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Week 5 Key Matchup: youngsters vs. Manning

Posted on: October 7, 2010 1:30 pm
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Posted by Andy Benoit

The Kansas City Chiefs have only a few days remaining as the “NFL’s lone undefeated team”. Romeo Crennel’s much-improved defense, like many defenses, does not match up favorably with the Peyton Manning-led Colts offense.

To set the table, let’s acknowledge that Manning is very familiar with Kansas City’s 3-4 scheme. For years he faced it in big games when Crennel was the defensive coordinator in New England. Those Patriot defenses were savvy veteran units that relied heavily on presnap disguise. This Chiefs defense is a callow unit that tends to rely more on athleticism.

Part of the reason Manning baits so many players into presnap guessing games is because the Colts offense almost never refers to presnap movements and gyrations. Instead, everyone lines up and holds still. (Think about it….when was the last time you saw one of the Colts receivers go in motion?) This is to allow Manning to diagnose the defense. But a side effect is, there’s nothing for defenders to look at except Manning. P. Manning (US Presswire)

The Chiefs must avoid getting caught up in what No. 18 is doing. Those hand signals will not be figured out. The Colts are so guarded about their signals that they do not even reveal them to their own players until the 53-man roster is set. (This, by the way, made Blair White’s debut off the practice squad all the more impressive two weeks ago, as the undrafted rookie had to basically learn all of the signals overnight.)

Personnel-wise, the Colts have the ability to neutralize Kansas City’s best players. Cornerback Brandon Flowers is on a Pro Bowl track. However, he plays the left side, which means he will NOT be lining up against Reggie Wayne. Wayne, instead, will be covered by Brandon Carr. Carr has the strong frame needed to run with the thick 198-pound Wayne, but it’s a tall order for the third-year pro to defend the league’s most fundamentally sound receiver.

Derrick Johnson is one of the better pass defending inside linebackers in the NFL, which should make for an interesting showdown with Dallas Clark. Expect the Colts to split Clark out even more than usual in order to compel Kansas City’s safeties to tip their hand and get involved.

The difference-making piece to this puzzle is that the upgraded Chiefs pass-rush won’t be a factor this game. Kansas City’s best sack artist, Tamba Hali, is a high-energy, second-effort type player. Manning, who masterfully masks the limitations of his below average offensive line, simply gets rid of the ball too quickly.

Kansas City will need at least two turnovers and a big play on special teams to hang with the Colts this Sunday.

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Week 5 Key Matchup: youngsters vs. Manning

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Week 5 Key Matchup: youngsters vs. Manning

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Posted on: December 3, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Week 5 Key Matchup: youngsters vs. Manning

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Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2010 5:25 pm
 

Week 5 Key Matchup: youngsters vs. Manning

dude everyone does that when the quarterback changes the play. look back to see whats going on<br /><br />




Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2010 4:45 pm
 

Week 5 Key Matchup: youngsters vs. Manning

" I am a Saints fan and no one in the world gave the Saints a chance to win the SuperBowl.  What did they do, They shocked the world via a Tracy Porter pick 6.  Why was he able to that.  Because of film study, he noticed that the Colts continually ran a 5 and in on 3rd downs to Reggie Wayne, and Porter jumped the route. He learned this from studying film, the same goes for the onside recovery, the Saints noticed the Colts were turning their backs and leaving early on the kickoff, they were caught off guard again. "

Not so sure I agree with your analysis of the Super Bowl.  First off, I'd say 35-40% of people picked the Saints to win that game which is probably about the percent of games they'd win if the two teams played 100 games last year.  It sure wasn't the biggest upset of all time.  It was a mild upset.

Regarding the pick 6, I'm sure film work helped, but it wasn't "jumping the route" that led to the TD, it was a QB and WR who are always on the same page not being at that point.  Peyton expected Wayne to run an in and Wayne just turned around.

Likewise the onside kick was expected.  Indy had WR in to recover the ball, Baskett was in good position, he just dropped the ball.  Just as Indy's receivers dropped two huge passes that would have been TD.

Indy's receivers played horribly in the Super Bowl and helped give the game away last week as well.  If that's your point that Indy's receivers aren't as consistent as they used to be, I'd think you might just be right.  I don't think they're bad, but they have a tendency to miss some easy plays.



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2010 2:48 pm
 

Week 5 Key Matchup: youngsters vs. Manning

What games are you watching! thats all I see, is the Colts offensive line moving all the time, when Payton changes the play, the O line all turn  around, I know when they are down in their 3 point stance they are not suppose to move, but just watch them! they are a great team, but someone should contact the rules committee, Oh! that won't work (Bill Polian, Archie Manning) 



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2010 2:20 pm
 

Week 5 Key Matchup: youngsters vs. Manning

Peyton is a beast, but that being said, this is not the same Colts team of the past, Dating back to the SuperBowl  they have a 2-3 record, What have we learned about the NFL, that it stands for "NOT FOR LONG"  The writers and columnist need to start giving the Chiefs credit for what they are doing right and not for what they are doing wrong!!!!  I believe the bye week comes at a great time for Kansas City, They have had 2 weeks to prepare for the Colts. I am a Saints fan and no one in the world gave the Saints a chance to win the SuperBowl.  What did they do, They shocked the world via a Tracy Porter pick 6.  Why was he able to that.  Because of film study, he noticed that the Colts continually ran a 5 and in on 3rd downs to Reggie Wayne, and Porter jumped the route. He learned this from studying film, the same goes for the onside recovery, the Saints noticed the Colts were turning their backs and leaving early on the kickoff, they were caught off guard again.  What else has the NFL taught us, especially the NFC South, that teams are very capable of going from worst to first.  The Chiefs are getting no credit for what they have accomplished so far.  They have a very explosive team,  They have continued to draft players from the SEC Conference and if u watch football the Sec has the fastest players in college football.  The question here is, are the Colts ready for the Chiefs.  I believe McCluster is a better version of Reggie Bush and he is showing it on the field, he is a game changer, Who is going to cover him.  Arenas is another electrifying player that can do big things on special teams.  Another factor, is the Colts are giving up a lot of yards on the ground and the Chiefs have 2 great running backs, They have the a power back in Jones and a homerun hitter in Charles.  i am not saying Kansas City is going up their and winning but they have a way better chance than people are giving them.  If they win I will by no means be surprised.  Their defense is playing like a top tier defense right now and are very capable of holding their own against Manning.  when the Chiefs win Sunday all these writers will want to talk about the Chiefs and how great they are, but if they win the Colts will be 2-3 so really what did they prove.  Give them credit now, but we as people on Earth live in the present.  and remember i am a Saints fan not a Chiefs fan.  So i am not showing any bias towards the Chiefs. I just know the Chiefs are playing great football!!!!



Since: Apr 27, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2010 1:09 pm
 

Week 5 Key Matchup: youngsters vs. Manning

I have one question - you wrote, "Personnel-wise, the Colts have the ability to neutralize Kansas City’s best players."  That is an interesting choice of a word you made with 'neutralize', since that usually refers to a defensive player taking an offensive player out of the game.

However, you then only mentioned how two KC defensive players match up against Wayne and Clark (and, if Crennel chooses to play man coverage much of the time, Flowers WILL be on Wayne...he plays the left side in zone).  Arguments about the term 'neutralize' aside, you fail to mention the strong players on KC's offense.

Who do the Colts have to neutralize Jamaal Charles? or Dexter McCluster?  Are those the same Colts players who neutralize Foster in Week One?
With Bob Sanders, the special teams captain, on the sidelines, which Colt will neutralize Arenas in the return game?

I think this will be a close game, and the Colts very well may win...but if the Colts allow over 250 yards rushing again it may be Indy who needs at least to turnovers to hang with the Chiefs.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2010 11:51 am
 

Week 5 Key Matchup: youngsters vs. Manning

Very smart article. You need to take the reigns from Pete Prisco. Yesterday Pete wrote an article about arian foster and rashard medenhall being MVP favorites (LOL). These guys are not even MVP's on there own teams, and one day later this dumb poll shows up showing the majority agree with you. If we think of the MVP for this year does anyone really give either one of these guys a fighting chance? Even if Peyton doesnt win it, it will go to someone who is at least the best player on there team as the award stands for Most Valuable Player which neither of these 2 are.


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