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Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports TV Schedule: Monday, Oct. 14, 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium Weather: High 73, Low 59 Line: Indianapolis (-1.5) Andrew Luck has been widely considered as the best second-year quarterback in the N...
Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports TV Schedule: Monday, Oct. 14, 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium Weather: High 73, Low 59 Line: Indianapolis (-1.5) Andrew Luck has been widely considered as the best second-year quarterback in the NFL right now and that has a good possibility of being true. That’s also extremely high praise seeing as there were a handful of solid starting quarterbacks that were drafted a year ago. The Indianapolis Colts are slowly starting to forget about Peyton Manning — although he is having a career-year — and putting their full trust into Luck. Luck has been solid so far for the 4-1 Colts, passing for 1,144 yards and seven touchdowns while also posing a threat to run. His favorite target this season has been Reggie Wayne to no one’s surprise, but T.Y. Hilton is slowly becoming a close No. 2 option. Hilton has 20 catches for 342 yards and two scores. Trent Richardson will be contributing more to the run game for the remainder of the season with Ahmad Bradshaw out. On the other side of the field, the San Diego Chargers might have a record of 2-3, but they are still one of the most surprising teams in the NFL. They could easily be 4-1 on the season, considering they have lost two games by just three points. Philip Rivers might end up being the comeback player of the year after a rough season in 2012. Rivers has completed over 70 percent of his passes for 1,610 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, completing a good handful of his passes to Antonio Gates at tight end. Gates has had a resurgent year as well, catching 32 passes for 438 yards and two touchdowns. This offense has been solid this year, but the run game ranks 21st in the league behind Ryan Matthews. Defensively, the Chargers have given up the sixth-most yards per game of any team in the league. Moreover, they allow the sixth-most passing yards, but just the ninth-most rushing yards per contest. The Colts rank 11th in terms of yards allowed per game while giving up the fifth-least points per game in the league. PREDICTION: Colts 24, Chargers 20 Related: Week 6 Showdown vs. Indianapolis Colts Will Reveal a Lot About San Diego Chargers Indianapolis Colts: What Loss of RB Ahmad Bradshaw Means to Team Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.
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Everyone reading this likely knows how great Andrew Luck has been this year. We've been raving about his play all season long, and much of it is deserved. One underrated aspect of his game, however, is his play on third down. He has b...
Everyone reading this likely knows how great Andrew Luck has been this year. We've been raving about his play all season long, and much of it is deserved. One underrated aspect of his game, however, is his play on third down. He has been tremendous on the most important down this year, but when you hear just how tremendous, it will amaze you even more. This is from Chase Stuart of the New York Times in a recent piece on Luck: "His third-down pass attempts have led to six defensive pass interference or defensive holding calls - those are ignored by traditional statistics but help a team just as much as a completion, and no other quarterback has drawn more than four such penalties. "Luck has been sacked just once on 47 dropbacks on third down, another underrated quarterback skill. Add in Luck's excellent play on third downs generally, and Lacarda says that Luck has a league-leading (and near-perfect) 97.6 QBR on third down. To put that in context, Peyton Manning is second at 90.2. As a team, Indianapolis has converted on 50 percent of its third downs, the second-highest rate in the league behind the Broncos (58.3)." That's insane. ESPN's QBR system is on a 100 point scale, with 100 being perfect. On 3rd downs, Luck is close to perfect, with a 97.6. The QBR takes into consideration more than just passing - for example, it accounts for his running ability. Actually, it ranks Luck as the NFL's most valuable running quarterback, something that should come as no surprise. On third down this year, he has run 6 times - picking up 74 yards and 2 touchdowns. Never once has he failed to pick up the first down. Also, as Stuart notes, Luck has been tremendous at drawing penalties on 3rd down. They are just as effective as completed passes and should definitely be taken into consideration. The fact that Luck has drawn 6 of them in just 5 games on 3rd down is incredible. I went back and did some math and Luck is completing 58.5% of his passes on third down this year, averaging 6.27 yards per attempt and 10.71 yards per completion. 44.2% of his pass attempts on the down have gone for first downs. Those numbers include 3 drops and a hail mary to end a first half, so adjusting for those leaves Luck's third down completion percentage at 64.9% and his yards per attempt at 6.95. Including passes, runs, penalties, and sacks, on the plays that Luck is directly involved in, the Colts are getting a first down on over 57% of their third downs. That's really good. [NOTE: Matt Hasselbeck has had one third down attempt in garbage time against the Jaguars and was 0/1]. Looking at the team as a whole, as Stuart noted they are right around 50%, second to only the Broncos (who are at a crazy level right now). Other than Luck, the Colts have run 13 times on third down, converting 6 of them and averaging 3.92 yards per carry. Ahmad Bradshaw converted 3 of his 6 tries on the season, Donald Brown has converted only 1 of 4 attempts, and Trent Richardson has gotten a first down on 2 of his 3 third down carries with the Colts this year. What does all this mean? It means that the Colts are very good on third downs offensively, and in particular, Andrew Luck is phenomenal on the most important down. In fact, he's the best in football on third down.
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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports Who knew that not having Dwight Freeney on the other side of the defense would help Robert Mathis? Now in his 11th NFL season, Mathis is quickly becoming one of the Indianapolis Colts’ most valuable defend...
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports Who knew that not having Dwight Freeney on the other side of the defense would help Robert Mathis? Now in his 11th NFL season, Mathis is quickly becoming one of the Indianapolis Colts’ most valuable defenders. Through five games, the seasoned veteran racked up 25 total tackles, two forced fumbles and 9.5 sacks – a higher amount than he’s had in five of his 11 seasons in the league. Considering that Mathis’ career high is 11.5 sacks in a season, there’s reason to believe the 32-year-old has finally hit his stride since taking over as the Colts’ premier pass rusher. As of right now, Mathis is on pace to tally 30 sacks before the year is over, which would shatter the NFL single-season sack record of 22.5 set by Michael Strahan back in 2001. It’s also impressive that he has managed 17 hurries on the year, earning a 9.7 overall rating on the Pro Football Focus system. His stats and numbers are direct reflections of his just how dominant Mathis has been so far this season. On top of notching 9.5 sacks through five games, Mathis has simply destroyed any offensive lineman that has dared get in his way. Just ask Seattle Seahawks left tackle Paul McQuistan, who was bullied by Mathis during his team’s Week 5 loss to the Colts. Mathis hasn’t been the only pass-rush specialist turning heads this season, though. Justin Houston and Mario Williams also got out of the gates quick – 8.5 and 7.5 sacks, respectively – and are on pace to shatter Strahan’s record. While Mathis has the early lead, he’ll definitely have other hopefuls nipping at his heels as the season continues. Considering the way Strahan “earned” the record, it would be great to see him fall from the top of the list by the end of the 2013 campaign. Mathis is off to a phenomenal start, and could steal the crown before all is said and done this season. Even a short slump, though, could be the difference between breaking the record and pulling a Jared Allen, who fell half a sack short in 2011. Stay tuned. Gil Alcaraz IV is the Content Planner for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. Related Links Robert Mathis and Jerrell Freeman Becoming Feared Duo What Loss of RB Ahmad Bradshaw Means to Indianapolis Colts
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The Indianapolis Colts today announced that they have signed running back Daniel "Boom" Herron from the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad and free agent linebacker Andy Studebaker, both to the active 53-man roster. They had two spots op...
The Indianapolis Colts today announced that they have signed running back Daniel "Boom" Herron from the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad and free agent linebacker Andy Studebaker, both to the active 53-man roster. They had two spots open from placing Ahmad Bradshaw on injured reserve and releasing fullback Robert Hughes. The Colts still have one spot open on their practice squad from releasing Kerwynn Williams, and it could be that they are waiting for Hughes to clear waivers and then place him on the practice squad. But that's just speculation. What isn't speculation is the two players the Colts signed to bring their roster up to 53, Daniel Herron and Andy Studebaker. Herron (5-10, 212 pounds) was taken by the Bengals in the sixth round of the 2012 draft. He has appeared in 3 games for them and was signed by the Colts off of their practice squad. In his career, he has carries the ball 4 times for 5 yards, recorded 4 special teams tackles, and blocked a punt. He played collegiately at Ohio State, where he was a very good back for the Buckeyes and a great contributer. Studebaker (6-3, 248 pounds) has played in 70 career games (starting 8), all with the Kansas City Chiefs, from 2008-2012. For his career, he has notched 51 tackles, 2.5 sacks, batted down 5 passes, picked 2 off, recovered 2 fumbles and forced 1. Perhaps most impressive, however, is that he has recorded 45 special teams tackles in his career. He was released by the Chiefs on April 1, 2013. Herron was signed to be the team's third running back behind Trent Richardson and Donald Brown. He probably will get some playing time with the team, although it may not be this week (unless they really need him). But don't think that this was just a move for a guy who will never play, because although Richardson and Brown will get the overwhelming majority of the carries, Herron should see at least a little time and provides depth that the team really needed at the position. Studebaker could contribute at linebacker, certainly, but the hope is that he contributes on special teams, the way he has in his career so far. If the Colts can get that type of help on special teams, it would be huge.
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Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports The Indianapolis Colts have made two additions to their 53-man roster. Following the release of FB-Robert Hughes and RB-Kerwynn Williams, the Colts have brought in one offensive player, as well as one player o...
Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports The Indianapolis Colts have made two additions to their 53-man roster. Following the release of FB-Robert Hughes and RB-Kerwynn Williams, the Colts have brought in one offensive player, as well as one player on defense. Indianapolis has signed RB-Daniel “Boom” Herron from the practice squad of the Cincinnati Bengals. Herron was signed in the 6th round (191st overall) by the Bengals, in the 2012 NFL Draft. Herron (5ft 10in, 210lbs) is a big-bodied backup, as opposed to the smaller-sized Williams. Herron only appeared in three games with the Bengals, recording one blocked punt 4 special teams tackles, and four rushes for five yards. At Ohio State University, Herron was much more productive, totaling 2,869 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns, as well as 309 receiving yards and a touchdown. The Colts have also signed free agent OLB-Andy Studebaker. Studebaker, a six-year veteran, has appeared in 70 career games, all as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Studebaker (6ft 3in, 248lbs) was a sixth round selection (203rd overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2012 NFL Draft, but was sent to their practice squad. Studebaker was signed to the Chiefs in November of that year, and he totaled 83 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions, and one forced fumble for that team. Indianapolis Colts Make Additions - Naptown's Finest - Naptown's Finest - An Indianapolis Colts Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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Sep 29, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs the ball past Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (23) and outside linebacker Erik Walden (93) during the first NFL half of the ga...
Sep 29, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs the ball past Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (23) and outside linebacker Erik Walden (93) during the first NFL half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports Just a few weeks until the NFL trade deadline and the biggest names available have come into clarity.  With several teams teetering between contention and preparing for next year, will any of them make a move? Josh Gordon to the Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford has proven he’s not an elite quarterback when he doesn’t have a big receiver to throw to.  That was proven when he managed just nine points in Green Bay without Calvin Johnson.  The Detroit Lions are hurting at wide receiver with Johnson and Nate Burleson out.  They sit in a tight race for the NFC North lead and can’t afford a drop off in production on offense at such a critical juncture.  If Johnson’s knee continues to cause him problem then the Lions need to find help.  That include going deep on the trade market.  Considering where they sit on the salary cap, price shouldn’t be their biggest issue, which is why Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns is a top target.  He is big, athletic and can make the tough catches for his quarterback.  The trouble is it will cost a second round pick to get him.  It’s steep price, but worthwhile if Detroit can pair him with Megatron down the stretch. Kenny Britt to the Atlanta Falcons Another team that could be favored in the Gordon race, the Atlanta Falcons normally don’t take aggressive routes to getting a receiver unless they’re certain he can help them win games.  They already did that once with Cleveland when they traded up in the draft to get Julio Jones.  Unfortunately the second-year star is likely out for the rest of the season with a foot injury.  With Roddy White also ailing they need help at receiver, but a second round pick may be too steep considering how many high draft picks they’ve given up over the past couple years.  On the other hand, they could find a much cheaper deal waiting for them with the Tennessee Titans.  They are at their wits end with wide receiver Kenny Britt, a talented but trouble 25-year old.  His off-the-field history and rumored laziness has gotten him benched.  His best hope to see the field now is with another team.  Atlanta would probably not have to surrender more than a fourth round pick for him, which is a bargain considering his potential in their offense. Justin Tuck to the Chicago Bears Julius Peppers got old in a hurry.  Such things happen to football players once they reach their mid-30s.  As a result the Chicago Bears pass rush, further hampered by injuries to Henry Melton and Nate Collins, ranks 30th in the league through five games.  This issue has led to some uncharacteristic breakdowns in their defense.  GM Phil Emery has said he’s always exploring trade possibilities but hasn’t seen anything worthwhile thus far.  One player that might become available soon is New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck.  The Giants are 0-5 and could be 0-6 soon as they visit Chicago in week six.  Tuck is a free agent next year and at 30-years old is unlikely to stay.  He’s not the same player he was a few years ago but he’s a veteran with good leadership qualities who can bring depth to a defensive front that sorely needs it. Maurice Jones-Drew to the St. Louis Rams Everybody mildly conscious can tell the Jacksonville Jaguars are done for the 2013 NFL season.  It’s approaching that time where they will start to consider unloading established veterans on the roster in order to collect as many draft picks as possible for 2014.  One valuable chip they haven’t made available yet is running back Maurice Jones-Drew.  At 28-years old he is set to become a free agent next year.  Having
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A former 2012 sixth round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals, running back Dan Herron has signed with the Indianapolis Colts after the announcement that RB Ahmad Bradshaw will be out for the year. Herron was a former teammate with QB Terrell...
A former 2012 sixth round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals, running back Dan Herron has signed with the Indianapolis Colts after the announcement that RB Ahmad Bradshaw will be out for the year. Herron was a former teammate with QB Terrelle Pryor and RB Beanie Wells at Ohio State. FANTASY ANALYSIS: Herron will play backup behind RBs Trent Richardson and Donald Brown. He is unlikely to figure into the action or have any fantasy impact barring a serious injury ahead of him on the depth chart. The Colts aren't exactly getting their desired return of investment from T-Rich just yet. It's always possible that Herron will push Brown for the backup spot as well. Not exactly the juiciest fantasy news out there, but things can always change rapidly.
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It looks like the Colts figured out who they are adding to the squad to fill the two open roster spots. Daniel "Boom" Herron will be joining the Colts as an addition from the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad at running back. And free ag...
It looks like the Colts figured out who they are adding to the squad to fill the two open roster spots. Daniel "Boom" Herron will be joining the Colts as an addition from the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad at running back. And free agent Andy Studebaker who was released by the Kansas City Chiefs will be joining the Colts as an addition at linebacker. I'd heard news that the Colts had been looking at an RB from the Detroit Lions. But I think Herron is likely a much better addition. The Bengals usually have a lot of quality depth at running back. Even the RB's on their practice squad are usually quite good. Herron also played for Ohio State and Ohio State normally has some pretty descent running backs. The reason the Colts likely brought in a linebacker like Studebaker is to fill in for Bjoern Werner who's out injured. For more info on the two players there's an Indianapolis Star article on the players. Here's also an NFL Draft Report on Studebaker.
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Written by Rich Arleo Edited by Ernie Estrella It may be hard to believe, but we are now five weeks into the NFL season. Fantasy football owners have seen a lot of disappointment from the running back position this season, but t...
Written by Rich Arleo Edited by Ernie Estrella It may be hard to believe, but we are now five weeks into the NFL season. Fantasy football owners have seen a lot of disappointment from the running back position this season, but things should get a little better in Week 6 with some big names returning from a bye week. There have been injuries and role changes in seemingly every team’s backfield, and the number of clear-cut workhorse running backs has diminished even more. Miami and Atlanta are on a bye this week, so that means Jacquizz Rodgers and Lamar Miller are out of the running. Movement in the fantasy football rankings continues, but with our help, you’ll be able to determine, which of your players look ready to start, sit or if a visit to the fantasy football waiver wire is required. Here’s a look at the 2013 Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 6 Running Back Rankings. - The Oakland Raiders are playing well, but their backfield is ravaged with injuries. Darren McFadden is likely out again this week and replacement Rashad Jennings got owners four fantasy points before he went down with an injury himself. That leaves Marcel Reece and Jeremy Stewart as the only healthy backs. Reece deserves a look in deeper PPR leagues but that’s about it against a tough Kansas City Chiefs defense. - Adrian Peterson returns from a bye to rescue fantasy owners. The Carolina Panthers have actually done well against the run, but they call him “All Day” for a reason. He’s a lock for big points every week. - Two other top 10 backs return from a bye in Doug Martin and Alfred Morris. Both have solid matchups and are must-starts. -Ray Rice is finally…finally getting the ball. His 27 Week 5 carries are just three fewer than he had in four previous games combined. Not only that, but he added six catches and found the end zone twice. He’s back to being a must-start RB1. - The New England Patriots backfield is a mess. Legarrette Blount had a big fumble in what was supposed to be a breakout game for him. If Stevan Ridley returns, he’ll likely see the majority of carries again, but he’s still sharing touches with Blount and Brandon Bolden. None of these guys are ideal this week even though the matchup isn’t terrible. - Rookie Eddie Lacy returned this week and reclaimed the starter’s role. He is a low-end RB2, high-end flex option in Week 6 against the Houston Texans. - The St. Louis Rams may have found their runner in rookie Zac Stacy. He had a solid seven fantasy points (yes…that’s solid for a running back this season) and should be added in all formats. He has a tough matchup, but is a decent flex getting the bulk of carries. Daryl Richardson is still getting work, but hasn’t gotten it done and is losing value rapidly. - Rashard Mendenhall is still starting, but Andre Ellington is probably the best runner on the Arizona Cardinals. He’s doing a lot with a little and it won’t be a surprise if he sees a rise in touches in Week 6. - The injury bug returned for Ryan Mathews and he is now out a few weeks with a concussion. Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown will likely split carries moving forward. Woodhead is a good PPR start, and Brown could have sneaky value against a struggling Indianapolis Colts run defense. -Knowshon Moreno had a huge Week 5 and has cemented himself as the workhorse in Denver. Up against the Jacksonville Jaguars run defense ranked No. 32 in the league, Moreno is a borderline top 15 option. RB Rankings – Week 6 2013 Fantasy Football Rankings powered by FantasyPros
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