Indianapolis Colts: 5 Players That Will Stumble in Week 2
5 Players That Will Stumble in Week 2 for the Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts are coming off a hard-fought win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 1. They gave up 171 yards rushing and allowed their Quarterback Andrew Luck to get sacked four times by a Raiders defense that didn't show any ability to rush the passer in the preseason.
Oakland QB Terrelle Pryor was expected to struggle in his first NFL start. He did throw two interceptions, but also passed for 217 yards and a TD and ran for 112 yards on 13 carries. He brought Oakland down the field when they were down 21-17 late in the fourth quarter and got them to a first and goal from the eight-yard line with less than a minute to go. Pryor showed his inexperience by taking a sack for 16 yards and following that up with a game-ending interception.
The positive for the Colts was that Andrew Luck, in just his 17th career start, was able to lead them to a “come from behind” victory for the ninth time. He did it with his arm and on the last drive showed off his ability to run with a 19-yard scamper for a TD. During the game, starting Running Back Vick Ballard left with an undisclosed knee injury. During the week he was diagnosed with a Torn ACL and placed on Injured Reserved, leaving the Colts with Ahmad Bradshaw and Donald Brown to carry the load for them the rest of the way.
The fourth-quarter sack of Pryor was the only one the Colts defense had the whole game. Usually when you have a scrambling QB, you are able to get a few short sacks on plays where they don't get rid of the ball because they think they can make a play. This is concerning for a team that lost Dwight Freeney and replaced him with Bjoern Werner, a rookie who has never played linebacker before this season.
The Miami Dolphins are looking to prove a point this week and it may be at the expense of these five players that will have a rough day.
5. Samson Satele
The Cleveland Browns interior Offensive Line was overmatched by a very skilled and deep Miami Dolphins Defensive Line. The trio or Randy Starks, Jared Odrick and Paul Soliai will dominate the line of scrimmage and make it a miserable day for Samson Satele.
4. Darrius Heyward-Bey
In his short NFL career, Heyward-Bey has only shown the ability to run one route and that is a streak. The Miami Dolphins picked off the only deep throw Brandon Weeden made to a receiver last week and look for Heyward-Bey to get shut out by Dimitri Patterson.
3. Vontae Davis
The Miami Dolphins will go to Mike Wallace early and often. This isn't about coming up with the best game plan to start the game, this is about keeping their new acquisition happy. They would like to nip this issue in the butt and it will be at the expense of Vontae Davis.
2. Gosder Cherilus
Gosder Cherilus can ask Mitchell Schwartz about the difficulty in blocking Cameron Wake. He has the luxury of having a mobile QB behind him, so Wake may not get a sack. However, he will get plenty of hurries and hits on Andrew Luck. Cherlilus will spend a good portion of his Sunday afternoon picking his Quarterback and Running Backs off the ground and apologizing.
1. Ahmad Bradshaw
The plan was for Vick Ballard to carry the load until Bradshaw was fully healed from his foot injury last season. With Ballard tearing his ACL in Week 1, Bradshaw moves into the role as No. 1 back against a defensive front that prides itself in stopping the run. The Miami Dolphins made Trent Richardson a non-factor last week and I look for Bradshaw to gain very little on the ground and make his only impact as a pass protector.