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Colts have already proven they can win at Qualcomm

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    QBs

    Peyton Manning is one of the hottest passers in the league and the primary reason the Colts closed the season with a nine-game winning streak. After struggling early while recovering from two knee operations, he has regained the form that makes him one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Edge

    Philip Rivers' prolific passing numbers should have been worthy of a spot in the Pro Bowl. Besides Denver's collapse, the Chargers reached the postseason largely because of the big plays he consistently produced with his arm. His brash and tough personality rubs off on the rest of the offense.

    RBs

    Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes have had ordinary seasons. Addai does have good speed and is especially dangerous when he turns the corner. Rhodes is a tough inside runner. Still, the Colts' ground game ranks 31st in the NFL with 79.6 yards per game, forcing Manning to carry the offense with his arm.

    Who said LaDainian Tomlinson lost a step? He looked as explosive as ever in the division-clinching win over Denver. Darren Sproles is an incredibly fast complement who becomes even more dangerous in the open field as defenses wear down from chasing Tomlinson, who is dealing with a groin-muscle injury. Edge

    WRs

    Reggie Wayne is a superb route-runner with considerable speed. Marvin Harrison isn't the player he was in his prime, but remains a threat. Anthony Gonzalez continues to grow into a very reliable target. Focus on taking them away, and tight end Dallas Clark, a red-zone terror, will make plays down the seam Edge

    Most opponents look to shut down Antonio Gates, one of the best and most athletic tight ends in the league, and force Rivers to go elsewhere. The other options are pretty good. Vincent Jackson and Chris Chambers are play-makers. And Tomlinson and Sproles can always find a mismatch in coverage.

    OL

    This unit overcame a series of injuries to keep Manning well protected for most of the season. Its run-blocking hasn't been quite as effective, however. Jeff Saturday is among the best centers in the game and is crucial to keeping things organized as Manning goes through his litany of calls and adjustments at the line. Edge

    When Tomlinson struggled at points earlier in the season many critics were quick to put the blame on him. However, the real problem was that his line wasn't opening enough holes. The unit does a better job in pass protection, although Tomlinson and Sproles are good enough to overcome inconsistent blocking.

    DL

    Dwight Freeney is one of the best defensive ends in the league. His tremendous quickness off the ball makes him a constant challenge to contain off the edge. Robert Mathis is another pass-rushing force that blockers must respect. The vulnerability of the Colts' four-man line is that it's relatively small, especially in the middle. Edge

    Nose tackle Jamal Williams has played much better in the second half of the season than he did in the first. At his best, he can be a dominant force. Ends Luis Castillo and Igor Olshansky have been disappointing. They haven't generated much as pass-rushers and their run-stopping has left something to be desired.

    LBs

    Middle linebacker Gary Brackett will miss his fifth game in a row with a cracked bone in his lower right leg. And that means continued shuffling within this group. Freddie Keiaho is expected to move from the outside to replace Buster Davis, who had previously started for Brackett. Tyjuan Hagler likely will start in place of Keiaho.

    This unit never overcame the season-long absence of OLB Shawne Merriman. For that matter, neither has San Diego's defense, which has allowed at least three touchdowns in four of its last five games. Until lately, Shaun Phillips hasn't picked up much of the slack. Stephen Cooper and Matt Wilhelm are solid inside. Edge

    Secondary

    The best news for the Colts' defense is that strong safety Bob Sanders, who has missed nine games this season with knee and ankle injuries, is healthy. He continues to make everyone around him better. The Colts' cornerbacks aren't accomplished, but they have stepped up at key times. Edge

    Opponent after opponent found it far too easy to make big plays through the air agaisnt the Chargers. Antonio Cromartie is not the ball-hawker he was a year ago. None of San Diego's other defensive backs are making many big plays, either. The Chargers are especially soft against short and intermediate passes.

    ST

    Adam Vinatieri isn't quite as money as he used to be on field goals, but he still has a strong leg. Hunter Smith is an effective punter who can consistently put the ball inside the opponents' 20. The Colts' kickoff coverage is inconsistent. They have the league's worst punt-return average and are near the bottom in kickoff returns.

    Sproles is an extremely dangerous return man, capable of going the distance on any kick. The Chargers do a solid job in kick coverage. Mike Scifres is one of the best punters in the league, with an exceptionally strong leg and good hang time. Nate Kaeding remains one of the NFL's more reliable kickers, and has excellent range. Edge

    Coaching

    Tony Dungy won a Super Bowl two years ago, but he might be doing a better coaching job this season. He didn't allow the Colts' early season struggles to snowball and led the team to the playoffs for the ninth time in 10 years. He gets particularly high marks for his defense's play during the 9-0 stretch. Edge

    Norv Turner's future with the Chargers seemed in question at one point, with the team falling well short of expectations. Speculation about whether he would keep his job subsided after the team made a strong finish to win the AFC West. Since Ron Rivera took over the defense, it has been more aggressive.

    Overall

    The fact the Colts have lost three of their last four games against the Chargers, including a 2007 divisional-round playoff, doesn't factor into what will likely happen Saturday night. The Colts are the better team and proved on Nov. 23 they can win at Qualcomm Stadium. Manning should find his share of success against a blitzing defense. Edge

    There's no denying this team is hot, winning its last four games. But the Chargers' AFC West championship wasn't something they won so much as the Broncos lost with an epic collapse. Their offense is explosive and will give the Colts' defense a strong challenge. In the end, however, it probably won't be enough.

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  2. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Back to being under dogs!

    EMBRACE THE HATE!
     
  3. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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  4. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    They've proven they can lose there with a "superior" team too.

    Fuc it... no pressure.
     
  5. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    ChargerJeff Boltaholic

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure they all picked the Bucs too.

    Conc - as you said - Embrace The Hate!
     
  7. BoltsFanUK

    BoltsFanUK Well-Known Member

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    Just play with the same intensity and passion.

    Go Bolts
     
  8. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    KILL THAT FU.CKING HORSE!!
     
  9. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

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    They have us right where we want 'em. Have we ever been favored against these guys?
     
  10. pure-sol

    pure-sol Well-Known Member

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    Jesus, that might just give me nightmares! :lol:
     
  11. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    One with against the Chargers where the Chargers offense was sputtering like crazy and we had a brand new DC = PROVEN

    Four wins against a team, including one big playoff come from behind win = NOT PROVEN

    Orwell would be proud

    Nice to see the media's on this already
     
  12. Golfboy

    Golfboy BoltTalker

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    We just beat one team of old nags, bring on the next next one.
    Any more teams in the tournament named after horses?
     
  13. sdbound

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    You want hate? Get your hate right here!
     
  14. Chuck F.

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    I am getting a feeling that something big will happen.

    I feel a Charger domination coming.

    Just a strange hunch......
     
  15. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    I agree, I see multiple running touchdowns and a hiatus of your LT hate coming... :lol:
     
  16. Chuck F.

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    But LT is "hurt" I thought?

    You must be talking about Sproles and Hester?:icon_shrug:
    :lol:
     
  17. SD Native WY

    SD Native WY Well-Known Member

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    I get worried when we are predicted to win. Lately I think the team does better as underdogs going in.:yes:
     
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  18. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    It's tough to beat the home team twice in the same year. Things will be different this go around, I guarantee it!!! :bolt: :tup: :abq2:
     
  19. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    The Colts may have proven they can win in Qualcomm....when Norv doesn't manage the game well. The Colts are getting their due and it ain't gonna be them walking out thinking about their flight to Pittsburgh. The Bolts are winning this one.
     
  20. Buck Melanoma

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    We win this one, folks. Hang on to your hats. :abq2: :abq1:
     
  21. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    ^^^^ That's what I'm talking about. :abq2::abq1::abq2:
     
  22. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    ^^^^ Mee two! :abq2:
     
  23. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    LT has played and played well for this team when hurt. he has played through broken ribs, Turf toe that sidelined other players, ankle injuries etc.

    Only once has an injury sidelined him. For that you spew hate. You make me sad... Verry, verry sad... :icon_sad:
     
  24. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Conc, between me, you and the lamp post. I believe we are going to the Super Bowl. Don't tell anyone. :tup:
     
  25. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    I am jazzed. I think that would be great and have the same feeling. Though I am not trying to let it fly, because as a fan I always have the feeling.

    That said, if we do, i want to see what everyone is posting to B4L for the whole off season! :lol:
     
  26. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Damn Conc, why did you bring up that waste of good carbon 14??????
     
  27. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Sorry, the Fugle Boy made me do it... :icon_eek:
     
  28. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    :icon_rofl::icon_rofl::icon_rofl:
     
  29. calgary_chargers

    calgary_chargers BoltTalker

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    last weeks team is the same team that slay the colts last year. go bolts. cromartie will pick peyton again.
     
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    everyone picked the red raiders to win today also.....did you see how that ended.......:lol: Go Chargers!!!!!!!:icon_toast:
     

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