With the season (hopefully) on the way I thought I'd put together some lists for top 5 players at each position in Indianapolis (not Baltimore) Colts history. I'll start with QB, and work my way through. This list is purely my opinion as a die hard fan since the early Manning days, and if you think I have no clue what I'm talking about, please feel free to let me know.submitted by chadowan to Colts [link] [comments]
Fun fact, out of the 26 QBs to start a game for the Indy Colts there are only 7 players that have a winning record. Three of them are Colts legends Josh Freeman, Gary Hogeboom, and Craig Erickson.
5. Jack Trudeauhttps://preview.redd.it/a54mr7g9g3b51.jpg?width=361&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=2d086a51719ff08e2c1a8cb651100c0a37f8458f
How He Got HereAfter the complete disaster that was attempting to draft John Elway #1 in 1983, the then Baltimore Colts stuck with Mike Pagel at QB, who had just led them to a winless season in 1982. Team owner Robert Irsay decided to move the team to Indianapolis before the 1984 season the team stuck with Pagel as their main QB despite him clearly not being their future at the position. This led to 2 season with losing records and last place finishes in the AFC East. Entering the 1986 draft, the Colts were clearly looking for a franchise player at QB. The obvious choice was Jim Everett out of Purdue, but unfortunately he was selected #3 to the Houston Oilers when the Colts had the #4 pick. Instead of drafting the only other franchise QB in the draft, Mark Rypien, the Colts decided to select promising Illinois QB Jack Trudeau in the 2nd round. Trudeau had shown a lot of promise in his career, leading Illinois to a Rose Bowl in 1984 and finishing 2nd in the Davey O'Brien Award (Best College QB) to Doug Flutie. Unfortunately for him and the Colts, this talent would not translate well to the NFL
Colts CareerAfter trading Mike Pagel to the Browns the starting job was set for Trudeau entering the 1986 season. Unfortunately the Colts were still a very bad team overall and Trudeau was not set to overcome that. In 11 starts he had 8 TDs, 18 INTs, and a 48.9% completion rate for an 0-11 record. It was immediately clear he was not the savior the Colts needed to bring legitimate football to Indy.
Fortunately, a contract dispute between Hall of Fame RB Eric Dickerson allowed the Colts to trade for Dickerson midway through the 1987 season. Dickerson was an immediate breath of life to the fledgling Indianapolis Colts franchise and helped lead them to their first playoff berth. Trudeau shared starting duties with Gary Hogeboom, and both were successful in not screwing things up too bad, giving the ball to Dickerson, and staying out of the damn way. Trudeau started in his only playoff game and actually played decently well: 251 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT, but it wasn't enough as the Colts lost 38-21 to the Bernie Kosar led Cleveland Browns who would eventually lose in via "The Drive" in the AFC Championship.
It was clear the Colts would need a better QB to compliment their new superstar in Dickerson, and thus they drafted future Pro Bowler Chris Chandler in the 3rd round in 1988. However, Chris Chandler was most definitely not a Pro Bowler for the Colts. Chandler didn't impress despite an 9-7 overall record, and was replaced by Trudeau following a bad start to the 1989 season. Trudeau had his best year as a pro in 1989: 2,317 yards, 15 TDs, 13 INTs, but the Colts still finished 8-8 and outside of the playoffs.
Trudeau was improving, but was still clearly not the QB of the future, which they hoped to get by trading All-Pro Tackle Chris Hinton, Future All-Pro WR Andre Rison, and the #3 Pick in 1991 for the #1 Pick in 1990 which they used to draft QB Jeff George (Wow). Trudeau was kept as the backup and was a spot starter for the Colts from 1990-93. Despite the horrific play of George, Trudeau couldn't muster much better in his limited playing time and was released in 1994.
My favorite highlighthttps://youtu.be/kM0APJieAME?t=678
LegacyJack Trudeau was at best a mediocre QB you could somewhat rely on to manage the game and allow more talented players to make plays. Unfortunately the late 80s, early 90s Colts didn't have too many of those so his play suffered as well. His numbers aren't great and he wasn't much beloved by Colts fans, but he did help lead the Colts to their first playoff appearance which helped me put him on the list over Matt Hasselbeck and others. Trudeau has actually hung around Indy doing various radio and TV appearances talking about the Colts and even has a couple of DUIs as well.
4. Jacoby Brissetthttps://preview.redd.it/96cmm0sag3b51.jpg?width=1200&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=4a578fcdd25c1a0830d6d6b7fc8b5dde43309455
How He Got HereThe Colts had their franchise QB in Andrew Luck, but leading up to the 2017 season it was revealed during the preseason Luck had a shoulder injury which would eventually lead to him missing the entire 2017 season. This left the Colts scrambling as they knew QB Scott Tolzien was not the answer at QB, so 8 days before the start of the season the new GM Chris Ballard traded 1st round bust Phillip Dorsett for 3rd string QB for the Patriots Jacoby Brissett. Brissett had looked at least competent spot starting for the suspended Tom Brady and hurt Jimmy Garoppolo in 2016, so he was the best option the Colts had available so close to the beginning of the season.
Colts CareerBringing in a new QB for a team 8 days before the start of the season and asking him to play is like asking a train engineer to launch a rocket to the moon, so Tolzien started week 1 for Colts. He continued to not impress going into week 2, and was replaced for Brissett. Brissett was an improvement, but it was clear he was overwhelmed by the change of scenery and the rest of the Colts roster and staff was not talented enough to make up for it. He finished with competent numbers: 3,098 yards, 13 TDs, 7 INTs, 58.8% completion rate, 6.6 Y/A, but was merely a game manager for a bad team as the Colts finished 4-12.
Andrew Luck was ready to return in 2018 and the Colts were willing to give Brissett the benefit of the doubt and kept him on as the backup. The Colts saw a major resurgence with Luck and an incredible draft and free agent class by Chris Ballard, leading to their first playoff appearance since 2015, eventually losing to the Patrick Mahomes led Chiefs. The Colts were looking to improve going into 2019, but a now too familiar announcement led up to the season when it was revealed a calf injury was going to cause Andrew Luck to retire 2 weeks before the start of the regular season. The spotlight was once again shown on Jacoby Brissett, who was asked to take over Luck's team. Fortunately this time Brissett was able to get all the first team reps in the preseason leading up to week 1 and was much more familiar with the system.
That familiarity paid off as Brissett led the Colts to a 5-2 start, including wins over playoff teams like the Texans and Titans along with the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. Brissett was not putting up All-Pro numbers, but had clearly improved from 2017 and was still not making game losing mistakes. Through week 9 he had 190 YPG, 11 TDs, and 6 INTs, and and the eye test had shown he was a good leader and could occasionally make big plays when needed. However, after a knee sprain in week 10 he was clearly not the same player. His injury either hampered his physical abilities or his confidence but his poor play for the rest of the season allowed the Colts to fall to 7-9, including an embarrassing 34-7 loss to the Saints that I made the trip over to New Orleans for and watched as Brissett sailed the ball over every receiver's head. Brissett will likely be the backup for the 2020 season behind free agent Phillip Rivers, but he's shown enough flashes of ability that his career is long from over, whether that ends up being on the Colts or somewhere else in the league.
My favorite highlighthttps://youtu.be/Q1bFNE0CGXY?t=287
LegacyI believe I'm with the majority of Colts fans in that when I see Jacoby Brissett I see somewhat of a tragic figure. He got thrown to the wolves in 2017 and did the best he could, but was basically set up to fail. It's honestly not too much of a stretch to say his play through week 9 of 2019 was the best QB play by an Indy Colts QB not named Manning, Luck, or Harbaugh. You could tell he was well-liked by both fans and teammates, especially through the first half of 2019, but his limitations as a player were clear. Colts fans have been spoiled in the 21st century by 2 all-time great QBs, so any deviation from that, especially when it's not by a QB we drafted #1 overall, will be seen as a major failure. I think people came down a little too hard on Jacoby by the end of 2019, and that he's still a solid pro capable of being the QB on a winning team in the right situation. However, he showed in the 2nd half of 2019 that situation is probably not in Indy going forward.
3. Jim Harbaughhttps://preview.redd.it/ka0f9imcg3b51.jpg?width=300&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=f34fa86258b0e403bfe000b84ba246bcf11dfc42
How He Got HereThe Colts had come out of the Eric Dickerson/Jeff George era looking like an absolute dumpster fire. The Colts had been in Indy for 10 years and Indy was still very much a basketball town. The only signature player the Indy Colts had was Eric Dickerson, and he had a very sour exit in 1992 after 2 bad years. The Indianapolis Colts were still in the woods, searching for the player that could give their franchise hope that they would be treated as a legitimate threat in the NFL and generate significant interest from the fanbase. That hope came from an unlikely source in Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh had led the Chicago Bears to 2 playoff appearances in the late Mike Ditka-era, but his play had fallen off and by 1994 he looked somewhat washed. The desperate Colts made a surprisingly wise decision in not drafting QBs Heath Schuler or Trent Dilfer. Instead they drafted future Hall of Fame RB Marshall Faulk to replace Eric Dickerson (this is the "Who the hell is Mel Kiper?" draft) and signing Jim Harbaugh.
Colts CareerHarbaugh didn't come out guns blazing in 1994 as he traded starting duties with Green Bay castoff Don Majkowski. Harbaugh put up decent numbers but the Colts finished 4-5 in games Harbaugh started, 8-8 overall. Harbaugh entered the 1995 season as no sure thing, the Colts actually traded their 1996 first round pick for young Tampa QB Craig Erickson in another baffling trade for an unproven QB. Erickson and Harbaugh competed for the starting position in training camp and Erickson was selected as the starter by head coach Ted Marchibroda.
Erickson played poorly the first 2 weeks, being replaced and outplayed by Harbaugh in both games. By week 3 Harbaugh was the full time starter and didn't look back. Harbaugh was showing that he meshed well with new Offensive Coordinator Lindy Infante as Harbaugh put up some of the most efficient passing numbers of any QB in the NFL in 1995: 2,575 yards, 17 TDs, 5 INTs, 63.7% completion rate, and a league leading passer rating of 100.7 (ahead of guys like Brett Favre, Troy Aikman, Steve Young, and Dan Marino). Even more importantly he was a becoming the tough effective leader to energize the entire team, leading the Colts to 4 game winning drives that season, including one over the 1994 Super Bowl champion 49ers. The Colts were just outside of the playoffs going into week 17, but Harbaugh led the Colts to a win over the Drew Bledsoe led Patriots in the RCA Dome to sneak the Colts into the playoffs at 9-7. Harbaugh earned his first Pro Bowl appearance along with NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
The Colts were going into the playoffs as 5.5 point underdogs against the San Diego Chargers, a team they had just lost to in week 16. However, thanks to 3 TDs from Harbaugh and an out-of-nowhere 147 yard, 2 TD performance from rookie FB Zach Crockett, the Colts overcame the odds. They were heading into a gauntlet of Arrowhead stadium against the best defense in the league and a Marcus Allen led 13-3 Kansas City Chiefs. In an ugly game where the wind chill was -15oF, luck worked in the Colts favor. Harbaugh didn't throw well, but picked up several key 1st down with his legs. He had 1 INT and 3 fumbles, but fortunately lost 0. Chiefs QB Steve Bono had 3 INTs and K Lin Elliot went 0/3 on field goals in a season where he made 80%. Colts K Cary Blanchard made 1/3, and that was enough to upset the heavily-favored Chiefs 10-7. Harbaugh's most defining moment as the Colts QB would come in the AFC Championship against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Harbaugh's cinderella story continued on against Bill Cowher and Neil O'Donnell's Steelers. The Colts and Steelers traded scores throughout the game. With 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter, Harbaugh threw a dime to WR Floyd Turner for a 47 yard touchdown to put the Colts up 16-13. Unfortunately the Colts couldn't run out enough clock on their next drive and the Steelers rushed down the field for the go-ahead score to put them up 20-16. Harbaugh wasn't done yet. With 88 seconds needing 84 yards, Harbaugh willed the Colts down the field to the Steelers' 29-yard line for a hail mary shot with 5 seconds left. Harbaugh tossed up a prayer that was very nearly caught by Colts WR Aaron Bailey, but he couldn't come up with it. The Cinderella story was over, but it was a defining moment for the Colts franchise. The 1995 Colts were within a hair of making the Super Bowl, and that 1995 playoff run led by Harbaugh created a real fanbase for them.
Harbaugh's stats regressed some in 1996, but he still led the Colts to a 9-7 record and the playoffs, this time getting whooped by the Steelers in the wild card. In 1997 his stats improved some but the wheels fell off of the team as they started off 0-10, eventually falling to 3-13. Fortunately their record would net them the #1 pick in the 1998 draft. After it was clear the Colts were using the pick on QB they traded Harbaugh to the Ravens.
My favorite highlighthttps://youtu.be/FT4vF24WanE?t=155
Legacy“A lot of people use (the word) ‘culture,’ but the attitude, everybody was team-first, from the front office, together with the coaches, together with the ownership, together with the players, the equipment staff, the training staff, I mean it felt like we were family.” - Jim Harbaugh on 1995
I don't think enough can be said about the effect of Harbaugh and that 1995 team had on the Colts. He gave us our first source of pride in the Colts and set the tone for the franchise to not be the laughingstock of the league. He paved the way for the decades of excellence that came after. Harbaugh will never be a HoF QB, but his effect on the Colts is severely underrated.
For more details on the 1995 Cinderella season, read this IndyStar article: https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2016/01/21/1995-indianapolis-colts-jim-harbaugh-aaron-bailey-afc-championship-game-ted-marchibroda/78291676/
2. Andrew Luckhttps://preview.redd.it/8nh7p6pdg3b51.jpg?width=1800&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=bc67a67720b82f9294b9283924f61d9f261e4d85
How He Got HereAfter a serious neck injury to franchise stalwart Peyton Manning, the Colts went from perennial playoff contender to nearly winless in 2011. It was unknown if Manning would ever be the same QB again, so the Colts opted to release their most valuable player and use their #1 pick in 2012 on a QB. There was some debate on possibly drafting the Heisman winner out of Baylor, Robert Griffin III, but new GM Ryan Grigson made no doubt in the fact that he was drafting Andrew Luck. Son of former Oilers QB Oliver Luck, Andrew Luck blossomed under head coach Jim Harbaugh to revitalize the Stanford football program while also graduating with a bachelor's degree in architectural design. Luck was hailed by nearly every scout as a can't miss prospect, having nearly every physical tool you want from a QB along with a clear handle on the mental and intangible aspects of the game.
Colts CareerExpectations for Luck were high going into 2012, but not so for the team overall. Many experts put the Colts at or near the bottom of all power rankings. Not only had the team lost Peyton Manning that year, but also many key pieces from the Manning era such as Pierre Garçon, Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, Jeff Saturday, and Gary Brackett. To make matters worse, new head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and missed weeks 5-16. However, despite all odds, Luck led the Colts to an 11-5 record. Interim Head Coach Bruce Arians proved to be a diamond in the rough by helping Luck turn a 2-14 team that lost multiple starters into a playoff team. Luck's stats weren't always pretty: 23 TDs, 18 INTs, 54.1% completion rate, and a 76.5 rating, but he could clearly make plays happen with an absurd 7 game winning drives. The miracles came to an end with a shellacking by the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs, but this season proved Luck would be no bust, he was a force to be reckoned with.
Luck continued to grow in 2013 and 2014, improving in every category to crescendo in 2014 with a league-leading 40 TDs, 16 INTs, 61.7% completion rate, and a 96.5 rating. In 2013 he led the Colts to his first playoff victory in spectacular fashion. After being down 38-10 early in the 3rd quarter to the Alex Smith led Chiefs, Luck led a furious and unbelievable comeback 45-44 victory. Any Colts fan could tell you after seeing all the comeback victories Luck had led to never count him out, and he cemented that in this game. In 2014 Luck led the Colts past their old god of Peyton Manning in Denver in the divisional round, but were given a thorough ass-whooping in the AFC Championship by the soon-to-be Super Bowl champions New England Patriots in what is now infamously known as the "Deflategate Game."
Andrew Luck was a very physical player and was known to take many hits, sometimes making spectacular plays through those hits. However, that punishment started to pile up and wasn't helped by GM Ryan Grigson's poor draft classes and inability to build a competent offensive line to block for Luck. This culminated in the injury plagued 2015 and 2016 seasons. Luck only played 7 games in 2015 and severely regressed in every statistical category, clearly hampered by various injuries such as a lacerated kidney. Luck's stats improved in 2016, but the team did not as they finished 8-8, partially due to an astounding 7% sack of Luck. Either some of Luck's good fortune had finally run out or the team and culture built by GM Grigson had completely failed to support their superstar QB. Owner Jim Irsay bet on Luck and fired Grigson after 2016.
Hopes were high heading into 2017, but unfortunately an unknown snowboarding accident aggravated a previous shoulder injury for Luck. News was very slow to come out, but fans were shocked to find out he would likely miss the entire season 8 days before week 1. New GM Chris Ballard made a quick trade for Jacoby Brissett, but fans were worried after 3 years of being hampered by injuries Luck may never be the same player.
In 2018 we believed those doubts were proven wrong. Luck had an incredibly resurgent season, leading the new look Colts back into the playoffs for the first time since 2014 with a 10-6 record. Luck's numbers were back to form: 39 TDs, 15 INTs, and career bests of 67.3% completion rate and 98.7 rating. Fans were pleased to finally see Luck playing behind a solid offensive line that prevented which prevented him from being sacked for 5 weeks and giving him a career low 2.7% sack rate. Luck led the Colts to a Wild Card win over the Deshaun Watson's Texans, but were stopped in the cold in Arrowhead against Patrick Mahomes' Chiefs. However, hopes were high leading into 2019 that the structure given by GM Chris Ballard would protect Luck and allow him to lead us to our Super Bowl.
Sadly that did not work out as Luck appeared to have a calf injury leading up to the 2019 season. Fans held out hope he would be ready to go for the start of the season, but after the years of rehabbing Luck had finally had enough. 2 weeks before the season opener during a preseason game against the Chicago Bears it was leaked that Luck planned to retire. Fortunately his backup Jacoby Brissett was put in a better position to take his place as opposed to 2017, but the sudden and unexplained retirement of their franchise QB right before the season led to some fans to boo Luck as he left the field at Lucas Oil Stadium for the last time.
My favorite highlighthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teNLH0p6WHs
LegacyAndrew Luck will forever be one of the greatest "what if?" stories in American sports history. Unlike many "what if?" stories, we got to see what we could have had with Luck. What the Colts had in Luck from 2012-14 along with 2018 was nothing short of incredible and it was clear he was improving to potentially become one of the greatest QBs in NFL history. Instead he's a tragic story where fans will forever be left to wonder what could have been with Andrew Luck. Would Luck have brought the Colts back to the Super Bowl if he he didn't play the majority of his career under the poor management of GM Ryan Grigson and HC Chuck Pagano? All we do know is that his sack rate under Grigson was 5.5%, and in one year on GM Chris Ballard's team it was 2.7%, coincidentally also one of his best statistical seasons. Peyton Manning's sack rate for his career? Tied for the NFL record with Dan Marino at 3.13%. Maybe if Luck had been better protected and coached better to avoid hits he could have made it up there with Manning, but as fans he'll forever be a "what if?" Luck seems like a smart and content man who's just starting a family, so I doubt he will ever return for any team. Even if he did we'll forever be robbed of what the best version of Andrew Luck could have been. However, in his short time here, he delivered enough incredible moments to give us hope and make us love the team. I, along with hopefully many other fans, will forever love Andrew Luck for his time with the Colts and am grateful for a helluva run.
How He Got HereThe Indianapolis Colts under Jim Harbaugh had finally established themselves as a legitimate team, but the Colts knew Harbaugh wasn't the long-term answer at QB. He was 35 going into the 1998 season and had just led the Colts to a 3-13 season, bad enough for the #1 overall pick. There was some debate about drafting Heisman finalist out of Washington, Ryan Leaf, but new GM Bill Polian made no doubt in the fact that he was drafting Peyton Manning. Leaf had some incredible athletic abilities, but there were some doubts raised about his ability to handle the mental aspects of the game. He also basically made the decision for the Colts when he skipped their draft interview, a passive-aggressive declaration he wouldn't play for the Colts. Peyton Manning, son of former Saints QB Archie Manning, was also a Heisman finalist out of Tennessee. No scout doubted Manning's ability to become a franchise QB in the NFL, but some wondered about his potential ceiling due to a complete lack of running ability and some arm strength concerns. However, he was clearly one of the most mature and mentally ready players to ever come out of college for any position.
"I'll leave you with this thought. If you take me, I promise you we will win a championship. If you don't, I promise I'll come back and kick your ass" -Peyton Manning to Colts GM Bill Polian on the day before the 1998 draft
Colts CareerThe 1998 Colts were still a pretty bad team overall, and the rookie Manning was not enough to overcome that. He had one of the best statistical rookie seasons ever: 3,739 yards, 26 TDs, 28 INTs, 6.5 Y/A, and a 56.7% completion rate, setting records for yards, TDs, and INTs (yards and TDs are currently held by Andrew Luck and Baker Mayfield respectively). However, the deficiencies of the team and Manning's record number of interceptions helped give the Colts a 3-13 record, including a week 5 win over Ryan Leaf's San Diego Chargers.
Fortunately Manning helped lead one of the biggest turnarounds in NFL history in 1999, turning the 3-13 Colts in 1998 into the 13-3 Colts in 1999. People weren't exactly ready to give up on Manning after 1998, but 1999 was critical for showing Manning could improve and be at the helm of a winning team. Partially this was helped by sending Hall of Fame RB Marshall Faulk to St. Louis in exchange for the draft pick to select Hall of Fame RB Edgerrin James, who had a phenomenal rookie year. The Colts ended up losing to the Tennessee Titans in the playoffs, who had just completed the Music City Miracle the week before and would come within an ass hair of winning the Super Bowl against the Greatest Show on Turf St. Louis Rams.
Manning was up and down from 2000 to 2002, still posting good stats but missing the playoffs in 2001 ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oSFYxDGKy8 ) and having first round exits in 2000 and 2002. Whispers started turning into legitimate arguments about how Peyton Manning was a good stats, dome team, regular season QB that just didn't have it in the playoffs. In 2003 Manning started his absurd streak of 12+ win seasons (7 years) and picked up his first MVP award, the first (and still only) Indy Colt to win it. He also got his first playoff wins in 2003, but was quickly put to shame in a 4 INT performance in the AFC Championship against the Patriots, now known by Colts fans as "The Ty Law Game."
The 2004 season is well known by Colts fans for cementing Manning among the all time greats. Manning was white hot all year, throwing for 4,557 yards 49 TDs, 10 INTs, and a 121.1 rating while only getting sacked 13 times. The 49 TDs was a record, which has since been broken by Tom Brady and Manning again while a member of the Broncos. Manning won MVP for the 2nd year in a row, but once again disappointed in the playoffs with a 0 TD, 1 INT performance against the Patriots in the divisional round, losing 20-3. Those arguments of Manning's postseason jitters were starting to feel more and more like reality for Colts fans. They knew they had their franchise QB, but his inability to perform in the playoffs continued to be baffling.
2005 was supposed to be the season that changed all that. Manning's numbers came back to earth somewhat, but he still posted a very efficient performance (104.1 rating) for a much improved overall team. GM Bill Polian had proved his days building the "Four Falls over Buffalo" Bills dynasty was no fluke, he now had a team with the #2 scoring offense and the #2 scoring defense. This was the year to break the Manning postseason curse. Unfortunately in one of the most upsetting games of my life, the Colts could not break that curse against the Steelers in the divisional round. Manning played relatively well: 58% completion rate, 290 yards, and 1 TD with no INTs, but watching the game the Colts struggled to maintain momentum and get stops against the rookie Ben Roethlisberger. Despite the inconsistent play, the Colts still had a shot. Steelers HoF RB Jerome Bettis attempted to ice the game with a goal line carry, but fumbled for the first time all year. With the entire Steelers offense stuffing the line, Colts CB Nick Harper was free to pick up the ball with a nearly open field ahead of him. Normally Nick Harper is one of the faster players on the field, however, as every Colts fan knows, Harper had been stabbed in the leg by his wife in a "supposedly accidental" altercation the night before. This possibly allowed the falling down Ben Roethlisberger to catch Harper by his shoe strings, preventing the nearly sure thing TD by Harper to put the Colts ahead. Instead Manning led the Colts into basically chip shot field goal position for one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history (Mike "Idiot Kicker" Vanderjagt) to tie the game. We all know what happened next. It was a shocking loss to say the least, and it was hard to blame it all on Manning, but it still felt like there was some sort of mystical VooDoo curse hanging over Manning and our franchise.
If the Colts couldn't win it all in 2005 it felt like they never would. 2006 wasn't looking like anything special compared to the past few seasons, especially considering the defense regressed from #2 in scoring in 2005 to #23 in 2006. Manning was still putting up great numbers, but those were starting to feel like an exercise in futility. Fortunately the Colts caught fire at the right time, with oft-injured All-Pro Safety Bob Sanders getting healthy towards the end of the season and the trade deadline addition of Buccaneers DT "Booger" McFarland. That momentum pushed them to an AFC Championship, where Manning would match up against the source of his ultimate playoff failures, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Fortunately, this time it was in the RCA Dome, not Foxborogh, MA. Manning and the Colts started off cold, being down 21-3 at one point after a Manning pick-6, but the Colts rallied behind some incredibly orchestrated drives by Manning to finally get the monkey off his back. On a last second drive, Manning drove the Colts down the field to put them ahead 38-34 with 1 minute to go. A Marlin Jackson interception of Tom Brady sealed it, Manning and the Colts were going to the Super Bowl for the first time in Indy history. Manning played well in the Super Bowl, winning the MVP against the league-best Chicago Bears defense.
Manning continued his solid play in 2007 and 2008, including his 3rd MVP in 2008. Both seasons ended with heartbreaking first round playoff exits to the San Diego Chargers, 2008's being the "Sproles and Scifres Game." 2008 also showed the first signs of physical weakness from Manning, having a knee surgery before the season that led to a slow start for the Colts. That was not the case in 2009, as Manning led the Colts to start the season 14-0. In a decision that's still derided today, new head coach Jim Caldwell decided to effectively bench Manning along with many other starters rather than go for the perfect season to prevent any injuries. Many had seen the Patriots in 2007 nearly complete the perfect season, but fall in heartbreaking fashion in the Super Bowl against a less talented Giants team. Caldwell, like many others, decided that any rust from not playing for nearly a month was worth the decreased risk of injury to his stars. That decision nearly backfired in spectacular fashion as the Colts were behind the New York Jets (a team they effectively let into the playoffs by letting them win in week 16) in the AFC Championship game until Manning led a furious comeback. It all ended poorly in the Super Bowl however as Manning threw a pick-6 to Tracy Porter that still haunts my dreams to Tracy Porter, allowing the Colts to lose to Drew Brees and his stupid baby and the New Orleans Saints.
2010 was one of the first signs of weakness from Manning. He had apparently injured his neck on this play in 2006 ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gjdmww3vgM ) on a hit that would now be extremely illegal. Manning apparently aggravated that injury in the lead up to the 2010 season, and it showed in the stats as he had how lowest rating since 2002 (91.9). For most other QBs a rating of 91.9 is a pretty solid season but for Manning it was a massive fall. This led to a quick playoff exit to the Jets in the first round. In the lead up to the 2011 season, Manning had several surgeries to relieve the pain in his neck which led to him missing the entire season. It was unknown if he would ever be the same QB again, or even play again. Manning's absence showed how incredibly important he was to the franchise, the only major difference between the rosters in 2010 and 2011 is Manning, yet the Colts went 10-6 in 2010 and 2-14 in 2011. This poor record led to the Colts earning the #1 pick in the 2012 draft, which fueled their decision to release Manning and draft a QB in 2012 (Chandler Harnish...and Andrew Luck).
My favorite highlighthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DttfyOeU3vw
Legacy"Fellas, if 18 goes down, we're fucked, and we don't practice fucked." -Offensive Coordinator Tom Moore on why the backup QBs don't get more reps
Nothing to me cements Peyton Manning's role in Indy as much as this quote. Even his first 5 years before he became an all-time great, that was still the best sustained stretch of QB play in Indy Colts history. Once he ascended to another level in 2003, it was clear we needed to put every egg we could find into his basket. Manning was the perfect franchise QB: a steady presence on and off the field, consistent delivery of either incredible numbers or game winning performances (usually both), and he made nearly everyone else on the team a better player. His drive and commitment to team victory made him the guy every franchise needs if they want to field a consistently great team. Peyton had somewhat of an authoritarian leadership style, my way or the highway, but you can do that when you show that you're willing and able to give every ounce of yourself to the team and deliver the kind of results that he can.
I think some people are disappointed in the Manning Era considering how historically great his stats are but he was 1-1 in Super Bowls in 12 years here. Honestly I think that's not too far off for any all-time QB. Drew Brees is 1-0, Brett Favre is 1-1, Aaron Rodgers is 1-0, Fran Tarkenton is 0-3, Jim Kelly is 0-4, Dan Marino is 0-1, all of these guys are all-time great franchise QBs but it's not abnormal for them to only win 1 or lose several. There are some exceptions: Tom Brady (6-3), Joe Montana (4-0), Terry Bradshaw (4-0), and Troy Aikman (3-0), but honestly you could trade any of the former QBs for Terry Bradshaw and they would also probably be 4-0. There's lots of luck in every playing career, and some get luckier than others. The only season I'd say the Colts were "robbed" of a Super Bowl is 2005, otherwise I think Manning's Colts career went about as good as it could have.
Honorable Mentions: Matt Hasselbeck (5-3 record, probably our best backup ever) and Dan Orlovsky (just for saving us from a completely defeated season).
Dishonorable Mentions: Jeff George and Kerry Collins (being very bad at QB isn't very uncommon for Indy Colts QBs, but these guys were so bad and toxic they dragged down the abilities of everyone on the team and are actively hated by most fans)
|Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) vs New England Patriots(8-1)|
|The last two Super Bowl Champions face off in a rematch of Super Bowl LII. It is the first time the two teams will meet since the Eagles defeated New England in Minneapolis 41-33. However it is the Patriots who are the defending champs after winning Super Bowl LIII last season. The Patriots come to the Linc following their first loss of the season at the hands of the Ravens in week 9. Both teams look much different than last time they faced off, as this will be the first time Carson Wentz takes on Brady and Belichick. It will be no easy task for Wentz has he faces off against the league’s top rated pass defense and will do it without his top two WRs in Desean Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey also looks to miss the contest. Look for the Eagles to establish the run early with Jordan Howard and rookie Miles Sanders. The Eagles will also look to get help from some familiar faces they brought back this week in WR Jordan Matthews and RB Jay Ajayi. Ajayi was brought into to replace the injured Darren Sproles who went on the IR Friday with a torn hip flexor. On the other side of the ball the Eagles struggling pass defense got back on track the last two weeks beating up Josh Allen and Mitch Trubisky, but they will face a whole nother animal this week when future Hall of Fame QB Tom Brady comes to town. Brady torched the Eagles secondary in Super Bowl LII to the tune of 505 yards, 3 TDs and no touchdowns. The Eagles secondary will have to be better this week if the Eagles hope to come out with a win. They will look for help from the pass rush which has come alive of late with 7 sacks in their last two games. They need need to get pressure on Brady and force him to dump it down and prevent the big play, something the Eagles have struggled with this season. If the Eagles can control the tempo and use the running game to give Tom Brady off the field, they have a shot to hand the Patriots their second loss of the season.|
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|Sunday, November 17, 2019|
|Game Time||Game Location|
|4:25 PM - Eastern||Lincoln Financial Field|
|3:25 PM - Central||1020 Pattison Ave|
|2:25 PM - Mountain||Philadelphia, PA 19148|
|1:25 PM - Pacific||Wikipedia - Map|
|Stadium Type: Open Air|
|Feels Like: 29°F|
|Forecast: Possible Light Rain. Partly cloudy throughout the day.|
|Chance of Precipitation: 39%|
|Cloud Coverage: 100%|
|Wind: NNE 16 MPH|
|Favorite/Opening Line: New Endland -3.5|
|Record VS. Spread: Eagles 4-5, Patriots 6-3|
|Where to Watch on TV|
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|Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick|
|Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (42nd season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.|
|Philadelphia, PA||WIP-FM||94.1 FM and 610 AM|
|Allentown, PA||WCTO-FM||96.1 FM|
|Atlantic City/South Jersey||WENJ-FM||97.3 FM|
|Levittown, PA||WBCB-AM||1490 AM|
|Northumberland, PA||WEGH-FM||107.3 FM|
|Pottsville, PA||WPPA-AM||1360 AM|
|Reading, PA||WEEU-AM||830 AM|
|Salisbury/Ocean City, MD||WAFL-FM||97.7 FM|
|Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA||WEJL-FM||96.1 FM|
|Salisbury/Ocean City, MD||WAFL-FM||97.7 FM|
|Salisbury/Ocean City, MD||WEJL-AM||630 AM|
|Salisbury/Ocean City, MD||WBAX-AM||1240 AM|
|Williamsport, PA||WBZD-FM||93.3 FM|
|Wilmington, DE||WDEL-FM/AM||101.7 FM|
|York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA||WSOX-FM||96.1 FM|
|Philadelphia Spanish Radio|
|Rickie Ricardo, Macu Berral and Gus Salazar will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.|
|Philadelphia, PA||LA MEGA||105.7 FM|
|Allentown, PA||WSAN||1470 AM|
|Atlantic City, NJ||WIBG||1020 AM; 101.3 FM|
|Patriots Radio Network Socci returns for his seventh season in the booth as play-by-play broadcasters on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Socci is joined in the booth by former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak, who's entering his eighth season as action analyst.|
|ESPN Radio will broadcast the game to a national audience with Adam Amin on play-by-play and Jack Del Rio providing analysis and Sal Paolantonio reporting from the sidelines.|
|Station||Eagles Channel||Patriots Channel|
|Sirius Radio||SIRI 82 (Internet 825)||SIRI 134 (Internet 805)|
|XM Radio||XM 227 (Internet 825)||(Internet 820)|
|Sirius XM Radio||SXM 227 (Internet 825)||SXM 384 (Internet 805)|
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|Philadelphia Eagles lead the New England Patriots in the series, 8-6 (7-5 regular season; 1-1 in playoffs)|
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|First Game Played|
|November 4, 1973 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia Eagles 24 – New England Patriots 23|
|The Philadelphia Eagles lead the New England Patriots (345-326)|
|Doug Pederson: 1-0 against the Patriots|
|Bill Belichick: 4-2 against Eagles|
|Coaches Head to Head|
|Doug Pederson vs Bill Belichick: Pederson leads 1-0|
|Carson Wentz: Against Patriots: 0-0|
|Tom Brady: Against Eagles: 4-2|
|Quarterbacks Head to Head|
|Carson Wentz vs Tom Brady: First meeting between the QBs|
|Records per Stadium|
|Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Patriots lead 2-0|
|Record @ Gillette Stadium: Patriots lead 2-1|
|Rankings and Last Meeting Information|
|Rankings and Last Meeting Information|
|AP Pro 32 Ranking|
|Eagles No. 12 - Patriots No. 2|
|Sunday, February 4th, 2019|
|Eagles 41 - Patriots 33|
|In a record-setting shootout between backup QB Foles and five-time champ Brady of the favored Patriots, it was the Eagles who came out victorious. The combined 1,151 yards were the most in any modern NFL game. The game started slow the the teams trading field goals on their opening drives before Fole connected with Jeffrey on a 36 yard TD pass to give the Eagles the 10-7 lead. The Eagles extended the lead after a 4th down stand where they drove down the field and scored on a 21 yard run. The Patriots answered with a FG and a James White TD run following a Nick Foles INT to cut the lead to 15-12 with just over 2 minutes to go in the half. The Eagles marched down the field and went for it on 4th and 1 from one yard line using the now famous Philly Special where Trey Burton hit Nick Foles in the Endzone to give the Eagles a 22-12 lead heading into halftime. The two teams traded scores following half time with the Patriots cutting the lead to one point midway through the 4th on a Gronkowski TD reception. However the Eagles responding with a 7 minute TD drive of their own that ending in a Zach Ertz TD reception. After failing to convert a 2 point conversion. The Patriots got the ball back and Brady looked primed to launch a comeback, but on the second play of the drive he was strip sacked by Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett recovered. The Eagles took an additional minute off the clock before a 46 yard Jake Elliott FG sealed it for the Eagles. Brady got another shot with a minute left in the game, but with no timeouts time wasn’t on his side as the Eagles hung on to give them their first Super Bowl Championship.|
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|Category||Eagles Stat||Eagles Rank||Patriots Stat||Patriots Rank|
|Points Per Game||24.9||13th||30.0||2nd|
|Red Zone Offense (TD%)||63.3%||8th||50.0%||21st(t)|
|Category||Eagles Stat||Eagles Rank||Patriots Stat||Patriots Rank|
|Points Per Game||23.7||15th||10.9||1st|
|Red Zone Defense (TD%)||60.7%||25th||45.5%||4th|
|Category||Eagles Stat||Eagles Rank||Patriots Stat||Patriots Rank|
|Penalty Per Game||6.6||8th||6.2||7th|
|Penalty Yards Per Game||58.0||14th||53.8||7th|
|Eagles LB/K Kamu Grugier-Hill was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 6th round of the 2016 NFL Draft, he was waived Patriots during final roster cuts and claimed by the Eagles.|
|Patrick Chung signed with the Eagles in 2013 and he played one season with the team before being released and returning to the Patriots.|
|Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie grew up as a Patriots fan and attempted to purchase Patriots in 1993 before being outbid by Robert Kraft. He purchased the Philadelphia Eagles the following season.|
|Patriots FB James Devlin grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of Gilbertsville, PA and attended Boyertown High School.|
|Jim Schwartz was a personnel scout for the Cleveland Browns from 1993-1995 while Bill Belichick was the Head Coach.|
|Eagles DB Coach Cory Undlin was a defensive assistant under Bill Belichick for the Patriots in 2004.|
|Eagles TE coach Eugene Chung played three seasons for the Patriots from 1992-1994.|
|Patriots Special Teams Coordinator Joe Judge was born in Philadelphia and attended Lansdale Catholic High School.|
|Patriots backup QB Cody Kessler was with the Eagles in training camp in 2019 before being cut by the team.|
|Eagles WR Jordan Matthews played one season for the Patriots in 2018 before he was released.|
|DT Fletcher Cox (Starter)||QB Tom Brady|
|OG Brandon Brooks (Starter)||CB Stephen Gilmore|
|TE Zach Ertz (Starter)|
|Recap from Last Week 9’s Games.|
|The Eagles defense suffocated the Mitch Trubisky led Bears holding them to just 9 yards in the first half, where the Bears trailed 19-0 heading into halftime. The Bears went three-and-out on their first five possessions, gaining minus-10 yards. They didn't get a first down until the final minute of the first half. David Montgomery got the game close in the 4th quarter with a pair of 1 yard touchdown runs. But Philadelphia put it away with 16-play, 69-yard drive capped by Jake Elliott's 38-yard field goal. Wentz completed all four of his third-down passes on the drive for first downs, and the Eagles held the ball for 8:14. The Bears muffed the kick on the ensuing kick and the Eagles recovered to run out the clock and give them the win.|
|Video From the start of the game the Patriots defense struggled to contain the elusive Lamar Jackson. Jackson and the Ravens jumped out to an early 17-0 lead. The Ravens let the Patriots back into the game after shooting themselves in the foot with a muffed punt that led to an easy Patriots TD. And a Ingram fumble led to an easy FG for Nick Folk and the Ravens took only a 17 point lead into the half. The Patriots looked to be marching down the field in the 3rd before Julien Edleman was stripped and Marlon Humphrey returned it 70 yards for a touchdown. The two teams traded touchdowns before a Tom Brady INT and a methodical 9:35 drive by Baltimore led to another TD to seal the game and end New England’s 13 game winning streak dating back to last season.|
|Referee: Bill Vinovich|
|The Eagles last played the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, capturing a 41-33 victory to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history.|
|Including playoffs, Philadelphia owns an 8-6 (.571) record vs. New England all-time (1-0 under Doug Pederson)|
|Including playoffs, Philadelphia has the 2nd-best home winning percentage (.767, 23-7) in the NFL since 2016, trailing only New England (.879, 29-4).|
|The Eagles have won 8 of their last 12 contests (.667) at Lincoln Financial Field, as well as 17 of their last 22 home games (.773) overall (including playoffs).|
|Since becoming the Eagles coach in 2016, Doug Pederson and the Eagles are 2-1 following the bye week.|
|Since becoming Patriots head coach in 2000, Bill Belichick has recorded a 14-5 mark in the regular season coming off a bye.|
|Eagles and Patriots will meet in the regular season for the first time since Dec. 6, 2015, when Philadelphia beat New England, 35-28, at Gillette Stadium. This week will mark the Patriots first trip to Philadelphia since Nov. 27, 2011, when the Patriots left with a 38-20 victory.|
|Philadelphia has produced the 3rd best third-down offense (48.4%) in the NFL, trailing only Dallas (51.4%) and Baltimore (48.6%).|
|Since 2016, Jordan Howard ranks 2nd in the NFL in rushing yards (3,895), 3rd in rushing attempts (897) and tied for 5th in rushing TDs (30).|
|Miles Sanders ranks 3rd among NFL running backs in scrimmage yards per touch (6.5), trailing only Duke Johnson (6.8) and James White (6.7). (minimum 75 touches)|
|The Eagles rank 4th in rush defense (87.3), trailing only Tampa Bay (77.8), NYJ (81.9), and Houston (84.2).|
|The Patriots defense is leading the league with 19 interceptions through nine games, on pace for 33 on the season. Their 19 picks are already more than the Patriots recorded in 27 of their previous 59 seasons. The most interceptions in the Belichick era was 29 by the 2003 Patriots team.|
|OT Andre Dillard||WR N’Keal Harry|
|RB Miles Sanders||CB Joejuan Williams|
|WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside||DE Chase Winovich|
|WR Shareff Miller||RB Damien Harris|
|QB Clayton Thorson||OT Yodny Cajuste|
|OG Hjalte Froholdt|
|QB Jarrett Stidham|
|DE Byron Cowart|
|P Jake Bailey|
|CB Ken Webster|
|Notable Off-season Additions|
|WR Desean Jackson||RB Brandon Bolden|
|DT Malik Jackson||LB Jamie Collins|
|DE Vinny Curry||FS Terrence Brooks|
|S Andrew Sendejo||TE Matt LaCosse|
|DT Hassan Ridgeway||TE Benjamin Watson|
|QB Josh McCown||C James Ferentz|
|OT Marshall Newhouse|
|QB Cody Kessler|
|CB Justin Bethel|
|K Nick Folk|
|Notable Off-season Departures|
|QB “Big Dick” Nick Foles||TE Rob Gronkowski|
|DE Michael Bennett||DE Adrian Clayborn|
|DE Chris Long||P Ryan Allen|
|S Chris Maragos||OT Trent Brown|
|RB Jay Ajayi||DT Malcom Brown|
|RB Josh Adams||DE Trey Flowers|
|RB Wendell Smallwood||WR Chris Hogan|
|DT Haloti Ngata||WR Cordarrelle Patterson|
|CB Eric Rowe|
|OT LaAdrian Waddle|
|Eagles TE Zach Ertz (31) needs 1 TD to move up to 10th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list all-time tying WR ** to 10th all-time tying WR Ben Hawkins.|
|Eagles TE Zach Ertz (5354) needs 10 yards to most up to 7th on the Eagles all-time receiving yards list passing Eagles TE/HB Bobby Watson.|
|Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (2973) needs 27 yards for 3000 career receiving yards.|
|Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (2973) needs 95 yards for to move up to 20th on the Eagles all-time receiving list passing WR Irving Fryar|
|Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (21) needs 2 TDs for to move up to 18th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list tying TE Chad Lewis|
|Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins's (4) needs 1 more Interception for a TD to tie CB Eric Allen (5) for most Interceptions for a TD by an Eagles player.|
|Eagles RB Miles Sanders needs (336) needs 302 rushing yards to break LeSean McCoy’s Eagles record for most rushing yards by a rookie in a season.|
|Eagles RB Miles Sanders needs (641) needs 368 yards of total offense to break Desean Jackson’s Eagles record for most yards of total offense by a rookie in a season.|
|Patriots WR Julian Edleman (34) needs 3 TDs to move up to 8th on the Patriots all-time receiving TD list tying WR Wes Welker.|
|Patriots WR Julian Edleman (6053) needs 314 receiving yards to move up to 4th on the Patriots all-time receiving list passing WR Tory Brown.|
|Patriots QB Tom Brady (531) needs 8 more TD passes to tie the record for most TD passes in the regular season tying QB Peyton Manning. Saints QB Drew Brees on the list with 525 TDs.|
|Patriots QB Tom Brady(39) needs 1 game with 30 completions to give him 40 games career games with 30 or more completions, breaking a tie with QB Peyton Manning for second-most in NFL history. QB Drew Brees is first with 62 such games.|
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|Stats to Know|
|An Odd Year for Brady and Play Action Passing|
|Historically, Tom “Can’t-Catch-a-Wide-Open-Pass-When-It-Counts” Brady has been near tops in the league in both percentage of dropbacks in Play Action and in Play Action Passer Rating. In 2019, those numbers are down, however, as Brady is 19th in PA % (25.9%) down from 4th at 31.4% last season. While the PA % is down this year from last, it’s still above many previous seasons; it’s just that more teams are employing Play Action at a high frequency, this season. Additionally, typically we see good teams (QBs) have a higher Passer Rating in Play Action than not. Brady is typically not unique in that regard...except this season his PA Passer Rating is only 3.1 points higher than non-PA Passer Rating (95.4 & 92.3) The non-PA Passer Rating is good for 14th, while the PA Passer Rating is good for 27th.|
|Matchups to Watch|
|Patriots Secondary vs Eagles Passing Attack|
|The Patriots and Eagles enter this contest coming off a bye. Prior to the bye, the Patriots defense has been playing at close to historical level per DVOA. It is an incredibly diverse defense that can cover and rush the passer at an elite level. Their defense forces a lot of turnovers and seems to score with more efficiency than some NFL offenses. The Patriots are coming off a loss after playing their first real team of the season; even though Baltimore was able to find success against the Patriots vaunted defense, it is still an incredibly talented unit. The Eagles passing offense has been woefully inept for most of the season forcing them to essentially be a run first team like last year’s Patriots… but without the defense. The Eagles will enter the game with a sorry ass receiving core that could be missing their top target in Alshon Jeffrey. It’s been stunning to watch Agholor regress from the consistently poor play we’ve gotten from him but it goes to show it is possible to hit new lows. Mack Hollins is booty cheeks and JJAW can’t even see the field. The Eagles were wise to re-sign Jordan Matthews, but he’s not the kind of player that can fix this unit. Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are playing very well but it’s hard to have a passing offense run through tight ends. The Eagles will need their big men to show up as well as have Miles Sanders continue to be a dynamic receiver in space out of the backfield. Opposite them will be Stephon Gilmore – the best CB in the NFL – and a complete secondary that can take away good passing offenses. I would expect the Patriots to take away Ertz and Goedert, forcing the WRs to step up which they likely can’t. The Eagles are more than capable of winning this game but this matchup presents a significant challenge for an already questionable air attack.|
|Patriots Defensive Front vs Eagles Offensive Line|
|As previously mentioned, the Eagles are a run first team out of necessity. They are able to function this way due to their terrific offensive line, coaching, and run game diversity. Jordan Howard has played really well for the Eagles when they need a back to create out of structure. While Miles Sanders has struggled as a runner in his early career, he has been showing incremental progress as he gains more experience at the position. This offensive line gets a second crack at a Belichick defense, two years removed from dominating their defensive front in Super Bowl 52. This isn’t the same Patriots defense we saw in February 2008; that Patriots defense finished 31st in DVOA. The Patriots have a lot of good athletes that are disciplined and well-coached. This is a strength vs strength matchup that the Eagles need to win. Both organizations value high-level trench play since they can help control the game. Ideally, the Eagles would possess a better passing attack. Maybe that passing attack will be better after the bye week but no one should count on that at the moment. For now, Philadelphia needs to keep finding success with the diverse and dominating rushing attack to keep the offense on schedule against a very dangerous defense.|
|Patriots Passing Attack vs Eagles Secondary|
|The last two games have yielded good results for the Eagles defense; by reading the box scores, you be convinced that the Eagles defense has been completely fixed and they’ll have nothing to worry about. When you study the tape of these two games, you’ll realize the Eagles have been gifted by their opponents lack of real QBs. Tom Brady hasn’t been an electric passer this year nor do the Patriots run up the score like they have during other years in their dynasty with strong offensive performances. However, like the defense, this is a smart, well-coached offense that can take advantage of a defenses weakness. It’s obvious to everyone that even with the return of their injured CBs, the Eagles secondary is still a piece of work. Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby have stopped some of the bleeding but they are just lipstick on a pig. Philly’s LBs are still a bit of a liability, especially in the absence of Nigel Bradham, and will likely be exploited. Malcolm Jenkins has had a down year in coverage. Jim Schwartz, while a good DC, still has coverage assignments for his players at times that put them in lose/lose situations. The Patriots offense, led by Tom Brady, will see and exploit the weaknesses you have on your team. The Eagles are bad against play action – what do you think we’ll see? Defending screens are a problem… enter James White. Double moves? You got it. The defense has coverage breakdowns consistently against the Bills and Bears, they were just incapable of taking advantage of that. They no longer have the benefit of playing cupcake QBs. The Eagles offense isn’t built to run up the score quickly and are up against a top defense. Philadelphia’s defense needs to rise to the occasion and keep the Patriots off the scoreboard.|
|1.||Patriots||--||4-0||Pats squeaked out a tough one against the legit Bills defense, but struggled mightily on offense all game. Luckily, the defense was able to stymie the Bills for the most part. A game like this early in the season will give Bill Belichick the ammunition to light a fire under the team for weeks to come. Bring on the Redskins.|
|2.||Chiefs||--||4-0||On a day where everything went wrong, the Chiefs still found a way to win. Highlighted by a sick lateral from Travis Kelce to Shady McCoy and a game-winning drive orchestrated by Patrick Mahomes, this was the type of game that championship-level teams have to occasionally find a way to win. There is some concern about the run defense going forward because the unit should've gotten better since last year, but it seems to be treading water. The Chiefs will now have four of their next five games at home after finishing their rough stretch of road games.|
|4.||Cowboys||--||3-1||Two days later, and there still aren’t solid answers as to what happened to the Cowboys on Sunday night. It appeared Kellen Moore misplaced his playbook and instead picked up Scott Linehan’s from 2018. Dak struggled like he did in his sophomore season, and Zeke seemed to be thinking about a beach in Cabo. Even the normally dominant offensive line struggled with the Saints defensive front. Things definitely don’t get easier this week as the Pack comes to town.|
|5.||Saints||+3||3-1||When the Saints and the Cowboys play in the Superdome, magic always seems to happen, and the 2019 SNF matchup delivered. Both teams' defenses came to play, ensuring a thrilling contest. The boys in the black and white stripes threw their terrible towels all over the field, but the defenses weren't phased and put on exceptional performances to stymie some of the key players in both teams. Well, except Alvin Kamara, who now has back-to-back 69-yard rushing weeks (nice).|
|6.||Seahawks||+5||3-1||The songbirds proved to be no match for the Seattle squadron, and the war's tiniest captain was sent back to his nest in defeat. Transport Ensign William Dissly brushed off the flitting fowl with ease, and "Clowney" made a critical strike early that made the canaries' voices crack. The Seahawks are now forced to fly home to try to head off a herd of recently domesticated sheep.|
|7.||Packers||-2||3-1||Good news: Aaron Rodgers can still sling the ball effectively. Bad news: This was discovered by returning to 2018's style of game where the defense is not able to make a stop and the plays are mostly passes. The Packers drop to 3-1 as they headi into the jaws of road game against a good Cowboys team.|
|8.||Bears||+4||3-1||"Everybody told me when I got here [it was hard to win in Chicago], then we won some games. I guess if you turn the ball over and you create penalties and you do dumb things, it’s a pretty hard place to play. I think they've lost their last two at home.” - Mike Zimmer, just days before his team (led by 84 Million Dollar Man Kirk Cousins) was shut out for 57 minutes en route to losing to career backup Chase Daniel. Hey, he nailed it.|
|9.||49ers||--||3-0||The 49ers win the bye week by becoming the last unbeaten team in the NFC.|
|10.||Ravens||-4||2-2||It seems like an annual occurrence that the Ravens hit some kind of low point and fans question whether this is any more than a 9-7 at best team. Not only did the Ravens fall to 2-2, but they now have as many multi-score losses as multi-score wins. However, the Ravens have been here before and have gone on to finish the season a contender. It all hinges on whether these defensive struggles are an aberration or a trend.|
|11.||Eagles||+6||2-2||The Eagles found a way to win on the road, including a gritty performance from a severely depleted defense. Luckily for the team, the looming Sunday match-up is against the Jets' "offense." That said, without a major change in secondary personnel or a dramatic amount of positional growth, the Eagles will have to continue to rely on Carson Wentz's arm to bail them out at the end of every game.|
|12.||Bills||+1||3-1||The Bills defense put up an incredible performance, holding the Patriots offense to just 9 points (the other 7 coming on a Special Teams play). And still, the offense blew it, ultimately losing 17-10. Buffalo had every chance to win, but horrible decision making by Josh Allen and Brian Daboll, along with a timely endzone drop by Zay Jones (on an admittedly bad ball by Matt Barkley), led to a tough loss. Elite defense marred by an inconsistent offense. What else is new in Buffalo?|
|13.||Lions||+3||2-1-1||Moral victories aren't exactly ideal, but the Lions continue to look like a team that can hang with anyone. Health is the major opponent now, and hopefully, Detroit comes out of the bye on more solid ground in that regard.|
|14.||Vikings||-7||2-2||If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with having Kirk Cousins as your quarterback, please don't wait, call 1-84M-GUA-RAN-TEED today.|
|15.||Chargers||--||2-2||A slow start against a struggling Miami squad was a concerning sign for an underachieving Chargers squad, but the team pulled itself together to finish the game with a sizable, but not exactly convincing, win. Unfortunately, the victory came at a cost. Several players, including Melvin Ingram, were sidelined with injuries. While the Chargers' 2-2 record isn't the worst position to be in, this team needed to be better and still needs to do better. The Chargers will start division play by hosting a struggling Broncos team next week.|
|16.||Texans||-6||2-2||The difference between daring and stupidity is whether or not you succeed, and in that light, some of this week's calls by the Texans were dumb as hell. The offense still can't find a rhythm, and the defense simply allowed Christian McCaffrey to pad his highlight reel. As Houston joins the rest of the AFC South at 2-2, the question is which teams can get on the right side of .500? The Texans hope to get there at home against the Dirty Birds, but fans won't be surprised if these birds get out of hand.|
|17.||Browns||+4||2-2-0||The hype train is back, and Chubb is the Engine. The Browns shellacked the Ravens 40-25 in Baltimore with Nick Chubb scoring three touchdowns. Next week, the Browns will play the 49ers in their second MNF game of the season.|
|18.||Panthers||+1||2-2||Christian McCaffrey continued to prove he is not human, as his dazzling highlight-reel catch not only converted a key third down, but also tricked Bill O'Brien into burning a timeout that would be desperately needed by the end of the game. Kyle Allen showed a more mortal side as he coughed up the ball thrice via fumbles, but he also made some critical throws that helped put the game out of reach. If this team can continue to grow and refine itself while its star QB heals, they may position themselves to make some noise by the end of the season.|
|19.||Buccaneers||+4||2-2||Tampa upset the undefeated Rams on the road, and the QB Whisperer is starting to work his magic with Jameis. Entering 2019, Jameis hadn’t won a road game since 2016. Now he's 2-0 with 5 TDs, 1 INT, and 593 yards. Meanwhile, the defense has held CMC, Gurley, and Saquon to a combined 63 yards, and Sack Ferret is making an early case for DPOY with 9 sacks and an INT in just four games. A win over the Brees-less Saints, and this team will be rolling with the unstoppable force of an A-Train run up the gut.|
|20.||Colts||-6||2-2||Talent and execution. Talent and execution. That's all team sports is - which team has more talent, and which team can utilize their talent in the optimal way. With major injuries piling up, the Colts needed to rely on their execution to win on Sunday. A frustrating day of dropped passes and a brutal late interception from Jacoby Brissett meant the Colts dropped to 2-2.|
|21.||Jaguars||-1||2-2||Marvelous. The mustache serves as memories for mortals to recall my maestoso masterpieces. Mustangs might have seemed to mar my miracles, nay they be mashed by my mighty back. The Mile High air may have meant malice, meekly meaning to move the ball aloft — mootly as it marked my meaning: magnificence! Moreover, I must march on from this mumbling, as some mouser needs macerating. Meanwhile, you may call me... Minshew.|
|22.||Titans||--||2-2||A strong overall performance by Mariota and the Titans was highlighted by WRs A.J. Brown and Corey Davis against Atlanta on Sunday. The Titans had WRs catch 3 TDs during a game for the first time in just under 3 years.|
|23.||Raiders||+2||2-2||This week, the score doesn't reflect the degree to which Raiders dominated. From the start of the game, it was clear that the Raiders were playing inspired and were the better team. The only downside is that Derek Carr hurt his leg against the Colts again, just like in 2016. Luckily, this time it doesn't seem serious.|
|24.||Giants||--||2-2||HTTR: Haskins Throws Turnovers Regularly. While it's easy to be happy with the defense's performance this week, fans should probably wait until they perform well against a unit other than the maligned Redskins offense. As for Daniel J. Dimes, he continues to impress with his accuracy and mobility, but he has now committed two turnovers in each of his two starts. Rookie mistakes like that are to be expected, but fans have to think that's a focal point for Pat Shurmur and Co. moving forward.|
|25.||Steelers||+1||1-3||A popular refrain among Steeler fans these days is, "We don't have any coordinators." Well, it seems as though that hit awfully close to home, because this week, they did have coordinators. Case in point: the offense was uptempo and few adjustments were made or needed. Again and again, the correct plays were sent in and executed with plenty of time left on the clock. The defense was also dynamic, and a myriad of players had opportunities for big plays. Of course, this still means it's a simplified system for a young QB and defense, but it does at least prove capability all-around.|
|26.||Falcons||-8||1-3||This team looks sluggish, ill-prepared, and is all too quickly proving that they cannot hang with any other team in the division. This talented team's window just about shut on Sunday. Koetter and Mularkey were kicked out of Atlanta for a reason, and if Dan Quinn really wanted to save his job, he would hire on a different basis than the buddy system. Let's hope the Falcons' 2020 coaching squad featuring Jerry Glanville, Jim Mora Jr., and Mike Smith can produce more results than the current four-headed hydra of disappointment.|
|27.||Broncos||--||0-4||A further backslide into non-competitiveness looms after yet another loss. Bradley Chubb will be a huge loss for a Broncos defense that was already under-performing.|
|28.||Cardinals||--||0-3-1||Low expectations were one thing, but to see the Cardinals appear to regress the past two weeks is a cause for major concern. Steve Keim has rightfully been blamed by local media members for the disastrous state this team has been in for 13 months. His seat should get much hotter if the Cards can't figure out a way to win in Cincinnati against a win-less Bengals team on a short week|
|29.||Bengals||-1||0-4||The Bengals are a bad football team, and they will continue to be a bad football team as long as Mike Brown is the owner.|
|30.||Jets||+1||0-3||With Weeks 5, 6, and 7 of the preseason behind them, the Jets look to start the season with a bang as the returns of C.J. Mosley, Sam Darnold, and Quinnen Williams get closer every day.|
|31.||Redskins||-1||0-4||After all the defense's talk and Landon Collins specifically discussing facing his old team and giving them "payback," that was just embarrassing. There isn't much else to say.|
|32.||Dolphins||--||0-4||They did it! They finally kept the game within 3 TDs! They also finally had a lead! This group of football players in Miami is clearly showing that they may qualify to be called a "team" by the end of the season!|
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