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Are Luck’s Colts Worse Than Manning’s ‘98 Team and Other AFC South Must-Reads
Posted By Nate Dunlevy On November 2, 2012 @ 9:33 am In Colts News | No Comments
Quarterback aside, were the 1998 Colts Peyton Manning  inherited better than the 2012 Colts Andrew Luck has taken over?
This is the question posed by Gil Brandt of NFL.com  in today’s article of the day.
His answer is incorrect.
He looked at the big names on the ‘98 Colts and assumed Manning had more to work with. After all, Marshall Faulk and Marvin Harrison are hard to top.
He forgets that, as bad as the 2012 Colts are on defense, they do have some talented players, whereas the 1998 team was devoid of future building blocks. The ‘98 Colts gave up four more points a game on defense.
The 2012 and 1998 Colts are scoring at the exact same rate (19.4 PPG), and a lot of that is a credit to Reggie Wayne, who has carried the Indy offense.
Harrison was a better player than Wayne, but Harrison in this third year was not equal to the knowledge and skill brought by Wayne at age 34. Young Manning built a bond with Harrison that reaped benefits soon after, but in terms of immediate impact, Wayne is more valuable to Luck in the short run.
In terms of team building, anyone would take a young Harrison, but for one year, the “old” Wayne is the better bet.
The 2012 Colts also feature a much better offensive line than the ‘98 team had. Colts fans are used to bad line play, but the 3.76 ALY posted  by the 2012 Colts is far better than the 3.55 posted by the ‘98 team .
Obviously, the 2012 Colts don’t have anyone like Faulk on the roster, but the sum total is much better than the collection of spare parts that was the 1998.
Scott Kacsmar of Bleacher Report  has the The Thinking Man’s Guide to Week 9.
Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats  examines which teams should run more.
Burke, this time in the Washington Post , demands the eradication of the extra point.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland  cautions readers about numbers.
Houston Texans 
Rivers McCown of Battle Red Blog  has thoughts on Kareem Jackson.
Battle Red Blog  reviews the Texans’ season to date.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle  says Arian Foster will see the ball often.
Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle  says Justin Forsett knows he needs to play well when he gets the chance.
Indianapolis Colts 
I write a weekly column called Eyes in the Backfield  for Colts Authority.
Phil B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star  has a variety of solid observations on the team.
Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com  has an absolute gem on Reggie Wayne.
Michael Marot of the AP  says Donald Brown is capitalizing on a second chance.
Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star  says Ryan Grigson won’t take credit yet.
Tennessee Titans 
Tom Gower of Total Titans  looks at the Titans’ success rate.
David Climer of the Tennessean  says Chris Palmer has a lot of weapons to keep happy.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean  says Michael Griffin’s play has been terrible.
Wyatt and John Glennon write  that Jared Cook is satisfied with the Titans’ love for him.
Jacksonville Jaguars 
Alen Dumonjic of the Score  says Blaine Gabbert is improving as a pocket passer. I agree, but that doesn’t mean his play is acceptable.
Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union  says the Jags may be down two corners come Sunday.
Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union  posts a notebook.
Read more Indianapolis Colts  news on BleacherReport.com
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URLs in this post:
 Peyton Manning: http://bleacherreport.com/peyton-manning
 Gil Brandt of NFL.com: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000088210/article/andrew-luck-winning-more-with-less-than-peyton-manning-had
 3.76 ALY posted: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/ol
 3.55 posted by the ‘98 team: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/ol1998
 Bleacher Report: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1392303-the-thinking-mans-guide-nfl-week-9-predictions
 Advanced NFL Stats: http://www.advancednflstats.com/2012/11/which-teams-should-run-more.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
 Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2012/11/01/the-extra-point-must-go/?tid=pm_sports_pop
 Grantland: http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/41640/nfl-numbers-report
 Houston Texans: http://bleacherreport.com/houston-texans
 Battle Red Blog: http://www.battleredblog.com/2012/11/1/3577498/freddys-letters-on-kareem-jacksons-improvement
 Battle Red Blog: http://www.battleredblog.com/2012/11/2/3580688/reviewing-the-texans-season-to-this-point
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/texanschick/2012/11/bills-qa-with-tim-graham-of-the-buffalo-news-stats-more/
 Buffalo: http://bleacherreport.com/buffalo-bills
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/11/running-early-and-often-looks-like-a-winning-recipe-for-the-bills/
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/11/with-texans-forsett-knows-his-job-depends-on-making-most-of-few-chances/
 Indianapolis Colts: http://bleacherreport.com/indianapolis-colts
 Eyes in the Backfield: http://www.coltsauthority.com/2012-archives/october/eyes-in-the-backfield-dolphins.html
 Indianapolis Star: http://blogs.indystar.com/philb/2012/11/01/tight-end-dwayne-allen-should-be-more-busy-who-colts-start-at-rb-doesnt-matter/
 ESPN.com: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/42990/watching-reggie-wayne-work
 Bleacher Report: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1392851-dolphins-vs-colts-drawing-up-a-game-plan-for-miami
 Dolphins: http://bleacherreport.com/miami-dolphins
 AP: http://pro32.ap.org/content/colts-rb-donald-brown-making-most-2nd-chance
 Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/article/20121101/SPORTS15/121101032/1058/SPORTS03
 Tennessee Titans: http://bleacherreport.com/tennessee-titans
 Total Titans: http://www.totaltitans.com/2012-articles/november/the-titans-and-success-rate-at-midseason.html
 Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121102/COLUMNIST0202/311020066/Climer-Titans-coordinator-calls-straight?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CSports%20Tennessee%20Titans
 Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121102/SPORTS01/311020068/Inconsistent-Griffin-carries-heavy-price-Titans?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CSports%20Tennessee%20Titans
 Wyatt and John Glennon write: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121102/SPORTS01/311020070/Cook-Titans-love-me?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7C
 Jacksonville Jaguars: http://bleacherreport.com/jacksonville-jaguars
 Score: http://blogs.thescore.com/nfl/2012/11/01/the-tape-never-lies-blaine-gabbert-is-improving-as-a-pocket-passer/
 Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-11-02/story/jaguars-notebook-red-zone-performance-key-lions
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