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Each week, Coltzilla brings you highlights from local sports coverage of the Colts with an emphasis on player interviews. Pre-game interviews go up throughout the week. Post-game interviews are posted shortly after the game. Hope you enjoy!
It’s Week 14 of the 2010 season, and the 6-6 Colts travel to Nashville to take on the 5-7 Tennessee Titans.
UPDATED: Local TV Coverage – Mon morning
UPDATED: Bill Polian Show – Sun morning
UPDATED: Inside The Huddle – Sat morning
UPDATED: Post-Game Coverage – Fri afternoon
UPDATED: Pre-Game Show – Fri afternoon
The Colts offense founds its legs and the Colts outlasted the Tennessee Titans 30-28 on Thursday night. In pre-game interviews, the Colts listed containing the run, eliminating turnovers, and running the ball as keys to beating the Titans. How’d they do? More >
Injuries have been the unfortunate undertone – or maybe even the overtone – of this season. It’s a dangerous game to ask “what if” and tie a player to it… “What if Bullitt had been on the field against Woodhead?” “What if Sanders had been in against Vick?” The Colts preach “next man up,” and expect newcomers to execute.
However, injuries have been at least part of the story in each of the Colts’ four losses, where they were without the following players:
- v. Texans – Glenn, Lacey. C. Johnson, Saturday still recovering from injuries. Gonzo, Sanders injured during game.
- @ Jaguars – Brown, Conner, Garcon, Gonzo (later on IR), King, Richard, Sanders. Bullitt injured during game (later on IR)
- @ Eagles – Addai, Eldridge, Hart, A. Johnson, Powers, Sanders, Session, Tryon. Brackett, Collie injured during game.
- @ Patriots – Addai, Brackett, Hart, Sanders, Session, Tryon. Collie re-injured during game.
So what can Colts fans realistically expect in terms of the return of each of the above players? Bullitt, Gonzo and King are obviously out of play, as they are already on IR. Several have already come back, including Brown, Conner, Eldridge, Garcon, Glenn, A. Johnson, Lacey, and Powers. After the jump is my guess at the picture for the rest. Remember that I am not a doctor, nor do I have any information above that which has already been made public.
2009 Game Recap – Week 17: Colts at Bills
To help pass time this off-season, I have reviewed the Colts regular season games from 2009. With this second look at how the team played, a few thoughts have occurred to me which were not obvious during the initial viewing, and I thought it a good opportunity to rethink some of my previously held opinions of the team I love. So, with your kind indulgence, as I view a game at a time I will be sharing my impressions.
Personal Note: This is not, and was never intended to be, an objective, unbiased review of an NFL contest. It is instead a glimpse into the emotional ride experienced by the average Colts fan at game time. My Homerism switch is engaged and turned up to eleven. With that in mind, I invite you to join me as we relive the highs and lows of the 2009 Indianapolis Colts season.
Today’s Game: Week 17: Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills
Setting the Stage
- The Colts enter the final game of the regular season with a league-leading record of 14-1. Quarterback Peyton Manning is second in the league with 4,405 passing yards, and wide receiver Reggie Wayne is tied for third in the league with 1,243 yards receiving. Pierre Garçon is nursing a sore shoulder and does not play. Defensive end Dwight Freeney, kicker Adam Vinatieri, linebacker Clint Session, defensive end Robert Mathis, defensive back Jerraud Powers, and running back Chad Simpson are out with various injuries. Defensive end Ervin Baldwin, defensive tackle Eric Foster, corner back Tim Jennings, safety Aaron Francisco, and defensive end Raheem Brock get the start. Sam Giguère makes his first appearance for the Colts returning kickoffs. Several of the Colts were selected for the Pro Bowl prior to this game; among them are Reggie to his fourth, Peyton to his tenth (ties Colts great Johnny Unitas), and tight end Dallas Clark to his first. Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the 5-10 Bills, who boast a defense with 26 interceptions on the year (tied for second).
- The Field: Frozen solid on a near-whiteout, wintry New York day at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. Temperature is 14 degrees with northwest winds gusting to 40 mph. That is a wind chill temperature of minus one, folks. I swear I just saw a polar bear wearing a parka in the stands.
- The Crowd: Sparse and subdued. The stands are half-empty. Or is that half-full? Either way, they are wrapped head-to-toe in cold weather gear and act like they are still recovering from the holidays.
2009 Game Recap – Week 14: Broncos at Colts
To help pass time this off-season, I’ve reviewed the Colts’ regular season games from 2009. With this second look at how the team played, a few thoughts have occured to me which were not obvious during the initial viewing, and I thought it a good opportunity to rethink some of my previously held opinions of the team I love. So, with your kind indulgence, as I view a game at a time I’ll be sharing my impressions.
Personal Note: This is not, and was never intended to be, an objective, unbiased review of an NFL contest. It is instead a glimpse into the emotional ride experienced by the average Colt fan at game time. My Homerism switch is engaged and turned up to eleven. With that in mind, I invite you to join me as we re-live the highs and lows of the 2009 Indianapolis Colts season.
Today’s Game: Week 14: Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts
Setting The Stage
- Indianapolis is undefeated, and Colts’ quarterback Peyton Manning leads the NFL in completion percentage (70%) and total yards (3685). Donald Brown, Anthony Gonzalez, Bob Sanders, Tyjuan Hagler, and Adam Vinatieri are out. Denver boasts one of the best defenses in the league. They are tied for second in points allowed per game, and their talented secondary makes them especially good against the pass. Also, and their Pro Bowl defensive end, Elvis Dumervil, leads the NFL in sacks with 15. Denver is fighting for a wild card spot in the playoffs.
- The Field: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The roof is closed on a cloudy, late fall day.
- The Crowd: Loud, early on. They disappear entirely during a mid-game drought, but find their voice at the end.