T.Y. HiltonT.Y. Hilton Playing For The Colts This Sunday | WFNI ESPN 107.5 / 1070 The Fan | much better than recent ones for the Indianapolis Colts. Let’s take a look at it.Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton expected to play vs. Buffalo BillsWith the Colts having 15 dropped passes in the past three games Youth Malik Hooker Jersey , the team got good news as WR T.Y. Hilton is expected to return vs. the Bills after a 2-game absence.Colts WR T.Y. Hilton set for return against Buffalo | FOX59INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Don’t look now, but the Indianapolis Colts’ offense is getting healthy. T.Y. Hilton was a full participant in Friday’s practice as he continued his comeback from chest and hamstring injuries, making the third straight day he went through workouts with a setback.T.Y. Hilton Sounds Like A Guy Playing On Sunday Afternoon | WFNI ESPN 107.5 / 1070 The Fan | Indy's SportsCenterOn Thursday, T.Y. Hilton was back on the practice field participating. How did Hilton look at his second straight practice?Offensive LineOffseason Improvements To Colts' Offensive Line Coming To FruitionDespite still having some rotation up front, due mostly due to injuries, the Indianapolis Colts' offensive line has made impressive strides so far in 2018.Braden Smith has come a long way from Auburn guard to Colts tackleNo Auburn offensive lineman has lived up to expectations in the NFL in roughly a decade, but Braden Smith is off to good start with ColtsColts Rare Pass Protection Success Comes From Intense Preparation | WFNI ESPN 107.5 / 1070 The Fan | Indy's SportsCenterThe tremendous success of the Colts’ pass protection early in the season extends to well beyond the multiple 5-man groupings they’ve had to use up front.Adam VinatieriAdam Vinatieri on the verge of becoming NFL’s all-time points leader | FOX59INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Coming to an NFL venue near you: Dancing with Vinny. It’s as certain as cooling temperatures and falling leaves because Adam Vinatieri keeps piling up the points in his relentless pursuit of Morten Andersen’s gold standard.They’ll be dancing when Adam Vinatieri breaks scoring record | CBS 4 - Indianapolis News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | WTTVINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Coming to an NFL venue near you: Dancing with Vinny. It’s as certain as cooling temperatures and falling leaves because Adam Vinatieri keeps piling up the points in his relentless pursuit of Morten Andersen’s gold standard.Colts vs. Bills PreviewColts Notebook: Bills QB Anderson has defense digging deep for tape | Colts | heraldbulletin.comMalik Hooker is preparing for a unique challenge Sunday afternoon — a quarterback with virtually no tape to review.Veteran Quarterback Derek Anderson Getting Start For Bills Against ColtsWith rookie first-round pick Josh Allen dealing with an elbow injury, the Buffalo Bills will start veteran Derek Anderson at quarterback on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. How is Indy preparing for the matchup?KRAVITZ: 5 things to watch in the Colts-Bills game Sunday | 13 WTHR IndianapolisWTHR.com columnist Bob Kravitz's five things to watch for in Sunday's game against the Bills...2018 Colts Preview: Colts/Bills, Week 7It’s the Indianapolis Colts against the Buffalo Bills this week in a matchup of two teams trying to gain some momentum and get their seasons going in a better direction.E-mail conversation with Bills, NFL writer Vic Carucci for the Buffalo News: - Bob Kravitz - 13 WTHR IndianapolisBob Kravitz spoke via email with writer Vic Carucci about the upcoming game when the Bills take on the Colts.Q&A: Jerry Hughes talks his unconventional path to defense, beloved Astros and revenge against the Colts – The AthleticAhead of Sunday’s Bills game at the Colts, the team that traded Jerry Hughes away, the on-fire pass rusher opens up about his NFL journey.2018 Colts Fantasy Preview: Colts/Bills, Week 7Andrew Luck is on fire, Marlon Mack has returned and T.Y. Hilton is back at practice. What does the Indianapolis Colts’ fantasy prospects look like this week at home against the Buffalo Bills?Individual Players Impacting SeasonReturn of Mack provides jolt to Indy's punchless run game | Sports | heraldbulletin.comWhen Marlon Mack broke through the defensive line for a 25-yard gain early in the second half against the Jets last Sunday, something changed.Why Is Eric Ebron Smiling With The Colts? | WFNI ESPN 107.5 / 1070 The Fan | Indy's SportsCenterThrough six weeks, Colts tight end Eric Ebron is tied for the NFL lead in touchdown receptions. Why has Ebron been so effective?How the country roots of the Colts’ Darius Leonard helped shape one the NFL’s finest rookies – The AthleticThe linebacker's intense training and God-given ability might be the driving forces behind his immediate football success, but his wife, Kayla, has played a consequential role too.Colts Team OutlookAmid dismal start, Colts won’t waver on longterm viewAmid dismal start, Colts won’t waver on longterm viewAndrew Luck says Colts won’t win ‘until we learn how to get out of our own way’ | FOX59INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The mistakes have been glaring, constant and, at their core http://www.coltsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-rigoberto-sanchez-jersey , counterproductive. The triggerman, a contributor to the carelessness, has described them as “silly’’ and “stupid.Colts have stopped winning and fans have stopped showing upThe first two home games this season have produced the smallest crowds in Lucas Oil Stadium history.Colts MediaFirst Down With Rick Venturi - Offensive Blueprint: BillsFormer Colts Coach Rick Venturi talks with Host Matt Taylor about what the Colts will need to do on offense to beat the Buffalo Bills, this Sunday, at Lucas Oil Stadium.The Colts offense must get better Before the season, I predicted a slow start, especially for Andrew Luck. Unfortunately, this has become a reality, mostly because of the below average play of the offense. For the first time in who knows how long, the Colts defense is carrying the Colts offense. Go figure.Through the first three weeks of the season, the Colts defense has allowed 56 points and considering two of those games were on the road, including one against the defending Super Bowl champions, that’s impressive. They’ve adopted a “bend don’t break” mentality, allowing only 5 touchdowns in 3 games. Their 347 yards allowed per game average ranks in the top half of the NFL. They have 10 sacks through 3 games, which is in the top 5. Three of those sacks have come from Margus Hunt, another three from Darius Leonard and another 1.5 each from Kemoko Turay and Jabaal Sheard. Things have clearly changed on defense. The special teams unit is ranked in the top half of the NFL through two weeks, according to Football Outsiders. Their rank should only increase after a very solid performance against the Eagles. Rigoberto Sanchez’s 43.5 net yard per punt average ranks in the top 10 in the NFL. Adam Vinatieri continues to break records and hasn’t missed any must-make kicks. His only miss this year came on a 55 yard attempt that fell just short. Their coverage teams have continued to be solid, not allowing any major returns this season. The special teams has not been an issue, and if anything, has been a strength of the team this season.The Colts have always had an above average offense, so what’s happened this season? On top of the fact that Andrew Luck isn’t 100% and is still adjusting to the game, the offense has been hit with many injuries. Starting left tackle and mainstay Anthony Castonzo has missed all three games, Jack Doyle missed the last game versus the Eagles and Marlon Mack has missed two games. While the injuries have hurt, the Colts’ biggest issue has been Andrew Luck. On Sunday, Luck averaged 4.1 yards per passing attempt and that average this year is at 5.3, which is the second lowest in the NFL out of all the starting quarterbacks. The Colts have no plays over 40 yards and only 5 over 20, both well below the NFL average. Their offense isn’t generating a lot of big plays and that’s on Luck and receivers. On top of that, the Colts are not getting a lot of first downs. Their 18 first downs per game average is in the bottom 25% percent in the NFL. The Colts are averaging 4.5 yards per play, which is also in the bottom 25% percent. The Colts just aren’t consistently putting together long, effective drives that end in points. Against the Colts Matthias Farley Jersey , the Eagles averaged 4.9 yards per play, which was one of the lowest around the NFL in Week 3 and would rank them in the bottom 25% of the NFL. The Colts, on the other hand, averaged 3.7 yards per play, which was the worst in the NFL that week and it would rank them as the worst team in the NFL if that was their average. To sum up this entire paragraph, the Eagles were not great on offense, but the Colts were very bad. Wentz made some good throws, but he was average at best, with a 6.9 yards per attempt average, too many missed throws and a bad interception. Their running game averaged 4.4 yards per carry, which is slightly above the league average. The Eagles absolutely dominated the time of possession against the Colts, totalling 40 minutes, compared to the Colts’ 20 minutes. The Colts’ inability to consistently get first downs (they were 2/12 on 3rd downs) absolutely killed them as they weren’t able to put together too many long drives. Excluding Luck’s 33 yard scramble, the running game averaged less than 3 yards per carry and considering the Colts like to run on 1st down, that sets them up for difficult 2nd and 3rd down conversions, especially against one of the strongest defenses in the NFL on the road. The Colts had 14 first downs in the game, and only 12 by passing or running the ball (2 others by penalty), compared to 26 from the Eagles. Other teams controlling the ball does not bode well for the Colts at all. Another issue has been finishing in the red-zone. The Colts had a 20% touchdown success rate in the red-zone against the Eagles which is the 2nd worst in Week 3 (out of teams who actually went into the red-zone at least once). That percentage is hovering around 45%, which ranks them in the bottom half of the NFL and they dropped several spots from last week. Another startling stat is that the Colts offense ranks 28th in total yards, below Seattle and just slightly above Tennessee, who started Blaine Gabbert the last two weeks. The Colts were even out-gained by over 50 yards in their win against the Redskins. What saved them is that they were 3/3 in the red-zone, which essentially got them the win. Had they been 1/3, it could’ve been a different story and we could be here talking about how the Colts are 0-3 with a strong defense. As mentioned earlier, the Colts are averaging 5.3 yards per pass play, which is disgustingly low and it shows that the passing game is not what it used to be and it’ll take a few games (at least) to get back up to par. The league average is around 7 yards per attempt and Luck’s career average is 7.1 yards per attempt. If the Colts passing offense expects to get back to normalcy, they need to break that 7 yard per attempt barrier.The reality is this team has playoff potential if their offense gets going. Considering the uncertainty in the AFC, they might be able to win a game or two if they reach it. Their defense has been very strong and they’ve received tremendous performances from a few different players. Their special teams units are still strong, so that shouldn’t hurt them either.But for the first time it what seems like forever, the offense is holding this team back.
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