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Steelers’ Enemy Intel: Indianapolis Colts

Jacoby Brissett has stepped right in after the trade from the Patriots to be the Colts starting QB.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers will hope to build on their AFC North lead when they travel to Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the Indianapolis Colts. At 3-6, the Colts are trying to keep their faint playoff hopes alive and prevent widespread organizational changes at season’s end. At first glance, it seems like a mismatch on paper with the Steelers favored by 10 points. However, the Steelers are 5-13 in their last 18 games on the road against teams with losing records. If the Steelers want to hang on to the top seed in the AFC they will have to avoid what some Steeler fans derisively call “The Tomlin Special”.

Colts Offense

To say that the Cols have been struggling on offense without Andrew Luck is more than an understatement. Jacoby Brissett was acquired from the New England Patriots just prior to the start of the regular season. He’s played admirably and is coming off his best game as a pro, throwing for 308 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Houston Texans.

The Colts are encouraged by his growth and ability to pick up the system quickly. The game plan will be centered on his ability to use his arm and legs to make plays. The Colts also will try to attack the middle of the field with Jake Doyle who leads the team with 50 catches on the season. T.Y. Hilton is implemented in not only the deep passing game, but will they’ll also try to get him plays in space by running routes in the middle of the field.

In order for that to happen the Colts will need to play better along the offensive line. The Colts have allowed a league high 36 sacks and the Colts have only averaged 3.6 yards per rush, which is 28th in the league.

Keep an eye on: RB Marlon Mack
The rookie from South Florida has four 20 yard runs and is averaging 11 yards per reception. The offense has a little more firepower when he is in the game, especially on third downs.

Colts Defense

The Colts defense has been awful all around this season and that is putting it kindly. The Colts have allowed the most points in the league (260), rank 31st in the league in passing yards and total yards allowed, and lost rookie safety Malik Hooker (New Castle) for the season with a torn ACL and MCL a couple of weeks ago. The Colts also have surrendered a league-high ten rushing touchdowns.

The Colts game plan on defense is to try to contain Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, who has torched the Colts in the past. Ben in his last three games against the Colts has thrown for 1,107 yards, 13 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and has not been sacked once. Brown has caught 23 catches for 342 yards and scored 8 total touchdowns (seven receiving, one punt return).

Keep an eye on: DE Jabaal Sheard

Sheard leads the team with 4-1/2 sacks and made the sack on Tom Savage to seal the win last week against the Texans. The Colts will be without their top pass rushing linebacker, John Simon, for the third straight game with a stinger and putting pressure on Roethlisberger will be key to making this game competitive.

Prediction

The Steelers are coming off their bye and see the importance of getting home field advantage in the postseason, so I do not see them overlooking the Colts on Sunday. I see the Steelers pulling away in the second half for a comfortable victory on the road by the score of 31-17.

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12 Comments on Steelers’ Enemy Intel: Indianapolis Colts

  1. mark delsignore // November 12, 2017 at 11:30 AM // Reply

    This is exactly the type of game and situation where this Steeler team finds a way to lose.

    -a struggling team
    -Their main playmaker out
    -away game
    -coming off bye week
    -heavily favored

    That said, if they can jump on the COlts bad D early and get the passing game cranking set up by the run, shoud be a two TD win

    Here We Go!

    • The Steelers almost made a prophet out of you, Mark. That was one seriously crappy performance by special teams, offense and defense until that miraculous pick by Shazier at the Indy 10 yd line.

      Lackadaisical, going through the motions, but waking up just in time to kick a winning FG with time expiring.
      The Steelers have played much better when I haven’t watched in the past year or two.
      Time for me to find something else to do again on game day 😉

      Adam, if you are reading this, how was the game? Looked like a lot of Steeler Nation made it to Indy.

      • mark delsignore // November 12, 2017 at 9:06 PM // Reply

        Amaerigo

        Had nothing to do with you watching or not. LOL!
        This is the way the NFL is today — getting to be a little like the NBA
        However, a win is a win
        The real game is the NE game and can this Steeler team keep it together enough to see the advantage of beating them and gaining home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

        Huge …….just huge

  2. Dave Biesecker // November 12, 2017 at 1:29 PM // Reply

    So when are we going to see the Steelers play their best football?

    • mark delsignore // November 12, 2017 at 1:31 PM // Reply

      Hopefully in mid/late December
      that would be perfect timing

      • Dave Biesecker // November 12, 2017 at 2:33 PM // Reply

        I think perfect timing would be now. This field goal offense might leave them looking up at more than the Patriots at season’s end. 100 yards in a half is not going to cut it. And I’m afraid the biggest weakness at this point of the Roethlisberger era is Roethlisberger himself.

        • mark delsignore // November 12, 2017 at 3:23 PM // Reply

          Maybe, Dave however
          this team needs a kick in the pants from time to time
          I would love to know their record after a Bye week
          Not motivated today
          They will rebound and still go 3-1 at the third turn

          This is just how the NFL is — save for New England

          • Dave Biesecker // November 12, 2017 at 3:45 PM //

            Could be the kick in the pants is that the Colts have been outscored 99-28 in the 4th quarter.

      • Historically the Steelers have played their best football in November and December. Yesterday was nothing to shout home about, but it was better than another loss to an inferior team.

        Thursday night against the Titans is a potential trap game on a short week, especially with the injuries yesterday to Haden and Mitchell.

  3. Steelers escaped this one by the skin of their teeth.

    • The Steelers are not a good road team. The big key was the getting in done in regulation. As we saw in Chicago, on the road in OT is a big gamble. I’m sure the team is looking forward to some home cooking.

  4. Burgher in California // November 13, 2017 at 12:17 AM // Reply

    Good grief. Did you see the play of the secondary today? A good high school team can do better than that. Tomlin needs to fire Carnell Lake immediately. He should’ve done it a couple of years ago.

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