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Old 09-25-2011, 01:38 AM   #1
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Default Game 3 Matchup: Steelers vs. Colts

The Colts' struggles with Kerry Collins have been proof of Peyton Manning's importance to the Colts.
Gerry Dulac breaksdown the Sunday night showcase
Sunday, September 25, 2011
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


GAME PLAN
When the Colts have the ball: No team in the NFL relies more on one player than the Colts do with Peyton Manning. Kerry Collins, talked out of retirement to replace Manning (neck), had success against the Steelers when he was with Tennessee. He is 3-1 in four career starts against them. But Collins is still adapting to a new system that is predicated on precision timing. He has produced only two touchdowns in two games and completed just 35 of 69 passes (50.7 percent) for 388 yards ----15 percent lower than Manning's career 64.9 percent. He also has fumbled three times. Making matters worse, the offensive line has new starters at four positions and could be without veteran RG Ryan Diem (ankle). Schematically, though, the Colts have the type of offense that can give the Steelers problems because they can spread the field with three wide receivers -- Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie -- and flex tight end Dallas Clark.

When the Steelers have the ball: The biggest concern is protecting the edge against DEs Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, who have combined for 170 sacks in their career. The Colts have never been a team that could stop the run, mainly because their defense is built to rush the passer -- a philosophy adopted because opponents usually are trying to keep up or catch their Manning-led offense. The Colts have allowed 136.3 ypg on the ground, including 94 by Cleveland's Peyton Hillis last week. RB Rashard Mendenhall has started fast each of the past two games, but the running game has sputtered in the second half. Backup Isaac Redman is averaging 4.7 yards and continues to make big plays in limited time. The Colts will have to use FS Antoine Bethea to help on WR Mike Wallace, who had eight catches and over 100 yards receiving in each of his first two games. QB Ben Roethlisberger is fifth in the AFC in passing yards (586) and fourth in yards per attempt (8.14).

KEEP AN EYE ON ...
The Colts special teams ... It's not just the Manning-less offense that's been bad. The Colts have been horrid in kick coverage, allowing a 79-yard punt return TD to Jacoby Jones and a 46-yard kick return to Danieal Manning against the Houston Texans and a 43-yard punt return and 52-yard kick return to Cleveland's Josh Cribbs.

INTANGIBLES
This is the first meeting in Indianapolis since the Steelers beat the Colts, 21-18, in the AFC divisional playoff round after the 2005 season -- the season they went on to win Super Bowl XL vs. Seattle in Detroit. ... The Colts have won two of the past three meetings, including postseason, but the Steelers are 10-2 in the past 12 meetings. The Steelers have never lost to the Colts in the postseason (5-0). ... The Steelers have won seven of their past nine games on the road, although they are 0-1 this season after losing their season opener at Baltimore.

KEYS TO VICTORY
To win, the Colts must ...

1 Be hard on Rashard. If they can't stop Mendenhall, that will slow Freeney and Mathis and create more time for Roethlisberger to pick on their corners.

2 Have Addai be adept. Because of the way their offense is built around Manning, RB Joseph Addai is not accustomed to being a feature part of the offense.

3 Gird on third. The defense is having a difficult time getting off the field on third down, allowing a conversion rate of 48.1 percent (13 of 27).

To win, the Steelers must ...

1 Disrupt the rhythm. So much of the Colts' passing game is predicated on timing routes with receivers, something Collins is still trying to develop.

2 Table Garcon. He is the Colts prime deep threat who usually lines on the right side of their offense -- against either Bryant McFadden or William Gay.

3 Like Mike. Teams have been picking on Colts CB Jacob Lacey, just as the Steelers picked on Seattle's Brandon Browner with Wallace.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11268...#ixzz1YwYe3Z4H


Ummm... don't you actually have to try running the ball if you don't want your running game to "sputter"?
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:04 AM   #2
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Run, Run, Run. The secondary hasn't been too awful for the Colts, they have picked off passes but they are not forcing fumbles and allowing teams to run. If we have a heathly dose of Rashard with a side dish of Redman and hell, even a sprinkle of Moore out of the back field, we should be fine.
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Run, Run, Run. The secondary hasn't been too awful for the Colts, they have picked off passes but they are not forcing fumbles and allowing teams to run. If we have a heathly dose of Rashard with a side dish of Redman and hell, even a sprinkle of Moore out of the back field, we should be fine.
Hell yeah pound the ball, which will take a ton of pressure off the OT trying to stop Freeney and Mathis. If the Steelers do pass hopefully they mix in some quick passing plays as well, anything to keep Ben standing.
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I would rather see a healthy dish of Redman to start and throw Mendy in for the change up. I know wish in one hand and spit in the other. I like Rashard but he dances to much in the redzone, and when he gets bottled up in the backfield. Redman just keeps driving.
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Yes, let our Defense force the mistakes outta Collins',... and we should be good. We'll see a little more 2nite if Kerry Collins is finally adjusting to Peyton's team, or not ?
Hopefully our "O" will run, smash-run, run.
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colts have always been pretty soft against the run. we should have success pounding the rock
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colts have always been pretty soft against the run. we should have success pounding the rock
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One name for you Ike Redman needs and will be the key to victory. Ike is consistent, give Ike the rock, he is the real deal!
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Run, run, run and then take your shots down the field. The receivers should be able to use their speed well on the turf.

Contain, contain, contain. Get after Collins and don't allow him time to find open guys. Don't allow Clark and the back to pick them apart.
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Run, run, run and then take your shots down the field. The receivers should be able to use their speed well on the turf.

Contain, contain, contain. Get after Collins and don't allow him time to find open guys. Don't allow Clark and the back to pick them apart.
Well said!! Collins does have the experience to pick a team apart if he has the time to throw!!
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