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BluBlood
09-16-2005, 03:42 PM
Ten things to beat Colts
9/16/05
By Vic Ketchman, jaguars.com Senior Editor
http://www.jaguars.com/story/4659.asp


Matt Jones and the Jaguars' receivers will look to use their height advantage Sunday in Indianapolis.
This game has inspired a rush of analysis. Everybody wants to know, what are the keys to victory?

Big games have that kind of an effect on fans. Make no mistake about it, this is a big game.

So, what are your keys to victory? Block Dwight Freeney? Sack Peyton Manning? Use a lot of trick plays? Well, here's something I wanna keep an eye on.

The Jaguars wide receivers are 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 and 6-6. The Colts defensive backs are 5-8, 5-8, 5-10 and 5-10.

Whoa! Is that a mismatch or what? Shouldn't the Jaguars win every battle for every high ball? Shouldn't the Jaguars dominate in the red zone?

“They don't have big guys but they have fast guys,” quarterback Byron Leftwich said. “They scheme. The way they play, size doesn't matter, but you do know the size of those guys.”

Leftwich may have been talking out of both sides of his mouth, a little bit. His remarks were respectful enough not to give the Colts defensive backs a cause, but he also wanted you to know the Jaguars have taken note of the height difference between the guys for whom Leftwich will be throwing and the guys who will be defending.

Simply put, the goings-on in the secondary Sunday when the Jaguars have the ball may resemble something from “Gulliver's Travels.”

Keep an eye on this matchup of giants and Lilliputians. It has the potential to be something lasting, since it's likely the Colts' defensive backs have stopped growing.

Now, here are 10 things the Jaguars have to do to beat the Colts.

1. Run the ball—You knew this would be number one. It goes directly to time of possession, which is how you beat the Colts: You keep Peyton Manning on the bench.

2. Convert third down—It's the second part of the formula for winning time of possession. Byron Leftwich must be efficient on third down and the Jaguars must get push in short-yardage.


3. Be physical—That's also how you beat the Colts, and being physical on offense goes hand in hand with running the ball and winning time of possession. On defense, it means dominating the line of scrimmage and whacking Manning's receivers after the catch.

4. Rush Manning—You don't have to sack him; he'll sack himself if you get close to him. When you have two Pro-Bowl defensive tackles and you've spent $10 million on a defensive end, you had to have this game in mind. Now, rush!

5. No turnovers—Against the best regular-season quarterback and offense in the business, you may not get any turnovers, so you better make sure you don't commit any.

6. Win the battle of field position—In the Jaguars' win in the RCA Dome last year, the Jaguars' average field position starting point was their 35-yard line; for the Colts it was their 17. The difference had a lot to do with the outcome.

7. Block Freeney—This almost goes without saying. Dwight Freeney has the potential to take over the game. He must be blocked.

8. Limit the gameplan—Keep plans and schemes to a minimum, especially trick plays. Don't send the message that you're a gimmick team. Make sure the Colts know they are playing a power team. Those are the teams that beat them.

9. Stop the traps—If you can't stop the traps, you can't stop the trap-passes. That's how the Colts score inside the 10-yard line. They make you play trap, then they run trap-pass.

10. Be strong at the end—This one could go to the wire. The team that wins the fourth quarter will win the game.
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Somebody quick, get to Jacksonville and silence this man! WE HAVE BEEN EXPOSED! HURRY!

Pacers#1Fan
09-16-2005, 05:01 PM
:rollout:

Natston
09-16-2005, 05:11 PM
Damn there went our undefeated season down the drain...

Suaveness
09-16-2005, 05:17 PM
You should have

11. Be the Patroits

SoupIsGood
09-16-2005, 05:19 PM
I just love how this is such a huge game for the Jags.

McClintic Sphere
09-16-2005, 10:31 PM
It's always a nice idea to have your wideouts stretch over our undersized defensive backs until Bob Sanders or Mike Doss drills one of them in the ribcage.

Pacers#1Fan
09-16-2005, 10:36 PM
It's always a nice idea to have your wideouts stretch over our undersized defensive backs until Bob Sanders or Mike Doss drills one of them in the ribcage.I can't wait to see that.

obnoxiousmodesty
09-16-2005, 11:05 PM
Dumbest. Article. Ever.

I will certainly enjoy watching them cry into their Gatorade on Sunday.

Natston
09-17-2005, 05:42 AM
I can't wait to see that. Yeah, that's why we'll forever be seeing those two on the injured list. :unimpress

Brian
09-17-2005, 05:49 AM
Gotta love the "block freeney" part also.

travmil
09-17-2005, 11:18 AM
1. Run the ball—You knew this would be number one. It goes directly to time of possession, which is how you beat the Colts: You keep Peyton Manning on the bench.

^^^ Above is the number one reason that Manning is better than Tom Brady. None of the top 10 ways to beat the Pats would be to keep Brady on the bench. Ok you can all go back on topic with this now. Just thought I'd point it out.

mmpfm1
09-17-2005, 11:35 AM
You could just chang a few names around and those tips would apply to any team.

Hicks
09-17-2005, 11:42 AM
Help a novice: What's so dumb about it?

efx
09-17-2005, 02:22 PM
Help a novice: What's so dumb about it?

The fact that someone dare imply that the Colts can be beaten.

Seriously, I didn't think it was that great of an article. As someone else said, you can just switch some of the names around and it could be applied to most other teams too.

I think that the Colts can/will win this game but I don't think any team should underestimate their opponent in this sport. The regular season is too short for that.

Diamond Dave
09-17-2005, 03:35 PM
Help a novice: What's so dumb about it?

It was horribly generic. I was surprised to not to read that the best way to beat the Colts is to out score them.

I believe you have complained, and rightfully so, about NBA broadcasters giving absolutely no legitimate analysis. They just say the "if the Knicks are going to beat the Spurs tonight they have to find a way to slow down Tim Duncan." :rolleyes:

Well this is a rare example of that in the NFL.

pizza guy
09-18-2005, 01:46 AM
It's always a nice idea to have your wideouts stretch over our undersized defensive backs until Bob Sanders or Mike Doss drills one of them in the ribcage.

Yup, they're just the right size for it too.:D

SoupIsGood
09-18-2005, 06:16 AM
Ooh! Ooh! Funny story!

Watching some local college game the last weekend, the announcers went to their sideline guy as the halftime clock was ticking down. They asked him what he gathered from the coaches in talking to them, and what each thought would be the key's to the second half (it was a tie game at halftime).

He just stood there for a second. Then looked in the camera, appearing confused and disoriented, and said that he thought whoever came out and played better in the second half would probably win the game. And then just stood there silently.

The announcers just sat there for a second, until one of them finally said, "Wow, both insightful and valuable. I hope we're not paying you too much. That was...." and then the play-by-play guy cut him off and they went to commercial.

Maybe it was funnier to see. Oh well.


:lol2:

Oh man, I'd almost pay to see a recording of that.