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  • How to Beat the Colts

    What I see for Monday Night is a next-to impossible situation for the Rams:

    A solid offense and a poor defense (Rams)
    vs.
    A great offense and a solid defense (Colts)

    I say "solid defense" for the Colts just to be safe. Some would say that the 29 points we've given up in 5 games means that we're far better on defense than merely "solid," but I'll be conservative.

    So....

    This game is not impossible for the Rams, just darn close.

    In my humble estimation, the following must occur for the Rams to win:

    1) The Rams must get ahead early and make the Colts come from behind. "Duh," you may say, but seriously, you can't play catch-up against the Colts. Our D is good enough to slow you down, and our running and short passing games are good enough to keep the clock running.

    Furthermore, if you're behind, you must pass. Then Mr. Freeney comes to town. (FYI, Robert Mathis, our other speed rushing end has more sacks than Freeney). Getting yourselves into obvious passing situations is dangerous, because we have the best 4-man pass rush in the game. Bulger will have some passing yards, but they can't be in a comeback effort, or there's no hope.

    2) Bring your defense up and force Peyton to beat you long. No one has done this yet, and Edge has eaten defenses alive. Everyone plays bump the WR's, then get BACK. No one seems to notice Peyton's problem of overthowing receivers on long routes. They see the Indy offense and the great WR's and think that you have to allow the short pass and the run to take away the deep ball. I'd send the house and make Peyton throw long. He can self-destruct.

    3) Don't get forced into stupid turnovers. The Colts Defense is not the stiffling, pound you into the ground, iron monster that other successful defenses have been. The Colts have speed, and they force preventable turnovers. Take the sack, throw out of bounds, get down instead of risking a fumble. Our linebackers are STILL mediocre. Cato June has 2 INTS and 2 TD's. You can't tell me he's a Pro Bowler, but yet, offenses are making him look like he is. Granted, you have to take risks to beat a better team, but if Bulger can just get through the gae without throwing a stupid interception or putting the ball on the ground, he will GREATLY increase the Ram's chances.

    4) Don't miss field goals. Enough Said.

    5) Don't onside kick. The Titans and 49'ers thought this would be a good idea. It's not. All it does is tell your players, "Well boys, we have no chance of stopping them, so let's just throw in all our chips now and get out of here early."

    6) Throw Deep. Particularly if one side of our secondary is Jason David and Mike Doss, we aren't a shut-down secondary. Why the hell haven't the 1st 5 teams thrown deep on these guys? Challenge them. They will screw up.

    7) Go for it on 4th down. We're not a great 4th down defense. If it's 4th and inches, SNEAK. You'll get it, I guarantee. On 4th and short, you're better off going than giving the ball back to Peyton and friends. Field position is not all that important against this offense. They're gonna score, more than likely, regardless of where the drive starts.

    That's about it. I hope we kill you, I hope it's not even a game, but I would empty my bank account on a bet that if you do end up winning, most, if not all, of my tips above will have been accomplished.

    Good luck, and may no one be injured on either side.

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  • RamDez
    Powerful Rams' offense will reveal the real Colts' defense
    by RamDez

    BY CHARLES BRICKER

    South Florida Sun-Sentinel

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - (KRT) - No one knows better than Tony Dungy that his papier mache defense, which has given up only two touchdowns in the first five games, is going to come crashing down Monday night against the St. Louis Rams.
    That doesn't mean Dungy isn't going to coach Indianapolis to 6-0. There is a very good chance the Colts will remain the NFL's only undefeated team, playing an opponent that not only lacks adequate defense but which has an offensive line that can't consistently protect quarterback Marc Bulger.
    Still, this isn't the Ravens or Browns, to name two of the offensive stiffs the Colts have chewed up during the first third of the season.
    This is a Rams team that has three excellent receivers in Torry Holt, Shaun McDonald and Kevin Curtis even without injured Isaac Bruce. And Bulger, when he hasn't been on his backside, has completed 64.7 percent of his passes, 10 for touchdowns.
    The Rams are going to be scored upon, but they are going to score as well, and it wouldn't be surprising if the Colts slip away from this litmus test with a 38-34 victory that will surely put them in a more sober perspective.
    "We've played games where we knew we wouldn't be challenged and we wouldn't have to score a lot of points and could still win. This is a game where we're going to have to score some points," Dungy said.
    For those that don't understand the oblique language known as coach speak, what he's saying is, "The free ride is over."
    There was ample evidence of the fragility of the Colts' defense a week ago in San Francisco, where the Colts struggled for most of three quarters to knuckle under a very bad ***** team.
    If you're an apologist for the Colts, you can take a higher road by attributing key interceptions in that game to the great pressure that has been applied by defensive ends Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney, and by defensive tackle Montae Reagor in the middle.
    But if you examine this Indianapolis secondary with a sense of balance, it hasn't profited nearly enough by the pass rush. No one is sending cornerbacks Jason David and Nick Harper to the Pro Bowl and free safety Bob Sanders is questionable to play this game because of injury.
    Meanwhile, the Rams' problems have been well documented. Coach Mike Martz is trying to recover from a very serious viral infection attacking the lining of his heart and the play-calling has been turned over to offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild.
    Fairchild, if he's given complete authority, will probably run Steven Jackson more than 15 times, which is his average. He should, given the sloppy tackling the Colts exhibited against Barlow.
    But Bulger remains the key factor in the St. Louis offense. He's been sacked 20 times, and that has forced the Rams receivers into shorter routes. Also, he's very accurate and on a fast track in a...
    -10-16-2005, 02:57 AM
  • Will51
    Im Sorry To Say It But........
    by Will51
    Before i say this i am a die hard rams fan but this is what i really think

    we really are not a good team and we really do not have a good OFFENSE, yes i said OFFENSE, i mean say what you will about stats but look at the colts, their defense is almost worse than ours and they give up more yards on the ground but they still win constantly, while our offense puts up good stats we still cant out score teams and we cant execute when we need to, our offense has the same type of players as the colts too (manning,bulger harrison,holt) i guarantee you if the chiefs would have scored 31 on the colts, the colts would have scored atleast 40, our offense is mediocre and it really cant help us win games, we need to fix our defense or we will be suffering a long time
    What do you think???
    -11-08-2006, 03:25 PM
  • general counsel
    I would blitz manning like crazy
    by general counsel
    I think the only remote shot we have of staying in this game is early turnovers from the colts that we convert into tds and i dont see that happening without lots of pressure on manning. Given our recent performance, leonards injury status and the quality of the colts line, along with the quality of their running game, i estimate the odds of getting real pressure on manning using only the front four as twofold- slim and none, with slim having left the building.

    I appreciate that blitzing manning generally backfires, but if we dont do it, we will get picked apart for sure and we will have no hope. I would prefer to swing for the fences and see if somehow we can stay in the game. In any game, you always have a shot to win IF and its a big IF you can stay in it into the fourth quarter.

    Our corners and safeties in coverage stopping the colts if manning has time to throw? Better shot at world peace breaking out in the third quarter of the game.

    Should be interesting to see how young barron does against their stud mr. freeney.

    ramming speed to all

    general counsel
    -10-14-2005, 12:05 PM
  • r8rh8rmike
    St. Louis Rams Prepare For Tough Indianapolis Colts D
    by r8rh8rmike
    St. Louis Rams prepare for tough Indianapolis Colts D
    BY JIM THOMAS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    10/24/2009

    Understandably, much of the pregame buildup for Sunday's home game against Indianapolis has focused on Peyton Manning and the Colts' precision offense. But that's only half the problem for the winless Rams, because Indy's defense presents its own set of problems.

    In what falls into the category of well-kept secrets, the Colts come to town with the NFL's seventh-ranked defense. That's a higher rating than any of the Rams' previous opponents this season except for No. 5 Washington.

    "They're a fast defense," Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said. "We just got done playing a big physical style (Jacksonville), and this is the flip side of the coin. Very fast. Very explosive. They really like it when you're in passing situations, so they can just rare back and come after you."

    The Colts love playing with the lead. That's when they unleash what might be the NFL's best set of pass-rushing ends in Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Freeney and Mathis have played side-by-side for much of the decade and have five Pro Bowls between them. Mathis has averaged 10 sacks a season over the past five seasons; Freeney has averaged 10 sacks a season over his entire seven-year career.

    They're up to their old hijinks this season, with a combined 10 1/2 sacks in five games. (Indianapolis is coming off its bye week.)

    "They've got the athletes over there, and the speed to make you try to beat 'em," Rams quarterback Marc Bulger said. "So we just can't let them get up big on us. If you play from behind against that team, it's very difficult because of their pass rush, and how well they play their (Cover 2)."

    Until Sunday's overtime loss at Jacksonville, where the Rams held a slim lead for most of the game, St. Louis had led for only 12 1/2 minutes all season. Of course, the easiest way to keep the score from getting out of hand Sunday is to keep the ball out of Manning's hands.

    "We're going to need to control the football," Shurmur said.

    Steven Jackson, that's your cue. Somehow, the Rams need to chew up the clock with a steady progression consisting of Jackson running the ball, combined with an efficient passing game.

    "They're really trying to put you in third down-and-long situations," Jackson said. "We have to be really good on first and second down. You don't have to get eight yards on first down. If you can keep getting four-yard gains, that puts you in third-and-2.

    "We just have to be good and manageable on first down. Switch things up. See what the defense is anticipating and try to do what they're not expecting."

    Indianapolis doesn't have a reputation for good run defense, but you'd never...
    -10-24-2009, 12:51 PM
  • moklerman
    All that matters...
    by moklerman
    I can't remember if it was NFL Live or NFL playbook that I was watching but they were reviewing the Rams game against New Orleans. They were commenting on the the pass/run ratio and all the stats that that argument entails.

    I thought I knew where they were going with the conversation, anticipating an argument about getting Marshall and/or Jackson involved more and showing some semblance of balance on offense. Nothing new there, that's been debated quite a bit here so I was kind of scoffing at yet another watered down, generic analysis of the Rams by the multitude of shows out there.

    But then they switched gears on me. Threw me a curve ball. Whatever you want to call it. They brought up the fact that the Colts started last weeks game with 22 consecutive pass plays and were at about 80% passes overall. Yet Tony Dungy didn't take any heat at all about it. Their reasoning? The Colts have Peyton Manning and the Rams...well, don't.

    I've pretty much backed off of Bulger at this point. I think he's doing a pretty good job of running the offense and that the Rams' biggest problems lay elsewhere. I didn't realize that the Colts were that unbalanced and still successful though. The wins and losses would be hard to debate but the production out of the offense is something that's lacking. Although Bulger is putting up good numbers is he still to blame for the shortage of points? I don't know how good the Colts' O-line is but it's got to be the main difference. Manning isn't THAT much better than Bulger is he? Would Manning or Bulger do better if the two switched teams?

    There isn't really an answer but it does make you think.
    -10-01-2004, 11:54 PM
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