Let’s start with a little background. October 29, 2006 was my NFL epiphany.
On that day the Indianapolis Colts visited the Denver Broncos in week eight of their historic Super Bowl winning season. This is also the day that I fell in love with football and decided to become a Colts fan.
I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado but never felt that I belonged to the Broncos fandom, partially because my father is a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan and a bonafide Bronco hater. I never really knew which team to follow until that October day when I watched Peyton Manning rocket 345 yards and three touchdowns.
The Indianapolis Colts return to their building today, starting their offseason program, and Andrew Luck will be joining them.
The Indianapolis Colts didn’t have much to be happy about in 2017. With the injury of quarterback Andrew Luck lingering much longer than anyone expected, his return to the team could be a game changer. Will 2018 be the year we finally see the revival of the team who just a few years ago had such potential?
Luck injured his shoulder back in September of 2015, although at the time, not many knew how severe the injury was. Luck missed the next two games, but then came back to play 4 more, but sadly his 2015 season was ended due to a lacerated kidney.
In the second week of the 2016 season, Luck re-injured his shoulder during a game against Denver. At the time, Colts owner Jim Irsay said Luck wouldn’t need surgery, however, Luck spent much of that season on and off the injury report. It was at the end of the 2016 season that the severity of the injury truly came to light. Luck had surgery during the 2017 offseason, and although it was anticipated he would return at some point, was never given clearance to play in 2017.
Earlier today, the Indianapolis Colts announced they would add wide receiver Reggie Wayne to their Ring of Honor inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
Wayne, a 14-year veteran who played his entire career in Indianapolis, is one of the most beloved players in Colts history. He played all 16 games in 11 of his 14 years, and only missing 1 game in 2014. He had 14,345 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns throughout his career. Wayne’s 14 seasons is tied for the most consecutively in Colts history.
The Thursday night football game between the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts was a win for the Broncos, but it wasn’t all good for Denver.
Let’s start with the sad. I’ve never been a fan of quarterback Trevor Siemian as a starter. I think former head coach Gary Kubiak projected himself onto Siemian and elevated him beyond his talents. Playing experience, plus practice prowess and a Peyton Manning endorsement, ended up helping him win over yet another head coach. He shouldn’t have been given more than four games last season. With that said, it was a sad way to end this year like he did.
So, you may have heard, we had a little snow for the Bills/Colts game last Sunday.
For those unfamiliar with the white stuff, what you saw on TV is what is called a lake-effect snowstorm. It occurs when a cold air mass picks up moisture by passing over a large body of warm water, like a lake. Since Buffalo is situated between two (lucky us!) Great Lakes, Erie and Ontario, these storms occur frequently until the lakes freeze over.
The Denver Broncos have a Thursday night game in the ‘House that Peyton Built’. Because of this, I will combine the Jets and Colts as one article, it could show a trend for the other.
First up, let’s start with special teams. In a move that should’ve been made weeks ago, wide receiver Jordan Taylor was the return man and wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie was benched. This resulted in no drops or fumbles and positive yardage each time. He will be repeating those duties on Thursday.
Second, with the defense holding the Jets to three and outs, the offense got the ball, on average, at the 40-yard line. That could very well happen again against Indy’s poor offense. Now, a win is a win. And for the first time since week four, the ball wasn’t turned over. However, the problems are not solved.
Yep, it was another slow starting, low scoring game for the Tennessee Titans. In the first half, Tennessee was only scoring by field goals. Kicker Ryan Succop did all the scoring. First, with a 29-yard kick and then a 45-yard kick for the Titan’s only scores.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw two interceptions in the first half of the game. That created flashbacks to the horror that was last week’s Thursday Night Football game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. A 40-17 loss where Mariota had four interceptions. The second interception during this game happened when wide receiver Taywan Taylor fell down, and the ball went sailing into Indianapolis defender Nate Hariston’s arms.
October 2011 was the last time that the Titans beat their AFC South division rivals, the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts had beaten the Titans eleven times in a row; quite a shameful statistic. It was looking like the winning streak was going to continue on Monday Night Football in Nashville, with the first half of the game being a bit of a snooze fest courtesy of the Titans offense. Sportscaster Jon Gruden had this to say about the Titans action in the first half:
“play selection and execution is just not good enough”.
The offense was predictable, the defense was not stopping runs, Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett had plenty of time to throw the ball, and the Titans’ pass rush was almost non-existent. The only scoring for the Titans were three field goals by placekicker Ryan Succop, who set an NFL record for the most consecutive field goals under 50 yards (#47 was the record setter, and four more goals added to make the record 51 consecutive field goals).Continue reading “The Losing Streak Is Over; Titans Beat The Colts”→
The Seahawks have made news this week. Being one of the more outspoken teams on social issues, players like defensive end Michael Bennet and wide receiver Doug Baldwin could be seen on CNN talking about equality and justice. The team made strides on this issue by announcing that they are starting a new foundation called SeahawksPlayers Equality & Justice for All Action Fund “to support education and leadership programs addressing equality and justice.” Being as outspoken and comfortable as they are in the spotlight, they can highlight their emapthy and outrage as they face the multitude of question on this subject. Off the field the Seahawks have remained true to what they have always been.
Now, on the field has been a different story.
As the Seahawks get ready to play on Sunday Night Football, some of the painful questions that have come up over the last 3 weeks are still demanding to be answered. There have been questions about the fabled defense. Are they getting old? Have they lost their identity? There were comments made by safety Kam Chancellor calling out the defense after last week’s loss to the Titans, referring to their undisciplined play. The offense has also been put under the microscope: Why is quarterback Russell Wilson inaccurate? Is it in his head? Is the O-line ever going to get better? Where is tight end Jimmy Graham? Running back Eddie Lacy? Have they lost their identity as a run first team? Where are the big plays?