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AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE: WEEK 13

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 27, 2012 – 2:00 pm

As the final month of the NFL season begins this weekend, here is a look at the current AFC playoff picture with the team’s conference record and remaining five games included:

1.     Houston (10-1)

  • 8-0 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: @Tennessee, @New England, Indianapolis, Minnesota, @Indianapolis

2.     Baltimore (9-2)

  • 8-1 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: Pittsburgh, @Washington, Denver, N.Y. Giants, @Cincinnati

3.     New England (8-3)

  • 7-1 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: @Miami, Houston, San Francisco, @Jacksonville, Miami

4.     Denver Broncos (8-3)

  • 6-2 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: Tampa Bay, @Oakland, @Baltimore, Cleveland, Kansas City

Wild Card Standings

5.     Indianapolis Colts (7-4)

  • 5-3 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: @Detroit, Tennessee, @Houston, @Kansas City, Houston

6.     Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5)

  • 3-5 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: @Baltimore, San Diego, @Dallas, Cincinnati, Cleveland

7.     Cincinnati Bengals (6-5)

  • 4-5 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: @San Diego, Dallas, @Philadelphia, @Pittsburgh, Baltimore

8.     Miami Dolphins (5-6)

  • 3-5 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: New England, @San Francisco, Jacksonville, Buffalo, @New England

9.     San Diego Chargers (4-7)

  •  4-4 against the AFC
  •  Remaining Schedule: Cincinnati, @Pittsburgh, Carolina, @N.Y. Jets, Oakland

10.  Tennessee Titans (4-7)

  • 3-5 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: Houston, @Indianapolis, N.Y. Jets, @Green Bay, Jacksonville

11.  New York Jets (4-7)

  •  3-5 against the AFC
  •  Remaining Schedule: Arizona, @Jacksonville, @Tennessee, San Diego, @Buffalo

12.  Buffalo Bills (4-7)

  •  3-6 against the AFC
  •  Remaining Schedule: Jacksonville, St. Louis, Seattle, @Miami, N.Y. Jets

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FREEMAN HAS GONE FROM UNDRAFTED TO AMONG THE LEAGUE’S TOP TACKLERS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 11:10 am

The fact that Jerrell Freeman finds himself in the top five tacklers in the league this season is astonishing considering his path to the NFL compared to others.

Of the players that rank first through fourth in tackles (Freeman is fifth with 101), each was selected in the top 35 picks of their respective draft class (Jerod Mayo 10th overall, Chad Greenway 17th, James Laurinaitis 35th and Luke Kuechly 9th).

And then there’s Freeman, who went undrafted after 252 picks in 2008, 37 of which were linebackers.

A brief stint in Tennessee didn’t pan out, and after three seasons in the Canadian Football League, Freeman has now become an instant leader for a Colts defense that needed someone to step up when 2011 leading tackler Pat Angerer suffered a foot injury in preseason.

“The kid’s come out of nowhere and become the core of our defense,” Colts interim head coach Bruce Arians said of Freeman. “Fourteen, 15, 16 tackles a week. Sideline-to-sideline, his speed and the plays that he makes, I don’t know where we’d be without him.

While being in charge of the calls for the Colts new hybrid 3-4 defense, Freeman has racked up double-digit tackle games in five games this season.

When Angerer went down in the preseason opener, many wondered where the Colts defense would turn for at least the early part of the regular season.

Freeman has been the guy to solve all those questions and much more.

“I expected to come in and do everything I needed to do to make the team,” Freeman said to ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday’s ‘Pagano Show.’

“Luckily for me, I made the team and I guess I’ve been put into a position to make those plays.”

Following his 16-tackle performance against the Bills last weekend the nickname of ‘Baby Ray’, in reference to Ravens All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis, was heard all around the Colts locker room.

Freeman is one of a plethora of new faces that have been asked to take on expanded roles this season and the easy going nature of the Colts locker room has helped ease the transition for him.

“It’s just family all the way around whether you’re the top guy, top dog here or the low man on the totem pole,” Freeman said. “Everybody gets treated the same, like brothers, like a family.”

On the field, Freeman considers himself a ‘sideline-to-sideline’ type player and is excelling in a system that he wasn’t familiar with before arriving in Indianapolis earlier this year.

From a hidden gem to among the league’s top defenders, Freeman has gone from ‘just trying to make the roster’ to an integral part of a potential playoff team.

We’re really happy we have (Freeman) on our football team because he’s turned into a whale of a football player and really our defensive leader. He’s gotten game balls. He’s been a captain,” Arians said.

“It’s a great honor for a young player like to him to jump into this group of veteran group of guys on defense and then call him ‘Baby Ray.’”


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ARIANS TALKS CLOSE GAMES AND THE BENEFIT OF PLAYING AT HOME

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:16 am

Colts interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians covered a variety of topics on Monday evening while on the ‘Pagano Show’ hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey. Below are some of the highlights:

On winning another one-possession game, the sixth of the season:

“I think that’s the only kind we know how to play right now (laughs). We are winning the one-possession games and I’m really proud of the way our defense and special teams played. I thought they were outstanding. Offensively, we did just enough to win the game and did not lose the game.”

On what has been the key to winning so many close games:

“It is (really hard to do). Hats off to the young players. We have great veteran leadership but these young guys have bought in and they’re working really hard. I thought offensively some of the young players looked like they hit the rookie wall and we had a little talk in halftime. But they bounced back and played really well in the second half.”

On why this team finds itself sitting at 7-4 and leading the AFC Wild Card:

“I think the whole thing with the bonding and our team having a purpose, and the purpose being Chuck. Just hell-bent on going to extend this season until he’s back. The coaching staff has done a tremendous job of trying to take his place and everybody’s chipped in.”

On what your impressions have been of the Colts fans:

“They are fantastic. I always felt like even in my time here before at the old stadium it was one of the (loudest) places to play in. When you come in here as a visitor it is extremely difficult to block out (the defensive) front with all the crowd noise. I think our crowd does a great job. Hopefully we’ll continue to win and win at home and that’ll get us into the playoffs.’


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EYE ON THE PRIZE: WEEK 12

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 26, 2012 – 10:20 am

Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.

Jaguars 24, Titans 19

-Coming off a bye week, the Titans playoff chances took a big hit with Tennessee not being able to overcome a slim defecit all afternoon for the Jaguars. Tennessee got four field goals from kicker Rob Bironas but it was the inability to convert those red zone opportunities into touchdowns that plagued the Titans offense. Tennessee did set a season-high with seven sacks of Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne.

NEXT GAME: Houston, Sunday at 1:00 EST

Jaguars 24, Titans 19

-The Jaguars got their second win of the season on Sunday by staving off the Titans. Jacksonville grabbed a late first quarter lead behind a one-yard touchdown run by running back Rashad Jennings and didn’t give up the lead from there. Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne threw a pair of second half touchdowns and Jacksonville was able to run out a majority of the clock following a Titans touchdown to cut the lead to 21-19 with 4:52 remaining. The Jaguars defense picked off Titans quarterback Jake Locker twice.

NEXT GAME: @Buffalo, Sunday at 1:00 EST

Texans 34, Lions 31, OT

-The cardiac kids once again struck as the Texans won their second straight overtime game, this one coming away from home on Thanksgiving. Houston fought back from a 10-point second half deficit and sent the game into overtime with running back Arian Foster scoring from one-yard out with just under two minutes to play. Houston kicker Shayne Graham and Lions kicker Jason Hansen both missed overtime field goals but it was Graham who redeemed himself with a 32-yard game-winner with 2:21 left in overtime.

NEXT GAME: @Tennessee, Sunday at 1:00 EST.

2012 AFC South Standings

Houston 10-1

Indianapolis 7-4

Tennessee 4-7

Jacksonville 2-9

           


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ROOKIE RECAP: WEEK 12

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:15 am

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen was second on the team with three catches for 36 yards on Sunday. Allen continues to lead all rookie tight ends in the NFL with 34 catches for 385 yards.

Vick Ballard, RB: Ballard had 13 carries for 41 yards on Sunday and leads the team with 118 carries for 427 yards on the season.

LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill had one catch for 11 yards on Sunday and was called on for punt coverage duty in the fourth quarter as well. On the season, Brazill leads the team with averaging 15.1 yards per catch.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton was the star on Sunday ending a five-year punt return drought for the Colts with a 75-yarder for a touchdown early in the first quarter. Hilton added three catches for 33 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 20-of-37 for 240 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Bills. With the win, Luck tied Rams quarterback Sam Bradford for the most wins (seven) by a quarterback selected No. 1 overall since 1970.

Nate Palmer, WR: Palmer was active but did not play on Sunday.

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was used as a tackle eligible on several occasions on Sunday.

Rookie defensive tackle Josh Chapman, tight end Coby Fleener and tight end Dominique Jones were inactive against the Bills.


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STONKERED ONE WEEK, SHE’LL BE RIGHT THE NEXT!

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 9:08 am

G ‘day from down under. It’s easy to say we had a bad performance in week 11 then came back strong in week 12 but from where I sit (and remember I’m seeing things upside down, here in Australia), I enjoyed the lessons that were learnt from one week to the next. The stand out in week 12 was our defensive team. Guys, your tackling this week was nothing less than fantastic.  Diving tackles and holding on for dear life around the ankles, body on the line plays to stop any extra yards, stopping some great plays by the Bills, preventing rushes from going too far, a couple of good sacks and never giving up when a runner is in front heading full bore for the in-zone but you push him out all resulted in the defensive team holding the Bills to thirteen points. You guys are my heroes!  Then Andrew Luck and the offensive boys did the rest, helped by T.Y. Hilton’s fabulous punt return. But it’s  not the platitudes for the great game that we should speak to; rather it’s the amazing ability of this team to be coached and to respond to the coach’s requests. For this team is truly COLTSRONG!.  That was needed if they were going to come back from the shalacking we coped the week before and still be able to beat a strong show from Buffalo. Do not forget the mistakes, learn from them but don’t dwell on them; you guys rock in your ability to achieve this goal. Now we have to travel to Detroit and take those lessons on the road. Good Luck men; our hopes and prayers go with you.

 

Hey, did you get a visit from Coach Pagano on Thanksgiving? I know I did. Well, not in body; Sydney, Australia is some eighteen plus hours away from Indianapolis and Chuck is in no mood to travel just now. But he sat at my Thanksgiving table in spirit and yes, I did set a place for him. By the way Chuck, I make the best pumpkin pie in the world according to my American friends so if you don’t get yourself over here I’m just going to have to come back to Indianapolis and bake you one! (We don’t officially have Thanks Giving in Australia so I have the fourth Friday in November off work to celebrate at the same time you do and to watch all the games!)  Let’s not forget those amazing cheerleaders; WOW! It’s one thing for a guy to shave his head but for you girls to do it, is such an outpour of support for Chuck, he has no choice now but to get better. And what an effort, raising so much money for leukemia research – now that’s CHUCKSTRONG!

 

Last year when I would tell anyone who followed the NFL that I am a Colts supporter, they say, “well, I guess someone has to do it”. I’m proud to be a Colts fan and not just a fair weather fan and I’m proud to be associated with the great people of Indianapolis. Win, lose or draw I will go to my grave enjoying the Colts on the gridiron.


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COLTS FAN CASEY: BILLS PRE-GAME BLOG

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on November 24, 2012 – 5:23 pm

What’s up Colts Nation!? After a two-game road stint, yours truly hits the pavement again this week still in search of the best tailgate in all of Colts Nation. My last outing was pretty solid with a big victory coming from the Colts Tailgate Response Unit.

Sunday looks like it will be one of the coldest tailgates of the season which means I’ll be looking for something to warm me up. As always I’ll have some Hoosier Momma Spicy Bloody Mary Mix to help you guys stay warm.

I should get things started around 10 AM tomorrow and I WILL be hungry! Think your tailgate has what it takes to win the “Tailgate of the Week” and be entered in the “Tailgate of the Year” promotion? Then let me know where to come this week on Twitter and Facebook.

Special thanks again to Colts Grille, Honda Generators/Reynolds Farm Equipment, and Hoosier Momma Bloody Mary Mix for making this all possible!

Yours in Food and Football,


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SPILLER’S HOME RUN ABILITY HAS COLTS DEFENDERS ON NOTICE

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 23, 2012 – 8:48 am

When C.J. Spiller touches the football on Sunday, Colts defenders know what how quickly the speedy Bills running back can change the course of a game.

A dual-threat back, Spiller is averaging 7.6 yards per touch on offense this season and leads the league with 6.6 yards per carry.

“I think he definitely falls into that category of shifty, speed, acceleration, 0-100 type guy,” Colts outside linebacker Justin Hickman said. “He poses a lot of problems. We are going to have to gang tackle and wrap him up.”

Spiller’s 109 carries for 723 yards makes up his 6.6 yards per carry average but he also has 31 catches for 336 yards on the season.

Colts interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians called the Bills the best screen team in the NFL and Spiller is major component of Buffalo’s success in that area.

Hickman called Spiller a ‘home run threat’ at any time and defensive tackle Josh Chapman is impressed by the Bills running back’s ability to reverse fields.

“(Spiller) hits the gaps and makes the right reads,” Chapman said. “He’s one of those guys you have to play your gap and do your job because he can cut back into the gap and cut it across the field and make a big play.”

In his three seasons in the NFL, Spiller has set a Bills franchise record with 5.40 yards per carry (290 rushes for 1,567 yards).

Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was extremely complimentary of his running back and knows that if the Bills offense wants to become more consistent than Spiller must continue to get his hands on the football.

“If you get him (Spiller) out in space, he does a great job of setting up blocks. A lot of times guys will feel like they have an angle on him to take him down on the sideline and he will quickly prove to them that they do not,” Fitzpatrick said.

“I think the biggest thing with him is speed. He has so much confidence. That is the biggest thing I have seen in terms of his growth in the last few years.”

 


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JONES HAPPY TO BE BACK WITH THE TEAM THAT GAVE HIM A CHANCE

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 21, 2012 – 6:00 pm

There wasn’t a bigger smile going around the Colts locker room on Wednesday afternoon than that of tight end Dominique Jones.

Back in his normal locker spot, Jones was signed to the Colts active roster on Wednesday morning.

Jones played the first four games of the season for the Colts before injuries forced Indianapolis to juggle their roster.

On Monday, the Miami Dolphins released Jones after he spent a month on their practice squad.

Now, he is back with the team that gave him an opportunity as an undrafted free agent out of Shepherd University.

“It’s real crazy just not having a job, to having a job,” Jones said. “These last five weeks have just been crazy going back and forth, getting a taste of this league.”

“You never know what’s going to happen. You can never get comfortable in this league. You have to take it day-by-day and just be happy that you have a job so that’s how I’m taking it.”

It was a whirlwind 24 hours for Jones beginning with a phone call from a familiar area code last night.

“I was picking up my girlfriend from the (Miami) airport to celebrate Thanksgiving and they give me a call saying that they are going to bring be back,” Jones said.

No. 46 was back at practice on Wednesday re-joining the tight end position that is filled with fellow rookies.

In the Colts season opener against the Bears, it was Jones catching an eight-yard pass from quarterback Andrew Luck for the first catch of his career.

Jones is experiencing first hand what life in the NFL is like but the smile on his face explained just how grateful he is to be back in Indianapolis.

“I’m excited to be back. It’s a great place. I’ve spent a lot of time here so I’m comfortable with the place and it’s just a good thing.”


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN G-JUSTIN ANDERSON TO PRACTICE SQUAD

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 4:52 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed guard Justin Anderson to the practice squad.

 

Anderson, 6-5, 342 pounds, was originally selected by the Colts in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Georgia. He was placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List on August 27, 2012 and was activated on November 19. He was then waived by the team on November 20.


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