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  • #16
    Re: Ravens @ Colts

    The Ravens are not as good as they played in the first quarter against the Patriots. The final three quarters of the game is their normal level of play. Yesterday, they had 24 points in the first quarter, none in the second, and managed three FG's in the second half. As long as the O-line keeps Peyton upright and gives him his time, the Colts will win.

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    • #17
      Re: Ravens @ Colts

      Flacco with a QB rating of 10. That's one more than nine, one less than eleven. Nigel Tufnel has that beat. Take away Rice's 83 yard run and they ran for about 3 a carry.

      You gotta bring more than that. If Brady wasn't so generous with the turnovers ............... But what happened, happened. I don't think Manning tosses 3 picks and fumbles it away. I don't see the D giving up the big run. I don't think the Raven's secondary will be able to contain Wayne, Clark, Garcon, Collie. And this Colts team has something to prove. That being the decision to rest players was the right one.

      Colts 34, Ravens 13.

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      • #18
        Re: Ravens @ Colts

        We should be fine, but there is always reason to be nervous about a Colts playoff game. That's just par for the course.

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        • #19
          Re: Ravens @ Colts

          The Patriot's play reminded me of some Colt opening playoff moments...

          The variable that I'm most anxious to see is how Caldwell prepares this team for the playoffs. I know there was a lot of talk in the past about the Colts losing their edge by resting players and too much time between meaningful games and the playoffs, but I think a portion (perhaps a large portion) was Dungy's inability to properly prepare the Colts for the playoffs and to work thru the layoff letdown. IMHO he ultimately made what could've been an advantage into a disadvantage.

          I'm hoping Caldwell spends more time in game prep as well as keeps the players more primed and ready than Dungy.

          I'm not convinced Dungy was the long hours, hard worker he needed to be with X and O's and priming the team... especially for the playoffs.
          Nuntius was right for a while. I was wrong for a while. But ultimately I was right and Frank Vogel has been let go.

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          • #20
            Re: Ravens @ Colts

            Ray Rice is going to be hard to handle. He is a smaller RB ie MJD, Sproles, & Turner. That has given the Colts D problems. Combine that with Ed Reed & Ray Lewis.

            Keep in mind we have taken this team out before in the playoffs and the fan base in Baltimore is still upset about the Mayflower vans. When we beat them earlier this season instead of putting Colts on the scoreboard they put INDY.

            I really hope Peyton wins so all you on here that worship him can actually have some validity that he is better than Brady. Who looked to be done last game. I am predicting the Colts to win by over ten points due to our Defense. Melvin Bullett and Gary Brackett are going to show the world who they are and get a playoff W. The Offense cannot turn the ball over more than a single time for this to happen.

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            • #21
              Re: Ravens @ Colts

              Originally posted by Jonathan View Post

              I really hope Peyton wins so all you on here that worship him can actually have some validity that he is better than Brady.

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              • #22
                Re: Ravens @ Colts

                Originally posted by Bball View Post
                The Patriot's play reminded me of some Colt opening playoff moments...

                The variable that I'm most anxious to see is how Caldwell prepares this team for the playoffs. I know there was a lot of talk in the past about the Colts losing their edge by resting players and too much time between meaningful games and the playoffs, but I think a portion (perhaps a large portion) was Dungy's inability to properly prepare the Colts for the playoffs and to work thru the layoff letdown. IMHO he ultimately made what could've been an advantage into a disadvantage.

                I'm hoping Caldwell spends more time in game prep as well as keeps the players more primed and ready than Dungy.

                I'm not convinced Dungy was the long hours, hard worker he needed to be with X and O's and priming the team... especially for the playoffs.
                I agree with this. Everyone, whether it be the players or Caldwell himself, says that Caldwell yells more than Dungy ever did. I think that is exactly what the team needs. Dungy was always calm and I think that tied in to the team coming out flat in some playoff games.

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                • #23
                  Re: Ravens @ Colts

                  I talked a lot of smack in the Wes Welker is hurt thread. Predicted the my Ravens would wallop the Pats, which they did. And, although I can't actually bring myself to type a prediction that the Raven's will lose, let's just say that I won't be talking that much smack this week.

                  After the first quarter we did not play particularly well. Our corners are still a liability, something that a hurt Brady with no Welker couldn't exploit. The passing game is still shaky and our offense is one-dimensional. Count how many times we ran three run plays down the middle against the Pats - if our D hadn't been generating points and field position our offense wouldn't have looked that good out there. The Ravens win was as much about a crappy, Welker-less Pats team as it was about the Ravens.

                  I'm sure we'll play decent, our D will bring it and if I were you I'd be scared of talented Ravens team that lost a lot of close games and seems to be gaining some steam. Come game time I'll probably be more confident and excited. But the Colts are better and should win.
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                  • #24
                    Re: Ravens @ Colts

                    I can't see a rout when these teams played a 17-15 game before, Baltimore is tremendously improved on D since then, and home field doesn't really matter much in the playoffs with a veteran team (a recent Simmons article discussed this-- home field advantage essentially disappears int he NFL playoffs).

                    I think the Colts will win, but something like 20-17 or 21-20.
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                    • #25
                      Re: Ravens @ Colts

                      Originally posted by Jonathan View Post
                      Keep in mind we have taken this team out before in the playoffs and the fan base in Baltimore is still upset about the Mayflower vans. When we beat them earlier this season instead of putting Colts on the scoreboard they put INDY.
                      Well, first of all, the Colts aren't playing the fans. They're playing the Ravens - many of whom weren't even born in 1984. It hasn't been an issue with the players for quite a while (if it ever was) and it's pretty much a non-existent thing now - only to those few fans that simply can't let it go.

                      And they've been doing the scoreboard thing since 1984 with the Colts. Again - not new and last time I looked, the game is here in Indy. Maybe the Colts will put BALT on the scoreboard and really **** them off.

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                      • #26
                        Re: Ravens @ Colts

                        2 things: 1) Stop the run 2) Give Manning time to throw.

                        Do these two things and we're golden.

                        I do feel that we need to score more than 17 pts this time around, since I don't think we'll hold them to only FGs again.
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                        • #27
                          Re: Ravens @ Colts

                          Originally posted by Jonathan View Post

                          Keep in mind we have taken this team out before in the playoffs and the fan base in Baltimore is still upset about the Mayflower vans. When we beat them earlier this season instead of putting Colts on the scoreboard they put INDY.

                          Big deal. They have been complaining about it for 26 years and this year will be no different. 3 years ago I think they put way too much pressure on the organization by harping so much about the move. It seemed to me like a large chunk of their fans wanted the Colts to lose that game more than they wanted the Ravens to win it. If they want to go with that angle again then fine with me. It's not going to help them win at all.

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                          • #28
                            Re: Ravens @ Colts

                            Originally posted by Suaveness View Post
                            2 things: 1) Stop the run 2) Give Manning time to throw.

                            Do these two things and we're golden.

                            I do feel that we need to score more than 17 pts this time around, since I don't think we'll hold them to only FGs again.

                            Agreed, but I would add 3) Don't turn the ball over.

                            I just have visions of Manning throwing the kinds of passes he was late in the year for horrible INTs, and I fear that could be the Colts' doom.

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                            • #29
                              Re: Ravens @ Colts

                              Originally posted by Hicks View Post
                              Agreed, but I would add 3) Don't turn the ball over.

                              I just have visions of Manning throwing the kinds of passes he was late in the year for horrible INTs, and I fear that could be the Colts' doom.
                              I'm more worried about the passes that get popped up in the air like what happened to Brady a couple of times yesterday.
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                              • #30
                                Re: Ravens @ Colts

                                Originally posted by Natston View Post
                                I'm more worried about the passes that get popped up in the air like what happened to Brady a couple of times yesterday.
                                Whichever, I mean, I just think if we lose it's going to involve 2-3 picks.

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