Via our Partner – Indy Sports News: Reggie Wayne Is Set To Play In 200th Career Game

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By: Grant Afseth

Indianapolis Colts star wide receiver Reggie Wayne is about to reach an achievement of longevity that many don’t reach, he’s about to play in his 200th career game. Reggie Wayne has had such a great career for the Colts and it isn’t stopping soon! Here is what Reggie Wayne said regarding his 200th game:

“Two-hundredth game it will be big. Hopefully the 200th game will be the best one yet.”

The only other players in Indianapolis Colts franchise history that have played in more games are Johnny Unitas (206) and Peyton Manning (209). Johnny Unitas has obviously been done for a long time and Peyton Manning likely won’t be suiting up for Indianapolis ever again, so Wayne’s chances of obtaining this record seem good.

If Reggie Wayne were to play all the games this season (* knock on wood), he will have played in 212 games. That would easily get him the record by at 3 games. This is truly special, especially for man that is so dedicated to his franchise and his teammates. Missing those games last year due to an ACL injury really hurt Reggie Wayne. He had said it pained him not to be out there for his teammates.

Reggie Wayne certainly has been one of the greatest Indianapolis Colts to ever lace up so having him for this long is truly special. Reggie Wayne has meant not only so much to the Colts, but to the city of Indianapolis, and the state of Indiana. Reggie Wayne will simply go down as one of the best in Colts history, perhaps in NFL history as well.

Mr. Wayne will have an interesting assignment this week in order to make his 200th game a memorable one. The Indianapolis Colts are at home against the Tennessee Titans, so this shouldn’t be too difficult to most importantly get a win, but make this special for Wayne. Let’s get started!

The Indianapolis Colts are going off a scorching performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars where it seemed they could have literally done anything they wanted. Tennessee is a better football team than the Jacksonville Jaguars, but they aren’t a whole lot better than them. The Colts offensive line has been playing well, the running game is looked good, and the passing game is pin point.

This may sound arrogant but the real problem will be whether or not Andrew Luck keeps spreading the ball around. He had completed passes to at least 9 receivers against the Jaguars. T.Y. Hilton was the only receiver with more than 4 possesions, he had 5. Reggie Wayne, Donte Moncrief, Hakeem Nicks, Coby Fleener, and Dwayne Allen all finished with 4 receptions. Trent Richardson and Jack Doyle finished with 3 receptions, and Ahmad Bradshaw had 2 receptions. So basically there was no room for him to bust out, but what makes Hilton’s performance even more impressive was the fact that his day was over before half-time.

The running game was effective, finished with 144 yards and averaged 5.0 yards per carry (29 carries). Andrew Luck was sensational by completing 31-39 passes, 370 yards, 4 touchdowns, 04.1 QBR, 140.4 RTG, 0 interceptions, and 9.5 yards per attempt. The Colts simply are playing good football and that will open things up for Reggie Wayne. That was the reason I was listing all of this, his team will help him against the Titans.

Let’s get into the matchup that the Colts have this game. T.Y. Hilton is the highest valued threat for the Colts receiving threats by opposing teams. With that being said, the Titans best CB will be covering T.Y. Hilton while the 2nd best CB will be covering Reggie Wayne. Jason McCourty is certainly their best CB and that leaves the 2nd year CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson to cover Reggie Wayne. Reggie should have an absolute field day on this 2nd year inexperienced player. Reggie Wayne is too skilled not to take advantage of this miss match.

Then again it will be up to Andrew Luck and Pep Hamilton to decide if that’s the offensive option they want to utilize. Basically every single receiver for the Colts is going to have a miss match in this game, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener will have miss matches, and the Colts should have no problems running the ball on this defense. Reggie Wayne could easily get big numbers in this game, but it will be the OC’s call.

Not to pile it on, but the Tennessee Titans have are coming off a two game losing streak where they weren’t just beaten, they were demolished. They lost to the Cincinnati Benglas 7-33 last week, and they also lost 10-26 the week before to the Dallas Cowboys. The Bengals absolutely demolished the Titans and got what ever they wanted. Don’t expect the Titans to lay down though, they still are a division rival. But also expect a big game from #87 and the Colts.

Our weekly pre-view for the Indianapolis Colts game will be posted tonight (9/26) for the Tennesse Titans vs Indianapolis Colts game. Thank you for reading this article, your thoughts would be much appreciated in the comments section below.

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This Week on The Balance – 9/27/14

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Airdate: September 27, 2014
Host: Tom Marquis

9:05-9:45: Racing Talk with CRA Late Model Sportsman Series Driver Josh Timmerman. Josh will be talking about this weekend’s CRA Fall Brawl at Lucas Oil Raceway
9:50-9:55: Elizabeth the Greek
10:00-10:25: Stone with Indy Sports News
10:30-10:55: Fantasy Football Huddle

You don’t want to miss this week’s show. You can catch it LIVE Saturday 9-11a EST on Blog Talk Radio here – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-balance/2014/09/27/the-balance AND on the encore on Indiana Talks from 1-3p. Also, feel free to call in to discuss racing, NFL, and/or fantasy football with host Tom Marquis at (917) 889-8516.

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By Indy Sports News – Andrew Luck Named AFC Offensive Player Of The Week

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By: Grant Afseth

Andrew Luck was absolutely sensational against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, which is why it is no surprise he has won the AFC Offensive Player of the Week Award. He has had a great start to the season so far, let’s take a look at what the 3 time AFC Offensive Player of the Week had done to win the award:

Andrew Luck completed 31-of-39 passes for 370 yards, 4 touchdown passes, and posted a career-high passer rating of 140.4.

Andrew Luck had a career high completion percentage of 79.5%, the 370 yards passing was his 3rd highest passing yards total in a single game.

Andrew Luck tied his career-high of 4 touchdown passes, he had originally obtained 4 touchdown passes against the Bengals in Week 14 of last season.

Andrew Luck was also the first quarterback in Colts history since Johnny Unitas to throw for at least 350 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions and a 75% completion percentage.

Andrew Luck’s 1st have stats were: 22-of-27 passing, 244 yards, and 3 touchdowns.

This was just the 2nd time that Andrew Luck had recorded 3 touchdown passes before half-time. The first time he had done this was on 10/20 of 2013 against the Denver Broncos.

Andrew Luck’s 244 passing yards in the 1st half was his highest ever total in a half. The most he has ever thrown in a half was against the Miami Dolphins on 11/04 of 2012 where he had thrown 273 yards in the 1st half.

Another interesting stat was that Andrew Luck completed at least 2 passes to 9 different receivers in the game against the Jaguars, he also had a streak of 13 consecutive passes.

Here are Andrew Luck’s statistics so far this season: 86 completions (1st), 126 attempts (1st), 912 yards (3rd), 68.3% completion percentage (7th), 7.24 yards per attempts (14th), 9 touchdowns (1st), 3 interceptions (12th), and a 103.0 passer rating (6th)

Andrew Luck is on pace to get 459 completions, 672 attempts, 48 touchdown passes, 68.3% completion percentage, 4,864 passing yards, 16 interceptions, 7.2 yards per attempt, and a passer rating of 103.00. He may see an increaes or decrease along the way of any stat, but I think that’s a pretty impressive pace for the 3rd year quarterback.

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Indy Sports News! Colts Vs Jags Post-Game

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As we discussed on the Show Saturday we are pleased to announce a new partnership with Indy Sports News!

Each week will do a Colts/Pacers recap provided by Indy Sports News. Follow them on Twitter @Indy_ISN

This week “STONE” gives us our report

 

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The Colts played a very complete game as expected against Jacksonville. Statistically they had a wonderful game scoring 37 with the starting offense and holding Jacksonville to 10 with the defensive starters.

Offense

The Colts got off to a very fast start scoring on all 6 drives of the first half. You could tell the Jags defense was less than adequate. Everything seemed easy and completing a pass was easier than ever. Indy also really stressed utilizing their tight ends Coby Fleener (49 rec. Yards) and Dwayne Allen (43 rec. Yards), since last game they were not.

The run game yet again thrived. The Colts 1-2 punch of Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson did very well finishing the day with 122 rushing yards combined.

On the receiving side of things TY Hilton had a lot of big plays. TY had only 5 receptions but for 80 yards. He later left the game with a sprained ankle and rested the second half. He should return next week. Donte Moncrief really shined this week with 55 receiving yards. Many catches being very athletic and difficult plays to make. His speed was very impressive and might have a bigger role in the offense after really showing what he can do. Hakeem Nicks had a lot make attention this week after not catching one pass for -1 yard last week; he made a big impact with another TD catch and 50 receiving yards.

Andrew Luck had a fantastic game finishing the game with 370 passing yards and a more impressive 4 TD passes. This is his second game of the year with 370 receiving yards and could have a better year statistically, the way Pep Hamilton is calling plays.

A round of applause to Pep Hamilton with great play calling all game long. Which made up for some of the bad play calling last week against Philly. Colts fans no get have to worry about the Colts offensive coordinator or complain because he proved e knows what he’s doing and can lead the Colts where they want to go.

The offensive line also had a quality game only allowing 2 sacks. The pass protection was great in the first half. The second half rookie Jack Mewhort did a great job opening up holes for Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw to run through.
Defense

On the defensive side Vontae Davis practically shut down Jacksonville #1 receiver Cecil Shorts III, and showing his athleticism on a spectacular interception; his first of the season. Greg Toler also had excellent coverage and had nice interception at the end of the game which he returned for a TD.

The pass rush was marvelous against Jacksonville. Indy finished with 4 sacks which is by far the most this season. Erik Walden had 1.5 sacks, and showed he is the answer to the Colts pass rush problems.

The Colts had a great game all around. They thrived on both sides if the ball. Now be reminded that they played possibly the leagues worst team; but the positive is we beat them with ease, the final score being 44 to 17. The Colts still have work to do and will be ready for the Tennessee Titans in the second straight divisional game.

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Tuesday’s Chair Week 2 ,2014

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OK here we are week 2 of the NFL, 2014 and it’s time for Tuesday’s Chair.

Well, I could talk about Adrian Peterson…but really what’s the point?

Let’s talk some football…

So, we will start with last night’s game, depending on what side of the fence your on, it was either a great come back from the Philadelphia Eagles, or a huge let down from the Indianapolis Colts…. I fall on the Colts side.

I’m not sure if there’s a point in writing about a game that very well may have been fixed. Ok not really…but if it wasn’t, the officials were biased for some inexplicable reason. The Colts were driving, up seven and in the red zone. Brandon Boykin had one of the most blatant defensive holds you’ll ever see on T.Y. Hilton. As if the officials weren’t doing enough to screw over the Colts, the coaching staff made some horrible mistakes after that. They ran the ball twice with Trent Richardson, who did nothing on one of his attempts. Andrew Luck then went incomplete on third down, and the Eagles took over and never relinquished possession. Of course, the Colts may have had some time for themselves if they didn’t waste a defensive timeout.  It made zero sense, and maybe I am beginning to wonder if Hamilton’s job should be in jeopardy.

The Eagles were able to win this game because of the officials, but LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles also played a huge part. The Colts simply couldn’t tackle them. McCoy rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and also caught four balls for 23 receiving yards. Sproles, meanwhile, had numerous long gains. He generated 178 total yards and a score. He set up the tying touchdown and the decisive field goal as time expired.

Ok a quick glance at Sunday…Yep another crazy week on the way to the win column, both in fantasy and real world… I know I was surprised as well to learn there was a difference.

Ravens 26, Steelers 6

All anyone wanted to talk about prior to this game was the Ray Rice story. It seemed like the only thing Baltimore players did this entire week was answer questions about Rice. With that in mind, I didn’t think there was much of a chance the Ravens would be completely focused for this matchup, and I wasn’t alone. The Rice hoopla just seemed like it could capsize the team’s season.

Bills 29, Dolphins 10

Panthers 24, Lions 7

Bengals 24, Falcons 10

Browns 26, Saints 24

Patriots 30, Vikings 7

The Vikings didn’t seem like they missed Adrian Peterson whatsoever when they effortlessly marched down the field on the opening drive. They went seven plays and 80 yards into the end zone, capped off by Matt Asiata’s 25-yard reception from Matt Cassel, who opened 4-for-4

Cardinals 25, Giants 14

Cowboys 26, Titans 10

Redskins 41, Jaguars 10

Chargers 30, Seahawks 21

Rams 19, Buccaneers 17

Broncos 24, Chiefs 17

Packers 31, Jets 24

Texans 30, Raiders 14

Bears 28, 49ers 20

Ok that’s it for Tuesday’s chair week 2 in the NFL 2014

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We Will Never Forget

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13 years ago today, 9/11, is a date that we will never forget. It is a date that will be forever on the mind of Americans. Innocent people lost their lives. We tip our hats to all the victims and the unsung heroes that came together and saved the nation from what could have been an even worse tragedy. We would also like to thank all of the police officers and firefighters who put their own lives in danger to help everyone they could. We will #NeverForget.

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Tuesday’s Chair

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Ok it’s the beginning of the 2014 NFL season. I thought I would do something different this year.

I am starting an ongoing series to run thru the NFL season.

Each week I will give thoughts and opinions on the previous week in the NFL!

So thank you NFL for making week 1 easy on me.

Ray Rice…The NFL did exactly what they should have done months ago.

I do not believe this is the first time the NFL has seen the taped released by TMZ.

Even before the Ravens announced they had terminated Rice’s contract, outraged fans called on the team to cut its star running back. Others vowed to never wear a jersey bearing Rice’s name again!!

This is a huge black eye for the NFL, and now Rice’s wife Janay is attacking the media are you kidding me. She wrote:

I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass off for all his life just to gain ratings is a horrific [sic]. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!

She added in the comments: “Hurt beyond words…”

 

This is unbelievable, Janay’s only problem is she is not on the free lunch program anymore, you can say what you want ….oh sounds like battered wife syndrome…she’s an idiot for marrying him after an episode like that, blaming everyone else BUT HIM!!

Rice caused this. His anger and actions caused this. It was not the media. It was not the Ravens. It was not the fans. Wake up, little Janay, I fear your biggest beating is yet to come.

Ok enough of that, now we turn focus on The Colts and Robert Mathis.

Don’t get me wrong I love Mathis and I fear the Colts are going to have a rough time filling that void….but come on should we cry a river?

This came as a complete shock. What are we going to do now? We have no pass rush…

Mathis was suspended he claimed he was taking a fertility drug, Clomid, so he and his wife could have another child. But the drug is on the league’s banned list because it can be used as a masking agent for PEDs.

Mathis is on the non-football injury list, a designation that might mean the team doesn’t have to pay his $3 million base salary, which could mean the beginning of the end…

OH BTW… we did have some football
Seahawks 36, Packers 16
Falcons 37, Saints 34
Bengals 23, Ravens 16
Bills 23, Bears 20
Texans 17, Redskins 6
Titans 26, Chiefs 10
Dolphins 33, Patriots 20
Jets 19, Raiders 14
Eagles 34, Jaguars 17
Steelers 30, Browns 27
Vikings 34, Rams 6
49ers 28, Cowboys 17
Panthers 20, Buccaneers 14
Broncos 31, Colts 24
Lions 35, Giants 14
Cardinals 18, Chargers 17

See ya next week for Tuesday’s Chair…

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Tony Stewart speaks to media

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Vote for Brittany Force!

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