The Indianapolis Colts’ ground game has been surprisingly good in the last month after a few bad games early in the year. Despite a horrible loss on Sunday to the New England Patriots where the Colts beat themselves, one bright spot that came out of it was the running game. The Colts averaged five yards per carry and had 119 yards on only 24 attempts. They certainly would have had more yardage and been more effective if they didn’t fall so far behind.
Indianapolis broke five runs of 15+ yards on Sunday and I expect them to do at least that this weekend against the Buffalo Bills. The Colts average 110 yards per game on the ground this year which ranks 14th in the entire NFL. The Bills on the other hand rank 31st out of 32 teams against the rush in giving up 153.3 yard per game. That should mean a huge game out of rookie Vick Ballard and Donald Brown.
Both are maximizing their opportunities when given the chance. Ballard is more of a physical back that can run though the tackles. Brown, is more of a speedy guy that can break big runs with breaking it to the outside. That’s two hard combinations to prepare for as both can exploit two different areas.
The Bills are certainly going to have a hard time stopping the ground game. I would expect to see the Colts to rush for at least 150 yards on the ground and control the clock and line of scrimmage that way. That should lead to a Colts win by doing so.
This also will allow the Colts to break big plays through the air as rookie T.Y. Hilton should be able to get behind the safeties when the Colts utilize the play action.
Expect a big day for Indianapolis on Sunday and with all thanks to the ground game.