Colin Kaepernick who has been praised by the media looked like a second string quarterback against the Colts defense throwing for only 150 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. His running game was even shut down as the Colts kept him to only 20 yards and forced a fumble. Frank Gore was the only 49er with a respectable day on offense but the majority of his 82 yards came from one series.
On the other side of the ball Andrew Luck produced throwing for 164 yards, rushing for 24 yards and rushing a touchdown. No touchdowns were thrown by the air this past weekend…which isn't common for the Colts; at least not a Colts win. This means the Colts won the game by running the ball which leads us to the “big event” that happened not on Sunday but last week. This past week the Indianapolis Colts made a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Browns to get Trent Richardson for a 2014 first round draft pick.
Getting Trent Richardson in a trade now solidifies our backfield and gives the Colts a dual running threat. In fact the Colts have more than a dual running threat when you factor in Andrew Luck’s ability to run and the running ability of Donald Brown. Between Bradshaw, Richardson, Brown and Luck the Colts rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns. Richardson’s first touch as Colt resulted in a one yard touchdown. The Colts are now firmly set up for the future and barring any big injuries expectations should be high.
Colt fans not only should have high expectations but this team should look familiar. Different names and slightly different “talent” sets but this Colts team looks very similar to the 1999 to 2005 Indianapolis Colts. The young names and faces at the time were Manning, James and Harrison. Now we are looking at Luck, Richardson and Hilton. The advantage the current Colts team has is the addition of some veteran players like Bradshaw and Wayne – who have seen their fair share of big games.
Next week the Colts take on division rival Jacksonville Jaguars. Richardson will only become more familiar with the Colts, the plays and the offense. Look for him and Bradshaw to continue splitting the load, perhaps in a slightly different manner but with similar results – lots of yards and lots of touchdowns. Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow – thanks for reading!
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