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Powerful government on Colts Reddit: “Offensive likes to spread the ball, but isn’t there some benefit to targeting Hines and Pittman more often?” It would shift some attention to them and allow more guys to get involved easily, right? _ ‘

Walker: I should think by now that the defenses are going to pay much more attention to Nyheim Hines than they perhaps have before. He had two great performances in three games, and not just playing on the pitch, but he also brought football into the end zone at a ridiculous rate Frank Reich had said in that Week 9 game against the Ravens, which was the week after Hines’ two touchdown performance against the Lions, that they expected the Ravens to explain a lot more Hines, and c maybe that’s why he didn’t touch the ball as much; but now for me I think you’re at a point with this attack where even if a team clearly hits Hines he should still hit the ball X-times, just because he’s so important We’ll see how it plays out today against the Packers

As for Michael Pittman Jr, it’s been so much fun watching him get more and more involved over the past few weeks You can just see that bulb light up, and the more he plays, the more Philip Rivers is going to want to give him the ball Hopefully this trend can continue today against Green Bay and then move forward

sigma4488 on Colts Reddit: “How was it telling that Reich didn’t give the Titans’ defense any respect that they launched into fourth place five times?”

Walker: It’s going to sound like a coaching speech, but that’s my real take on the matter: I don’t think Frank Reich deciding to grab all of these chances in fourth place against the Titans was a sign of a lack respect for the opponent’s defense ; I think he really believes in his guys Now does that mean Reich is going to do it every quarter and run that he faces? Not necessarily.But too often in the past, teams have focused too much on the risk and not the reward of these attempts, so I have to imagine Reich’s confidence in his guys paired with one of the best defenses in the world. league to help pick up the pieces if you can’t move the chains or get into the end zone in fourth position, heavily factored into these decisions

kobegriffeysanders on Colts Reddit: “The Packers have shown they can be pretty weak against the race Is it time to panic about our lackluster racing game if we can’t put together a good performance on Sunday?”

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Walker: It’s not like the Packers are brutal against the run I mean, they’ve allowed the league the 12th under rushing yards in the league – although their 4’s 6-yard carry-over average is the 11th worst in the NFL So I’m not sure today’s game qualifies as one of those “guys, if you can’t run the race against this team it’s never gonna happen!” type of pairings But, by the way, time is running out I think we were all expecting this rushed Colts attack, especially that yards-per-attempt number, to slowly start approaching to level now; as Indy rose to last place in the NFL in that category – the Colts currently rank 29th in rush yard average (38) – Indy has just seven games left to continue to s ‘tackle this particular problem

NinjaCoder88 on Colts Reddit: “What can the Colts do to stop the Rodgers connection to Adams? Could we see double teams or trust our guys on single cover? _”

Walker: Well, I could sit here and say the obvious – that Davante Adams should, and probably will, see a lot of extra attention throughout today’s game, either by the doubling up or slipping a safety over the top to prevent those big pieces But that’s easier said than done The Packers are likely to counter by moving Adams all around the formation; For example, according to Pro Football Focus, Adams has been targeted in the slot about 35 times per game this season, catching 27 of 31 possible passes thrown his way (871 percent) for 279 yards and five touchdowns over one. a quarter of Adams’ slots targets this season have been on outdoor roads (267), but 233% have taken routes into the apartment, while they also used it on large reception screens outside of the slot on 167% of those opportunities So if you’re Matt Eberflus how do you try to slow this down? You can certainly try to disguise your pre-snap looks as much as possible, but ask the Vikings how well it worked against Adams in Week 1, when he had 14 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns. To me, it comes down to a good old-fashioned simple defense: put as much pressure on the quarterback as you can, do your job in the cover – be it the zone or the man – to the best of your ability, try to ” be strategic about when and where you pay special attention to Adams, and then hope those three things will lead to success against this elite wide receiver

OGColtsFan on Colts Reddit: “What impact (if any) do you think Kemoko Turay will have on the game this week?”

Walker: I’ll add the caveat early on here that Kemoko Turay is officially questionable as today’s game draws closer, so we’ll have to wait up to 90 minutes before kick-off for see if he’s going to officially debut in 2020 or not.However, if we’re going to assume that Turay is going to play today, then I can certainly understand how exciting that will be, add that kind of unique talent out off the edge in a Colts defense that’s already playing extremely well for this point, I personally think I’ll temper my expectations for No 57 until he can put some more of his proverbial legs under him If and when he returns in the game, we already know that Turay will likely be on a small number of shots to start, so what is that going to look like? Does he exclusively play a role in the Colts’ “green” defensive package, which is used on those obvious passes? Are they also trying to incorporate Turay in a few other situations to try and put the pressure on Aaron Rodgers? It’s totally a guess on my side, but if Turay gets about 10 defensive shots today, that makes sense to me; if he’s able to take a few squeeze and show that quick twitch and sheer speed off the board in those opportunities, then definitely add more to his plate next week at home against the Titans That’s my best guess, ever. way

Aleph_Alpha_001 on Colts Reddit: “Twenty-two points against the Vikings was the Packers’ lowest offensive performance of the season, followed by the Jaguars keeping them at 24 last week Between the moment of possession and the defensive strategy, what can the Colts do to hold back Aaron Rogers and the Packers attack? “

Walker: Yes, for me that will be the biggest test of the Colts’ defense to date The Ravens, of course, presented their own issues with the best offense in the NFL race, but when Aaron Rodgers and this offense the Packers are active in the passing game I’m not sure it gets much better than that in the NFL At this point in the season, Green Bay has loved the deep pass – their 62 passing attempts that have traveled over 20 yards in the air are the most important in the league – and they also consistently connect on those games, like their 62 passes plays of 15 or more yards rank fifth But those longer plays lead to more turnovers and sacks, right? Wrong, not with this Packers team, which has just six offensive turnovers, the least in the league, and allowed 15 sacks, the eighth least in the NFL What’s also confusing about this attack is that the Packers love to throw it deep, but they also lead the league in percentage of screen passes attempted (158)

So what is this attack on Green Bay doing wrong? He is tied for 22nd in explosive points (over 10 yards) with 25, 24th in rushing first downs (53), 27th in forced missed tackles (60) and tied for 25th in offensive penalties ( 20) That’s about it

Again, as I said before, that, for me, comes down to defensive basics: stopping the run, putting pressure on the quarterback and covering well back If the Colts attack can play a role in winning the time of the possession battle and keeping the Packers’ attack off the field, so of course do that too

HBdrunkandstuff on Colts Reddit: “With the number of free agents we have this year, there’s a good chance some of them will leave and sign elsewhere Does that mean we’ll have choices of comp? And if so, how many could we have? “

Walker: I’ll just say this now: The comp selection formula is hurting my brain But if we look at the Colts players who right now are expected to become unrestricted free agents this offseason, the biggest names in terms of current salaries are Philip Rivers, Jacoby Brissett, TOui Hilton and Justin Houston; Of those guys, how many are considered the top 35 percent in their respective positions if they signed with another team in free agency to get at least a seventh round pick in 2021? I really have no idea, to be completely honest

chad72 on the Coltscom Forums: “Will this be a game where the Colts decide to run heavily against the Packers’ weaker D run to keep Rodgers on the sidelines more often like they did against Mahomes and Chiefs in 2019? Do we intend to use more full-backs to accomplish the same? “

Walker: see above I don’t think the Packers are necessarily good or bad against the run, so I don’t see it comparable to the Chiefs game last year (they were historically bad against the run) or at the Vikings game this year (their defensive line was in shambles at the time) Now could the Colts take the second half lead and get into the running game and end up having big numbers on field? Safe Of course

Jared Cisneros on Coltscom Forums: “I was wondering if Pittman is going to be in every shot from now on since he’s been scorching from the injury, and how many will Nyheim Hines play after he had his hot week last week? Thank you!”

Walker: Michael Pittman Jr has played in 868 percent and 814 percent of the offense slam the last two games, respectively; he was at one point in the team’s lead against the Ravens in week 9 and had 10 more shots than Zach Pascal and TOui Hilton last Thursday night against the Titans Although I certainly don’t think he will be every moment, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it in the 80s or even the 90s in terms of percentage of shot in the future

danlhart87 on Coltscom Forums: “The Colts finished 45 YPC rushes last year and are currently near the low at 38 What is the main reason for that and the lack of confidence in Taylor lately? average 6 years 5 races only last 2 weeks “

Walker: If we talk about the last couple of weeks, for me the running back storyline has been pretty clear.In Week 9 against the Ravens Jonathan Taylor got off to a great start but then lost the fumble which took been returned for a touchdown; after that the Colts really didn’t have a lot of ball in attack, especially in the third quarter (four offensive games in all), so you have to imagine the costly fumble and fewer chances overall (especially late in the game at the end of the match) ) factored into Taylor’s lack of opportunities in this game And then last Thursday night against the Titans it was Nyheim Hines who caught fire, and I think Frank Reich has proven that he will roll with a hot hand to the running back, especially with Marlon Mack absent for the year I’m still very confident in Taylor and think he has some great performances ahead of him this season, but from game to game there are various factors that come into play when it comes to who to touch (and who does not touch, for that matters)

PrideOfAthens17 on the foalscom Forums: “Understanding that the results against the rest of NFC North this year are not just wins, but dominations, what do they say makes it a perfect 4 for 4 and crush the Pack? Do they win this one? And do they dominate to own the NFC North completely this year? What’s your score prediction? “

Walker: Rodrigo Blankenship hits from a 37-yard basket to give the Colts a 34-31 victory over the Packers and complete Indy’s sweep of the NFC North Division

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Catch the Colts in action at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 29 as they host the Tennessee Titans


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