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Posted by Sep - 18 - 2011 0 Comment

Some quick notes and musings prior to the game:

  • Run Peyton Hillis. Lots. This will be a recurring theme until it happens.
  • While the Colts are without all-world QB Peyton Manning, they will take the field with a healthy Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, and Pierre Garcon. The secondary will have to have their A-game in Indy Sunday to make sure Kerry Collins isn’t able to play pitch-and-catch with these three all day long.
  • What would make the above easier on the secondary is if we can get consistent pressure on Collins. He’s still not quite engrained into the Colts offense, and not allowing him to get comfortable will go a long way in making it a long day for Collins and the Colts offense.
  • Indy’s D is nicked up, with their starting MLB Gary Bracket out with an injury as well as fellow LB Ernie Sims. DE Robert Mathis is questionable with a neck/shoulder issue. This sounds like a defense prime to run on, and considering that when the Colts D is healthy they are a defense prime to run on, the Hillis & Hardesty duo should get plenty of work.
  • Cleveland’s own Colt – McCoy – will need to have a more consistent day this weekend than last. He’d be the first to tell you that. What he doesn’t need to do is press and feel like he has to make every play from the pocket. Getting the offense in to a flow early will be key in him settling down, and if the Browns can get the lead early, that will give them all confidence they lacked against the Bengals, save for a few moments around halftime.
  • The rest of the the offense not named McCoy needs not make the kinds of mistakes early that kept the field tilted in front of their end zone for the first 15 minutes of the game. Every yard you go backwards takes a page out of the playbook, limitng what you can do. Young offenses trying to establish themselves early in games cannot afford to do that.
  • Josh Cribbs proved last week on one return that if he can get the ball in bounds, that he still can be a force on special teams. Against someone this season, he is going to get a 109 yard return for a TD. But I would trade that for some touchdown catches from his slot receiver position.
  • This game has the potential to be unwatchable, if the Colts and Browns are both as bad as they looked last weekend. The Browns looked horrible in the 1st and 4th quarters, but did show moments of brilliance in the middle quarters, the second especially. The Colts never got off the bus. That in mind, the Browns would appear to have less work to do, but doing it on the road in a loud environment like Lucas Oil Stadium will be a challenge. The Colts will be amped up for their home opener, so for the Browns to take the fans out of it, they will have to get up on the scoreboard early and often. I think they can, given that Indy is really in a bad way health-wise. Prediction: Browns 23, Colts 20
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