Sunday, December 23, 2007

Colts/Texans In Game blog

With Demond escorting his wife, Dontrell, and my sister to the game today, it falls upon me to blog this game. For those who care, we will be trying to do our final regular season 18 Plays tonight. We'll talk some about today's game, and some about last week's tilt.

My opinion of the "Manning's Mind" commercial is changing. I found it weird and annoying for most of the season, but I've heard multiple people reference it when describing what QBs are thinking. I've joked about it myself on 18 Plays. I don't know how useful it is for selling cell phones, but it may be one of those long remembered ads that gets referenced for for some time.

This interview with Belichick is bizarre. Grilling him over a fist pump? Seriously, Armen?

Even after flaming out in the 18to88.com league, I'm still alive in my other league, and playing the #1 seed. He has Wayne and Clark. I have Gonzo. I like my chances. I imagine AG will play the whole game no matter what. Reggie? I'm not so sure.

Q1
Did I just hear that Thomas isn't even playing? HA. Is Cory Simon available?

  • The LBs didn't hold the gaps well on that drive. I think we are going to give up 40+ today. There are just too many players out.
  • Don't be surprised if this is Manning's only drive of the game. I don't think the team is going to take this one very seriously.
  • Gotta love when your starting DE fields a KO. Can you imagine Freeney returning kicks?
  • Colts season ticket holders had to pay for 10 games this year. They got exactly 6 meaningful ones. Of those 6, 3 were close and 3 were blowouts. That's 3 good games for the price of 10.
  • Hey, the stretch play is back! It's been a while.
  • It's good to see the Colts running on downs other than first and 10. They are also running wide more than they did last week. A bad throw by Manning kills the drive, but it was still a good drive for rhythm's sake.
  • The D was much more disciplined this time through and forced a punt. It'll be interesting to see if Peyton plays beyond this quarter.
  • Addai stops our hearts but looks fine. That last sentence was seriously gay sounding. It might influence how long guys play today.
  • Run game? Fine. Check.
  • Sweet pass to Reggie to end the quarter. I think we've seen enough to feel good about the offense. Let's finish this drive and pack it in.

Q2

  • KEITH CATCHES A BALL. That's tomorrow's headline in the Star.
  • Kid Joe comes back just long enough to score. Boo yah. Seriously. Let's call it a week.
  • From the little I can see, I think this stays a catch. They haven't showed a slo mo yet, but it looked like it just grazed the ground while under Daniel's possession. Yup, I'm right.
  • Big drop by Daniels (nice hands, big man). Houston should go for it. Why? Why not. Doesn't hurt anything long term, and says to the Colts that you're game.
  • Rushing calls another FC inside the 10. Seriously man. Plant your feet at the 10 and DON'T MOVE BACKWARDS.
  • Wonderful. I love watching Manning get sacked and personal fouled (is that a verb). I'm for pulling the starters.
  • That throw to Utech was sick. I think Manning wants 4000 yards for the season. He's got 143 so far, so he needs about 200 more in the next week and a half.
  • Great RAC by Clark. Again, everything I write today sounds vaguely dirty.
  • So much for my hopes that AG would outpace Clark and Wayne. At least I have AV. That's good for an extra point.
  • A stupid penalty erases a good special teams stop. Gotta love it.
  • Sage Rosenfelds just got his brain eaten.
  • Manning is soooo sharp today. He missed a pass in the first quarter for a first down, and it's like he's pissed about it.
  • Manning nails my fantasy coffin shut with another TD to Clark. This team looks amazing right now.
  • Peyton hits 30 TD passes again. He is now less than 200 yards from 4000. Seems like he's intent on getting it.
  • Tony is UPSET about the Jackson PF call. I can't wait to see what happens with that this week.
  • The D plays with great pride and picks up MJax. The Zombie makes a big hit and the Texans wuss out by punting. Seriously, how about trying to win?
  • Meanwhile around the league: Cleveland is not a good team. Don't be fooled. They are one dimensional, and that dimension won't work in January.
  • Ok, I'm putting this blog to bed. If the starters come out and play in the 2nd half, I'll write more. If not, I'm done.

Q3

  • Yikes, we are still rolling with the starters. I guess they just really want to be ready. This feels like a statement game. It also feels like Manning is a lock for 4000. He only needs 98 more yards. He might get it today at this rate.
  • Geeze, running the end around to Clark is high comedy. It's like Peyton is intent on destroying my fantasy season.
  • Many congrats to Clifton Dawson. This team looks simply awesome right now.
  • It seems like there have been major substitutions on defense. I think we've officially entered garbage time.
  • Nice play by Sessions. I love the comment that the Texans are more competitive when they have balance. I think they are more competitive when Bob Sanders isn't in the game. As I type this Giordano gets another pick. High comedy ensues here in Nap town.
  • Manning is still in? I guess this is just a glorified practice anyway. Still, it's nice to watch the run game flourish.
  • TD Wayne. Yawn. Ok. That's it. Please?

Well, I think we are all proud and amazed by this team today. The defense could have just folded up tent, but they never did. Guys played with serious verve and passion. The offense was sharp in all phases. In short, this was as complete and dominant a win as I've seen from this team. Good job boys.

21 comments:

Jessica said...

tony was on a mission after that PF flag. These annoucers are horrible. 1st manning is quick but not fast now he's fast but not quick, after that last td pass he's fast and quick! I can't handle it lol

Jessica said...

Uh oh tim Jennings

Jacob Burch said...

I'm getting the jax/oak game out here--oakland is a different team without fargas and jamarcus in the whole game. expect a lot of jhole hype after this one.

Deshawn Zombie said...

Yeah, it's an apples and oranges game for the Jags and Colts. The Jags are playing to get in the playoffs at home. The Colts were playing a meaningless game on the road, down a bucket-load of starters. It just isn't comparable.

Jessica said...

Whoo! He got jacked up!! Great hit by reid!

Anonymous said...

Sorgi time!

Deshawn Zombie said...

My favorite time!

funtime42 said...

Well, we just got transferred to Cinci-Cleveland.

The bad thing about Colts blowouts is I never get to see Sorgi Time...

HeatherRadish said...

Does anyone else have that beautiful dream where the F-Pats go 16-0 and then get eliminated by the J-holes? I didn't want to wake up...

Bob M. said...

heatherradish,
Nice dream, but in mine, the Jags beat the snot out of Brady and the Pats win, to host the Colts at 17-0, limping, gun-shy, pathetic.

While it's nice to host the AFCCG, since I am not a local, it's all the same to me. Plus, I think there's more glory and more authority behind our "shup ups" to the noisier Pats fans if it's the Colts who stop them. In their house. (said in Corey Dillon's voice from the Visa commercials.)

Torn between the revenge I want more in the first playoff game--Chargers for Week 15 in 2005 or the Steelers for Week 19 in 2005. I think the Steelers are weaker, but neither is a real concern IMO.

Bob M. said...

Some stats to ponder. Last 5 games, Brady had 4 games under 91 QB rating, team went 5-0, 10 TDs and 4 INTs. Peyton also lead the team to 5-0, with 4 of 5 games over 113 rating, with 15 TDs and 3 INTs.

Not defense adjusted, but I like the end of season trends these stats indicate.

Shake'n'bake said...

Brady's also up to 536 attempts this season. 39 more than Peyton had in 2004 and Brady still doesn't have the record yet.

Anonymous said...

Anyone think that Brady will sit next week after the first series? Anyone think that the national media will point out that Peyton did?
Anyone think that they'd point it out if the roles were reversed?

Bob M. said...

Anon, Not sure, but at this respetcive points in their ig seasons, Peyton sat out far more than Brady has and only played one 3 and out series in the finale. So Brady has already surpassed him in attempts and quarters.

I think the media focus will be mostly on the perfect season (25 year old record) and not so much on the record that was just set 3 seasons ago. Besting the TD record was easier this year because Brady threw more and played more, but besting the perfect season record was much tougher--more parity, tougher sked, and two more games to potentially stumble. Just a guess.

Deshawn Zombie said...

That's the right point, Bob. The TD record is no big deal really; it's a function of other things. The 16-0 (which is also meaningless-only 19-0 matters) will and should get the press.

Shake'n'bake said...

I hate when people say records and certain accomplishments are "meaningless" without a championship. They have less meaning but aren't meaningless.

Deshawn Zombie said...

No one here said it was 'meaningless'. It does mean something, just not that much compared with the championship. It is a three year old record. How much can that really mean? Manning set it in 15 games and with fewer attempts, so Brady breaking it wouldn't really mean much. It's a nice thing, but not that big a deal.

Shake'n'bake said...

I know you don't really mean 'meaningless' but everyone says it. Look two posts above.

Shake'n'bake said...

It's just an little thing that annoys me. I agree completely with what yo said about the level of meaning.

DZ said...

That's a little nit-picky. I suppose I used 'meaningless' with an also. 16-0 is completely and utterly meaningless. I think it has zero value. So I stand by my word choice there. The TD record is not 'meaningless', so I shouldn't have said 'also'. (although the manner in which Brady is going to get it makes it close to).

DZ said...

19-0 has meaning. A LOT of meaning. 16-0 is useless except as a means to an end.