Indianapolis Colts Football

Five Things Learned: Colts/Cowboys

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 21, 2014 – 9:24 pm



INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts (10-5) four-game win streak came to a sudden halt on Sunday afternoon in Dallas.

It was a struggle on all three phases for the AFC South Champs in falling 42-7 to the Cowboys (11-4).

Now, the Colts will close out the regular season next Sunday with a road game against the Titans (2-14).


MORE SLOW STARTS—A taunting penalty on the Colts first defensive series extended the drive for Dallas and that came back to haunt the visitors. The Colts didn’t get their initial first down until a little more than five minutes left in the second quarter. Slow starts continue to plague the Colts.

LACK OF RUN GAME– The Colts started the game with three straight runs in a clear effort to try and establish that area before the playoffs. It was tough sledding though on the ground. The Colts gained just one yard on 10 carries with the long rush of the day being just four yards.

SECONDARY STRUGGLES In holding DeMarco Murray to 56 rushing yards (came into Sunday averaging 116 yards per game on the ground), that was the exact blueprint the Colts defense wanted on Sunday. It was the Cowboys passing attack that proved to be lethal though. Tony Romo was 18-of-20 for 218 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions on Sunday.

INJURY WATCH – T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) was held out of Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. Two more key players joined Hilton on the sidelines in Dwayne Allen (knee) and Jerrell Freeman (hamstring). It will be interesting to watch how healthy the Colts will be heading into regular season finale in Tennessee.

ONE MORE TUNEUP – The 2014 regular season for the Colts will end in Tennessee. From a seeding standpoint, the Colts will either be the No. 3 or 4 seed with hosting a Wild Card game the first week of January. A win for the Colts would give them a second straight year of sweeping the division slate of games.

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 17, 2014 – 8:10 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed tackle Tyler Hoover to the practice squad.

Hoover, 6-7, 297 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State on May 13, 2014. He was signed to the practice squad on September 1 and was released on September 2. He then spent time on the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad before being released on September 30. Hoover played in 48 career games (23 starts) as a defensive end at Michigan State and recorded 93 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, six passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. As a senior in 2013, he started 11 games and posted career highs in tackles for loss (4.5) and sacks (4.0). He was also named MSU’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient.

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 16, 2014 – 10:02 am

McAfee Nominated for Excellence On and Off the Field

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, the Indianapolis Colts announced punter Pat McAfee as their local “Man of the Year” winner for his commitment to community service and his leadership on and off the field. McAfee will be presented with a commemorative plaque and football by Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano during Pagano’s Wednesday’s press conference.

As the local winner of this award, McAfee will be considered by the NFL for the national Walter Payton Man of the Year, the highest distinction an NFL player can receive for his efforts both on and off the field. The award is named in honor of the late Chicago Bear’s running back Walter Payton.

“We talk about serving all the time, putting the team first, and serving. Pat embodies everything of what we call a Colt. He’s a pillar guy,” said Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “Not only is he a great football player, but what he does off the field is tremendous. It’s a great honor. It’s one of the highest honors I think you can get in the National Football League. And to have the opportunity to be the Walter Payton Man of the Year at the end of the day is a testament to Pat’s hard work. We’re very, very proud of Pat and more proud of the stuff he gives back to this community and what he does outside of football. A great honor.”

Since being drafted by the Colts in 2009, McAfee has made his mark as a football player and a philanthropist. On the field, McAfee holds Colts career records in kickoffs (475), kickoff touchbacks (231), punting gross average (45.8) and punting net average (39.1). He ranks fourth in franchise history in career punts (425) and punting yards (19,471) and third in punts inside the 20-yard line (143). This season, McAfee has logged 59 punts for a 47.2 average while tying his career-high and franchise record with 27 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line. His net average of 43.7 ranks second in the NFL while his 67 kickoff touchbacks lead the league.

“It is an incredible honor to be named the Colts’ Walter Payton Man of the Year,” said Pat McAfee. “In the darkest of times, the most fulfilling thing in the world is finding the light. Although sometimes it’s very difficult, if you’re willing to look hard enough, you can find positives in every situation. There are so many moments that I’ve been lucky to be a part of. From helping vets with my friends at Wish For Our Heroes, to visiting with inspiring kids and young adults who are much tougher than I battling illnesses. From helping local high schools to random acts of kindness, they all hold a special place in my heart but the one that really opened my eyes was when the tornadoes hit some of our Indiana communities last year. It was an unfortunate series of events that caused plenty of heartache and damage for some citizens of our state, but if you looked hard enough you could see it as an opportunity. An opportunity for other Hoosiers to prove that no matter what the situation, no matter what the triumph, we will always have each other’s back. Together we raised $40,000 in 48 hours for the victims. We couldn’t fix everything that was lost, but it was at that moment, that I realized how incredibly lucky I am to be a member of this community. Indiana is filled with caring people and Hoosier Hospitality is real. I’m just trying to do my part. I am humbled, happy and excited to serve this state for years to come. There’s never a wrong time, to do the right thing. Let’s make the world a better place.”

Off the field, McAfee’s statistics are just as impressive. Pat has developed into a community leader and has become arguably one of the most recognizable players in the NFL. Whether supporting his teammates charitable endeavors or engaging personally in Indianapolis and his home state of Pennsylvania, McAfee continues to make his mark in the community. Pat formed “The Pat McAfee Foundation” to provide scholarship assistance to the sons and daughters of US Military Personnel. He holds the men and women of our armed forces in high regard and formed this foundation to assist their children in continuing their education beyond high school. In 2014, the foundation awarded $35,000 in scholarships, totaling more than $60,000 to recipients since 2013.

McAfee lends his support to many charitable endeavors. On a local level, he donated $45,000 to support Northwest High School in central Indiana by rebuilding its football program. Upon learning about his high school’s faulty weight room, McAfee donated $40,000 to build a new facility which supports all of the school’s athletic teams.

Earlier this year, Pat initiated the #ThankAHero campaign. One Purple Heart recipient received a surprise full home makeover. Last year at the November 10 “Salute to Service” game in Indianapolis, McAfee reunited a military husband with his wife and two sons and donated a new SUV to the family.

In the spirit of holiday giving, last week, Pat supported WISH FOR OUR HEROES with a $25,000 donation to offer bill paying assistance for 14 soldiers, 63 youth and 10 spouses. Pat also matches a $500 weekly donation for local military heroes each week on The Pat McAfee Show.

At each Colts home game, McAfee donates 20 tickets and meal vouchers to Wish For Our Heroes as a part of the team’s Community Ticket Block program. He also serves as the team’s representative on United Way’s TEAM NFL initiative. Through this campaign, Pat attended “Hometown Huddle”, to unveil a new fitness room to a local community center with the United Way of Central Indiana. McAfee is one of 32 players around the NFL who have pledged to help United Way promote a healthy active lifestyle nationwide.

In addition to his personal efforts, McAfee has supported several of the Colts community programs and initiatives, and those of his teammates, over his six seasons in the NFL. This season, he was selected by the Colts as the 2014 Salute to Service nominee, an award created to acknowledge the exceptional efforts by members of the NFL Community to honor and support U.S. service members and veterans.

For more information on the Pat McAfee Foundation, visit Please see the attached document for Pat’s complete community bio.

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“Back-Up of the Game” is wide receiver Hakeem Nicks

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 15, 2014 – 4:52 pm

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.

The adaptation of the Colts offense has had to adjust quite a bit over the last few weeks.

With the injuries to Ahmad Bradshaw and Reggie Wayne, the Colts skill group has been forced to throw some different looks out there lately.

That has seen a diminished role for Hakeem Nicks compared to what the Colts free agent signee saw early on in the season.

Nicks came into Sunday catching just three passes in over a month.

On Sunday though, Nicks caught two balls for 44 yards, which ties the second most receiving yards he has had in 2014.

His afternoon began with a 26-yard touchdown early in the second quarter where Nicks showed a nice ability to run after the catch and get into the end zone for his fourth score of the year.

Then on the Colts next touchdown drive there was Nicks showing his ability to go up and get it, something coveted during the free agency period, with an 18-yard sideline grab.

With the extra attention building each week for T.Y. Hilton, there will inevitably be favorable matchups for the Colts offense going forward.

“I just wanted to go out there and make plays and they called my number and I showed up,” Nicks said after the Colts 17-10 victory.



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Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 4:02 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed cornerback Sheldon Price to the active roster from the practice squad and waived tackle Andrew McDonald from the active roster.

Price, 6-2, 198 pounds, has spent the entire season on the Colts practice squad. He was originally signed by the team as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013 and was signed to the active roster from the practice squad on December 26, 2013. He was inactive for the 2013 regular season finale and both postseason contests. At UCLA, Price competed in 47 career games (45 starts) and totaled 157 tackles (123 solo), 21 passes defensed, five interceptions and two forced fumbles. As a senior in 2012, he tied for the team lead with four interceptions and set the school’s single-game record with three picks against Houston. Following the season, Price participated in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game.

McDonald was signed by the Colts as a free agent on December 3, 2014. He played in two games with the Seattle Seahawks this season before being signed to their practice squad on November 22, 2014. McDonald was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of Indiana University on May 14, 2012 and also spent time with the Carolina Panthers in 2013.

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Five Things Learned: Colts/Texans

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 14, 2014 – 10:13 pm


INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts (10-4) earned yet another double-digit win season on Sunday thanks to a 17-10 victory over the Houston Texans (7-7).

With the Colts 12th straight divisional victory, Indianapolis clinched the AFC South for a second straight season.

Now, the Colts will hit the road for the final two games of the season with a trip to Dallas (10-4) first up next Sunday.


PLAYOFF BOUND—For the 14th time in the last 16 years, the Colts are members of the postseason. The first goal for Chuck Pagano’s team was accomplished on Sunday in winning the AFC South. The Colts look to be locked into the No. 3 seed as long as they win one of their final two games.

DEFENSE CARRYING THE TORCH– In the last month, the Colts defense has been very sound. That was once again the case on Sunday with the Colts limiting Arian Foster to 3.8 yards per carry, his second fewest in the last three months. Vontae Davis added to his Pro Bowl resume by recording his fourth interception of the season.

PRO BOWL KICKERS The Colts have more than a legitimate argument for both of their kickers earning Pro Bowl honors this year. Adam Vinatieri has now made 34 straight field goals, the fourth longest streak in NFL history. Pat McAfee pinned four more punts inside the 20-yard line against Houston, tying his own franchise record of 27 punts downed inside the 20-yard line set last season (27).

SKILL GROUP SHUFFLE – Hakeem Nicks had seen his reps diminish in the past few weeks but he made the most of limited playing time on Sunday. Nicks caught two passes for 44 yards including a 26-yard touchdown. His 18-yard catch set up the Colts second touchdown. The lone injury from Sunday’s game was a hamstring for T.Y. Hilton, which is something to watch going forward.

ROAD SHOW NEXT – The Colts have guaranteed themselves at least one more home game this season, but they will hit the road the last two weeks of the regular season. Next week, the Colts will head to Dallas to take on the NFC East leaders in what will be a tremendous challenge for the Indianapolis defense.

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Stadium Update

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 8:03 am

The roof will be closed for today’s game.

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“Be Inspired” Pork Tailgate Recipe Contest Winner – Texans Week

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on December 13, 2014 – 3:10 pm

It’s Colts football season and that means that it’s tailgating season! Just like last year, 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. We want to see some creativity and of course plenty of pork! What something to sweeten the deal? How about a year supply of bacon! Yes, the grand prize winner will receive a year supply of bacon. The weekly winners will receive a prize package consisting of a $50 Meijer gift certificate,101 Things to Do With Bacon Book, Indiana Pork Apron, Colts hat, Colts yearbook and Colts 2013 Season DVD. We’ve had  a lot of GREAT recipes this year but this is the final week for the contest! Sad, but true.

This week’s winning recipe comes from Mike C. of Cache, Oklahoma who takes the “fatty” phenomenon to a whole new level. This spicy rendition of a pork-topia looks like a great way to spend a cold December Sunday!

Mike’s Big Fatty

1 pk bacon
1 chub mild pork sausage
2 poblano chiles
1 cup quesadilla cheese

Start by roasting your chiles over fire or high heat until they blister. Place the chiles in a ziplock bag for 10 minutes so they can steam. Once they’ve steamed a while, remove the skin then open the chiles to remove the seeds.

Make a weave with your bacon and set aside. Spread your pork into a rectangle shape on plastic wrap or wax paper. Place your two skinned and seeded chiles down on the middle of the pork sausage then top the chiles with your cheese. Using the plastic wrap or wax paper, roll the sausage, chiles and cheese up into a log, then place the log on the bacon weave. Wrap the bacon weave around the roll and you’re ready to grill or bake. Medium heat on the grill (or 400 degree oven) for 10 minutes, then flip and finish on the other side for an additional 15.

Slice and destroy.

As if your imagination isn’t enough, Mike provided a visual to go along with this beast. Dig in!













Thanks for all the 2014 entries and recipe winners. We will have details on the Grand Prize winner here soon!

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Five Things Learned: Colts/Browns

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 7, 2014 – 9:28 pm



INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts (9-4) escaped Cleveland (7-6) with a thrilling come from behind victory on Sunday afternoon.

With the 25-24 victory, the Colts are now just one game away from clinching the AFC South for a second straight season.

Next week is the Colts final home game of the regular season with Houston (7-6) coming to Lucas Oil Stadium for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.


COMEBACK ACT—It’s been a while since Andrew Luck has executed a comeback victory after registering a record seven during his rookie season. On Sunday, Luck led the Colts on an 11-play, 90-yard game-winning drive with a pair of third-down conversions and a fourth-and-one that had the game in its balance. The Colts know that as long as they can keep it within striking distance, No. 12 has the capability to produce late game magic.

DEFENSE GAINING STEAM – For the third straight week, the Colts defense was very solid. With the Browns looking to expand a multiple possession lead, the Colts stood tall. In the second half, the Browns amassed just 61 total yards in 25 plays with seven drives ending in five punts, one interception and one field goal in sudden change.

OFFENSIVE LINE NEXT MEN UP The Colts offensive line ran out of bodies on Sunday. With injuries to Jonottahn Harrison (burner) and Joe Reitz (ankle), the Colts used up all seven of their active linemen. Both A.Q. Shipley and Khaled Holmes filled in nicely and provided Andrew Luck with some extended time to throw in the second half.

T.Y. HILTON’S PRO BOWL CAMPAIGN – Facing Browns cornerback Joe Haden, T.Y. Hilton knew things would be difficult on Sunday. After just one catch in the first half, Hilton exploded for nine catches in the second half and finished the night with 150 receiving yards. The 100-yard day for Hilton was his sixth of the season and he fell one reception short of a career-high.

AFC SOUTH CROWN IN SIGHT – Late in the second half on Sunday, it looked like the Colts AFC South lead was going to dwindle to just one game with Houston coming to Indianapolis next week. However, thanks to the late game heroics the lead for the Colts stayed at two games. Things get a bit tricky down the stretch if the Colts were to lose on Sunday. Basically, no matter what happens to the Texans over the last three weeks, the Colts just need a win this Sunday or in Week 17 vs. the Titans to win the AFC South (for tiebreaker purposes).

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 4, 2014 – 10:00 am

The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November. This marks the first time he has earned the award in his career.

In the month of November, Luck completed 88-of-144 passes for 1,280 yards, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions for a 112.0 passer rating, leading the Colts to a 3-1 record. His touchdown total ranked tied for third in the NFL, while his passer rating ranked fifth and his passing yardage total ranked sixth.

In a Week 9 meeting at the Giants, Luck became the first player in NFL history with at least 350 passing yards in five consecutive road contests. He joined Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees (twice) as the only quarterbacks in league history with at least 3,000 passing yards in their team’s first nine games to begin a season and also became the third player in NFL history with six consecutive games of 40-plus attempts.

In Week 11 against New England, Luck totaled his eighth consecutive 300-yard passing outing which ranks as the second-longest streak in NFL history. In Week 12 against Jacksonville, he took sole possession of second place in team history for consecutive games with 20-or-more completions. He finished with eight rushes for 49 yards, which was the second-highest single-game rushing total of his career.

In a Week 13 win against Washington, Luck became the fifth quarterback since 1970 to record 30 victories in the first three seasons of a career. He established a career-high with five touchdown passes and threw for over four touchdown passes for the sixth time in his career. His five touchdown passes tied for the third-most in a single game in team history and he became the first quarterback in franchise history to throw for two touchdowns of 70-plus yards in a single game. Luck joined Johnny Unitas (one) and Peyton Manning (six) as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to throw for 30-plus touchdowns in a single season and tied Carson Palmer (78) for the fourth-most passing touchdowns in the first three seasons of a quarterback’s career in NFL history. He set a career-long with a 79-yard pass to wide receiver Donte Moncrief, which went for his fifth touchdown. On the play, Luck reached 4,000 passing yards for the year and joined Peyton Manning and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino as the only players to pass for 4,000 yards in two of their first three NFL seasons. He also became the third-fastest player to reach 12,000 career passing yards in NFL history. Luck posted his 10th 300-yard passing game of the year, which set a single-season franchise record (Peyton Manning, nine in 2004). With 19 completions, he passed Andy Dalton (992) for the second-most completions in the first three seasons of a quarterback’s career in NFL history. Luck finished with four touchdown passes of 30-plus yards and became only the second player in the last 10 years to accomplish the feat in a single game (Matt Flynn vs. Detroit 1/1/12).

Luck has completed 313-of-491 passes (63.7%) for 4,011 yards, 34 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 103.0 passer rating in 12 starts this season. His completion percentage, touchdown total and passer rating are all career highs. He has also rushed for 213 yards and two touchdowns on 50 attempts. For his career, Luck has completed 995-of-1,688 passes for 12,207 yards, 80 touchdowns, 38 interceptions and a 87.8 passer rating, while rushing for 845 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Luck is the second Colts player to earn AFC Player of the Month honors in 2014, as punter Pat McAfee was honored as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September. The Colts are the second team in the NFL this season to earn two Player of the Month awards.

Week 3: Andrew Luck – AFC Offensive Player of the Week
Week 6: Pat McAfee – AFC Special Teams Player of the Week
Week 13: D’Qwell Jackson – AFC Defensive Player of the Week

September: Pat McAfee – AFC Special Teams Player of the Month
November: Andrew Luck – AFC Offensive Player of the Month

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