Aug. 29, and with it the final time the results do not matter in the ultimate scheme of things. ***PHOTO1*** Only on the scoreboard does this apply though, as the injuries, players contributions and position battles will have true results...

Indianapolis Colts Want Points in Second Preseason Test
August 17th, 2013 at 8:43 PM
Scoring points is a key to winning any football game, but working on doing so is exactly what the Indianapolis Colts plan to work on during its second preseason outing on Sunday, Aug. 18. The team heads to MetLife Stadium to face the New York Giants hoping to develop more playing...

Ridiculously Early Predictions for Indianapolis Colts 2013 Season
April 18th, 2013 at 8:50 PM
The NFL has released the 2013 schedule and just like last season, Colts 101 is among the first to offer our totally fearless early forecast on what will go down. Last season, we were bold enough to predict a 7-9 finish. Everybody called us "homers" at the time, but it...

Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns to Visit Lucas Oil Stadium for Preseason
April 4th, 2013 at 4:30 PM
from the Indianapolis Colts The Indianapolis Colts today announced their 2013 preseason schedule. Dates and times are yet to be finalized. The Colts will open the preseason with a home contest against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 (August 8-12). The game between the teams will be the seventh preseason meeting...

For Indianapolis Colts to Advance, They Must Stop Ray Rice
January 6th, 2013 at 7:14 AM
***PHOTO1***The Indianapolis Colts have been in this situation several times already this year, facing an All-Pro caliber running back playing alongside an erratic quarterback. Today's wild card playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens will be no different. Today's challenge for the Colts will be Ray Rice, the Ravens' diminutive but powerful...

Former Ravens Turned Colts not Interested in Reunion
January 5th, 2013 at 9:11 AM
***PHOTO1***The Baltimore Ravens have had a tremendous impact on the success of the 2012 Indianapolis Colts. Not only did the Colts get former Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano as head coach, but Cory Redding, Tom Zbikowski and Brandon McKinney followed their coach to Indianapolis. While McKinney has spent the season...

Indianapolis Colts Must Neutralize Houston Texans’ Defensive Line
December 30th, 2012 at 7:29 AM
When the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans squared off two weeks ago in Houston, JJ Watt and the Houston defensive line controlled the game. They sacked Andrew Luck five times and hurried him countless other times en route to a 29-17 victory. Today's game means nothing to the Colts in terms...

Indianapolis Colts Playing to Win Sunday Against Houston Texans
December 26th, 2012 at 4:38 PM
Resting players the final week of the season is still a subject that arouses strong feelings in Indianapolis. For some, the wounds are still fresh from Jim Caldwell's decision to put Peyton Manning and company on the bench during the second half of the 2009 season finale against the New...

Matchup of the Week: It’s Simple…Stop Jamaal Charles, Make the Playoffs
December 23rd, 2012 at 7:25 AM
***PHOTO1***The Indianapolis Colts can complete team goal number one today in Kansas City. A victory will guarantee a wild card berth in the NFL playoffs. Any playoff berth is cause for celebration, but considering the Colts were 2-14 just a season ago, their 2012 accomplishment is nothing short of astounding. The...

Kansas City Chiefs Struggling to Put Points on the Board
December 19th, 2012 at 7:46 AM
This season has been an unmitigated disaster for the Kansas City Chiefs. Picked by some to be a dark-horse playoff contender at the beginning of the season, the Chiefs have slumped to a dismal 2-12 mark heading into this week's game against the Indianapolis Colts. A season ago, the Chiefs endured...

Indianapolis Colts Secret for Success: Keep the Offense on the Field
December 16th, 2012 at 7:55 AM
Usually in this space, we isolate a matchup on the field that we think will be critical in determining the ultimate outcome of the game. Today, rather than focus on specific matchups of players or units, we'll focus on a situation. For the Indianapolis Colts to win today against the...

The Once Mighty Houston Texans Defense is Struggling
December 15th, 2012 at 11:23 AM
***PHOTO1*** Through week five of this season, the Houston Texans defense was throttling their opponents. Save for a couple of late scores by Peyton Manning and the Broncos, Houston was 5-0 and no one had scored more than two touchdowns on them in a game. Their pass rush was intimidating, their...

Matchup of the Week: Indianapolis Colts Front Seven V. Tennessee Titans Offensive Line
December 9th, 2012 at 7:19 AM
The Indianapolis Colts have spent much of 2012 mixing and matching offensive linemen. For once, that shoe is on the other foot this week when the Tennessee Titans come to Lucas Oil Stadium.  Injuries have hit the Titans hard along their offensive line since the teams last met in week eight....

Indianapolis Colts Defense Faces a New Challenge in Jake Locker
December 7th, 2012 at 7:19 AM
***PHOTO1***When the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Tennessee Titans back in week eight, Matt Hasselbeck was in control of the Titan's offense. The veteran completed 75 per cent of his passes and threw one touchdown, but should have had more if not for the wind and some key drops by his receivers. If...

Matchup of the Week: Indianapolis Colts Offensive Line V. Detroit Lions Defensive Line
December 2nd, 2012 at 7:08 AM
***PHOTO1*** While every football game can be boiled down to who wins in the "trenches," today's contest between the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions will especially hinge on that matchup. Specifically, the challenge will be for the Colts offensive line who will be facing their toughest challenge of the year in...

Detroit Lions Stumbling in Their Attempt to Take the Next Step
December 1st, 2012 at 3:53 PM
***PHOTO1*** Just four years ago the Detroit Lions went 0-16. That doomed season spelled the end for head coach Rod Marinelli and general manager Matt Millen. In came new GM Martin Mayhew with no previous general managing experience. He brought in a new head coach, Jim Schwartz, who had been the defensive...

Matchup of the Week: Indianapolis Colts’ Linebackers/Nickel Backs V. Rob Gronkowski
November 18th, 2012 at 7:46 AM
 ***PHOTO1*** Indianapolis Colts fans who have been critical of Jerraud Powers this season might be missing him this afternoon when the Colts take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. I say that not out of a lack of confidence for Cassius Vaughn or Darius Butler, but for the "trickle...

New England Patriots Still a Rival for Veteran Indianapolis Colts
November 16th, 2012 at 10:07 AM
 ***PHOTO1***  Peyton Manning may be gone, but if you ask the veteran members of the Indianapolis Colts, it's still something special when they meet the New England Patriots. The Colts travel to Foxboro to meet the Patriots on Sunday with only a handful of players remaining from the teams that almost...

New England Patriots’ Interchangeable Parts Keep on Ticking
November 14th, 2012 at 12:58 PM
 ***PHOTO1*** The New England Patriots under Bill Belichick have been the blueprint for NFL success in the salary cap era. Since Belichick took over as head coach of the Patriots in 2000, he's guided the team to nine playoff appearances, five Super Bowl appearances and won the Lombardi Trophy three times. In...

Matchup of the Week: Indianapolis Colts Banged up Secondary V. Blaine Gabbert
November 8th, 2012 at 10:05 AM
***PHOTO1***The Indianapolis Colts enter tonights critical AFC contest with the Jacksonville Jaguars extremely thin at cornerback. Both starters, Vontae Davis and Jerraud Powers, are out tonight. Their replacements, along with the nickel backs in reserve, are going to have to step up to shut down Jacksonville's Blaine Gabbert who is...