Copland Leads Pacers to Victory/Stones Sport Report

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Copland Leads Pacers to Victory/Stones Sport Report
Stone Miller

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On Saturday night the Indiana Pacers found themselves facing against the Mavericks bench players. Dallas had decided to rest all 5 starters and start the unguaranteed contract players. This was most likely to see who was worthy of making the team and who would be cut. As for the Pacers they started an interesting rotation; Rodney Stuckey was out with a left foot injury and Frank Vogel decided Chris Copeland and move C.J. Miles to shooting guard.
The Pacers got off to rough start, turning the ball over 7 times in the first quarter and it seemed like David West took most of the shots in the first. Thing didn’t change for the Pacers come the 2nd quarter and Dallas got out to a 10 point lead. The score at halftime being 52-42. Dallas was led by rookie point guard Gal Mekel (finished with 19 points).
David West went down in the first quarter with a minor ankle injury and will miss the last 2 preseason games of the season. He expects to be back for opening night on October 29th.
In the second half things changed a lot, Chris Copeland and Richard Jefferson had a battle. It seemed like every other play Copeland or Jefferson was scoring. The Pacers very clearly made it mission to shoot a lot of 3 pointers. As a team they shot 27 threes; 14 being from Copeland.
George Hill really ran the offense well, making sure things flowed with ball movement and always found the open shooter. He finished with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Frank Vogel made sure that Chris Copeland got his shots up and I think you’ll see plenty more of that throughout the season. Don’t expect them to take 27 threes a game but expect the numbers to rise from last season. In 2013 the Pacers shot 18.8 3s per game, and shot 35%. Expect both of those numbers to go up considerably.
In the 4th quarter the Pacers shot 75% from the field in the 4th quarter, and went on a long 18-3 run to take the lead. That due to Donald Sloan scoring 12 of his 15 points in the 4th and Copeland hit 2 straight 3 pointers to give the Pacers a one point lead. Chris Copeland finished with 22 points, 5 rebound and 2 steals to lead them to their 2nd preseason victory.
The Pacers will make a trip Tuesday to Minnesota for their 2nd to last preseason game of the season. You’ll most likely see Vogel rest the starters more and they’ll play the bench and extras a lot more. Remember they’ll be making cuts soon, so look out to see the final roster released.

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Breaking Down the Indiana Pacers Bench/ Stones Sports Report

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Breaking Down the Indiana Pacers Bench
Stone Miller

Last Season:
Last year the Pacers had an inefficient bench that struggled offensively. The Pacer made a risky trade to acquire Philadelphia 76er Evan Turner around the middle of the year, and sent career long Pacer Danny Granger away. This didn’t turn out well for Indiana, Evan Turner constantly struggled sharing the basketball, was a turnover machine and never found his place in the offense. Overall the Pacers bench was second to worst last year and averaged a lowly 24.1 points per game, putting a heavy load on the starters.
Off-Season Moves:
Larry Bird being very dissatisfied and disappointed in The Pacers game 6 loss to the Miami Heat in the eastern conference finals; he got to work In the offseason on a mission to improve the Indiana Pacer bench. He first looked to the shooting guard position, last season that position for the Pacers was often vacant because of player struggles. After Lance Stephenson shockingly left for the New Orleans Hornets, The Pacers looked to the free agents list and signed 6’5” guard Rodney Stuckey form the Detroit Pistons. Prior to this he signed Cavalier sharp shooter C.J. Miles and later on Croatian Power Forward Damjan Rudez. In the article ill be breaking down what the bench might look like and whos going to receive the most playing time off the bench.
Point Guard:
Nothing has changed at this position; the Pacers will have all the point guards from last season returning. C.J. Watson will be in his usual backup role, running the offense. Watson brings a lot to the table for the Pacers second unit, that including a deadly 3 ball; which he shot 36% last season. He also brings good defense and speed on the attack that is above average for backup point guards. Last year he averaged 6.6 points per game; that will change this year, he’ll be getting more playing time and will have a larger offensive role with the second unit.
3rd string point guard Donald Sloan will also be returning this year as well. He didn’t play a lot last season and was usually played in injury situations but he did play well with his time. He might be playing more at shooting guard this year, and does have some heighth at 6’3”. If he does play, hes got good ball handling skills and has a similar build to that of Rodney Stuckey.
Shooting Guard:
This position is the big question off the bench for this year. Possible fill-ins would be Solomon Hill, Donald Sloan or possibly one of the shooting guards the Pacers have on the training camp squad; C.J. Fair or Adonis Thomas.
Donald Sloan will probably share minutes at this position off the bench, along with Solomon Hill; unless he is named the starter. If he is named starter than it could be C.J. Miles, but he’s a likely starter. Solomon Hill has improved a lot over the offseason; changing his jump shot form; working on his ball handling and overall defensive focus. He is the Pacers most bright potential from recent draft classes, and will look to show that this season
Small Forward:
Chris Copeland will be getting majority of the minutes at this position, after being benched most of last season; things will change. Frank Vogel stated “I look for Chris Copeland to get a lot more minutes, at the wing spot”. This offseason Copeland participated in a NBA Rookie Transition program, because he never felt like he made the transition. Now he’s got a new body, and a new opportunity to play more. He brings an interesting set of skills to the Pacers roster; with a great 3 point shot and unique post game, he’ll be a lot to handle for your average NBA backup small forward. From 3 point range he shot 47%, which is the same as Kyle Korver shot; obvious Korver took more shots than Copeland, but regardless it’s still impressive. The one concern is that he won’t be fast enough to guard small forwards; this year he might face some new challenges but will adjust. Look for Copeland to possibly emerge as the Pacers best bench player, and maybe lead them in scoring.
Solomon Hill should also get minutes at this position as well, considering it’s his natural position.
Power Forward:
Argentinian power forward Luis Scola will return to his previously held role with the Indiana Pacers this season. Last summer he was brought over in a trade from the Phoenix Suns for Miles Plumlee and a 1st round pick. Scola lead the bench in scoring with 7.6 points per game, and stretched the floor with his mid-range jumper. The thing that stands out is his post game, it’s unique in that it involves fancy footwork and up and under scoops. You never know what you’re going to see from Scola. His ability to pass the ball is vital to second unit success, in spreading the floor and finding open shooters. Scola is not the most athletic of players, but makes up for that with his strength and high basketball IQ.

This offseason the Pacers looked overseas to find a shooting power forward; they found exactly that in Damjan Rudez. At 6’10” and an athletic build he can bring some versatility to the power forward position. He will likely be used in pick and roll or pick and pop shooting situations. He could be useful to spread the floor and open things up for Roy Hibbert.
Lavoy Allen is the other young forward/center, he came over with Evan Turner in the Danny Granger trade. He’s proved to be the best thing to come from that transaction. He didn’t play a lot of minutes last season, but when he did he performed well. He potentially could see some minutes at backup center if Ian Mahinmi’s return is delayed.
Center:
The most important thing about the Pacers defense is at the center position. After Roy Hibbert comes out of the game, then comes in Ian Mahinmi. Who is also very good at protecting the rim, and at 6’11” brings a defense presence not a lot of teams have off the bench. He’s not the most polished offensive player and his jump shot isn’t the prettiest but can provide points. His jumper is actually quite effective on the pick and pop; and is often overlooked. This year his role will be the same as last and has made some offseason improvements on his post moves.
Undrafted free agent signee Shayne Whittington has proved this preseason that he had potential and talents to bring to the Pacers roster. In his first game he went 5-5 with 11 points, in limited minutes. He reminds one of Mile Plumlee a little and also has a long range game. He’s the Pacers youngest player and could present the Pacers with a potential future talent.

Possible Training Camp Signs:
C.J. Fair and Adonis Thomas are the 2 players that have the best chance to make the roster. Fair was a senior standout at Syracuse last season and has through-the-roof athletic ability. He has a nose for the basket but also struggles with the 3 point jumper.
Adonis Thomas could provide a big body at shooting guard off the bench and would likely be beneficial to the offensive end and brings some defense. He has a good looking jump shot, and has played in the NBA D-League for a while. What the Pacers need is a backup shooting guard. Look for one of these 2 talented young athletes to be signed before the season starts.
Overall the Pacers have an improved bench, they have more shooters and more depth. The offensive load wont be so heavy this season for the starting 5, the 3point shot will help change that. The 3 point shot will be prevalent and key to a successful bench this season.
– Stone Miller (Stone_116)

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Colts Defense; Best it’s Ever Been?/Stones Sports Report

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Colts Defense; Best it’s Ever Been?
Stone Miller

This season the Indianapolis Colts defense has lost key playes to injury and suspension; those being Laron Landry (suspended PED use), Robert Mathis (torn Achilles) and also Arthur Jones (ankle sprain, no timetable). That has not stopped the Indianapolis defense from succeeding. Today ill be breaking down the Colts defense and how its improved so drastically in the Andrew Luck and Ryan Grigson era.
The Colts may not be first in the league in yards allowed; but they do lead in one of the most important statistics; 3rd down stops. They come in at number one, allowing a dismal 19 3rd down conversions; that’s first in the league by 3. The Colts defense has performed time and again when needed most. Yes they have allowed the 2034 yards on the year which is 19th in the league; but that doesn’t matter when you make so many stops on 3rd down. The pass rush has also stepped up with 17 sacks on the season (that’s 6th in the NFL). Every player on the defense has played a part in this success. In this article ill be breaking down the performance of each part of the defense, and also how they can improve.

Defensive Line:
One of the Colts most veteran parts of the team is the defensive line; Cory Redding, Arthur Jones, Josh Chapman and Ricky Jean-Francois. Cory Redding is the leader of the group, having the most experience and always giving a consistent and quality performance. Redding this season hasn’t had the greatest stats with 11 tackles and 2 sacks, but defensive ends job isn’t to have great tackle stats, it’s to put pressure on the QB and he’s done that. He’s helped force a lot of 4th downs with his speed and tenacious pursuit of the QB.
As for Josh Chapman, his play is always underrated and never talked about. He provides a presence in the middle not a lot of teams have at Nose Tackle. At 6’ 340 pounds and a impressive 40 yard dash for a nose tackle, 5.02 he presents a difficult road block for running backs. Most people notice performances by statistics, but Chapman’s performance cannot be judged by this alone. His large body prevents running backs from finding space to move in between offensive lineman and that’s key.
As for Ricky Jean-Francois he has been a good part-time replacement for the injured Arthur Jones. With 12 tackles and 1 sack in his short time as a starter I’d say he’s filling in well. The Colts would like to have Arthur Jones back though, he is a more specialized pass rusher and is of bigger size.

Linebackers:
D’Qwell Jackson. The best sign from this offseason from the Cleveland Browns. Jackson has proved to be the Colts best linebacker and pass rusher this season. His stats have been tremendous; 45 tackles and 3 sacks, both lead the team. He has become a defensive leader for the pass rush and the run stuff. Jackson has been most impressive with his speed in the pass rush; this being because his 40 yard dash is 4.7. That’s not overly fast but for a linebacker it’s pretty decent. The Colts will need him to continue the all-pro caliber season he’s having to compete in the playoffs.
After Robert Mathis’ injury many questioned if the Colts defense could even stay adequate. Well it’s been more than that this season, thanks to the play of second year player Bjoern Werner. Werner has been a pleasant surprise for the Colts pass rush after a rough start. He’s become a presence on the defense that offensive lines have to worry about. Many doubted the potential of Werner; a kid from Germany that played at Florida State? Who is this kid? After a career game against the Baltimore Ravens when he had 2 sacks and 6 tackles; they now know what Bjoern Werner is about and his large potential.
When the Colts needed pass rush early in the year after struggling; 7 year vet Erik Walden came to the rescue recording the first 2 sacks of the season. Since then the whole team has stepped up and he’s taken a step back, but is still productive as a linebacker and as a leader.
Colts star linebacker Jerrell Freeman has been out a few games this year due to a hamstring injury; and Josh McNary has played in his place at middle linebacker. McNary has been very adequate while playing this year. Playing a lot of his minutes as a starter this year he’s recorded a quality 16 tackles and has been a good fill in. As for Jerrell Freeman he been off-and-on with the hamstring injury, but has been productive in each start with 7 tackles. If he gets healthy and stays healthy the rest of the season, that could bode well for the Colts.

Secondary:
The Indianapolis Colts cornerbacks have possibly been the most impressive part of the entire defense this year. Considering Indy leads the league on 3rd down stops, which points to the cornerbacks since teams typically throw on 3rd down most of the time.
Vontae Davis has quite possibly been the most impressive corner in the league so far this season; shutting down wide receivers such as Demaryuis Thomas and Steve Smith. With 2 interceptions, that stat doesn’t stand out, but most teams aren’t throwing the ball his direction. According to Colts head coach Chuck Pagano “They went Richard Sherman on him”. That’s an astute description of what has been happening.
On the other end of the field, Greg Toler has had himself a fantastic season so far. He’s being thrown toward more than anyone on the team this season, and has taken it well. He’s had 2 spectacular interceptions and great coverage on team number 2 receivers. Toler has been a big difference maker this year and people don’t often give him credit.
At strong safety we’ve had a change this year after Antoine Bethea darted off to San Francisco; Mike Adams from the Denver Broncos has been very impressive this year after a slow start. He’s second on the team with 23 tackles and 2 interceptions. He’s done nothing but play well for the Colts this year and hopefully can carry this on for the rest of the season.
Laron Landry started the year at free safety for the Colts for 4 games; then he was suspended for games after violating the NFLs PED policy. Sergio Brown has taken his place in the meantime and has been great. His deep coverage has been nothing short of fantastic and his been a great fill-in, showing his potential. The big issue with safeties so far is the coverage of tight ends. They’ll need to improve upon that the rest of the season.
Last but certainly not least is Darius Butler, who has played nickel for the Colts this year. He’s been doing a great job so far but is out with, although he should return Sunday. With 18 tackles this year that’s very good for a nickelback.

I just have broken down the Colts defensive starters. Each part of this Colts defense is young, talented and hardworking. Making it statistically the best defense the Colts have had. They all have played a vital part in this year’s great defense. The credit goes to GM Ryan Grigson, Chuck Pagano and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky for creating a disruptive defense with even better coverage. Look for the Colts this year to tighten the defensive clamps even more and improve before the playoffs.

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Colts Vs. Bengals Pre-Game/Stone Sports Report

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We would like to welcome Stone Miller our new contributor for The Colts and The Pacers. Stone is a fantastic young writer who has a love for sports.
Stone is actually a Senior in High School, who plans to study “Sports Journalism” Stone will be covering The Colts, and The Indiana Pacers for The Balance.
So I am proud to introduce Stone Miller and the “Stones Sport Report”

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Colts Vs. Bengals Pre-Game

Entering the 7th game of the season, the Indianapolis Colts will be facing off against a struggling Bengals team. Last week they tied in a game against the Panthers allowing them to score 37 points. As for the Colts they won a Thursday night Football against division rival Houston Texans, in a wild, controversial and close game.
Injuries/Inactives:
Bengals:
A.J. Green WR; doubtful, toe
Marvin Jones WR; placed on IR (out), ankle
Rey Maualaga LB; out, hamstring
Emmanual Lamar LB; doubtful, shoulder
Vontaze Burfict LB; probable, concussion
Colts:
Arthur Jones DE; questionable, ankle
Darius Butler CB; out, ankle
Mike Adams SS; probable, ankle
Jack Mewhort LG; probable, ankle
Hugh Thornton RG; probable, back
Gosder Cherilus LT; probable, knee

The Colts will face up against a banged up Cincinnati Bengals team. The Bengals likely won’t have top receiver and all pro wide receiver A.J. Green on Sunday, due to a toe injury. They also just placed wide receiver Marvin Jones on injured reserve recently. This presents a big issue for the Bengal offense. With the Colts secondary thriving, and Vontae Davis having the best year of his career; expect Indy’s defense to thrive and have no problems slowing down the offense. If the Bengals ever find themselves in a third-and-long situation, they are in huge trouble. The Colts have been 1st in the league in 3rd down conversions allowed with a dismal 19. As for the Cincinnati run game; they’ve recorded 637 yards so far (18th in the league). Giovani Bernard has lead that strike with 4.5 yards per carry. Chuck Pagano spoke of Bernard’s talent during a press conference Wednesday “He’s a good runner, he’s a good blocker, hes a great 3rd down back”. The Colts will need to slow Bernard down I they want that 5th straight victory.
What Indy really needs to worry about is wide receiver sensation Mohamed Sanu; with an injured receiving core Andy Dalton has relied on him very heavily, and he has thrived. If the Colts can slow down Sanu, then they should cruse to victory.
The offensive line will be intact for the first time in a few weeks; Jack Mewhort will be back from an ankle injury as well as Hugh Thornton returning from a back injury. Jonotthan Harrison will be starting at center this week again; who has been receiving much criticism for his miss-snaps. Frankly, Harrison has been great protecting Andrew Luck in the pocket and in the long run, and is a better choice for the Colts. The Bengals don’t have a great pass rush this, only recording 8 sacks, but it should be a challenge because of pass rusher Carlos Dunlap.
The Bengals are 13th in total defense so far this year. That partially due to the secondary lead by Leon Hall and Reggie Nelson. This they will face, arguably their toughest test. The Indy offense has been firing on all cylinders, the run and pass. They have the most total offensive yards in the NFL with 2664 yards. Averaging an incredible 444 per game. They’ll be challenged by an explosive offense with weapons virtually everywhere you look. T.Y. Hilton being that dangerous deep threat; blowing up for a near-career-high and franchise record 223 yards.
If they can slow down T.Y. Hilton, Andrew Luck will find another way; whether that be through his tight ends Dwyane Allen and Coby Fleener. Or possibly his favorite end zone target Ahmad Bradshaw. Luck will find a way to put points on the board.
A big storyline this week has been Vontaze Burfict and his $25,000 fine for twisting players’ ankles after tackles. He was not suspended as many suspected him to be, and will most likely play after suffering a minor concussion.
I predict a competitive first half, but eventually the Colts offense will pull away. I expect the Colts run game to thrive with Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw in the backfield. We haven’t had an explosive game form either of them, but a good balance. I expect a big outbreak in the second half. The Bengals have had an efficient offense, despite the absence of A.J. Green of recent. They should put some points on the board. In the end the Colts are an all-around better team on both sides of the ball and that will lead the Colts to a 5th straight win.

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The Balance 10/18/2014

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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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