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COLTS K-ADAM VINATIERI NAMED AFC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 31, 2013 – 10:57 am

The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 17. The award is the 15th of Vinatieri’s career and his second this season.

 

In the Colts’ 30-10 victory over Jacksonville last week, Vinatieri split the uprights on 3-of-3 field goals and three PATs for 12 total points. With his 26-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter, he became the seventh player in NFL history to reach 2,000 career points. Vinatieri also passed George Blanda (2,002) and Matt Stover (2,004) for the fifth-most points scored in NFL history.

 

Vinatieri finished the season with 139 points, which is the second-highest single-season point total of his career (141 in 2004) and third-highest point total in Colts history, passing Cary Blanchard’s 135 in 1996. With 35 made field goals, he set a career-high and moved into sole possession of third place for the most field goals made in a single season in franchise history. Vinatieri also improved his streak of consecutive games having scored at least one point to 161.

 

The award marks the second straight week the Colts have earned AFC Player of the Week honors. Overall, the Colts have earned five AFC Player of the Week/Month awards this season.

 

2013 Colts AFC Player of the Week/Month Recipients

Week 7: Andrew Luck – AFC Offensive Player of the Week

October: Robert Mathis – AFC Defensive Player of the Month

Week 11: Adam Vinatieri – AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Week 16: Jerrell Freeman – AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Week 17: Adam Vinatieri – AFC Special Teams Player of the Week


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“Back-Up of the Game” is defensive lineman Jeris Pendleton

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 30, 2013 – 5:05 pm

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is defensive lineman Jeris Pendleton.

A thin Colts defensive line got even thinner on Sunday when veteran Aubrayo Franklin went down with a knee injury.

So there were Colts fans heading straight for their programs to find out who No. 61 was eating up space in the middle of the defensive front.

Jeris Pendleton was called up to the Colts active roster earlier this week and played a total of 40 defensive snaps on Sunday.

“It’s like a dream come true, just to come in and be apart of this organization that’s going into the playoffs,” Pendleton said after Sunday’s win.

“To get called up and contribute that’s a blessing in disguise. It felt good to go out there and actually go out there with these guys.”

Pendleton’s journey to the NFL is a story in itself.

He was signed to the Colts practice squad earlier this month before injuries to Cory Redding and Ricky Jean Francois forced a season finale call up.

“It’s been pretty crazy (smiles), trying to work on the practice squad and learn the playbook at the same time.”

“Actually getting pulled up and thrown out there, you’ve got to go with the flow. I’ve got guys on the d-line that is helping me out all the time, just telling me certain thing and helping me out when I don’t know something. It’s pretty crazy but at the same time they keep me sane though.”

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Five Things Learned, Jacksonville-Colts

Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 9:45 am

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Intro:  Indianapolis controlled almost every aspect of a game for the third straight week in moving from 8-5 to 11-5 with a 30-10 victory over Jacksonville.  The Colts earned the momentum they sought entering December, and now it is on to January.

 

INDIANAPOLIS – After Sunday’s 30-10 victory over Jacksonville, Chuck Pagano said everyone knows the second-most important month to be playing good football is in December.

He then pointed to his team’s 4-1 mark that was forged with three straight double-digit wins to end the season.

It was a strong response following a December 8 lopsided loss at Cincinnati, 42-28, the day Indianapolis captured the AFC South crown.

Knowing better play was imperative, the Colts focused on basics and end up entering the playoffs with much-needed steam.

After the club’s impressive victory over the Jaguars to go 6-0 in the division, here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

WINNING ELEMENTS – A message that Chuck Pagano uses that irks a few followers is, “In the NFL, more games are lost than won.”  It’s not that Pagano doesn’t take calculated approaches to win, he just wants to avoid pitfalls that equate to losses – two being penalties and turnovers.  Indianapolis became the second team in 26 years (Kansas City, 2002) to top the league in fewest penalties (66, for 576 yards) and turnovers (14).  The Colts rebounded from minus-12 to plus-13 in turnover ratio from 2012 to 2013 (a jump from 26th to third).  The turnovers set a franchise record.  The team had three or fewer penalties in eight outings and only hit 40-plus infraction yards six times.  The NFL penalty-yard average was 98-845.  Of 12 playoff teams, 10 have positive or neutral turnover ratios.  The top six ratios all are playoff teams.

POSSESSION ADVANTAGE – While points win games, so can possession time.  Indianapolis won its last three games by controlling the ball 33:11, 38:20 and 33:40.  In eight of those 12 quarters, the Colts held the ball for nine-plus minutes and only three times lost the possession margin.  It speaks to executing third downs as well as ball security.  The Colts are 7-1 this year when topping 30-minutes.  Clearly the team is doing something with the ball when it has it, but keeping it usually means an opponent is being held at bay.

SPECIAL LUCK – Andrew Luck now is tied for the second-most wins by any QB since 1970 for the first two seasons of a career (22).  His 8,196 passing yards are the most ever over the first two seasons.  Luck is on a short list of Super Bowl era QBs who opened or are opening their careers with consecutive seasons with playoff starts (5, Joe Flacco; 3, Dan Marino, Bernie Kosar, Andy Dalton; 2, Shaun King, Ben Roethlisberger, Mark Sanzhez, Luck, Russell Wilson).  Dalton, Luck and Wilson are current streaks.  Enjoy Luck as he starts in his second playoffs.  It’s been a wondrous run so far by a special talent.  Note:  Luck has hit five, nine and 10 different receivers in the last three games, some of whom did not start the season here.

UP TEMPO, AGGRESSIVE LEAD FROM START – The last three games have seen the Colts pick up the tempo a notch on offense.  Sunday saw the club probe down the field in an aggressive manner.  There are factors that help a team get off quickly in a game, and this has helped as the Colts own a 24-10 first-quarter and 53-13 first-half points advantage in that time. The previous six games had seen the club labor with 49-9 and 112-24 deficits over those opening quarters and halves, while holding the lead but once.  Keeping the foot down can help the passing game and open up some running room.

SO BASIC – So many times, less is more.  When the team struggled, it went basic.  While focusing on small aspects of the game not appreciated by some non-purists, Robert Mathis preaches the critical nature to crafting solid performances.  “Just doing the little things, fundamentals, techniques, sound football, that’s the difference between winning and losing,” said Mathis.  “Fundamentals separate good players from great players and good teams from great teams.  It’s very important.”  Said Adam Vinatieri about the need for a team to focus on itself, not others, “It is very important.  If we work on what we do and execute our game plan, the team that does that wins a lot of games.  We have what it takes in this locker room.  We just have to continue to play well, commit ourselves and everything that it takes.  If we do that, we’ll be fine.”


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Playoff schedule announced

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 29, 2013 – 10:14 pm

Saturday, Jan. 4

4:35pm ET on NBC – Kansas City at Indianapolis

8:10pm ET on NBC – New Orleans at Philadelphia/Dallas

Sunday, Jan. 5

1:05pm ET on CBS – San Diego at Cincinnati

4:40pm ET on FOX – San Francisco at Green Bay

Saturday, Jan. 11

4:35pm ET on FOX – at Seattle

8:15pm ET on CBS – at New England

Sunday, Jan. 12

1:05pm ET on FOX – at Carolina

4:40pm ET on CBS – at Denver


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“Be Inspired” Pork Tailgate Recipe Contest Winner – Jaguars

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on December 28, 2013 – 8:15 pm

The Colts and Indiana Pork have partnered in search of the best pork tailgate recipe in all of Colts Nation, and guess who is in charge of it? Yours truly! We’re going to be searching for the best pork tailgate recipes you have to offer. This week’s  winner is Francisco Aguilar-Lopez from Greenfield, IN. Now, when it comes to pork, everyone knows that there is royalty in the pork kingdom that comes in the form of bacon… And what is better than bacon? Bacon stuffed with sausage. This “Bacon Bomb” recipe will explode in your mouth, literally!

1# of thick cut bacon
2#- your favorite ground sausage
2 TBS + 2 TBS- your favorite BBQ rub
1/4 cup- thin BBQ sauce

Smoker
Hickory Chips
Hamburger Buns
Spicy Pickle Chips

Process:
Lay out the bacon in a tight lattice pattern as though you were making a top for a pie.
Make sure that the edges of the slices touch.

Season the bacon with the first 2 TBS of the rub

Form the sausage into a square patty that is slightly smaller than the bacon lattice.

Roll the entire bacon/sausage into a log, with the bacon on the outside.
Tuck the loose ends of the bacon around the log to seal the ends.

Season the entire log with the remaining rub.

Bring your smoker (or grill) to 225 degrees and add some of the hickory chips. (if using a grill, wood chips can be placed in a foil pouch with a few holes punched in to allow smoke to escape)
Place the Bacon Bomb onto the rack with the seam on the bottom.

Smoke to 160 degrees.
Brush with a thin bbq sauce and continue cooking to 165 degrees.

Remove the finished roll and allow to rest for about 8 minutes.
Slice into 3/4″ slices and serve on white buns with additional sauce and spicy pickle slices.

This recipe is a great base for experimentation;
Alternate stuffings..
Italian Sausage with Cubes of Mozzarella and Spicy Tomato glaze
Bratwurst with Swiss and Sauerkraut and Beer Mop

Francisco will receive a prize pack consisting of a $75 Meijer gift certificate, Bacon Nation Cook Book, Indiana Pork Apron, Colts hat, Colts yearbook and Colts 2012 Season DVD. PLUS he will be entered into the grand prize which is the Traeger Lil’ Pig Grill.

This is the GRAND PRIZE!!

This is the GRAND PRIZE!!


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STADIUM UPDATE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 6:30 pm

The roof will be closed for tomorrow’s matchup against the Jaguars


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS OLB-ROBERT MATHIS NAMED TO 2014 NFL PRO BOWL

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 27, 2013 – 9:00 pm

The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis has been selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl. This marks the sixth consecutive season that Mathis has been selected to the game. The 2014 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 26, 2014, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In 15 games (all starts) this season, Mathis has recorded 58 tackles (49 solo), 17.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, eight forced fumbles and two passes defensed. His sack total set a career high and a Colts single-season record, while also marking his fifth career 10.0-sack season. Mathis leads the NFL in forced fumbles this year and ranks second in sacks.

Mathis became the franchise leader in several other categories this season, including career sacks (109.0), career games with a sack (84), career games with multiple sacks (26) and single-season games with multiple sacks (six). In Week 12 at Arizona (11/24), he set a new NFL record for career sack-forced fumbles with 40, breaking Jason Taylor’s previous record of 39. With 2.0 sacks against Seattle (10/6), Mathis became the 30th player in NFL history to reach the 100.0-sack plateau. In the previous week at Jacksonville (9/29), he tied a career-high with 3.0 quarterback takedowns in the game.

Mathis earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors for October after compiling 11 tackles, 4.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed as the Colts went 2-1 for the month. He posted 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble both against Seattle (10/6) and Denver (10/20).

In 162 games (98 starts), Mathis holds career totals of 548 tackles (414 solo), 109.0 sacks, 48 forced fumbles, 19 passes defensed, 14 fumble recoveries and one interception. His career sack total currently ranks 21st in NFL history, third since 2003 and fifth among active players. Since 2003, his 48 forced fumbles lead the league.

Mathis’ sixth consecutive Pro Bowl nomination is tied for the sixth-longest streak in franchise history. He is also tied for the eighth-most selections overall in Colts history.

COLTS CONSECUTIVE PRO BOWL NOMINATIONS
11, DE-Gino Marchetti, 1954-64
9, QB-Peyton Manning, 2002-10
8, QB-John Unitas, 1957-64
8, OG/T-Jim Parker, 1958-65
8, WR-Marvin Harrison, 1999-2006
6, OLB-Robert Mathis, 2008-12
6, OG/T-Chris Hinton, 1983-89
5, RB-Lenny Moore, 1958-62
5, WR-Reggie Wayne, 2006-10
4, RB-Alan Ameche, 1955-58
4, WR-Raymond Berry, 1958-61
4, TE-John Mackey, 1965-68
4, C-Ray Donaldson, 1986-89
4, DE-Dwight Freeney, 2008-11

COLTS MOST PRO BOWL NOMINATIONS
11, DE-Gino Marchetti, 1954-64
11, QB-Peyton Manning, 1999-2000, 2002-10
10, QB-John Unitas, 1957-64, 66-67
8, OG/T-Jim Parker, 1958-65
8, WR-Marvin Harrison, 1999-2006
7, RB-Lenny Moore, 1956, 58-62, 64
7, DE-Dwight Freeney, 2003-05, 08-11
6, OLB-Robert Mathis, 2008-12
6, WR-Raymond Berry, 1958-61, 63-64
6, OG/T-Chris Hinton, 1983-89
6, WR-Reggie Wayne, 2006-10, 12
5, TE-John Mackey, 1963, 65-68
5, Jeff Saturday, 2005-07, 09-10
4, RB-Alan Ameche, 1955-58
4, C-Ray Donaldson, 1986-89


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Live Chat Today at 2:00 p.m. EST

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:30 am

Looking for a place to have your Colts questions answered at the end of the week? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

On Friday, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 2:00 p.m EST.

The chat will cover a variety of topics with the focus being the pertinent news during that time period. I will take your questions and try to answer as many as I can during the hour.

For this week, the Colts are 10-5 and still have a chance to move up in the AFC Playoff Picture.

What were your thoughts on the Colts 23-7 win on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend?

How do you think the Colts will close out the regular season in trying to carry this momentum into the month of January?

Feel free to join the chat via this link around 2:00 p.m. on Friday (scroll to the bottom of the page) and we will talk for an hour about whatever is on your mind.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 26, 2013 – 10:51 am

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton and cornerback Sheldon Price from the practice squad to the active roster. The team also signed center Thomas Austin, defensive end Jake McDonough and running back Tauren Poole to the practice squad.

 

Pendleton, 6-2, 334 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on December 3, 2013. He was originally selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round (228th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. Pendleton played in four games and made one solo tackle in 2012 before being released by the Jaguars on May 22, 2013. He then signed with the Dallas Cowboys on June 12 and was released on August 26. Pendleton played two seasons at Ashland University and totaled 84 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks and three forced fumbles in 22 games started.

 

Price, 6-2, 180 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013 and was signed to the practice squad on September 1. He competed in 47 games (45 starts) at UCLA and totaled 157 tackles (123 solo), 21 passes defensed, five interceptions and two forced fumbles. Price participated in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game following a senior season in which he started all 13 games and tied for the team lead with a career-high four interceptions.

 

Austin, 6-4, 310 pounds, has played in one game this season at Kansas City (12/22). For his career, he has competed in eight games, making one start. Austin was signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 1, 2013 before being signed to the practice squad on September 1.

 

McDonough, 6-5, 305 pounds, was originally signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2013 and was waived on July 25. At Iowa State, he played in 40 career games (26 starts) and totaled 89 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and three passes defensed. As a senior in 2012, McDonough earned All-Big 12 first-team honors and was named Iowa State’s Defensive Lineman of the Year after finishing the season with 36 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.

 

Poole, 5-10, 210 pounds, was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent on May 11, 2012 and spent his entire rookie season on Injured Reserve after suffering an injury in the preseason. He was then signed to the Panthers practice squad on September 1, 2013 and was released on October 2. Poole played in 50 career games (25 starts) at Tennessee and rushed for 1,898 yards and 16 touchdowns on 423 carries. He also posted 45 receptions for 343 yards and one touchdown.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS WAIVE C-THOMAS AUSTIN

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 24, 2013 – 3:15 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today waived center Thomas Austin.

Austin played in his first game of the season last week at Kansas City (12/22). For his career, he has competed in eight games (one start). Austin was signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 1, 2013 before being signed to the practice squad on September 1.


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